Table of Contents
- HRE Pilot 2019-2020
- TREE Academy HRE Teacher Orientation (August 27-28, 2020)
- Palisades Charter HS HRE Summer Institute (August 5, 2016)
- Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities at Palisades Charter HS (October 28, 2015)
- Palisades Charter HS HRE Institute Reconvene (October 14, 2015)
- HRE Summer Institute (July 27-28, 2015)
- HRE USA Southern California Regional Gatherings: Building a Collaborative Community (Aug. 2, 2014)
- HRE USA Southern California Regional Gatherings: Sharing HRE Resources (Aug. 12, 2013)
- HRE USA Southern California Regional Gatherings: Determining HRE Priorities (May 11, 2013)
- UDHR Fundamental Freedoms Teacher & Student Workshop (Oct. 7, 2010)
- Training HRE Trainers (Aug. 6-7, 2009)
- UDHR Symposium (Oct. 4, 2008)
- HRE Conference with Felisa Tibbitts (May 3, 2008)
Scroll through workshops hosted or led by STF for HRE information and resources.
As part of TREE Academy’s annual teacher orientation, the STF team hosted two training sessions to introduce TREE Academy faculty and staff to human rights education.
Human rights education (HRE) expert and HRE USA Co-Founder, Nancy Flowers, presented the historical and contemporary significance of human rights and the mechanisms that protect them, and to reinforce the skills and values to uphold human rights. Download Nancy’s presentation.
STF alumna, Linda Gordon, joined both sessions to provide a student perspective on how HRE and her participation in STF shaped her life and career choices.
On the second day, STF leaders from Palisades Charter HS explained why they are active in STF and why STF is important to them. They also narrated a slideshow of a year in the life of STF, featuring their Human Rights Exhibit they hosted in March 2020.
Building on last summer’s successful Human Rights Education (HRE) Institute at Palisades Charter High School, HRE consultant, Nancy Flowers, returned to join more than 50 faculty and students to further expand HRE on campus. In the morning, participants focused on how to implement and disseminate the newly drafted Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (SBRR), which we believe is the first SBRR rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the United States. After lunch attendees focused on identifying ways to include HRE in their coursework and to make it part of the school-wide culture.
Resources for the day:
- “Bringing Human Rights Home” PowerPoint Presentation
- Pali Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (SBRR) Documents
- HRE Resources
- Meeting Minutes
More than 40 student leaders, teachers and administrators discussed the first draft of the Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities at Palisades Charter High School, in Pacific Palisades, CA. Using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, participants are taking a human rights-based approach to identifying their rights and responsibilities. Students are soliciting feedback from the entire school community, meeting weekly to continue the development of the Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, and hope to have the school vote for ratification by the end of the academic year.
Prior to the meeting, every student on campus took the “Taking the Human Rights Temperature of Your School” survey to look at campus culture through a human rights lens. Response to survey questions ranged from a high of 87% of their student body believe their school community welcomes students, teachers, administrators and staff from diverse backgrounds and cultures, including people not born in this country, to a low of only 50% believe someone accused of wrong-doing is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The survey provides a road map for their work developing the student generated document.
Faculty and students from Palisades Charter High School, in Pacific Palisades, gathered to discuss the development of human rights education on their campus since the Human Rights Education Summer Institute they attended in July. Faculty members shared how they have and will continue to incorporate human rights issues and vocabulary into their respective subjects, ranging from history to art. STF student leaders presented updates on the “Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities,” an ongoing campus-wide project aimed at protecting the rights of students. STF leaders emphasized that this effort will not only empower students to know their own rights, but will also teach them to protect the rights of those whose voices are not heard.
Pali students will use the results from a recently administered school-wide survey, “Taking the Human Rights Temperature of your School,” to create the Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Student leaders will begin drafting this document on October 28, making it one that is sure to affect the lives of Pali students and serve as an example for other young human rights advocates.
Educators, administrators and students gathered for a two-day workshop at Palisades Charter High School, in Pacific Palisades, to gain knowledge about the historical and contemporary significance of human rights and the mechanisms that protect them, and to reinforce the skills and values to uphold human rights. Human rights education (HRE) expert and HRE USA Co-Founder, Nancy Flowers, joined participants from Palisades Charter High School, Harvard-Westlake, LAUSD and Aspire Ollin University Prep to develop curriculum and school-wide plans for implementing HRE. Participants discussed why HRE is essential to high school education and began planning how to integrate HRE into their coursework this fall.
Participants from Palisades Charter High School will reconvene in October to share their curriculum experiences and plan how to continue expanding HRE on campus.
Resources for the day:
- Binder Materials
- “Bringing Human Rights Home,” minutes from Nancy Flowers’ presentation
- “Abandoned by the State,” an example of HRE in Human Rights Watch Reports
For more information contact Kristin Ghazarians.
