Commentary

ROP Students Launch ‘Radical Red’ Project

ROP Students Launch ‘Radical Red’ Project

In early December 2017, the Arroyo Rite of Passage class participants began the process of identifying their Community Action Project. The first class discussion centered on selecting the three UDHR Articles they associated most closely with community issues that concerned them. The result of this discussion is illustrated in this document titled Priority UHDR Articles […]

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 […]

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 […]

UDHR As an Antidote to Student Stress

In response to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, in which teachers describe the daily stress in their students’ lives in these turbulent times, TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot sent this letter to the reporter.  Dear Ms. Ravani, Thank you for the article on the UCLA Research showing classrooms filled with anxiety. I’d like […]

Wilderness and Human Rights

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: My wonderful experience at the Oregon Country Fair this past July was part of an adventurous road trip that took me from Eugene, Oregon up to the Olympic Rain Forest in Washington state, down the Oregon coast and into the Northern California redwoods. Taking in the beauty of each natural […]

Report from the 2017 Institute

Our 8th 3-day Institute in collaboration with the University of San Francisco took place August 1-3 at Balboa High School in San Francisco. Once again, we had an outstanding group of participants that included teachers and community leaders. The photos and videos on this page show their commitment to learning about the UDHR and thoughtfulness […]

Inspiration to Speak Up and Foster Positive Public Dialogue

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: Following recent events in Charlottesville and the subsequent responses from the president, we posted via Facebook and Twitter about how the Universe of Obligation could be an inspiration to speak up, as described in this blog post.  We also shared this link to our Resources for Speaking Up, which we hope you’ll find helpful. The Universal Declaration […]

Scenes From the Summer Institute, 2017

As part of this year’s Summer Institute, participants created “Signs of Human Rights,” depicting what, in their view, human rights are all about.