INSTITUTE FOR HUMANE EDUCATION

The World Becomes What We Teach

aka IHE   |   Surry, ME   |  http://www.humaneeducation.org

Mission

The mission of the Institute for Humane Education is to educate people to create a world where all humans, animals, and nature may thrive.

Notes from the nonprofit

We believe the world becomes what we teach, and that we must educate a generation of solutionaries prepared and motivated to address and solve the challenges we face in the world.

Ruling year info

2000

President

Zoe Weil

Executive Director

Steve Cochrane

Main address

P.O. Box 260

Surry, ME 04684 USA

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EIN

01-0530866

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) seeks to solve interconnected problems related to social justice, environmental ethics, and animal protection. We do this by addressing a fundamental system that impacts all other systems: education. We work to ensure that people are educated to be solutionaries who are able to bring critical, systems, strategic, and creative thinking to bear on local and global challenges, and who are motivated by compassion and justice to do so. By preparing educators to teach students how to be solutionaries, able to uncover and solve systemic problems, we pave the way for the unfolding of a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. By bringing solutionary thinking and action to schools and communities, we set the stage for positive change.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Institute for Humane Education

Humane education teaches young people and adults to think critically, creatively and practically about how to live more humanely. Issues addressed range from worldwide challenges such as genocide, global warming and animal cruelty to community concerns and the power of personal choice. Our programs present novel approaches to engage people in a positive, persuasive manner.

Graduate degrees in affiliation with Antioch University offer a complete training to prepare people to be humane educators. Degree candidates learn to teach about the most important issues of our time and present complex and sensitive information to students of all ages and backgrounds.

We offer workshops, resources, high impact presentations to inform educators, activists and others to provide people with the insight they need to make truly thoughtful choices that help create a humane world for all people, animals and the environment and to solve the challenges we face. Participants learn powerful, enjoyable ways to reach out at schools, religious settings, events and other gatherings.

Resources - In addition to the books and articles written by IHE's co-founder and President, Zoe Weil, IHE offers a variety of resources, from free downloadable humane education lesson plans, to our blog and e-newsletter, to a variety of other sources useful to educators and citizen activists. IHE has produced a free, digital Solutionary Guidebook

Population(s) Served
Adults

Accredited online Masters, Certificate, and Ph.D. programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The CSC serves as a dynamic hub for professional development, resources, and learning for educators and activists seeking to become and to educate others to be solutionaries.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Online resource center for educators filled with books, org links, lesson plans, activities, Pinterest, blogs etc related to educating about the interconnections between environmental sustainability, human rights, and animal protection.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Americans Who Tell the Truth 2012

Affiliations & memberships

Social Psychology Network 2009

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of educators who have opportunities to attend programs offered by professional organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Institute for Humane Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We zoomed into teacher events, as keynoter and speaker, to reach teachers via Zoom (during COVID), offering a solutionary focus for them to bring to classrooms.

Number of teachers who receive quarterly training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Center for Solutionary Change

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Providing support to our partners in San Mateo, ~100 teachers received training using our solutionary approach by the county. In turn, these teachers produced & delivered Solutionary Units

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We seek to educate a #SolutionaryGeneration ready and able to solve challenges rather than debate or argue about them. We do this through the following:
• Our unique graduate programs (M.Ed., M.A., Ed.D. Graduate Certificate, Ed.D.) - offered through an affiliation with Antioch University. These graduate programs prepare educators, activists, and changemakers to teach about the interconnected issues of human rights, environmental ethics, and animal protection and enable others to be solutionaries for a more just and healthy world.
• Our Solutionary materials and professional development - We offer free, digital solutionary guidebooks for teachers and students, a Solutionary Micro-credential Program for teachers, and free lesson plans and units from our award-winning online resource center to enable anyone, anywhere, to bring a clear and powerful process to others so that together we can bring solutionary thinking and action to bear on local and global challenges.
• Provide high impact outreach: keynotes, workshops, articles, books to spread solutionary thinking and action as far as possible.

We seek to reach the greatest number of people with the easiest pathways to achieving our goals.

