The World Becomes What We Teach.
IHE is a next generation school that creates, delivers & inspires human-centered education in order to ensure that ALL people “have the skills and experiences to be solutionaries for a more just, humane, and healthy world.”
Translate that into my 6th grade classroom at Evergreen Middle School in Evergreen, Colorado and you get a dynamic collaboration that truly teaches kids how to think globally and act locally all the while taking down the walls of our classrooms.
* In-depth, co-created & co-designed Solutionary Work that builds on our CO state standards & district vision.
* A personal invitation to provide student feedback on the new Solutionary Guidebook.
* Powerful personalized action plans to showcase our work in the community (despite our COVID-imposed “Stay at Home” restrictions) via the #TakeActionProject.
* Continued student-ignited world-changing & global collaboration.
ALL made possible because of IHE’s commitment to creating “a world in which all humans, animals, and nature can thrive.”
Institute for Humane Education's graduates are transformative educators who challenge the status quo in curricula, classrooms, and schools. Likewise, IHE's Solutionary program cultivates intentionality. Students begin to approach seemingly immutable institutions with courage and imagination.
I saw Zoe Weil speak on TED talks about 6 months ago after my friend kept using the term, "solutionary." I thought, "Whomever coined that term is a genius." Then, I found IHE and the programs that are offered to educators to deepen their pedagogical practices and to learn how to bring students from solutions-oriented students to solutions-makers. I immediately fell in love with the institute and its mission and vision for the world. I have been a monthly contributor to support the continuation of this crucial program. It is more than a mindset shift that the world, especially educators, needs to have. It is a heartset shift. The free resources available to classroom teachers and the graduate programs available for educators (to learn how to approach project based learning through the solutionary lens) provide the framework, tools, and practices that are necessary to elevate the next generation to their seat at the head of the table. The world will undoubtedly be stronger with more solutionaries.
I have had such a positive experience with IHE. They have provided engaging articles and interesting and meaningful experiences for both myself and my students. I have enjoyed their motto of "The World becomes what we teach" and embraced this in and out of the classroom. They have provided useful resources for teachers and my students have enjoyed becoming "solutionaries" themselves. I also had the unique experience to have interact with some of the staff and they have provided me with many useful things I can pass along to the students
Working with Zoe and IHE has been an inspiration for me, my school and students. The dedication, compassion, and responsiveness is top notch. I am so thankful for this organization and partnership!
I've been following the Institute for Humane Education for nearly a decade, beginning with reading Zoe Weil's life-changing book, Most Good, Least Harm. This book had a profound impact on me as a teacher and activist, as well as in simply how I live my life with more passion and purpose.
The recently released Solutionary Guidebook and companion How to Be a Solutionary are equally powerful resources for teachers and students. The world so desperately needs this type of solutionary thinking, and IHE provides the tools to make profound transformations happen.
This is such important, meaningful work. IHE is a bright beacon of hope when there's so much darkness and despair.
When complex, interconnected, global systems are glaringly broken, deficient, and corrupt by design, it's easy to feel both helpless and hopeless. IHE's programs and services offer a remedy by equipping people to examine root causes; to make responsible, "most good" decisions; and to construct Solutionary solutions that are strategic, comprehensive, and conscious of personal impact. It's true that the world becomes what we teach. It is imperative that we teach it to be humane.
It's true that the world becomes what we teach. IHE, through its graduate programs, its Solutionary Program, its professional development offerings, and its outreach efforts, seeks to educate people––equipping them with knowledge, critical thinking skills, the ability to make compassionate and responsible choices, and the ability to identify solutions––so that our world can become a just, humane, and healthy place. Given the complex challenges that beset this interconnected world, humane education is imperative. I hope I live to see a day when humane education is universally considered core curriculum.
The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) maintains the highest ethics in responsible use of donations. IHE provides state of the art resources, for free, to teachers, parents, social workers, anyone who wants to implement humane education. Lastly, IHE partners with Antioch University New England to provide the best training available at the graduate level to increase the practice of humane education globally.
