About Words into Deeds
Words 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.
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.
Area high school students develop projects and, together with Mayor Myrick and local experts, have been invited to lead a public briefing, April 20, 2017, at the United Nations, NYC
High school seniors develop informed action projects related to Domestic Abuse.
Ithaca Mayor helps launch Youth Forum on Substance Abuse
Trumansburg Students Attend Student Leadership Conference at the United Nations
Building Global Partnerships for Human Rights Education
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,...
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...
Orientations are provided to prepare teachers and students for participation in peer-to-peer youth leadership conferences. Workshops and continued support include research materials and methods, writing position papers and opinion pieces, developing leadership roles,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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