Thank you for this excellent interview with educational innovator, Zoe Weil. At a time when the social service structure here in Maine, and indeed across the United States, is being dismantled by well-meaning but poorly-informed individuals and equally ill-equipped legislators, the message of humane education has never been more sorely needed. It reaches far beyond the realm of education and deep into the field of social service, sowing the seeds of an expanded level of consciousness that incorporates justice, respect and compassion for all life -- people, animals and the environment – and giving hope to many who feel discouraged and disempowered by current trends and problems.
As clinical coordinator for a large social service agency, my primary role is to supervise, train and educate those teammates who perform in a direct care capacity. In this role, I have found IHE’s vision, philosophy, resources and clarity of purpose to be an invaluable asset when it comes to challenging all of us to remain committed to life-long learning, to break from the perception of discipline-specific and professional isolation, and to remind all concerned that we come into our respective fields with a unique set of skills with which to protect the environment, advocate for human and animal rights and defend the inherent value of all cultures.
From Zoe Weil’s TEDx talk (The World Becomes What You Teach) to the numerous free resources available on the IHE website, the Institute for Humane Education has helped keep the fires of passion, curiosity and reflection burning in me and dozens of other social workers, direct care staff, administrators and clinicians who spend their days “at the tip of the service spear” affecting the lives of hundreds of people with serious mental illness, intellectual disabilities and emotional trauma.
Thank you IHE from your brothers and sisters in the social service world who are also working every day for a just, compassionate and healthy world.
George Russell, LCSW, CSWM
The Institute for Humane Education, and the people who work with this organization, impact the world we live in in a substantially positive way by helping to educate others about the choices we make everyday by reaching teachers especially. In helping teachers educate their students about how to make well-informed decisions about food, transportation, work, purchasing choices of consumer goods, IHE helps to transform our world into a more peaceful, just, equitable, and healthy one. I discoverd IHE through my own work in education- that introduction has inspired me to make changes to my life and work that hopefully will ripple into positive change in my life and community. I am deeply grateful for the hard work and dedication of all involved with IHE. They continue to reach out and collaborate with other organizations and individuals- an attitude that demonstrates their dedication to their mission. I have also had the opportunity to witness how IHE manages the people and inner workings of the organization. They walk their talk for sure. Very compassionate, passionate, dedicated people. I deeply appreciate the role model this organization can offer to other organizations.Thank you!
As a current Board Member and a graduate of its Master's program, I have been involved with the the Institute for Humane Education for almost a decade. This organization changes lives - I know that because it has changed mine. Furthermore, it's founder and president does her work as a volunteer, not a paid employee!!! How many organizations can say that? I support IHE not only with my time but also with my financial contributions because I know my money will go directly to helping children create a better tomorrow.
I am a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute, and an alumnus of their M.Ed. program in Humane Education. As an incredibly busy individual, I am very discerning with how I spend my volunteer time, and even more discerning when it comes to taking a leadership role. I am honored to do anything I can to advance the Institute's mission. Their programs are high quality, and meet a need that our world needs now more than ever.
I have been part of two seminar/online classes with IHE. I have learned so much about environmental issues, compassion for our planet and the creatures who live on it, respect for and tolerance of other points of view, the importance of critical thinking, and the joy of taking positive action for my beliefs. Zoe Weil, president of the group, has been an inspiration to so many people, living her life with truth and integrity, and she teaches her life lessons with respect and compassion. The IHE programs, whether they are for teachers or those who want only to learn more about themselves and their relationships with the world and each other, are beautifully crafted. They explore choices and offer their students new ways of looking at life's issues and their own experiences. I love, love, love this organization!
I am a graduate of the Institute for Humane Education with my Masters in Humane Education. IHE is an amazing organization with wonderful teachers that provide ongoing support even after graduation. IHE provided me with the tools to create a humane education program with my local humane society. I am a proud supporter of the work they do!
I attended an online course named Teaching for a Positive Future as I was in a search of something meaningful that could bring me light to incorporate a compassionate approach and practical tools to bring children the opportunity to connect with and care about their environment, other people and animals. The Institute of Humane Education has an outstanding curriculum with incredible educators that bring a life changing experience for those who are in this kind of search.
The Institute for Humane Education is a wonderful organization. I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Education in Humane Education program offered through IHE. The course work is relevant to lives on an individual and global scale. It is presented in a clear, concise way without bias. The instructors and mentors are accessible and extremely knowledgable and helpful. In fact, not only is the course about humane education, it IS humane education.
Having been an Art teacher for the past 25 years and taken numerous courses and already holding a Masters in Administration, I have found this program to be by far the most applicable and meaningful course I've experienced.
The Institute for Humane Education is a fabulous organization.
I am a graduate of IHE with a Masters in Humane Education. As a high school teacher for 7 years, I had incredibly high standards for what I expected in going back to school myself. What IHE provided not only surpassed my expectations but opened new doors of insight and learning which benefited both me and my students. The personalized education, truly humane work ethic, fascinating subjects and go-at-your-own pace timing really makes this program and winner. I continue to stay in touch with my teachers to this day- and they are people I plan to know for the rest of my life. IHE is a great place to learn about yourself, the world, and make your corner of it a better place.