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Keynote Speaker: Emilie Buchwald

Education: Barnard College, B.A; Columbia University, M.A; University of Minnesota, Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Minnesota, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters,

University of Minnesota

Publishing, Writing

Emilie Buchwald is the publisher emeritus and co-founder of Milkweed Editions, editing or co-editing more than 200 award-winning books of fiction, poetry, nonfiction in social justice and environmental issues. She is a poet (author of The Moment’s Only Moment, Benjamin Franklin Silver Award) and author of children’s novels Gildaen (Chicago Tribune Best Children’s book of the Year ages 9-12) and Floramel and Esteban (both published by Harcourt Brace, reissued by Milkweed Editions), and under her maiden name, Daisy Bix, Buddy Unchained (winner, Henry Bergh Award and winner HSUS Kind award, best children’s picture book of the year) and At the Dog Park. In 2006, Buchwald founded the children’s picture book press The Gryphon Press to celebrate the human–animal bond, illuminating through story the challenges animals face in their everyday lives and the tremendous impact of human kindness and caring in creating change.

Teaching: Before co-founding Milkweed Editions, Emilie taught classes in literature at the University of Minnesota for nine years; then taught a course in Writing for Children through Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota; and classes in writing poetry at The Loft, a place for literature and the Arts.


Amplify Your Audience

Every shelter has dedicated kids that attend every program, but how do we draw in the youth that wouldn't normally consider visiting an animal shelter?  In this presentation, we will demonstrate ways to reach out to untapped communities and utilize effective marketing to bring in new faces to your shelter. We will discuss four of our programs that have exploded in popularity, generated substantial revenue, and can be easily replicated by any shelter.  Participants will leave with tools to implement these strategies at their own facility. April 02, 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. 

Jessica Lichty & Kylie Wiest, Charleston Animal Society

The State of Humane Education in U.S. Schools: 2018-2019

This presentation will review a first of its kind study that assessed the state of humane education in our school systems across the United States that includes data from over 800 participants from all 50 states. Presenters will share the major findings from the study that are relevant to all humane educators working in or with schools across the country. We will also discuss and role play social issues facing our nation’s youth, and schools in general, that increase barriers for humane educators providing programs to schools. As a full participant-presenter team, we will workshop and share ways we as humane educators can overcome these barriers. April 02, 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. 

Sarah Bexell, Julia Senecal, Anna Buckman, Hannah Lee, Maggie Lantzy & Emilie Evans

Communities and Privilege in Humane Education: Recognizing and Celebrating Differences

This presentation will discuss the importance of considering privilege when creating humane education programs. We will define privilege, discuss how that can lead to indoctrination, and share ways as a group in which we can provide humane education topics without privileged ideas. Participants will create a lesson plan together that they can then take home and use in their own programs. April 02, 11:15 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.

Maggie Lantzy, The Zoology Foundation & Stephanie Itle-Clark, Academy of Prosocial Learning

Turn and Face the Strange, Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: How to Manage and Communicate Through Change at Your Shelter

This talk will walk you through ways to mitigate the impact on your staff, board, volunteers, donors, and your community and come out the other side whole. Based on personal experience and case studies, you will learn how to survive and thrive during organizational change like mergers, acquisitions, mission shift, programmatic cuts or expansion.  April 02, 11:15 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.

Barbara McLean, Barbara McLean Consulting 

The Business of Saving Lives

Learn how to grow and maintain your department/organization using some of our tried and true techniques that are suitable for non-profits of any size!  Whether your department/organization is looking to raise awareness within your community, learn how to increase donations, or are planning your first fundraising event, this presentation will surely help you learn new and different approaches to reaching your goals! Mike is a dynamic and engaging speaker who speaks internationally.  April 02, 01:45 P.M. - 02:45 P.M. 

Mike Arms, Helen Woodward Animal Center 

Measuring Children's Empathy Toward Animals: User-Friendly Approaches

Drawing from my role as project manager for the Measuring Assessment Collaborative Learning Project (MECAP), I will share some of the tools that have been developed to measure the success of humane education programs in fostering children's empathy towards animals. These assessment tools were designed to be used by program staff and to be embedded within program delivery, rather than as stand-alone surveys. They're user-friendly and have been tested by staff in over a dozen different organizations and modified based on their feedback. The intent of this presentation is to help participants begin to think about how they might embed empathy assessment into their program activities in a way that yields meaningful results that can inform future changes and show how and where our efforts are making a difference. At the end of the presentation, participants will be shown where to access the instruments, along with instructions for administering them and analyzing results, on the web.  April 02, 01:45 P.M. - 02:45 P.M. 

