Dear Friends of the Human Rights Education Community.
I hope many of you will be able to join us for the NCSS Annual Conference in New Orleans November 13 - 15, with some preliminary activities November 11-12. Human Rights is a theme of the NCSS Conference this year and there will be many exciting opportunities to learn from HRE practitioners -- teachers, researchers, dreamers.
The HRE Community has some special events planned for New Orleans:
Our HRE Community Meeting will be held on Friday, November 13, from 2:15 to 3:05 at the Marriott Hotel in the Julia Room. Come and help us plan the next steps for the HRE Community and meet social studies colleagues with a passion for human rights.
Our HRE Community Scholar Speakers, Andrea McEvoy Spero and Susan Katz will discuss their recent book, Bringing Human Rights Education to US Classrooms (Palgrave McMillan, 2015) and share with us examples of effective human rights education in elementary, middle and high school settings. Their presentation is on Saturday, at 2:40 in the Convention Center (check program for room and I'll send it as well).
The HRE Community Reception will be held following the Community Scholar presentation. We will adjourn to the Fulton Room at the Marriott from 4:00 to 5:30. There will be refreshments, light snacks and a no-host bar. Come and mingle and get to know the community of human rights educators within NCSS.
At the HRE Community Reception, a cooperating civil society HRE organization, HRE USA will announce the recipient of the first Edward O'Brien Human Rights Educator Award. Ed O'Brien was a pioneer in human rights education in schools and in communities. He founded the Street Law program and was a founding member of our HRE Community. Ed died unexpectedly this past summer. In his honor, HRE USA has established the Edward O'Brien Human Rights Educator Award to recognize a person, organization or resource that has made a significant contribution to human rights education in the United States. The recipient will be announced at the awards ceremony during the HRE Community Reception. Please come and celebrate with us.
Finally, as you are filling out your schedule of "can't miss" presentations and programs at NCSS New Orleans, please check this guide to the human rights-related presentations, prepared for us by Dr. Glen Mitoma and the students and staff from the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. If I've left anything out, or if you have any additions to these announcements, please send a reply with your information. I hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us in New Orleans and celebrate the growth of human rights education awareness in our schools.
See you soon,
Rosemary Blanchard, ChairNCSS Human Rights Education Community