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UFT Humane Education Committee P-course

Displaying what they learned

Gary Schoichet Teachers assess and evaluate the course and share projects.
Gary Schoichet Leila Fray of PS 90 in Richmond Hill takes on the timely issue of bullying through humane literature for her project.
Gary Schoichet First-grade teacher Ai Zhen of PS 105, Queens, uses what she’s learned about feral cats to illustrate a lesson.

During the past three months, some two dozen teachers met on eight Saturdays in a P-course focused on Promoting Success in Science and Literacy Through Humane Education. Their work culminated on May 18, when the teachers completed the 36-hour course — organized by the UFT Humane Education Committee, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers — by displaying the lessons they had learned and created for their classrooms. During the course, participants learned strategies to enhance students’ science and literacy skills by expanding their knowledge of companion animals, wildlife, farmed animals, chimpanzees and environmental and human rights issues, as well as through humane literature. The group also spent some Saturdays on field trips for bird watching and visited the Catskill Animal Sanctuary and the Animal Haven in Manhattan. Human rights issues were explored during a field trip to the National Museum of the American Indian. right: Leila Fray of PS 90 in Richmond Hill takes on the timely issue of bullying through humane literature for her project. below left: First-grade teacher Ai Zhen of PS 105, Queens, uses what she’s learned about feral cats to illustrate a lesson. 

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