The Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE) presents the
"Tools of the Trade" National Conference
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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
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
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 APHE.org
Or write us at
APHE, C/O The Latham Foundation
1826 Clement Ave., Alameda, CA 94501
Animals 101, Inc.
Best Friends Animal Society
The ASPCA National Shelter Outreach
The Humane Society of the US
The Pegasus Foundation
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
MichelleRivera1@aol.com or visit
See you in Sunny South Florida!
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