School-based Professional Development

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Human Rights Education (HRE) can be defined as all learning that develops the knowledge, skills, and values of human rights with the broad goal of building a universal human rights culture.  HRE promotes values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others. It develops an understanding of everyone’s common responsibility to make human rights a reality in each community.

For teachers, HRE provides a framework through which they can build safe and inviting classrooms that value diversity and respect for others, promote intercultural learning, and empower students towards more active citizenship.

This training for educators provides tools and techniques on how to integrate HRE methods into the classroom.  Presenters will demonstrate lessons, discuss best practices, and provide resources to enable educators to integrate human rights concepts, issues, and principles into their existing coursework.  

This interactive training will:

  • Develop participants’ understanding of human rights, culture, and peace education
  • Highlight a framework for addressing and teaching about international and local issues that affect everyone in a multicultural school environment
  • Provide participants with free human rights resources developed specifically for teachers by The Advocates for Human Rights and other organizations

Suggested Audience:  K-12 educators, school administrators and staff

“So much of what we are asked and required to teach students will make not one bit of difference in their lives if they are unable to see themselves as part of a world community, as citizens with the right and responsibility to treat all human beings with respect and dignity.  When I teach human rights issues as part of my curriculum, they learn that nothing that we study exists in an ethical void - not math, not science, not politics.  And they start to see their own actions and choices as part of the same fundamental human picture.  If there is one thing that I do that makes me proud of my work as an educator, it is human rights education.” ~ One teacher’s view on her work in human rights education