Animal Writes
From 12 December 2004 Issue

The Best Humane Education Conference Ever!
By Michelle Rivera - [email protected] 

The Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE) presents the "Tools of the Trade" National Conference
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
January 20-22

This year our Keynote Speaker is Zoe Weil! Zoe Weil is co-founder and president of the International Institute for Humane Education (IIHE). Zoe has been a humane educator since 1985 and has taught tens of thousands of children and adults about humane and compassionate living. She became a pioneer in a movement that has transformed humane education from a field that focused primarily on animals and the environment, to a broad-based, comprehensive educational approach that includes human rights, environmental ethics, animal protection, and cultural issues. Zoe is the author of Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times (2003), and the upcoming book, The Power and Promise of Humane Education (due out in the fall of 2004). She is also the author of two humane education books for young people, So, You Love Animals: An Action-Packed, Fun-Filled Book to Help Kids Help Animals (1990) and Animals in Society: Facts and Perspectives on our Treatment of Animals (1994). Prior to co-founding IIHE, Zoe created and directed Animalearn, which become one of the most successful and extensive humane education programs in the world. She has many tools to offer humane educators and we are honored to have her join us for this conference. We would like to thank the Pegasus Foundation for their generous support in bringing Zoe Weil to this conference!

Other speakers include: Lt. Sherry Schlueter is with the Broward County Sheriff's Office and has been a guest on Oprah and Montel and has been a consultant to many law enforcement agencies here and abroad. With over thirty-three years experience in crimes against animals, Lt. Schlueter will give humane educators the tools to respond to students who share stories of animal cruelty and abuse in their homes, neighborhoods and communities.

ASPCA's Humane Educator Jennifer Dragotta shares her experiences from St. Eustatius as well as New York City, where she encounters a multicultural population every day. She will bring us the tools to tailor our lessons to the population we are teaching.

Cheryl Falkenburry is the director of Caring for Creatures and is an animal behaviorist and puppeteer. She will show us how to use puppets as tools to bring harmony to the household by teaching kids how to behave around their own pets. She has a kit available for sale, including Rags the marionette.

Jane Deming, director of the Providence Humane Society shows us how storyboards make great presentation tools to teach kids to be safe around animals. Come hear this veteran humane educator and acting director of the Providence Animal Rescue League teaches kids to care about safety.

Michelle Rivera is the author of Hospice Hounds, Animals and Healing at the Borders of Death, and Canines in the Classroom, Raising Humane Children through Interactions with Animals, and her third book, The Simple Little Vegan Crockery Cookbook due out in the winter of 2005. She is a journalist with Animal Writes, The Official Animal Rights Online Newsletter, and the co-founder and president of Animals 101, Inc, an organization dedicated to humane education. She is also a Delta Society licensed evaluator and will share with us information on certifying your companion animal as a therapy animal. Activity animals make great tools in helping us establish empathy for animals and you will be treated to a live demonstration of a Delta Society evaluation.

Humane Educator Janice Mininberg, Women's Humane Society, has developed a program that is sure to strike a chord with young students who are fans of Harry Potter (and who isn't?) She has combined the animals of Harry Potter's mythical world with real-life ideals and brings us the tools to reach a broad audience through imagination. Don't be surprised by a visit from Professor McGonagall.

Lisa Cushing, NAHEE (National Association of Humane And Environmental Education) presents: Simon Says, 'Let's Be Kind to Animals!'"
Nahee publishes KIND News as well as dozens of other humane education materials. Lisa Cushing, NAHEE's outreach coordinator, brings this new presentation from the well-known "Teach Kids to Care" workshop series. No longer the "terrible twos," preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) are ready to listen, share, identify with others, and lend a hand. What a great time to teach compassion, respect, and responsibility for animals! Come and learn about effective preschool presentations-practicing songs, rhythms, fingerplays, feltboard activities, and tactile exercises that open young children's eyes, ears, and hearts to the needs of our animal friends.

Corey Price, from the famous Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colorado, is a humane educator with the tools to keep teachers involved! She will show us how to design and implement a humane education teacher workshop and partner with local colleges and school districts to offer continuing education credits for teachers.

John Goodwin is the grassroots coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States and he believes that exercising your right to vote and voting for someone who is there for the animals is the most important thing activists can do to help animals. He will give us the tools we need to teach our students how to understand basic civics and use that information for the good of the animals.

Cynthia Frisch is an officer with the unique and awesome Pegasus Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping those agencies who are meeting especially daunting challenges. Their foundation helps agencies by giving them the tools they need to help an enormous number of animals. She will share with us the special problems faced by Florida such as panthers, manatees and the Everglades. Fascinating

And we will close with an esteemed panel of character education experts moderated by Ann Gearhart, Humane Educator of the Year.

Who Should Attend? You!

APHE provides professional development opportunities and networking for educators who promote humane attitudes toward people, animals and the environment. APHE upholds the highest standards of practice in humane
Visit us at
Or write us at
APHE, C/O The Latham Foundation
1826 Clement Ave., Alameda, CA 94501

Animals 101, Inc.
Best Friends Animal Society
PETsMART Charities
The ASPCA National Shelter Outreach
The Humane Society of the US
The Pegasus Foundation

Conference Location
Doubletree Hotel
4431 PGA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Special Conference room rate $78.00
Be sure to mention APHE when making your reservations to get the special rate, and call before December 20th as rooms are limited.

Fly into Palm Beach International Airport

For information or to receive a conference brochure and/or schedule, please e-mail me at [email protected] or visit
See you in Sunny South Florida!

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