Building a Local HRE Collaborative Community, Third Human Rights Educators’ Gathering: August 2, 2014
August 2, 2014: At the third HRE USA Southern California Regional HRE Gathering, 20 educators, students and community members met at the Human Rights Watch Los Angeles office to establish a local Human rights education (HRE) collaborative community. Participants shared human rights resources, curricula, and inclusion methods, and discussed how to create opportunities to observe HRE best practices in all subject areas. The group was joined by special guests Nancy Flowers and Bill Fernekes.
Nancy Flowers, a co-founder of HRE USA and long time HRE advocate, examined the history and evolution of human rights and addressed the question, “What Is HRE?” She explained that the human rights framework gives students values, confidence and faith through which “they become concerned, involved citizens of the world and of their home communities, not just by-standers.”
Via video conference, Bill Fernekes inspired participants with his work creating a guide on how to help teachers integrate HRE on a daily basis in the classroom. Though his efforts focus on social studies instruction in New Jersey, the integration guide will help identify HRE entry points across curricula. Several teachers and students offered to test materials in their own classes.
For more information or if you would like to be involved with future regional initiatives, please contact Pam Bruns, HRE USA Regional Coordinator for Southern California, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kristin Ghazarians, HRW Student Task Force Project Liaison, at email@example.com.
Check out the day’s agenda!
August 12, 2013: Human Rights Activists, educators and students gathered at the Los Angeles offices of Human Rights Watch for the second meeting of the HRE USA network. Regional members met to build partnerships and encourage resource-sharing of ideas and materials for implementing HRE.
Presentations from three regional HRE programs offered participants new resources. Ashley Steimer-King, of Girls Learn International (GLI), shared the GLI Guidebook with handouts, activities and lesson plans for learning about girls’ human rights and advocating for girls’ education. Wesley Farrow, from the RFK Center, presented the Speak Truth to Power program with an in depth look at the play, curriculum and outreach efforts, including the Youth Speaking Truth program, a video contest and RFK Center’s Project Seatbelt. USC Shoah Foundation’s Amy Carnes gave a tour of the i-Witness website and explained how students and teachers can use the video library to gain a better understanding of genocide and human rights. Amy proposed the i-Witness Video Challenge, which encourages students to get engaged in their communities while filming themselves doing human rights work.
Other regional members also shared their lesson plans and suggestions, research methods and international HRE initiatives, including HRW Student Task Force’s and i-Act’s Human Rights
Mobile Library project.
For more information or if you would like to be involved with future regional initiatives, please contact Pam Bruns, HRE USA Regional Coordinator for Southern California, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kristin Ghazarians, HRW STF Project Liaison, at email@example.com.
Read minutes from the Gathering!
May 11, 2013: Human rights educators and students gathered at the Los Angeles offices of Human Rights Watch to learn more about the HRE USA National Network, get to know fellow educators, and determine the priorities for human rights education in the Southern California Region.
Felisa Tibbitts, one of the Network’s founders, joined the gathering via Skype from Boston to share the history and mission of the Network. Todd Jennings, a veteran human rights educator based at California State University, San Bernardino, gave the keynote address entitled “Finding Our Place and Purposes in Human Rights Education.”
- “HRE can be a key tool in helping students connect what they are learning to their private and public lives.”
- “Any conversation about HRE will move people from a position of victim to a position of agent.”
- “Incorporating HRE into the classroom often starts with a student-led needs assessment of what is needed in the school and the greater community.”
- “The only way rights are sustained is through the process of education that expands across a single generation…”
- “Teachers and educators are the only profession mentioned in the preamble to the UDHR… This underscores their importance in ensuring a rights-respecting society.
Two student leaders from the Santa Monica High School Human Rights Watch Student Task Force chapter provided a student perspective on the need for human rights education and presented a PowerPoint incorporating human rights into the study of language.
The gathering was an important first step in exploring the most critical areas for the network’s activity in Southern California. If you would like more information about this gathering or would like to be involved with regional initiatives in the future, please contact Pam Bruns, HRE USA Regional Coordinator for Southern California, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kristin Ghazarians, HRW STF Project Liaison, at email@example.com.
Resources from the day:
UDHR Fundamental Freedoms Teacher & Student Workshop: October 7, 2010
A delegation of Student Task Force leaders presented to 20 educators and human rights activists at the Facing History & Ourselves Teachers Workshop on October 7. Students demonstrated how human rights education leads to action by highlighting their campaign work on the Fair Sentencing for Youth Act (SB 399) and Juvenile Justice reform in California.
Training HRE Trainers: August 6 and 7, 2009
- Workshop Agenda and Presenter Bios
- Workshop Resource Binder Readings
- Presenter PowerPoints
- Event Videos
UDHR Symposium: October 4, 2008
The Student Task Force invited LA-area educators to Wildwood School to discuss the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The symposium involved an interactive panel of experts as well as workshops on how to incorporate human rights education into any subject matter. Participants left the symposium with various materials and lesson plans on the UDHR.