Request for young learners’ work in Human Rights Education HRE

Received by e-mail, From: Veronica Mansilla, Date: 03/06/2010

Dear Colleagues, I am working with the Asia Society and the Council of Chief State Schools Officers in the United States to advance a new framework to educate students for global competence in the US and abroad. This framework has been consensuated with 26 states in the US. I am now preparing the publication that introduces these ideas to educators. This publication will include examples of exemplary student work in various areas, disciplines and educational levels. We will feature examples from the International Baccalaureate, Facing History and Ourselves, the Asia Society’s school network. I would be delighted to feature exemplary student work in human rights. 

What kind of work am I looking for? Papers, poems, videos, artwork, or projects that are produced by primary school children (preferably early primary) and illustrate the qualities of mind below. Please feel free to e-mail these to me (where possible) or to be in touch so we can discuss how I can see the work of your learners.

Use the following criteria to help you determine whether the work you would recommend is appropriate.

1. Students communicate their ideas effectively with diverse audiences. For example, they:

  • recognize and express how diverse audiences may perceive different meanings from the same situation
  • listen to and communicate effectively with diverse people
  • select and use appropriate technology and media to communicate with diverse audiences
  • reflect on how effective communication impacts understanding and collaboration in an interdependent world

2. Students take action to improve conditions. For example, students:

  • identify and create opportunities for personal or collaborative action to address situations, events, issues, or phenomena in ways that improve conditions
  • assess options and plan actions based on evidence and the potential for impact
  • act – personally or collaboratively – in creative and ethical ways to contribute to improvement locally, regionally, or globally
  • reflect on their capacity to advocate for and contribute to improvement locally, regionally, or globally

I look forward to learning about the work of teachers and students who are part of this Global HRE network.
Warmly, Veronica Boix Mansilla, Principal Investigator, Interdisciplinary Studies Project, Project Zero Harvard Graduate School of Education Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society, 124 Mt. Auburn St., 5th Floor, Cambridge MA 02138, USA, E-mail.

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