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CONTENT DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the Coffee and Connect webinars and recordings are those of the speakers or authors and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by APHE or its Board of Directors. 

Upcoming Coffee & Connect Sessions:

Measuring Welfare and Empathy

October 4th, 2023

Let's talk research! Join Lauren Powell and Karen Verderame as they introduce an all-new assessment poised to transform the field of humane education with data collection. Penn Vet Shelter Medicine and Community Engagement is conducting a study to test the reliability and validity of two new scales. These scales were developed to measure student knowledge regarding animal welfare and empathy towards animals and to investigate the impact of humane education programs on student attitudes and empathy towards animals. We would like to invite the APHE community to collaborate to test these scales. Together, we can assess the profound impacts of the tireless work being done in the field of humane education!

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Save the Date: 

November 1st, 2023 - Speaker & Topic TBA


Our popular Coffee & Connect webinars were introduced in 2020 resulting from an immediate need for our members to connect and share summer camp planning during the 2020 COVID pandemic beginnings. Due to the success of this monthly program (formerly Coffee & Camp), the program has evolved to monthly webinars featuring experts in the field of Humane Education. Each Coffee & Connect features spotlights topics relevant to educators in the field. 

Coffee & Connect is offered the 1st Wednesday of each month, at 1pm ET.  Registration is free for members and requires pre-registration. Non-members may register for a $5 fee.

Past Coffee & Connect topics

September 6, 2023 - Summer Camp Debrief Roundtables

May 3, 2023 - Pre-Summer Camp Roundtables

March 1, 2023 - "Find the Funds" with Lindsay Layendecker of the Jacksonville Humane Society

February 1, 2023 - "Sharing a Creative Mess to Help Shelter Pets by Inspiring Kindness and the Don’t Pet Mindset/Love from a Distance" with Jeanne Frye-Mason

January 4, 2023 -  "The One Thing You Still Need" with Tressa Yonekawa Bundren

December 2022 - Humane Education Roundtables

November 2, 2022 - "Therapy Dogs in the High School Setting" with Jessica Maricevic of Empathic Paws

October 12, 2022 - "Barnyard Buddies: Building Relationships Between Children and Formerly Farmed Animals" with Anna Boarini of VINE Sanctuary

September 7, 2022 - "Wolf Eradication and Management Policy as Critical Pedagogy" with Karen Winter

March 9, 2022 - "Connections Create Conservationists; the Work of Animal Ambassadors" with Haylee Blake from Helen Woodward Animal Center

February 2, 2022 - "How Much Is a Whale Really Worth?" with Beth Besom of the Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans

January 12, 2022 - "Educating Youth with Farm Sanctuary Programming" with Maddie Krasno of Farm Sanctuary

November 3, 2021 - "Sharing is Caring: Virtual Roundtables" with the APHE board 

October 6, 2021 - "Fostering Compassion for Fishes" with Jonathan Balcombe and Kim Korona

September 1, 2021 - "Ready, S-E-T, Go: Building a Culture of SEL" with Katie Frazier and Nicole Lovecchio

May 5, 2021 - " Summer Camp: It's All Fun and Games" with Kim Ferris-Church

March 3, 2021 - "Cool to Be Kind:"  Evaluation of a Classroom-Based Humane Education Intervention

February 3, 2021 - HE Volunteers

January 6, 2021 - Preparing Volunteers and Their Dogs to Represent Your Organization

December 2, 2020 - Teaching Animal Protection, Embracing Social Justice 

November 4, 2020 - New Partnerships/Schools/Funding

October 7, 2020 - Fall Programming with East Bay SPCA

September 2, 2020 - Camp Review/School Going Forward 

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