The teachings of IHE have made a large impact on both my children and myself. Listening to Zoe Weil continues to help me better understand my impact on global issues and has enabled me to be a better, father friend and citizen. I hope that more of her teachings can find their way to public education so perhaps this next generation can undo some of what has been done over the years.
I was honoured to teach in this program. I taught Environmental Ethics. The classes are a perfect size to encourage the building of relationships that last far beyond the degree program and courses themselves, which is so valuable when graduating and moving into the world. They are also a blend of academic and practical readings and assignments, so that students learn the theory and research alongside the ways to put them into practice. This is so rare at the graduate degree level.
The Institute provides different options for programs so that it can be flexible for students with more or less time to spend on obtaining credentials in Humane Education. The students are all so passionate, driven and consciousness and that made the biggest impact on me. They gave me the motivation and inspiration to teach.
The employees and administration of the Institute are exceptional people. All are caring, knowledgeable and passionate about creating a better world and solutionary thinkers and actors that can make real and sustained changes to society. They are such a pleasure to work with. They will go out of their way to help others regardless of circumstances. They also make a point to encourage social justice and acknowledge systemic forms of discrimination. They work hard to improve their own treatment of others, and to assist people in learning how to identify and improve on their own understanding of and how to address inequalities.
There are so many strengths and benefits of this Institute, but above all, it provides a place where people can obtain the education to support their calling in life. And the one thing all students, faculty and administration here have in common is the desire to learn for the sake of making positive change in the world. Humane education should be provided as the foundation for all other education. This is the place to learn about it and put it into practice.
I love this organization! The work being done in schools is amazing and purposeful. From great books and professional learning opportunities to outreach and consultations, IHE is a pathway for a better world!
I'm alumni of the Summer Residency in Maine, In U.S at Institute for Humane Education! All spends dealing with my trip have been covered by Institute for Humane Education! I'm very proud of this Organization because thanks to the experiences i acquired there, i'm impacting my community upon the Empathy!! < Above All, Be Kind>, said Zoe Well!
I've joined IHE over 15 years ago. All this time, they have consistently provided amazing work towards educating people and education systems to understand the impact that we all have on this world. They continuously augmented their own programs tadapting them to current events and states of the world. They have brought new ways to address current and future issues by focusing on people and systems changes that can be applied in various educational institutions.
For the past two decades, IHE has worked to make changes by educating people around the world with unfaltering dedication and determination.
This is an incredible organization helping to change our world through education. Raising solutionaries is an incredible concept. As a mother, it is a goal that I want for my children!
I received my M.Ed. with a concentration in humane education. IHE opened my mind to an entirely new way of thinking and pushed me to look at life through a new lens. I am forever grateful to IHE for deepening my passion for education and our world at large. They are a group of passionate, thoughtful, and authentic people who are working to make the world a better place.
Fantastic organization! It's inspiring to see the work and effort they put into changing the world.
I have loved being part of this organization! They operate with integrity and innovation, and have been a leading voice in the humane education landscape for many years. Their team has a big vision and manages to do so much with a small staff.
As an alum of IHE I can honestly say that this organization works tirelessly to make the world a better place! By training students to be solutionaries, and by modeling the type of teaching all institutions need to incorporate, my life was forever changed by my experience with the Institute for Humane Education.
The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) does phenomenal work. The videos, books, blogs, and resources help provide important information to shape education and other sectors. I have used the IHE website and its resources for more than a decade to inform my university teaching/preparation of teachers to affect K-12 students, research, publishing, curriculum, etc. Most recently, I created an undergraduate course offering (EDUC200 Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective) for students from all Schools/programs to take to fulfill gen ed requirements. Enrollments are consistent and students are sharing and developing new views of their fields (e.g., psychology, business, etc.) through the course readings and materials, which largely from from IHE. IHE is an important organization and I hope that it grows in reaching people and having an impact on how people learn, teach, conduct business, and operate in their communities and daily lives.
