We've developed a new program for teachers, a series of workshops about incorporating human rights topics into your classrooms. Designed for teachers across grade levels and content areas, the workshops can be applied to Washington state clock hours and Idaho inservice credits. Contact HREI at 208-292-2359 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about upcoming workshops -- our next scheduled workshop is "Integrating Human Rights into Reading & Writing" on August 14. Spots are still available. For details, see this flier and registration form.
Collaboration with Student Groups & Clubs
Are you a faculty advisor to a student club or group? Do you want to find a visitor to your class to complement a unit or project? Or are you looking for a unique field trip or outing for your class?
The Human Rights Education Institute can provide collaboration and expertise on cultural diversity and human-rights related topics to student clubs and groups. That can mean helping with or developing projects, providing volunteer and service opportunities, facilitating contacts with other individuals and groups, and even providing a venue for programs. The institute is also available for class visits, and special times, accomodations, and activities can be arranged.
The institute partners with clubs and groups at North Idaho College, for example, and is always looking for collaboration opportunities at area schools, whether they be college-level, K-12, public, private, charter, or a homeschool association. For more information, contact us via email or at 208-292-2359.
The HREI Lending Library features a selection of teaching kits -- books, posters, DVDs, workbooks and other instructional materials -- that we can loan to your classroom. Full teaching kits include:
"Viva La Causa: The Story of Cesar Chavez and a Great Movement for Social Justice" (Teaching Tolerance)
Fred Korematsu Teaching Kit (Fred T. Korematsu Center for Civil Rights & Education)
"A Time for Justice: America's Civil Rights Movement" (Teaching Tolerance)
For other books and materials, browse our library catalog.
Selected Online Resources
Rights of the Child (child-friendly version)
What are Human Rights? These short, powerful videos provide quick overviews of 30 basic human rights.
Opportunities for Educators
If you're an organization or individual with an opportunity for teachers in our region, we invite you to share information about your event or program here. Contact us to have your information posted.
EVA LASSMAN MEMORIAL CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST!
The Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust Planning Committee is thrilled to announce the 8th Annual Eva Lassman Memorial Creative Writing Contest. This year’s theme, “Saving Our Future: Rescuing Children from the Nazis,” is inspired by the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransports, an amazing cooperative effort between agencies in Great Britain and Nazi Germany to transport 10,000 mostly Jewish children from danger in Germany to safety in England just before WWII broke out.
CDs of a November 2013 LA Theater Works radio broadcast, “Kindertransport,” are available to borrow. The 2 hour play effectively depicts the Kindertransport experience of a Jewish child, her German family, and her adopted English family. For a copy please contact HREI at 208-292-2359.
A detailed description of the contest is attached (Essay Prompt) as well as a poster announcing the contest which directs students to our Facebook page.
The winner of the contest will have the honor of reading their composition at the April 27, 2014 Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust as well as having it published in the Spokesman-Review, AND will receive a generous cash award.
The purpose of the contest is to raise the awareness of our young people to the roots of intolerance that lead to genocide and to learn about ways to effectively confront it. We hope that you will encourage your students to participate in the contest. Deadline for submission of their compositions is March 9, 2014.