Human Rights education and training are lifelong processes that concern all ages. UN Declaration on Human Rights Education, 2011
Do you want to know who you are?
Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

Thomas Jefferson

Republic of Georgia students discussing their responsibilities as global citizens

Students join in the International Romani youth artwork program

Republic of Georgia teachers workshop: Teaching Human Rights using Children's Literature

Students initiate outreach with the Canandaigua VA Medical Center

Teachers workshop: Ladder of Prejudice: From Name Calling to Genocide

Students gain respect for the rights of people with disability at Arc of Monroe County

About Words into Deeds

United NationsWords Into Deeds brings cutting edge methods, materials and resources designed to promote greater youth awareness of and engagement in local and global human rights issues, helping them develop  skills and confidence as informed, empowered, active citizens.

Through the use of workshops, individual consulting, and access to global platforms, I work with teachers from all subject disciplines in grades K through 12 and in college-level teacher training programs. Together, we develop strategies for motivating and challenging students of diverse backgrounds and career aspirations to become citizen proponents for human rights in their daily lives at schools, neighborhoods and globally.

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Gertrude Noden

Certified NY State teacher
Founder, Words Into Deeds
Director of Human Rights Curriculum
Global Education Motivators, Inc.

For two decades as a classroom teacher my programs engaged upstate New York students in local and global humanitarian informed action projects.  I have developed outreach workshops that bring interactive classroom methods and resources to teachers, youth leaders, or directly to students with the goal of building critical thinking skills and developing habits of global citizenship, K-12 and beyond.

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Recent Events

Ithaca Mayor helps launch Youth Forum on Substance Abuse

Mayor Myrick challenges students to become informed and take action on this health crisis.

Trumansburg Students Attend Student Leadership Conference at the United Nations

Students joined by Wayne Jacoby, President of Global Education Motivators, and Gertrude outside the United Nations center in New York.

Building Global Partnerships for Human Rights Education

Teachers from the Republic of Georgia participate in training workshops.

Teachers from the Republic of Georgia participate in training workshops.

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Current Workshops

The Ladder of Prejudice: From Name Calling to Genocide

In his book, The Nature of Prejudice, Gordon W. Allport uses the metaphor of a ladder to describe how “little acts,” which often go unnoticed, can lead to more serious and disruptive individual and collective behaviors.  This framework describes, in ascending order,...

Documents that Define and Protect Human Rights

Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the standard for human rights discourse and policies that all governments agreed to abide by. Others, such as U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child extended these in greater...

Informed Action Projects: From Small Steps to Big Results

Fostering student awareness of social, economic, and political problems can be overwhelming, and facilitating student informed action plans often seems out of reach in an already over-crowded schedule. However, early and reinforced engagement in research about...

Teaching Human Rights Using Children’s Literature

Starting with examples from the book Human Rights in Children’s Literature by Jonathon Todres and Sarah Higinbotham, this workshop explores the often subtle verbal and pictorial biases – both positive and negative – found in classical and contemporary children’s...

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

Our society has too many low-wage earners who are especially vulnerable to changes in work opportunities and social services. Most do not see the “American Dream” of upward advancement as achievable. In this book, authors Katheryn J. Edin and Luke Shaefer profile...

Sustainable Development Goals for Peace and Security

The international SDGs are designed to guide global efforts to ensure better, healthier lives, with an emphasis of protecting our environmental resources. For teachers, an overview is followed by breakout sessions during which teachers will select those goals that are...

Upcoming Events


3/17 Teacher training workshops, SUNY Cortland and TST-BOCES Conference: Connect, Create, Innovate

3/30-31 Workshops for K-12 educators from the Republic of Georgia (Sponsored by GEM)


4/20 Public briefing, United Nations Dept. Public Information: Youth Forum on Substance Abuse

4/28 Workshops, Delta Kappa Gamma International Women Educators regional meeting, Cooperstown, NY

May – June

5/19 Community Celebration of Students’ Projects, Hangar Theater

6/26-27 ISSI K-12 workshops, Teaching about Refugees in Global Context, Syracuse University