I have known the founder of the Institute for Humane Education since we were young school girls together in first grade. Zoe has consistently walked her talk over the many decades I have known her, and I am especially moved and inspired by all she has done in imagining, creating and then passing forward this wonderful organization so that it will continue beyond her lifetime. I read their newsletters, watch videos and just generally bask in the good work that they do - so thought provoking and authentic. IHE inspires me to take action in my own life. I am launching an eco-activism project later this year, and it is in no small part because I know it can be done; I watched my friend Zoe do it and I know that I can too. She has lit the flame of positive social change in the hearts of thousands and thousands of people, and through her students and partners, collaborators and others like myself, the work of IHE continues to expand our ideas of what is possible in this world. I truly can not think of a greater gift than the gift of inspiration to take concrete action to make positive change, and this is what IHE does for the world. Bravo!!
In case anyone didn't notice, the world is in desperate need of a reboot in terms of how we view and treat each other, the environment in which we live and the animals we share the world with. The Institute for Humane Education offers such a roadmap through the education of our teachers who play crucial roles in fostering critical thinking and respect of our fellow humans, our environment and animals.
IHE is a true mission driven non-profit. The president and ED has been a volunteer since the organization was founded and is focused on making the world a better place. She contributes much of her own time and resources to this organization and the board follows suit because they care. As a small organization IHE packs a solid punch with some amazing minds who are committed to sharing the solutionary framework with educators of the world to facilitate real change for the people the planet and animals.
I am an alum, former board member and advisor to the Institute for Humane Education and could not be more proud to be associated with this great organization. Their work is vital to the future of our planet and their empowering tools, resources and programs are so important to help raise the next generation of solutionaries.
Zoe Weil is a very special person. The nonprofit she has built, IHE, does work that few do, and more should. They truly help people better understand the causal connections in their world--always with the clear goal of making it better. I couldn't support IHE, and Zoe Weil, more strongly. --Marc Prensky
IHE completely changed my life for the better. I felt a calling to work towards creating a more just, compassionate, sustainable world for all but I had no idea how. That's when I found IHE and I knew I found my place in the world. I entered the graduate program in 2003 and gained an incredible education, learning about the interconnections between various forms of oppression and explotation, as well as age appropriate ways to teach about these issues in engaging ways to foster empathy and reverence, encourage critical thought, and inspire youth empowerd action. Thanks to my education at IHE I have been fortuate enough to work as a professional humane educator for the past 13 years teaching youth of all ages about pressing issues facing our world today and encouraging people of all ages to engage in compassionate activism. Thank you IHE; you transformed the course of my life both personally and professionally and I am forever grateful.
I had the pleasure of taking a humane education class taught by Mary Pat Champeau, and I found the content to be brilliant and thought-provoking, the instruction to supportively challenge me to discover and become the best version of myself, and the paradigm and philosophy espoused by Zoe Weil to be the most inspirational yet achievable hope and plan to tap and transform the innate love and compassion in each of us for all living beings and our planet. Life-changing!
I have learned so much through IHE and the programs offered. What an amazing mission to help others learn about making humane choices through understanding and compassion. Creating a world filled with solutionaries is a great cause to support.
IHE has opened my eyes to so many new points of view and the interconnectedness of the world
The Institute for Humane Education is an amazing organization focused on compassion, vision, and education. I have been blessed to take incredible coursework at IHE with highly knowledgable and experienced professors. Through IHE, I have made many lifestyle changes that reflect a decision to do the Most Good and Least Harm (MOGO). I strongly recommend IHE to anyone who wishes to pursue the connection between the environment, animal protection, and human rights.
This organization can change the world. I’m so grateful I found it; it has changed my teaching into more meaningful and hopeful work. They are teaching me how to create solutionaries for the world’s problems.
When I first read Zoe Weil’s book, Most Good, Least Harm, I knew I had found the organization that would nourish my soul and inspire growth. An organization tackling the world’s most pressing issues through education, IHE will always have my support. Having shaped me to be the Humane Educator I am today, I now work for the nation’s leading farm animal rescue and protection organization, Farm Sanctuary, and I am nearly finished with my master’s in humane education through IHE’s programming. When you support this organization, you support education and positive change.
