Counter Hate in Schools

Since Teaching Tolerance began tracking hate and bias incidents at school in October 2017, they’ve recorded 496 reports spanning 47 states and Washington, D.C.  A recent UCLA study found that teachers are seeing increased incivility, intolerance and polarization in classrooms.

“Back to school” shouldn’t mean “back to hate.” 

To counter this rise of discrimination, hatred, and bigotry in our society and in our schools, the Southern Poverty Law Center has joined forces with 20 other education advocacy groups, including HRE USA, to counter hate in American schools. This coalition is committed to providing resources and support so schools may effectively respond to hateful acts and create learning environments where every student feels welcome.

Read the full statement and add your name* to the list of supporters who believe hate has no place in schools. If you represent an education organization that would like to add your group’s name to this statement, please email againsthate@tolerance.org.

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To counter hate in your school, Teaching Tolerance suggests the following: 

  1. Be prepared. Use our Responding to Hate and Bias at School guide to learn what to do before, during and after a crisis. Having protocols in place at the beginning of the school year helps increase administrators’ and teachers’ confidence that they’ll be able to effectively address incidents and alleviate tension.
  2. Develop a zero intolerance policy. Follow our Speak Up at School guide to help respond to prejudice, bias, and stereotypes every day in the classroom.
  3. Take on controversial topics and encourage civil discourse. Civil Discourse in the Classroom lays the groundwork. Let’s Talk! provides strategies to facilitate discussions that might elicit strong emotions.
  4. Create a community where all students can thrive. Use our Social Justice Standards to guide you in the engagement of anti-bias education. Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education ensures teachers can improve academic outcomes by building intergroup awareness, encouraging students to speak out against bias and injustice.

30th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum

EVENT DETAILS:

When: September 13-15, 2018
Where: Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN
Cost: $25-$130

The 30th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will honor the work of President Juan M. Santos of Colombia (2016 laureate) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (2017 laureate). The forum will explore the tensions between conflict and reconciliation, between justice and forgiveness, between hope and fear.  Join us in honoring Nobel Peace Prize laureates who have navigated these paradoxes.

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Study Human Rights in Norway

DETAILS:

When: September 21, 24, & 25, 2018
Where: University of South-Eastern Norway, Drammen campus
Cost: NO FEES. Successful candidates are responsible for travel and living costs.

Education for Social Justice in Education: Human Rights and Intersectionality

Course description
Participants examine how the concepts of human rights and intersectionality inform educational theory and praxis to enable social justice. The course is open to Norwegian and international participants researching educational inequalities in diverse contexts, from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The starting point is that learning communities are not neutral places and educators and other professionals have a choice about whether to work to interrupt or ignore systemic injustice. Human rights present a utopian vision, recognizing multiple identities and offering a moral and legal framework for justice. Intersectionality offers researchers a tool to examine how multiple and interwoven inequalities (related to gender, ethnicity, sexuality, migration status and so on) impact on achievement, citizenship and participation. Through formal presentations, discussions, workshops, guided reading, and preparation for a written paper, participants will have opportunities to discuss research and share experiences in a supportive environment.

Registration Deadline: August 10

Applications are invited from registered students in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Education. Applications should be made as soon as possible as we anticipate a lot of interest. Completed applications should be sent to Liv-Anne Halderaker: liv-anne.halderaker@usn.no who can also answer inquiries on application procedures and accreditation (Tel: +47 31 00 93 59)

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Human Rights Education Review – New Open Access Journal

The editors of Human Rights Education Review are delighted to announce the publication of the journal’s inaugural issueHRER is an open-access scholarly journal published by the University of South-Eastern Norway. It provides a forum for research and critical scholarship on human rights as they are practiced, taught, learned and developed in education, law, politics, and in human rights organizations. The journal is dedicated to an examination of human rights in theory, philosophy, policy, and praxis. HRER aims to be global in its reach and this is reflected in the composition of our International Editorial Board.

The first issue includes challenging articles by Walter C. Parker on HRE’s curriculum problem, and by Marta Bivand Erdal  Mette Strømsø on child rights and national belonging; plus Alicia Muñoz Ramírez’s analysis of the recent struggle to remove HRE from the Spanish school curriculum; and a discussion by Sonja Grover on how legal cases brought by children might enhance human rights advocacy among youth. You will also find reviews of several recent books. This issue will be of particular interest to policy-makers, teacher educators, and NGOs concerned with rights and social justice in schooling.

To receive notification of upcoming articles, visit the journal’s online platform and click on the ‘register’ button in the top right-hand corner.

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Calling All Artists! Poster Contest!

HRE USA is pleased to announce the official launch of the “Picture Human Rights” Poster Contest to celebrate the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Artists from ages 5 to 21 are invited to participate by creating a poster based on the UDHR. We hope teachers and youth leaders can use the contest to:
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  • stimulate young people to learn about, reflect on, and express what human rights and the UDHR mean to them.
  • encourage young people to educate their communities about human rights.
  • heighten awareness about the UDHR during its 70th anniversary year

ENTRY DEADLINE: November 11, 2018

First Place winners will receive a $300 cash prize. 

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New Leaders Join HRE USA Advisory Group

The Advisory Group of HRE USA is composed of national and international leaders who support the network with their expertise in human rights, education, and social justice activism.  Over the past year, the following five distinguished new international advisors have joined the HRE Advisory group bringing with them a rich diversity of professional skills and personal experience.

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