Social and emotional learning: are you using it in your classroom?

When: July 21 & July 30
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Calling all educators! Join the Speak Truth to Power (STTP) program for two workshops later this month that will concentrate on the connection between social and emotional learning (SEL) and human rights education. Check out the details below and register today!

Session 1—Tuesday, July 21 at 4:00pm EDT
In this workshop, educators will:

  • Explore the intersections between SEL and human rights education
  • Learn how to build social-emotional competence that is needed to become a human rights defender

Session 2—Thursday, July 30 at 2:00pm EDT 
In this workshop, educators will:

  • Examine SEL core competencies within human rights and racial equity frameworks
  • Collaborate with other teachers to apply an equity lens to the STTP lesson plans

If you have questions, please contact us at

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Stay-In-Stitute for Climate Change Education

When: July 22-24, 2020
Where: Virtual conference
Cost: $150 (scholarships available)
Credits: 20 hours of Continuing education and 2 graduate credits available

Climate change solutions are made in the classroom, at home, and within our communities. Let’s make the most out of our current situation by reimagining what education can be and how we can build opportunities for climate change solutions together! Virtual learning experiences offer a unique opportunity to make connections across our public and at-home learning spaces that don’t exist in the traditional system.

This three-day experience will take you beyond your computer screen, and into your backyard and neighborhood to do authentic scientific and social data collection, move your body, and make observations of the world around you. On-screen time will be segmented into at most two-hours at a time, and small group online experiences will occur daily, as well as optional evening events.

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Teach and Demand Justice for George Floyd

The horrifying and senseless death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police has thrown the State of Minnesota and the entire country into a state of grief and turmoil.

It’s yet another example of the racism that black, brown and indigenous peoples in the United States live with every day. It’s also an opportunity for us to join together and rewrite the rules so everyone, with no exceptions, can thrive without fear, care for their families, have their voices heard, and their rights respected.

As Pedro Noguera wrote, “Educators. This is a teachable moment. Don’t be afraid to teach about the meaning of justice and the murder of George Floyd by the police. Our students are watching.”

Here are some things you can do.

Anti-Racism Teaching Resources:

Organizations/funds to donate to:

Actions to take:

People’s Historians Online Mini-Classes

When: Fridays throughout May and June
Time: 11 am Pacific, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern
Where: Live Stream
Cost: FREE

Every Friday, as part of their People’s Historians Online Series, the Zinn Education Project presents a 75-minute mini-class featuring phenomenal teachers, authors, and professors from around the United States. 

Participants can look forward to learning through stories about people’s history, meeting other educators, and finding a road map forward in the midst of this pandemic. As one participant said, “Thank you for getting us together and giving me hope that we are not alone and that we can think and act ourselves out of this pandemic.”

The sessions are designed for teachers and other school staff, however, parents, students, and others are welcome to participate. ASL interpretation is provided. Upcoming sessions include: 

  • June 5: Reconstruction and Issues of Citizenship, Suffrage, and Movement Building in the 19th Century: Part 1 – Manisha Sinha in conversation with an educator
  • June 12: Reconstruction and Issues of Citizenship, Suffrage, and Movement Building in the 19th Century: Part 2 – Martha Jones in conversation with Tiffany Mitchell Patterson
  • June 19: Reconstruction and Juneteenth – Greg Carr in conversation with Jessica Rucker
  • June 26: Women in the Black Freedom Struggle – Jeanne Theoharis in conversation with Jesse Hagopian

>> Learn more and register

(Re)View HRE USA 101 Webinar

HRE USA would like to thank everyone who participated in our new membership webinar last month. If you missed it or would like to review or share the video and resources, we have made the entire webinar available online. 

>> View full presentation
>> View slides only

We also encourage you to connect with your regional chapter. If you do not see a chapter or representative in your area and would like to serve, please let us know. Also be sure to check out our HRE online library if you haven’t already!

If you have any questions, are interested in learning more about or joining any of our committees or projects, or have a new idea, please let us know. We are always looking for new members to carry out important HRE initiatives. Just email and we will reply within a few days. 

Supporting Students Through Coronavirus

By Teaching Tolerance

Educators are doing a tremendous job right now supporting students and families through the COVID-19 pandemic. Teaching Tolerance has developed the following resources to support student well-being and learning during school closures. 

SIMA Classroom – One Month FREE

As academic institutions across the world make the switch from in-person classes to online learning in response to public safety surrounding coronavirus, SIMA Classroom would like to provide their support by offering ONE MONTH of FREE access to SIMA Classroom, the “Netflix of Global Education”. 

No auto-renew. No strings attached. Just a quick and easy fast track to online learning.  Should a recurring membership be desired after one month, users can simply navigate to our subscription page or email us directly at Plans start at $8/mo.

>> Redeem Offer

FREE Resources for Moving to a Virtual Classroom

The coronavirus pandemic has led every US state to close schools and turn to online learning.  In response, many education technology companies have stepped forward to help educators reach students in virtual ways.

Here are several free or discounted online learning resources that pre-K-12 students and educators can use to keep up the learning from home.

All-around curriculum

Early learning activities, videos, and games


  •  ABCmouse: free home access for students to ReadingIQ and Adventure
  • Audible: free streaming audiobooks for kids
  • Storyline Online: streams videos featuring award-winning actors reading children’s books with illustrations
  • Time for Kids: free digital library of the Time for Kids magazine for K-6 students
  • Epic: a digital library for kids age 12 and under of over 40,000 books, audiobooks, and videos
  • Rivet: Rivet is a free, AI-based kids’ reading app designed for developing readers ages 5 to 10
  • Marvel Hero Tales: storytelling game app designed to help develop language and reading skills for kids age 7 to 11
  • Wonderscope: free reading app for students age 6 and up to learn from home
  • Achieve3000: free, differentiated online learning resources for educators and students in grades PreK-12
  • The Moth: free videos with a story and a teaching guide


  • Prodigy Math: free online math platform that reinforces math skills through video game-style play.
  • Beast Academy Online: interactive, web-based math program for students ages 8 to 13
  • Mystery Science: free science lessons for grade K-5
  • Minecraft Education: Explore the International Space Station, learn to code, visit famous landmarks, or learn about marine biology.
  • CodeSpark Academy three months of this K-5 platform to help kids learn to code


  • Duolingo free language learning app that helps kids (and adults) learn a language through short, game-like exercises.
  • Babbel free language app for K-12 and college students through mid-June
  • Rosetta Stone: three months of free language learning to K12 students.
  • Lingvist: free use of all its language-learning tools until July 31
  • Busuu: free live language lessons to students age 5 to 14
  • Droplets: free use of their language learning platform for students age 8 to 17

Advanced Placement

  • Fiveable: free social learning platform for high school students and teachers focused on Advanced Placement test preparation


Virtual field trips

Google Arts and Culture: Travel to art museums around the world