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

Local Students and invited experts share their perspectives on substance abuse at the United Nations.

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 Programs

Youth Voices on Substance Abuse: A Guide to Empowerment and Action

Youth Voices on Substance Abuse: A Guide to Empowerment and Action

Over 100 area high school students studied Human Rights documents and researched addictive substances and addiction. They developed fact-based opinions and implemented outreach projects to bring their insights to peers and support local service providers.

Accompanied by Ithaca Mayor Myrick, local experts and teachers, 18 students presented their perspectives at an invited public briefing at the United Nations. Their projects concluded a community celebration of youth active citizenship held at the Hangar Theater.

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Youth Voices on Domestic Abuse

Youth Voices on Domestic Abuse

Senior high school students studied causes and effects of domestic abuse, and presented recommendations at the Student Leadership Conference on Development, held at UN headquarters. Over three days, they compared ideas with students from around the world, then collectively drafted a Plan of Action that was presented to the UN Envoy on Youth and the UN Secretary General.

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Recent Workshops

Teaching About Refugees in a Global Context

Teaching About Refugees in a Global Context

Organized by the Cornell International Studies Summer Institute, this two-day workshop held at Syracuse University provided 30 New York teachers with information and resources about disruptions and challenges faced by refugees, both globally and in Central NY. Participants were provided models for developing informed action projects, then provided individual guidance to help them design programs applicable to their classrooms and communities.

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Building Global Partnerships for Human Rights Education

Building Global Partnerships for Human Rights Education

Teachers from the Republic of Georgia participated in a week of workshops designed to help them introduce Human Rights concepts into their curricula. They were accompanied by students, who were introduced to key Human Rights documents and practiced strategies for becoming active, informed citizens in their classrooms and communities. The event was organized by Global Education Motivators, and held in Philadelphia.

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Workshops & Programs

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,...

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...

Youth Voices: Guides to Empowerment and Action*

The Youth Voices program brings Informed Action Projects directly into schools and classrooms, wherein I work in partnership with teachers and staff to provide subject-specific resources, both texts and vetted community experts, and assist in classrooms with the...

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...

When Societies Disintegrate into Chaos and Violence

Drawing on both historical and comtemporary examples, this workshop prepares teachers to engage students to examine both the underlying causes and often horrific effects of civil unrest and armed aggression against persons or groups based on their race, religion,...

*available for teachers or students

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Upcoming Projects

Aug. 30 – Global Voices series. Einaudi Center, Cornell University.

Sept.Words Into Deeds informed action teachers’ workshops, Henninger High School, Syracuse, NY.

Oct. 27Ladder of Prejudice teachers’ workshops, Dickerson High School.

Feb. 16-19 – Student Leadership the UN. Theme: The Impact of Climate Change on the SDG’s.