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

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Human Rights Forum at Augsburg University

When: October 28-29, 2019
Where: Augsburg University, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Cost: $25-$100

Building on Augsburg University’s 30-year history hosting a global forum, and as part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration, we are pleased to announce the launch of the new Human Rights Forum. The forum will bring students, thoughtful leaders, global changemakers, and local activists together to explore innovative ways to take action in our ongoing pursuit of human rights issues both globally and domestically.

The opening day will focus on global issues and perspectives and is developed in partnership with the Human Rights Foundation, a nonprofit that sponsors the Oslo Freedom Forum each year, both founded by Thor Halvorssen, a Venezuelan human rights activist. The Human Rights Foundation has an impressive roster of young and diverse human rights activists and promotes and protects human rights globally within authoritarian regimes.

Our second day will feature speakers and sessions exploring domestic and national issues on racial justice, indigenous rights, and environmental sustainability. This day of programming will include several named lectures developed with and sponsored by campus departments and centers, partner institutions, and sponsors. Access our speakersprogram and general information via the menu bar. Tickets are now available, and the event is open to the public.

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FREE Webinar on Immigration with Journalist Sonia Nazario

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time:  7:00 pm EST
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

With more than 250 million migrants around the globe, including more than 65 million refugees, migration has sparked intense partisan debate, inspired advocacy, and changed the face of cities, neighborhoods, and schools.

Join Facing History and OurselvesWrite the World, and Share My Lesson for a FREE webinar that will explore powerful human stories behind this global trend in conversation with Sonia Nazario, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother. Years after his mother left him behind in Honduras to seek work in the United States, Enrique embarked on a harrowing odyssey to find her. Join us to discuss the importance of stories in addressing today’s challenges of borders and belonging, and learn about Facing History and Ourselves’ extensive resources for teaching about immigration in social studies and literature classrooms. 

Participants will receive access to Facing History’s study guide for the YA version of Enrique’s Journey, along with current events lessons and other multimedia resources.

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Teach Central America Week

Join educators across the country for #TeachCentralAmerica week from October 7 – 13, 2019

More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States and migration from the region is headline news. However, most schools teach very little about Central America, including the long history of U.S. involvement in the region. Central America is too-often portrayed as simply a strip of land on a map connecting North and South America. Students are left to imagine that their Central American heritage, or that of their peers, is insignificant. Teachers have learned little of the history themselves and there is a scarcity of literature in the school libraries. 

To help fill this gap, Teaching for Change has launched the #TeachCentralAmerica campaign. The goal of the campaign is to encourage and support teaching about Central America in K-12 schools so that students can learn about this region, which has many ties to the United States through foreign policy, immigration, commerce, and culture.

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HRE USA at Progressive Education Network Conference

This Friday, October 4th, HRE USA will be at the National Progressive Education Network Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Please stop by our booth, check out our free resources, see the winning art from our national UDHR poster contest, and learn more about how you can get involved in HRE USA.

This year’s conference theme is “Educating for Democracy: Navigating the Current and Channeling the Future of Progressive Education.” The conference will be jam-packed with energetic workshops led by passionate educators who are ready to engage with colleagues from all around the country to introduce, renew, affirm and create progressive practices – creating a mighty current that will transform education.

We hope to see you there!

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Community Engagement for Human Rights and Social Justice Practitioners


When: Friday, November 15
Time:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027, Room 320C
Cost: $345 – Early Bird Rate (by October 18) $395 – regular rate.
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Effective community engagement can be an essential aspect of human rights and social justice work, and yet remains a challenge for many practitioners. This workshop will examine questions such as: Where do you begin? How do you identify and build relationships with community members? How do you effectively engage and communicate with community members? How do you ensure that engagement is inclusive, equitable and reaches marginalized voices? What does meaningful participation look like? How do you ensure accountability? What are the relevant ethical considerations? 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be better able to:  critically examine how community engagement can be a valuable approach to human rights and social justice work; identify and analyze various elements of community engagement using a rights-based approach; identify community members, assess needs, identify opportunities for collaboration, effectively communicate with key stakeholders, address conflicts, and develop implementation strategies; identify and discuss challenges (including ethical, logistical, organizational) that may be encountered through this work, and how they might be addressed; and apply best/promising practices to their work.

Facilitator: Nahal Zamani is an Advocacy Program Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she directs CCR’s advocacy and campaigns in the U.S. Nahal’s advocacy portfolio includes challenging the NYPD’s abusive stop and frisk practices and other discriminatory policing practices; economic and gender justice work; and the persecution and criminalization of LGBTQ communities. Nahal advocates regularly on a range of issues before elected officials, the UN and the public. On behalf of CCR, Nahal engages directly with impacted communities to identify collaborative campaign opportunities. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) campaign in NYC. A frequent public speaker, Nahal’s work has been featured in BRIC TV, the NY Times, City and State NY and MSNBC.

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Science and Human Rights Conference AAAS

When: October 23-25, 2019
Where: AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Cost: $50-$200

At the AAAS Science and Human Rights Conference, participants will learn from successes and challenges of collaborations between scientists, engineers, health professionals, and human rights defenders; identify emerging needs and opportunities; and help set the agenda for future collaborative action and impact. The conference is hosted by the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, a network of scientific and engineering membership organizations that recognize a role for science and scientists in human rights.

Marking the Coalition’s tenth anniversary and looking forward to the next ten years, sessions will share innovative developments and applications in science and technology that can support the efforts of human rights practitioners, as well as those that tackle human rights challenges associated with the conduct of science and application of technology.

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