Kathryn Owen, Kathryn Owen Consulting

Connecting Neglected Children with Rescued Animals to Help Reverse the Cycle of Abuse and Foster Compassion

The presentation will give a view into our humane education workshops and activities with care experienced children who are struggling to show compassion and empathy. It will show how we work to reverse the negative cycle of abuse through our approach of bringing animals and children together.  April 03, 10:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M. 

Lesley Winton, Fostering Compassion

“Cool to Be Kind:” Evaluation of a Classroom-Based Humane Education Intervention

Show Your Soft Side, a companion animal anti-cruelty campaign, has collaborated with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC), an internationally renowned center for research and ethics formation pertaining to human-other animal-nature bonds at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, to develop and pilot a humane education curriculum in  Denver Public Schools classrooms. Utilizing quantitative and qualitative assessment tools, we evaluated trends of participant attitudes toward companion animals and their capacity to think critically about how societal values impact the treatment of animals and humans. We will discuss the results of this research, which presents implications for the efficacy of humane education programs in general. Participants will be provided an opportunity to engage in critical thinking about the design and implementation of extended humane education programming versus short term programming, and how they may apply these methods for their own organizations.  April 03, 10:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M. 

Brynn Wiessner & Julia Senecal, Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Increasing the Efficacy of Humane Education Through Equity and Restorative Practices

Borrowing from the fields of equity and restorative practices, we will explore ways to navigate challenges in our daily work as humane educators by 1) monitoring our own lens and our privilege, 2) using language to pull people closer rather than further away, 3) asking questions rather creating our own narratives, 4) sharing power with our constituents, 5)Balancing support and boundaries for win-win solutions. We will address introduce equity and restorative mindset, use a few tools to help us in our daily practice, and leverage plenty of role playing, discussion, and self-awareness tools. April 03, 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. 

Kristina Hulvershorn, Peace Learning Center

Ready, S-E-T, Go: Building a Culture of SEL

Social emotional learning is not just for kids – in fact, it begins with the adults who work with students to develop these skills. In this session, you will explore what SEL is and will build your own social-emotional skills through an interactive learning experience. You will learn firsthand how to create a culture of SEL in your program by being S-E-T: supportive, engaging, and thoughtful. April 03, 01:45 P.M. - 02:45 P.M. 

Katie Barton, Wings for Kids

Volunteer Toxicity: Restoring Joy & Connection

Why do some volunteers become toxic to an organization they once loved? We believe that volunteers do not come to orientation with the intent to cause issues, waste staff time or make mistakes that put animals at risk, so how does this happen? We will explore what happens in a volunteer's journey to push them to unwanted behaviors and negative attitudes. Understand toxicity triggers, alternatives that work for any size program and budget, and proactive steps you can take to prevent potential challenges. We will share successful strategies for reconnecting toxic volunteers to your organization and returning to a state of productive partnership that benefits everyone.  Living with volunteer toxicity is not the answer but firing a volunteer can result in separating from someone who was once a strong supporter of your work. This session will provide participants with strategies for helping volunteers realign with your mission and reconnect with the joy they once felt serving. April 03, 01:45 P.M. - 02:45 P.M.

Liz Johnson & Kris Hamilton, San Diego Humane Society

No More Bullying: Violence Prevention through Humane Education

Tapping into the love students have for animals in order to help them understand how their behaviors impact the world around them led to the creation of the violence prevention curriculum No More Bullying! This innovative curriculum is being taught in 26 schools in the Kansas City area as well as in 34 cities across 20 states. While we've long believed the program supported social emotional learning concepts, in 2019 independent researchers conducted an evaluation of the program and found that it strongly aligns with the CASEL framework for SEL and students participating showed statistically significant improvements in the areas of Empathy and Respect as well as Self-Management and Self Awareness.  April 03, 02:50 P.M. - 03:35 P.M. 

Ashley Stanley, Wayside Waifs

REfresh Your Compassionate Heart: Take Care of You and Your Team to Make a Difference In the World

Compassion fatigue and burnout with their long-term consequences are real in every heart-driven organization.  With endless ways to help and unlimited passion, it is inevitable that we will become overwhelmed, frustrated and depleted.  Recognizing and attending to our own needs can fall to the bottom of our priority list. Caring for ourselves and each other, however, is essential. We need everyday proactive tools to help face the challenges and restore the joy of our heart-driven work to truly make our best difference --one day at a time. April 03, 02:50 P.M. - 03:35 P.M.

Dr. Linda Harper, Compassionate Heart Specialist

2019 Conference
Lumber Exchange Event Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 1-3, 2020

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