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Conference Schedule & Presentations:

Wednesday, April 24

Registration and Exhibitors Open

10:00 - 10:30 A.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown  


Pre-Conference Workshop #1:

Smooches and Pooches: Empathy, Compassion, and Fundraising

10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Looking for fun, impactful ways to fundraise for your programs while spreading empathy and compassion? Learn all about East Bay SPCA's Smooches for Pooches program where students develop ways to raise funds for their local animal welfare organization and are rewarded with an engaging visit from one of our smoochable pooches.

Presenter: Heather Franco, East Bay SPCA

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown (Room TBA)


Pre-Conference Workshop #2:

Bridging Accessibility and Empathy: Building Inclusive Programs with Bugs!

10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

As humane educators we have the opportunity to provide accessible programming for diverse learners through inclusive and multifaceted teaching methods. If you enjoyed the session last year, or are just joining us this year, we explore how to incorporate user-led teaching techniques of Inquiry Based and Project Based Learning into programming making them accessible to all types of learners. Also, discover how invertebrates in programming can forge relevant and impactful connections with diverse learning styles.

Presenter: Karen Verderame, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown (Room TBA)


Lunch for Pre-Conference Participants

12:00 - 1:00 P.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown  


Registration Continues

1:00 - 1:30 P.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown  


Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker Introduction

1:30 - 2:00 P.M.

Presenters: Melissa Logan, APHE Board of Directors President, and Maddie's Fund

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown  


Keynote Address

2:00 - 2:30 P.M.

Today Humane Education faces many obstacles. Funding is difficult, school systems are reluctant to take part, inner city schools struggle with violence in the classroom, generally the pay scale is low and attracting good educators is difficult, and then there are the problems of social media.

Being a Humane Educator today is not for the faint of heart.

The Key Note Address will seek to have you think beyond Compassion and Empathy to new ways of thinking about your mission. You will be asked to reconsider your programs and your approach, to find new and exciting ways to deliver your message in a world with so much negativity. We will examine what may be missing in your approach while celebrating the great strides and magnificent achievements being made in humane education today.

Keynote Speaker: Barbara Carr

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown  


Break and Exhibitors

2:30 - 2:40 P.M. 

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown  


Panel: Everyone is on the Education Team: The Changing Role of Humane Education within Animal Welfare

2:40 - 4:00 P.M.

Description coming soon

Panelists: Darlene Blackman (Marin Humane), Kelly Muhovich, DVM (Caring Pathways), and Lauren Golpl (Buffalo Public Schools)

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown  


Closing Remarks

4:00 - 4:05 P.M. 

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown  


Exhibitors

4:05 - 5:00 P.M. 

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown  


Networking Mixer

6:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Join your APHE Board Members for a networking happy hour to unwind and socialize!  Hosted at our event location (Aloft Buffalo Downtown), this mixer will be a casual space to meet other members, reconnect with old friends, and build lasting connections with fellow humane educators. There will be games, door prizes, and more, designed to engage attendees but also keep you within your comfort zone.  Don’t miss this opportunity to vibe with your hive!  Light appetizers and drinks will be provided.  

Hosted by APHE Board of Directors

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown 

Thursday, April 25 

Registration, Breakfast, Marketplace, and Exhibitors Open

7:30 - 8:30 A.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 - 8:50 A.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


The Downside to Empathy and How to Overcome It

8:50 - 9:35 A.M.

Empathy involves understanding, sharing, and caring about the feelings of others. It’s a general term that describes different ways people respond to one another (including animals) and is the core skill we aim to foster in our work as humane educators. However, empathy is complicated! We don’t always apply it equitably to people or animals and this can inadvertently cause harm. It can be easier to empathize with certain people, like friends or family than with strangers. The same is true with animals - empathizing with a dog is likely easier than with an octopus. However, these biases lead to discrepancies in our empathetic responses that can cause harm from discrimination towards groups of people to poorer welfare outcomes for animals we have difficulty relating to. This session will discuss some of the downsides to empathy and explore ways to overcome these issues.

Presenters: Melissa Logan and Don Seller, Alberta SPCA

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Break and Exhibitors

9:35 - 9:45 A.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Yes, And: Fostering Empathy through Improvisational Theatre

9:45 - 10:30 A.M.

Join us for an engaging and hands-on talk centered on the art of utilizing improvisational theatre to cultivate empathy in educational settings. We'll delve into how improv's fundamental principles of spontaneity, active listening, and collaboration provide a dynamic foundation for nurturing empathy. This approach not only strengthens the connection between educators and students but also fosters deeper understanding and empathy among students.

Presenter: Margaret Hanzlick-Burton, Wayside Waifs

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown (Room TBA)


Introducing and Exploring Guiding Principles for Veterinary Community Engagement

9:45 - 10:30 A.M.

A working group of veterinarians and research professionals collaborated to craft a guidance document reflecting principles of veterinary community engagement, adapted from the CDC's Principles for Community Engagement, Second Edition, and incorporating elements of animal welfare, ethics, decision-making, research and clinical pedagogy unique to veterinary community engagement programs. Principles will be explored, as well as discussion surrounding how the guidance document may be a resource across other animal-related engagement.

Presenter: Karen Verderame, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown (Room TBA)


Break and Exhibitors

10:30 - 10:45 A.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Roundtable: On the Struggle Bus

10:45 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.

