Online Course: Strategic Advocacy: Planning & Tracking Advocacy Campaigns

Whether you’re just starting to plan a campaign and want to make it as effective as possible, or are struggling to get the results you want, this training will help sharpen your focus, identify opportunities, and add flexibility and surprise to your campaign. The online course allows you (and your team) to work at your own pace, on your own time, with feedback from our professional trainers and interaction in an online forum with your peers. This new online course is being offered for FREE from New Tactics in Human Rights.

Application Deadline: August 30, 2019.

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Webinars on Universal Periodic Review Process

When: Various from August – October (see dates below)
Time:  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

In May 2020, the United States will undergo a “Universal Periodic Review” (UPR) of its domestic human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council. The UPR is an exciting and tangible advocacy opportunity for US-based NGOs to engage the UN on strengthening human rights in the United States. The UN UPR Working Group will review the United States in April-May 2020. 

Final stakeholder reports by NGOs on the human rights records of the US are due at the end of September 2019. The US Human Rights Network is facilitating issue-based working groups who will draft and submit stakeholder reports to USHRN by September 20, 2019. 
Join the USHRN webinars to find out more about the process and the opportunity to hold the US. government accountable to its human rights obligations. 

Save the Date! Upcoming Webinars:

  • August 21: Webinar #4 – Thematic/issue-based approach to stakeholder reporting, with special guests who have experience engaging with the United Nations around their issue.
  • September 4: Webinar #5 – Thematic/issue-based approach to stakeholder reporting, with special guests who have experience engaging with the United Nations around their issue.
  • September 18: Webinar #6 – A full hour dedicated to your questions on stakeholder reporting, just ahead of the submission deadline.
  • October 16: Webinar #7 – After you have submitted your stakeholder report, it’s time to talk about going to Geneva and engagement with the U.S. government. Join us for an introduction to engaging at the UPR Working Group review of the United States in 2020.

Workshop: New Science Standards and Climate Change


When: Saturday, September 28
Time:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Richardson Nature Center at Three Rivers Park District, Bloomington, MN
Cost: FREE. Lunch provided.
Credits: 6 CEUs

Minnesota has new state science standards, and Climate Generation wants to equip middle and high school teachers with the tools and resources to bring these core ideas to life in the classroom:

  • Climate change causes
  • American Indian contributions to investigating phenomena
  • Energy and engineering solutions

These workshops are for middle school and high school science teachers, curriculum coordinators, district leaders, and administrative staff. If you do not identify as one of these and are interested in attending, please call our office at 612-278-7147.

Workshop Highlights

  • Gain experience with phenomena-based learning and teaching
  • Dig into the new Minnesota science standards
  • Identify progressions of important learning for each benchmark
  • Engage in hands-on activities to support the new science standards

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Climate Justice Workshops

The Zinn Education Project offers a suite of Teach Climate Justice workshops, tailored to the needs of the audience. All of our workshops are participatory and demonstrate exemplary teaching activities. 

These are opportunities for educators in a school, district, or region to gather and collaborate on how to teach students about the most pressing global emergency of our era.

Shorter hour-long, 90-minute, part-day, or full-day workshops are available. The workshop demonstrates key lessons from A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis, and features a number of climate justice role plays, mixers, and imaginative writing activities, led by Teach Climate Justice contributors to the Zinn Education Project.

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Planning to Change the World

Planning to Change the World is a plan book for educators who believe their students can, will, and do change the world. It is designed to help teachers translate their vision of a just education into concrete classroom activities. 

The newest edition has all the things you would expect in a lesson plan book, plus:

  • Weekly planning pages packed with important social justice birthdays and historical events 
  • References to online lesson plans and resources related to those dates
  • Tips from social justice teachers across the country
  • Inspirational quotes to share with students
  • Thought-provoking essential questions to spark classroom discussions on critical issues
  • Reproducible social justice awards for students

Planning to Change the World is created by the Education for Liberation Network with the support of Rethinking Schools. Proceeds from the sale of the plan book support the work of these two organizations.

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New Book: Fully Human – Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights

Lindsey N. Kingston’s new book, Fully Human: Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights (Oxford University Press, 2019) interrogates the idea of citizenship itself, what it means, how it works, how it is applied and understood, and where there are clear gaps in that application. This is a wide-ranging, rigorously researched examination of citizenship, statelessness, and human movement. And it is vitally relevant to contemporary discussions of immigration, supranationalism, understandings of national borders, and concepts of belonging. Not only does Kingston delve into theoretical concepts of citizenship and statelessness, she also integrates analyses of various kinds of hierarchies of personhood in context of these broader issues. The research also includes explorations of nomadic people, indigenous nations, and “second class” citizens in the United States within this theoretical framework of citizenship and statelessness. This careful and broad analysis defines the novel idea of ‘functional citizenship’, which is both theoretical and practical in considering citizenship and statelessness in our modern world. Fully Human focuses on the promises and protections that are outlined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unpacking the protection gaps and difficulties that have become clearer and more acute in this era of globalization and security concerns, and highlighting some of the key problems with the current human rights regimes that are in place.

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Summer Institute for Climate Change Education


When: August 5 – 8, 2019
Time: 9 AM – 4 PM
Where: Washington, DC
Cost: $150 (scholarships available)
20 Hours of Continuing Education
2 Graduate Credits (optional)

Join educators from across the country at Climate Generation’s 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. The Institute will focus on the grades 6-12 teachers in social studies, ELA, political science and environmental studies subjects. Increase your confidence and competence in teaching climate change in your classroom.  Highlights include:

  • Keynote Speaker — John Cook, Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, and founder of Skeptical Science
  • New resources — including Climate Generation humanities curriculum and book guides
  • Participate in the World Climate Simulation
  • Field trip around Washington D.C. featuring sites in their climate action plan
  • Climate Change Trivia: Denizens Brewing on August 6! Join us for a fun night of trivia, prizes, and great beer

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