Webinar on Human Rights in National Security: An Educator’s Toolkit

Join Amnesty International for a webinar that will explore how to use their newest resource, Human Rights in National Security: An Educator’s Toolkit.

When: Aug 9, 2017 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Security with Human Rights Webinar 

Human Rights in National Security: An Educator’s Toolkit provides lesson plans and activities to equip educators to discuss post-9/11 national security and human rights issues in the classroom. Further, it includes actions for students to take on issues of national security and human rights.

The toolkit is free for educators and intended for students ages 16-20. The materials are highly relevant across a number of academic disciplines: public policy, civics, government, religious studies, film, journalism, social studies, war and peace studies, and more. The toolkit contains four modules: 1) Introduction to Human Rights and National Security, 2) Global War and Drone Strikes, 3) Detention and Torture, 4) Discrimination and Surveillance.>> Learn more and download toolkit
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Safe Zone School Districts

A pragmatic approach to immigration is critical for our students –the center of our communities. All students should have the opportunity to learn without the fear and distress that results from harsh immigration enforcement. Educators are witnessing the impact of this trauma on our students, their families and our communities firsthand.

NEA has developed sample resolution and district policy that can be used as a template or guidance for local school districts to create their own Safe Zones resolutions. The language is closely tied to the Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe which is the foundational precedent establishing that access to K-12 education is a civil right. The model resolution contains reassurances for students, procedures for law enforcement, and information and support for families and staff. Several school districts across the country have passed their own safe zone resolutions. Click on the map above to see where school districts have passed or are considering Safe Zones policies.

Stand Up for Immigrant Students and Communities

Our nation’s prosperity has always depended on the contributions of diverse and vibrant immigrant communities. The fabric of the American dream is woven tightly with the millions upon millions of stories of strivers and dreamers.

A pragmatic approach to immigration is critical for our students –the center of our communities. All students should have the opportunity to learn without the fear and distress that result from unfair immigration policies. Educators are witnessing the impact of this trauma on for our students, their families and our communities firsthand.

Pledge To Support LGBTQ Equality

According to the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network’s 2013 National Safe Schools Survey, 55.5% of LGBTQ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, while 37.8% felt unsafe because of their gender expression. Additionally, 71.4% of LGBTQ students heard “gay” used in a negative way (e.g., “that’s so gay”) frequently or often at school, and 90.8% reported that they felt distressed because of this language.

Educators are uniquely positioned to address these issues and work towards creating a safe, supportive and affirming school environment for LGBTQ students. Every student deserves the right to attend a school that fully embraces them for who they are and allows them to achieve to their full potential. Educators are a powerful force in creating an LGBTQ-affirming school.

8th International Human Rights Education Conference

EVENT DETAILS:

When: November 30 – December 3
Where: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) is the forum for practitioners, policy-makers and academics to explore innovative education solutions to global challenges. This 3.5-day conference will assemble 300 participants from all over the world for practical workshops and insightful sessions featuring the latest tools, knowledge and good practices in human rights education.

The Conference Bridging our Diversities will take place during a year of important anniversaries: Canada 150, Montreal 375 and Equitas 50. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to showcase the lessons learned from Canada, Quebec, Montreal and Equitas’ experience promoting human rights, pluralism, inclusion and respect for diversity.

Early Bird Deadline:  July 15th

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SIMA Classroom – Education Resources 

SIMA Classroom is a subscription-based online film library that comprises the best short-format documentaries from the annual Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA). Currently in use by 1,400 teachers and 36,000 students, SIMA Classroom features over 100 award-winning short-documentaries, along  with lesson plans, providing teachers with dynamic tools that give students first-person insight into the pulse, the people, and the movements behind today’s global issues.

In support of human rights education, SIMA is offering a 30% discount to all HRE USA members.

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