TWAICB Institute – Small Places, Close to Home

TWAICB Institute – Small Places, Close to Home

On March 17, 2018, TWAICB hosted “Small Places, Close to Home,” a one-day institute on the UDHR.  Presenters shared information about the history and importance of the UDHR, and participants joined group activities, including the use of these forms  to identify human rights issues being honored or dishonored in their communities, and possible positive actions […]

Arroyo High School 2017 Town Hall: We All Bleed Red

Arroyo High School 2017 Town Hall: We All Bleed Red

On December 19, 2017, the DPA (Developmental Psychology of Adolescents) Class of the Arroyo High School Future Leaders of Social Change Small Learning Academy presented their annual Town Hall on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The theme  was We All Bleed Red. Students explained that they chose this theme to convey that all […]

Join Us March 17 in Oakland!

We are pleased and excited to present The World As It Could Be In Small Places Close to Home on Saturday, March 17th, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. See information on presenters here. Download the registration form here. During this day-long Institute we invite members of the community to […]

Announcing Our Collaboration With Voices of Witness

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: We are pleased to highlight Voice of Witness and its Education Program as a TWAICB Education Partner.  I have known about Voice of Witness since 2011, when, as Executive Director of the Rex Foundation, I brought forward the organization for consideration of a Rex grant that was provided during that year.   […]

Student Wins Honor for UDHR-Themed Art

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot says: We’re delighted to hear from colleague Pedro Mena that Siddharth A., one of the students in his UDHR-themed art program at Columbus Academy, received a Scholastic Art Award for  his UDHR-inspired art. We’re delighted to share Pedro’s letter and Siddarth’s work. We’re inspired by his depth of thought and the way he depicts […]

Crossing Borders: Human Dignity and the Refugee Experience

When our educator colleague Pedro Mena recently shared his “Human Rights on Record” art project, he also introduced us to Laurie VanBalen, a colleague from Columbus, Ohio. As seen in the documentary Breathe Free,  Laurie started the Columbus Crossing Borders Project as a way to raise awareness of the stories behind the many refugees arriving in the […]

UDHR Presentations: You’re Invited!

On Friday, December 8th, 11:20 – 12:50, Balboa High School in San Francisco will present a full school assembly about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) with the theme “We Are In This Together.” This marks the 11th year of this assembly, with the first, “The World As It Could Be – A Declaration […]

NCSS Adopts Resolution in Support of Human Rights Education

At its annual conference in San Francisco last week, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) unanimously approved the resolution attached below. Rosemary Blanchard reports: “While it was up for discussion, four state affiliate representatives stood up and asked for their state to be listed as a co-sponsor. We are on a roll to bring […]

Human Rights on Record: Art With a Conscience

Human Rights on Record: Art With a Conscience

We were delighted to get this update from longtime TWAICB colleague Pedro Mena about his art education work at Columbus Academy in Columbus, Ohio. In 8th grade Art at Columbus Academy this year, students are choosing an article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and creating a print based on its statement.  The Human Rights on […]

If You Get Confused, Listen to the Music Play

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: With the constant barrage of disturbing news, I have found myself calling upon the familiar Grateful Dead refrain “If you get confused, listen to the music play,” finding it all the more relevant and inspiring today! Last week, after reading this NPR article about increased stress levels among high school […]