1. Graduate programs are online so that we can prepare educators from around the world
2. Free lesson and unit plans, other resources, and free digital Solutionary Guidebooks - again so that anyone, anywhere can use these proven strategies to bring solutionary thinking and action to bear on problems.
3. Building and curating a Solutionary YouTube Channel to showcase student solutionary work, rather than require in-person events that limit the reach.
4. Partner with schools, districts, and counties. Currently, we are working with San Mateo County, CA, which is using our Solutionary approach as the philosophy and framework for their entire county serving 23 school districts and 113,000 children. The Office of Education is using IHE president, Zoe Weil's book "The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries" as the text. They are bringing us in to work with curriculum and instructional deveopers, administrators, and teachers, and hold an annual Solutionary Fair to showcase student work. They have deeply trained hundreds of teachers who have developed Solutionary Units for their classrooms and are delivering them to students. We are assessing these in order to demonstrate and then spread this kind of education. We are also working with many other teachers, schools, and Oceanside School District on Long Island, NY, which is making our solutionary approach integral to the K12 social studies curriculum.
5. IHE's president writes books, articles, keynotes conferences, leads workshops, and blogs for Psychology Today, and reaches hundreds of thousands through her personal outreach,.

1. IHE's President is considered the global leader in comprehensive humane education. She is a prolific writer and sought-after speaker. Her first (of six) TEDx talks became among the 50 most popular one year after its upload. She keynotes conferences across the U.S. and overseas.
2. IHE's graduate programs are unique in the world and its faculty is superb and represent leaders in their respective fields.
3. IHE is the world leader in solutionary-focused humane education connecting human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection. Our graduates (of our Master's degree and PhD programs, our online courses, our workshops) have brought humane education to schools, communities, and countries across the globe. Our work has launched many non-profits and placed humane education leaders in many others.
4. IHE has a dedicated and excellent volunteer board; many long term major donors; and a growing community of alumni.
5. IHE's revenue comes from a combination of donations, grants, and program revenue making us a stable organization since our founding in 1996.

IHE has accomplished the following:
• Created the first graduate programs in comprehensive humane education in the U.S. offered online.
• Created acclaimed humane education workshops.
• Brought the concept of educating a #SolutionaryGeneration to the world.
• Graduated hundreds of people from our graduate programs and online courses who have gone on to bring humane education to classrooms, communities, businesses, the arts, and founding and/or leading non-profit education programs.
• Reached hundreds of thousands through our free online resources at our award-winning resource center.
• Reached hundreds of thousands through our president's TEDx talks.
• Reached tens of thousands through keynote addresses at education and other conferences.
• Created a field of study - comprehensive humane education - and the books and thinking to accompany it.
• Inspired and prepared a county, districts, and many schools and teachers to bring humane education and solutionary practices to thousands of students.

What lies ahead is not simply more of this, but a tipping point in which solutionary practices are deeply embedded in educational systems, preparing students to solve the challenges we face in the world. Moreover, our world helps activists and changemakers to be systems-thinkers and more strategic as they understand the needs of all stakeholders and build bridges for successful collaboration and true solutionary thinking rather than perpetual side-taking.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve educators, students, advocates for a just, healthy, and humane world, and ultimately all people, animals, and ecosystems that are affected by the systems humans create and perpetuate. Our work builds a more equitable, peaceful, and sustainable future by educating people to be solutionaries who are motivated and successful at working collaboratively, and through a powerful solutionary process, to address and solve problems locally, nationally, and globally.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Evaluations of all our programs,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We changed our Solutionary online training course to make it work better for teachers; to lead to a micro-credential, solutionary badge, and CEUs; to streamline the course into 30 hours; and to make the solutionary process more cohesive through a 3-module structure. We offer full scholarships for anyone who needs it to make the program serve our goals of equity. We also produced two free digital guidebooks, a "Solutionary Guidebook" for teachers, and "How to Be a Solutionary" guide for students and changemakers.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are collaborative and supportive of our partners, alumni, and program participants, empowering them to lead at every turn. We see ourselves as supporting a network of solutionary-focused educators and changemakers to build communities that are more just, healthy, and humane.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INSTITUTE FOR HUMANE EDUCATION

Board of directors
as of 8/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Neil Hornish

Zoe Weil

Neil Hornish

Stephanie Hanner

Lori Weir

Julie Meltzer

Haj Carr

Kathleen Skerrett

Stacy Hoult-Saros

Akash Patel

Gunbir Sethi

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/02/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/01/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.