HRE USA @ NCSS in Austin, TX

HRE USA is excited to attend the upcoming National Council for Social Studies Conference in Austin, Texas from November 22-24, 2019.


Come find us at at booth #718.  Stop by to check out our free resources including posters, human rights booklets, and see the winning art from our recent human rights poster contest.

Attend an HRE USA Event

HRE USA members and founders are leading multiple workshops and poster sessions. We are also co-hosting a reception with the NCSS HRE Community. Check out the events below:

Friday, November 22 9:50 am to 10:45 am |  Ballroom A Level 1 
Join educators and youth leaders to celebrate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and explore a toolkit and curriculum resources to take action in local communities.
Presenters: Page Hersey, Touro University California; Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, HRE-USA; Glenn Mitoma, University of Connecticut; George Holden, Southern Methodist University

Friday, November 22, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm & Saturday, 11:35 am to 12:35 pm| Ballroom Pre-function Area, Level 4
The NCSS Human Rights Education Community will participate in both Community Showcases held over the lunch hour on Friday and Saturday, The Community Showcases provide an opportunity to meet leaders within NCSS and HRE USA who are promoting human rights education on a national level. Get the latest updates from the HRE Community,  classroom materials, and links to HRE resources.

Saturday, November 23, 9:35 am to 10:30 am | Room 309, 3rd Floor, Marriott
The NCSS Human Rights Education Community will hold its business meeting at this time. All conference attendees who are interested in human rights education are strongly encouraged to attend. They are looking for active members and community leaders – to help plan how to build awareness of human rights in our schools and communities, especially human rights affecting children and begin preparations for NCSS 2020.

 Saturday, November 23, 3:05 pm to 4:00 pm |  Ballroom F Level 4
Human rights and humanitarian laws call on governments to protect children regardless of their civil status. Yet child refugees, migrant children and children living in immigrant families threatened with deportation continue to experience physical and psychological trauma. What are the consequences–for the children, their families and our national integrity? What lessons are being taught and learned along the border?
Presenters: Luiz Zayas, Dean, University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work; Robert Lee Sutherland, Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy; Elissa Steglich, Professor of Immigration Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Sponsored by the NCSS HRE Community.

Saturday, November 23, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm | Level 3 Room 5c
oin Human Rights Educators USA and the NCSS Human Rights Education Community at their annual reception. Meet and greet with our honorees, speakers, guests. Free light refreshments and no-host bar.

The reception will recognize and honor the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at University of Texas at Austin.

Sunday, November 24, 9:45 am to 11:15 am | Room 12A Level 4
Through the examination of art, educators will explore how to frame conversations in their classrooms to prepare students to better understand immigration and validate the experiences of immigrant students.
Presenter: Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario, HRE USA, Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), Brooklyn, NY

Partner Events

As you are filling out your schedule of “can’t miss” presentations and programs at NCSS 2019, please check out this guide to the human rights-related presentations put together by NCSS Human Rights Education Community Chair, Rosemary Blanchard.

Show Your Support For Children’s Rights!

As part of the Every Child, Every Right Campaign in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), HRE USA invites you to upload and share a short video answering the question:

Why is the CRC important to you and/or your community?
What actions are you and/or your community taking to support the CRC?

Please share any thoughts, actions, or ideas that will inspire others to promote children’s rights!  Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes.

>> Learn more

Webinar – Speaking Out As A Human Rights Educator


When: Wednesday, October 30
Time:  1:00 am – 2:00 pm EST
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

When should individual educators or educational institutions speak out regarding human rights issues?  Does your institution/human rights center have guidelines in place? Do you as an individual have a set of standards you consider when making these decisions?  We will hear from 2-3 individuals from different universities and then open the webinar up for discussion. 

If you are interested in participating as a featured presenter, please contact us at  

Call-in Information:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
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Or Telephone: US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 805 897 8214
International numbers available:

HRE USA Reception in Northern California

Date: Saturday, November 2nd
Time: 5:00-7:30 pm
Location: University of San Francisco, 2350 Turk Blvd., School of Education, Room 119, San Francisco, CA

The HRE USA regional representatives in Northern California are hosting a reception to celebrate the launch of the 3rd Issue of the International Journal of Human Rights Education (IJHRE) at the University of San Francisco. If you live near the area please come by to meet and mingle with fellow HRE USA members and human rights education enthusiasts. 

The International Journal of Human Rights Education is an independent, double-blind, peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal dedicated to the examination of the theory, philosophy, research, and praxis central to the field of human rights education. This journal seeks to be a central location for critical thought in the field as it continues to expand.

>> Learn more about the IJHRE

SIMA Teacher Award

At the intersection of global citizenship education and media innovation, SIMA celebrates educators and students using this pivotal space as a catalyst for change. The annual SIMA Teacher Award will honor one exceptional teacher who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to utilizing social impact media as a springboard for global education and meaningful community engagement.

The Awarded teacher will receive lifetime access to SIMA Classroom, a permanent feature on the SIMA Classroom website, and a 12-day educator tour to Qatar (all-expenses paid) provided by Qatar Foundation International.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2019.

>>  Learn more and apply

Workshop: New Science Standards and Climate Change


When: Thursday, November 7
Time:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where:  River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN (pre-workshop to the MN Science Teachers Association Conference)
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

>> Register

30 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is 30! Find ways to celebrate, advocate, teach, and more!

Thirty years ago, on November 20th, world  leaders adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) an international agreement on childhood. Now the most ratified of all international treaties, this historic commitment to the world’s children has radically transformed young lives across the globe. It sets out the rights that must be realized for children to develop to their full potential.

But still not every child gets to enjoy a full childhood. Still, too many childhoods are cut short. It is up to our generation to demand that leaders from government, business and communities fulfill their commitments and take action for child rights now, once and for all. 

Human Rights Here and Now – “For Every Child, Every Right.”

In honor of the 30th Anniversary, HRE USA has dedicated its latest edition of Human Rights Here and Now to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). We have also created an online toolkit of ready-to-use resources entitled, Every Child, Every Right! to help anyone learn and teach about the CRC!

To advocate for the rights of the child in the United States, HRE USA is also galvanizing support for U.S. ratification of the CRC through our CRC in the USA Campaign.

>> Every Child, Every Right Online Toolkit