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

G3Words Into Deeds brings cutting edge methods, 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, seminars, individual consulting, access to global platforms, and classsroom activities, I work with teachers and students from all subject disciplines in grades K through 12 and college 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 in 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.  For the past few years I have developed outreach workshops and Empowering Youth Voices programs 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

Empowering Youth Voices on Climate Change

Empowering Youth Voices on Climate Change

Students from Trumansburg High School focused on Sustainable Development Goal #12: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, researching local and global aspects in consultation with Cornell students (seated) and other experts, and presented their project proposals at the annual Student Leadership Conference held at the United Nations in February.

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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 studies human rights documents and then, in consultation with local experts, formed fact-based opinions about addictive substances and addiction in our community. They developed outreach projects and presented these at an invited briefing at the United Nations, which was attended by over 200 UN policy and global health experts.

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Youth Voices on Domestic Abuse

Youth Voices on Domestic Abuse

Four Trumansburg High School students asked to research issues related to domestic abuse, exploring how stigmatizing victims often leads to their isolation and helplessness. In addition to presenting at the UN and Cornell Law School, they an hour-long live interview on Ute Ritz-Deutch’s Human Rights and Social Justice radio program on WRFI.

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Recent Workshops

Citizenship Workshops in the Republic of Georgia

Citizenship Workshops in the Republic of Georgia

In this young democracy, there is heightened awareness of the need to teach youth skills as empowered, informed citizens. Teachers and students participated in a week of workshops in Tbilisi, Georgia that combined the study of key human rights documents and Sustainable Development Goals, with pedagogical strategies (for teachers) and practical exercises, including modeling informed action plans around the theme: understanding and protecting the rights of people living with disabilities.

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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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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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CURRENT Projects

Empowering Youth Voices to Promote Responsible Consumption and Production. Partnering with Finger Lakes ReUse, students from area colleges and high schools prepare a complete “environmental biography” of common consumer goods, from raw materials to market, identifying the financial, environmental, and societal costs at each step. They then explore alternatives to discarding or recycling these goods. Outreach projects bring their findings to peers and the community.

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Introducing Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. Prof. John Weiss of the Department of History at Cornell University invited me to co-teach History 2163, engaging students in discussions of UN declarations that promote and guarantee human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. Support for this was provided by a grant from the Polenberg fund.