The Institute for Humane Education, in short, changed my life. Their graduate degree program has provided me with the knowledge to re-enter this world as a conscious and informed global citizen. Their latest program, The Solutionary Program, for middle and high school students should be implemented in every school nationwide, and hopefully worldwide in the future. This educational program helps students understand the world around them to a deep degree, a feature that is lacking in traditional education today. With IHE, future generations will be able to participate fully in society and be active solutionaries.
I am Nick Infante a truck driver w/ Dept. Of Corrections. This is a great organization, back in Aug 2018 I found an injured Great Horn Owl w/ fractured wing on the side of I-84 near Pendleton. I reported it state patrol, got ahold of ODFW then Bob & Lynn at Blue Mountain Wildlife, Bob came out immediately to meet where the owl was. Since then they got the owl immediate care and determined the prognosis and Faiththe Great Horne’s Owl is on her way to recovery and has been improving. I keep in weekly contact w/Lynn to see how Faith is doing to hear positive results and looks like she may be possibly releasable in a couple months. They are great people for what they are doing for these raptors. If it weren’t for me finding her and for Bob and Lynn and there staff being diligent in there work to save these injured raptors, Gaith would have died. Great work
This organization totally changed the trajectory of my life and continues to serve as a lighthouse. It has a profound effect on all of its students and partners and is helping pave the way for a more humane future.
I created a BA in Humane Education at the University of TN after attending a workshop presented by The Institute for Humane Education at the Animal Rights Conference in 1994...The IHE has had a huge impact on my life! I went on to teach Montessori for ten years while heavily referencing the principles set forth by the IHE. I believe that the shift in our cultural paradigm that is prescribed by the IHE is not just a progressive program but an imperative for our future generations, the environment and our tenuous relationship with non-human animals.
I believe IHE to be one of the core organizations enacting change towards a better future, and most importantly, a future better for all life! I'm proud to be a donor.
I am thrilled and very proud to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors for this life-changing Institute. I began my journey with IHE as a student in an online course, went on to complete the Graduate Certificate in Humane Education, and was honored beyond measure when asked to consider service on the Board. As a post-secondary educator, I have seen first-hand the transformative effect of Solutionary principles and pedagogies in my own classrooms, and of Zoe Weil's visionary work on colleagues encountering this high-impact approach to teaching in a range of professional development contexts. I can testify personally to the passion and dedication of the entire staff and Board of Directors, the Alumni Association, and the teachers and other stakeholders who have devoted their time, talents and resources to realizing IHE's mission.
This is an amazing organization. I joined IHE primarily due to their Solutionary Program. It is a program that teaches students to think about all possible impacts of their decisions. I wish every school incorporates this program.
I admit I am biased because I co-founded this organization, but I did so because I believed it was essential for an organization to address the underlying cause of so many problems in the world: lack of essential education that prepares young people to be excellent researchers, able to identify systemic causes of interconnected local and global challenges, think critically and creatively, and solve problems through collaboration. The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) provides access for educators and advocates for positive change from an award-winning free resource center, graduate programs for the deepest levels of preparation, workshops, and a Solutionary Program for middle and high school students who learn to solve challenges within their school curricula. I believe education is the root system underlying all other systems, and IHE is working to transform this system for the benefit of students and the world they will both inherit and shape.
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.
IHE is a wonderful organization that examines many of the major issues of our day. It does so in a way that is creative, supportive, and with a superb faculty. If more people went through the IHE programs, I believe the planet would be better served.
More than two years after enrolling in the Institute for Humane Education's certificate program, I found myself reaching the end of one path and getting ready to start down another. The knowledge, friendships and support I gained through the program are now a part of who I am. When I look back on who I was before I discovered my passion for humane education and who I am now, I am thankful for having had this chance to realize the importance of helping others learn how we can live with compassion and respect for all life. IHE is truly changing the world!
With my background in business strategy, I'm keenly attuned to the effectiveness of different nonprofits. Institute for Humane Education is indeed one of the most high-impact organizations I know. The group's approach to humane education stimulates profound change in individuals. With new awareness, people make vast transformations that help humanity, the environment, and animals. IHE's approach training teachers, activists, and others in humane education enables them expand its reach exponentially. This is an organization truly worthy of support.