2019 Steering Committee Nominations

Interested in helping shape the future of human rights education? Then consider nominating yourself or a colleague to join HRE USA’s Steering Committee. 

Our rules call for the election every summer of new Steering Committee members to replace retiring members. This year there are 2 open seats to be filled, and we invite all members to make nominations for their replacements. You may nominate anyone who fits the criteria for membership and can fulfill the responsibilities of Steering Committee members, including nominating yourself!

Brief biographies of current Steering Committee members can be viewed here. A ballot will be sent to all HRE USA members in July.

Elected Steering Committee members will serve a three-year term beginning in August 2019.


>> Learn more
>> Nomination Form

For further inquiries, please contact Emily Farell

New Lessons and UN Recognition of HRE USA Curriculum Guide

Four new lessons have been added to the HRE USA Curriculum Integration Guide.  All of the lessons are available for free to download in Word and PDF format. The new lessons include:

HRE USA is also excited to announce that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) now features eight lessons from the Curriculum Integration Guide in UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) Library of Resources – a comprehensive, open access database of pre-existing, relevant and age-appropriate educational materials.

>> HRE USA Curriculum Integration Guide

HRE Award – Call for Nominations

HRE USA invites nominations for the 2019 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Awards.

Nominations may be for:

  1. An individual who has made a significant contribution to human rights education in the United States
  2. An organization, institution, or program that has made an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States

One organization and one individual are awarded every year.  The awards will be presented in November during the National Council for the Social Studies conference in Austin, TX.

Deadline: July 1, 2018

>> Learn More
>> 2019 Nomination Form

Send inquiries and nominations to: Nancy Flowers

Teach Climate Justice

The climate crisis threatens our lives and our right to a clean environment. And yet, throughout the United States, schools have failed to put the climate at the center of the curriculum.

To address this gulf between the climate emergency and schools’ inadequate response, the Zinn Education Project (coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change) has launched a campaign to Teach Climate Justice. The campaign provides classroom-tested lessons, workshops for educators, and a sample school board climate justice resolution.

The climate crisis is not going away. That means that teaching for climate justice is work we all need to do. Join us.

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Immigration, Detention, & Resistance Through Art


When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Where: Columbia University, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
Cost: Free and open to the public

The Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration at SIPA, in collaboration with HRE USA, the Human Rights Working Group, and ARTE, invites you to join us for a panel conversation on immigration and detention in the United States.

Immigration policy and mass incarceration represent today one of the main sites of human rights abuses and violations in the US. The criminalization of displaced peoples, in its turn, is part of a broader context of securitization of borders worldwide, a notion that contributes to and strengthens regimens of surveillance and detention advanced by States. With that in mind, the panel seeks to bring together community-based artists and organizers, academics, immigration advocates and attorneys to discuss insights and intersections between their work. The discussion will also explore the ways in which community art can be mobilized as a form of resistance, and the event will allow attendees to support policy advocacy and engage in community art.This event is co-sponsored by: the Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration at SIPA, the Human Rights Working group, Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), and Human Rights Educators (HRE) USA.

>> Learn more and register

Teach Climate Change!

Happy Earth Day! Help develop the next generation of environmental leaders by teaching Climate Change!

We already know that the earth and its inhabitants are experiencing impacts from climate change as a result of global warming, including deadly heat waves, extreme weather events, and threats to life on earth. There is no denying that human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels and destruction to our natural environment, is behind global warming.

For over 10 years, Climate Generation has been building climate literacy and action among educators, youth and the broader public with tangible results. They offer a suite of Grades 3-12 curriculum resources in the form of curriculum guides, as well as online modules that can be downloaded for free.

All of these resources are interdisciplinary and can be used in the following classes: earth science, life science, physical science, civics, economics, history, media, English Language Arts, environmental science, geography, and art.

Interested in increasing your confidence in teaching climate change in the classroom. Join Climate Generation’s 14th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education this August in Washington, DC. Scholarships available.

>> Download curriculum
>> Learn more and register for institute