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Teaching for a Positive Future - Online Course Registration

Institute for Humane Education

Monday, July 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM

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Teaching for a Positive Future is our online course for educators who want to inspire their students to become leaders and changemakers - for creating a healthy, peaceful, and sustainable world. This is our intensive four-week summer session.

From thoughtful and inspiring course exercises, to the dynamic conversations with fellow participants, to mentoring from you course instructor—you'll find the support and motivation you need to teach valuable critical and creative thinking skills about our global challenges. You learn how to help students nurture connection and embrace responsibility so that they can become solutionaries for a better world.

"I love, love, love the course!  I love everything about it  - the topics, the reading, the videos links, the on-line commons!"
~ Debbie Blais, teacher, British Columbia, Canada


During the course, you'll examine important questions, such as:

  • What is education for?
  • Is my teaching as relevant as I want it to be to the world my students are inheriting?
  • How can I help my students connect the dots between their learning in class and the larger world?
  • How can I integrate humane education into my teaching and my own life?


The online course offers a powerful and transformative learning experience in a flexible, online format.

What Your Course Includes:

The course book, The Power and Promise of Humane Education

• A downloadable course curriculum with twenty thought-provoking exercises you can refer to again and again.

 An easy to use online course website that   comes with free training and support.

• An Online Commons discussion forum. You will receive an email prompt from the instructor for each assignment and then go to the Online Commons to compare experiences, share insights and resources, and interact with the instructor to get help, create solutions, and build momentum. 

Bonus Exercises & Resources to extend your learning and help you plan forward after the course ends.

Mentoring from your course instructor is available by phone or email to answer questions, provide guidance, and discuss issues that arise during the course. 

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs):  Earn a certificate of completion and the option to earn 4.5 CEUs through the University of Maine. Teachers in other states may be able to utilize these for continuing education requirements in their state.

• Community: You will meet people from around the world who share your passions. Relationships often continue beyond the courses and several collaborations have grown from them.

“Excellent course! The activities and resources were appropriate and useful for a broad range of educators including K-12, college and home-school instructors. It was easy to personalize each activity, making it directly relevant to specific topics and courses. I enjoyed being part of the warm and supportive online community that developed throughout the course.”
~Stacy Hoult-Saros, Assoc. Professor of Spanish, Valparaiso University, IN


Planning Your Time:

This intensive course is 4 weeks long. Exercises are scheduled for every other day of the course. There are no scheduled sessions, but the Online Commons is available to you at any time during the course.

This course will be as meaningful as you make it. We estimate that the course will take an average of 8-12 hours per week. The more time you have to devote to the exercises and the online discussions, the more transformative the course will be for you. 

“I really enjoyed the course, and think that it would be valuable for any teacher to take it.”
~ Mark Messer, English Teacher, George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, Maine


Cancellation Policy:

We will refund your registration, minus a $25 administration fee, if you cancel more than 7 days before the course session begins. IHE is unable to grant refunds for cancellations after that date.

Transfer Policy:

If you find that you cannot participate in the session of the course for which you have registered, you have until the Friday of the first week of the course session to let us know and transfer to another scheduled session of the course or to one of IHE’s other online courses. After that time, we cannot offer you a transfer. The transfer must be made to a course that is scheduled within nine months of the current course session, and there is a limit of one transfer per course. There is an additional $20 course book fee if you transfer to a different online course.

Course Faculty: Marsha Rakestraw


Marsha Rakestraw is the Director of Online Courses, Online Communications, and Education Resources at IHE and comes from a family of teachers. She has taught at the PreK-graduate levels and her experience includes teaching high school language arts, working as a school media specialist and more than a decade as a children's/young adult librarian. She has taught several sessions of IHE's online course, A Better World, A Meaningful Life, and she also regularly leads humane education workshops.

Marsha has a BFA in Dance, a BA in English, and an MLS from Emporia State University. She received her certificate in Humane Education from IHE in 2005 and has been on IHE's staff since 2007.


“Class has only been on for three days and I am already tweaking what I do in the classroom!” ~ Christy Lochary


For more information:

Email us at or call (207) 667-1025.

Have questions about Teaching for a Positive Future - Online Course Registration? Contact Institute for Humane Education


Monday, July 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM

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Institute for Humane Education

The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to creating a world of solutionaries who have the knowledge, tools, and motivation to build a healthy, humane, restorative world for all. Headquartered in Surry, Maine, IHE has been training humane educators and promoting humane education since 1996. Humane education approaches human rights, environmental preservation and animal protection as interconnected and integral dimensions of a healthy, just society. 

Through an affiliation with Valparaiso University’s graduate school, IHE offers five different graduate degrees/programs in Humane Education - the only programs of their kind in the U.S.

  • M.Ed. in Humane Education
  • M.A. in Humane Education
  • MALS in Humane Education
  • M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Humane Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Humane Education

IHE offers online programs, workshops, as well as many dynamic resources at our website:

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