Do you feel like professionally, everything goes exactly your way? Are all your programs supported by your organization, attended in record numbers by your community, and making financial profit for your department? Have you no worries in the world?

If you answered no to any of those questions, then this session is for you!

Join this session that is all about providing an ear to others and being provided an ear as we share our struggles, challenges, and experiences as humane educators. You will walk away knowing that there is a community within APHE that supports you during your highs and your lows, and can be a great source of ideas!

Presenter: Monica Kothe, Humane Society of Southern Arizona

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Lunch

12:15 - 1:15 P.M.  

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


The Kids are Alright: Empowering Teen Advocates

1:15 - 2:00 P.M.

Young people are passionate supporters of animal welfare and they are in a unique position to affect change in their communities, sometimes they just need a little help to get started! Whether your organization is already known for its advocacy efforts, or is just getting started, getting teens involved with your work has benefits for you and for them. Learn about how Humane Teen Club members at Seattle Humane are making a difference and tips for starting your own teen program.

Presenter: Heidi Muir, Seattle Humane and Rahni Singh

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown (Room TBA)


Roll for Empathy! The Power of Tabletop Roleplaying Games in Humane Education

1:15 - 2:00 P.M.

Dungeons and Dragons has had a steady rise in pop culture over the past several years. From appearing in mainstream shows, to the endless supply of D&D podcasts, this game is not going anywhere anytime soon. Underneath the dungeons and the dragons, it is all about learning to see from new points of view and work as a team. In this presentation we will discuss how we can explore fantasy worlds to better face the real issues in the world around us, and how we can intentionally approach games to support humane education. Learn how a D&D workshop at PAWS was used to encourage teens to develop solutions to problems that companion animals and wildlife face, and brainstorm ways that tabletop roleplaying can foster empathy and inspire action in your own community or organization!

Presenter: Kelsey Fairhurst, PAWS

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown (Room TBA)


Break and Exhibitors

2:00 - 2:15 P.M. 

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Agency-Centered Humane Education: Transformative Practices for Nurturing Empathetic Connections with Other Animals

2:15 - 3:00 P.M.

Deepening empathy is one of the primary goals of humane education. In this session, we’ll explore nonhuman agency and consent and its importance in building empathetic connections between humans and other animals. We’ll discuss what agency and consent look like in other species and how humane educators can practically apply these understandings to transform their daily work in both in-person and virtual settings. This presentation will also include a recognition of the inherent challenges involved in this work as well as a set of guiding questions for humane educators who are interested in cultivating more empathy through agency-centered practices.

Presenters: Emily Tronetti, Antioch University/Coexistence Consulting and Andie Springirth, Open Sanctuary Project

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Closing Remarks

3:00 - 3:05 P.M. 

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Exhibitors, Marketplace, and Networking

3:05 - 4:00 P.M. 

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Dinner and Nathania Gartman Heroes Award Presentation

6:00 - 9:00 P.M. 

Location: TBA

Friday, April 26, 2024

Breakfast and Exhibitors Open

7:30 - 8:30 A.M. 

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Welcome and Announcements

8:30 - 8:35 A.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Membership Meeting, Group Photo, and Gryphon Press Book Drawing

8:35 - 9:35 A.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Break and Exhibitors

9:35 - 9:45 A.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Neurodiversity and Empathy, Appearances May Vary

9:45 - 10:30 A.M.

Neurodiversity is recognized more each year in children and adults. The old thought that Autism Spectrum Disorder equates will lack of empathy is generally recognized as incorrect. As we move forward with more recognition of neurodiversity do we know enough about expressive and receptive empathy in all populations? Come learn how neurodiversity impacts one's ability to give and receive empathy. Common expressions of empathy in the neurodiverse population will be covered. Sharing meaningful empathy with neurodiverse children and adults will also be covered.

Presenter: Kerry Muhovich DVM, Caring Pathways

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


And Welfare for All: Improving Socio-Emotional Learning Outcomes for Vulnerable Youth Populations with Evidence-Based Dog Assisted Interventions

9:45 - 10:30 A.M.

We will demonstrate through the One Welfare model & evidence-based evaluation how to enhance outcomes for youth in detention settings training shelter dogs. We draw on data from our dog-assisted intervention programs at 4 detention centers in Chicago & Detroit to discuss our curriculum which embeds therapeutic, socio-emotional learning & vocational components. Youth who have completed these programs have shown increased empathy and patience, skills which can then guide the youth towards re-entry into the community with stronger pro-social and vocational skills, and less anxiety and aggression. We will discuss the curriculum, evaluation & implications for programs such as these to improve outcomes for vulnerable and justice-involved youth while increasing the adoptability in shelter dogs.

Presenter: Amy Johnson, University of North Florida/Safe Humane and Keri Burchfield, Northern Illinois University

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Break and Exhibitors

10:30 - 10:45 A.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Roundtables and Reflection

10:45 - 11:50 A.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Closing Remarks

11:50 - 12:00 P.M.

Location: Aloft Buffalo Downtown


Excursion (Optional)

Tentative: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Join the education team from the SPCA Serving Erie County for an exciting behind-the-scenes tour of their facility! The tour will be approximately 90 minutes in length and include a meeting with one of their ambassador animals

Attendees must arrange their own transportation to the SPCA - ride sharing options are available!

Location: SPCA Serving Erie County, 300 Harlem Rd, West Seneca, NY 14224


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