Effective Practices for Infusing Human Rights and Peace Education Middle School and High School Level

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Effective Practices for Infusing Human Rights and Peace Education
Middle School and High School Level

1. Complete the Needs Assessment: Take the Human Rights Temperature of Your School. A handy tool, developed and distributed by the Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota, allows students and teachers to discover human rights strengths and pinpoint areas that need a more comfortable temperature. Available in Topic Book 1: Economic & Social Justice on pp. 67-72 or on-line at http://www.hrusa.org/hrmaterials/temperature/interactive.php.

2. Familiarize Yourself with State-of-the-Art Pedagogy and Facilitation Skills. Create a Human Rights Learning Community with your peers to
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For additional help in creating a human rights community, see Creating A Human Rights Community pp. 92-95 in Human Rights Here & Now - http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/hereandnow/Part-4/5_action-activity1.htm.

5. Get to Know Students’ Human Rights Issues through the Use of Emergent Curriculum. Ask students to share what they think needs to be more fully addressed at the global, local and individual level. Give your input as well. Ask students to compare their answers to the UDHR articles. Teachers use the information to make curriculum pertinent to students’ lives and students use self-identified articles for further research and weave into ongoing assignments. Use the information students provide to develop curriculum activities. For in-depth study of integrating curriculum around significant problems, without regard for subject-area boundaries, check out Curriculum Integration: Designing the Core of Democratic Education.

6. Explore Human Rights through the Art of Storytelling. Expose students to people who have stood up for human rights with The Compassionate Rebel: Energized by Anger, Motivated by Love. Complement with Compassionate Rebel Interview and Writing Skills at www.hrusa.org/september/activities/storytelling.htm. Students learn ways to discover those who have made their own community a better place to live, work, or play. Reading, Writing, and Rising Up is a curriculum, which shares

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