Teaching Our Children

“Teach our Children to Respect and Love Nature.”

Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00 – 8:30pm EST

Pascale Salmon artwork

Artwork by Pascale Salmon

TEACHING OUR CHILDREN is a speakers roundtable program about humane education and why it matters, hosted by Zoe Weil (Co-founder & President of the Institute for Humane Education) on Wednesday, November 17th at 7-8:30pmEST. The program explores “The Fourth Trust: Teach Our Children to Respect and Love Nature” and features guest Kim Korona (Senior Program Director of HEART), Nora Kramer (founder of YEA - Youth Empowered Action) and Kris Tucker (Antioch University faculty and educator). The speakers will talk about their work and then the group will discuss what Humane Education is, how it works and why it matters, followed by a Q&A.

Advance sign-up is required to attend this program. Please sign up for the TEACHING OUR CHILDREN program before November 15th.

This is a closed program for a limited number of attendees so early sign-up is suggested. Like all of our festival programs, this is a free event but, we encourage people whenever possible to explore the websites of the organizations that our presenters represent, to support their good work and help in spreading the word.

Zoe Weil

ZOE WEIL (she/her) is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) where she created the first graduate programs in comprehensive Humane Education, linking human rights, environmental sustainability, and animal protection and offered online through an affiliation with Antioch University. IHE also offers an online Solutionary Micro-credential Program for teachers, a free Solutionary Guidebook for educators, How To Be A Solutionary guidebook for students and changemakers, and award-winning resources. Zoe is a frequent keynote speaker at education and other conferences and has given six TEDx talks including her acclaimed “The World Becomes What You Teach.” She is the author of seven books including The World Becomes What We Teach and Nautilus silver medal winner Most Good, Least Harm. Zoe was named one of Maine Magazine’s 50 independent leaders transforming their communities and the state and is the recipient of the Unity College Women in Environmental Leadership award. She was also a subject of the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series. She holds masters’ degrees from Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania and an honorary doctorate from Valparaiso University.

Kim Korona

KIM KORONA has been a professional humane educator for 16 years because she believes in the power of humane education to inspire a more compassionate, equitable, rejuvenated world for people and all living beings. She currently works at HEART as their Senior Program Director. While at the organization she has created and taught programs for K – 12 students in a variety of settings including in-school, after school, and camps. Additionally, she has developed educational resources for educators, designed and facilitated professional development workshops, courses, and webinars. For several years she conducted humane education and humane living workshops for the Institute for Humane Education. She previously worked at the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) where she expanded their education offerings by developing an anti-violence program and first-ever summer camps. She received her M.Ed from Cambridge College in affiliation with the Institute for Humane Education, along with a Certificate of Humane Education and earned her B.A. from Goddard College in Vermont. Kim serves on the board of the Humane Education Coalition and is a member of the Association for Professional Humane Educators. She currently lives in Michigan with her spouse Tom and rescued cat Fetch. Website:

Nora Kramer

NORA KRAMER is the founder and executive director of Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp, a social justice activism summer camp inspired by the principles of humane education. Nora started YEA Camp in 2009 after a decade of stumbling along as an activist, not knowing what to do and therefore trying everything—an inefficient process she recognized many young changemakers struggle through (or even give up on) as they search to find their place and make a bigger impact. Nora has focused her career since then on creating holistic, transformational programs that help aspiring activists get started or get serious about making a difference. Over the years, YEA Camp has evolved to offer overnight camps for adults, to run online activism-training classes over Zoom, and to hold Virtual YEA Camp during the summer and winter. Nora is also the author of The Beginner's Guide to Changing the World, available as a free download on YEA Camp's website.

Kris Tucker

KRIS TUCKER is on the faculty of the Institute of Humane Education program at Antioch University and teaches Writing for Social Change, Humane Education Capstone, and Building a Solutionary Practice. She has her Ed.D. in Higher Education and Adult Learning and is a veteran teacher with 20 years of classroom experience. Her interest in humane education, adult learning, literacy, special education, sustainability, outdoor/experiential education, and transformative learning is indicative of her deep commitment to social change. Kris works full-time as an educator at Ridge and Valley Charter School.

She writes: “…. every day I’m involved in the kind of education where young children, teens, and adults are immersed in the natural world and learning how to live in mutually-enhancing ways with people, animals, and the Earth. Together, we’re learning to be in relationship with one another. Together, we’re learning how to inspire change.”