Human Rights Principles and Education

Join us for the first session of our three-part series “Zooming for Human Rights Education,” where participants can find out how to incorporate human rights education into online teaching that engages students, and meet our global community of human rights educators. This session gave participants the opportunity to:

  • Learn about human rights principles and education.
  • Access STTP resources at no cost, including online lesson plans, contests, a virtual field trip, and more!
  • Connect with the STTP team and the incredible educators already using the program in their classrooms.
Human Rights Education in Practice: The Story of Eva Pacheco, Director of EJE Academies

During the San Diego STTP Summer Institute, attendees participated in an interactive film workshop on documentary storytelling, led by lead educators Meredith Baldi and Prescott Seraydarian from George School. The final video produced in the workshop features pioneering human rights educator Eva Pacheco and is an example of how to use film in the classroom to tell the story of local human rights defenders. Through her story, learn how human rights can be integrated in every aspect of school culture.


Meet five innovative and inspiring human rights educators and learn how they are preparing the next generation of human rights defenders.

How Speak Truth to Power is Relevant in Students’ Communities

Incorporating windows and mirrors into your teaching can allow students to see themselves and others in their human rights learning and advocacy.

How Speak Truth to Power Promotes Social and Emotional Learning

Connecting human rights education and social-emotional learning so that students have the knowledge and skills to thrive in school and life.

How Speak Truth to Power Prepares Students for C3 Standards

Helping students understand what it means to be an engaged and active citizen.

Speak Truth to Power’s Real World Applications in the Classroom

Teaching that supports students in their everyday lives: building character, creating connections, and knowing how to treat one another.

How Speak Truth to Power Helps Teach 21st Century Skills

Preparing students to handle 21st-century challenges using communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.

Join host Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and president of RFK Human Rights, as we bring together established and rising human rights defenders for an inspiring conversation about activism. Take a Virtual Field Trip to meet:

  • Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • Van Jones, social entrepreneur, CNN political contributor
  • Jazz Jennings, LGBTQ rights activist and star of TLC’s “I Am Jazz”
  • Darrick Hamilton, Executive Director of the Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic Fencing Bronze Medalist

These defenders will share their inspiring stories and answer questions about what sparked their passion for activism and what “speaking truth to power” means to them. Tune in to see how your students can defend human rights in their communities and the world! Prepare for the event by downloading the companion activity.

Human Rights Principles and Education

Did you know that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals directly reflect human rights standards? Dr. Leighangela Brady, superintendent of National School District, shares how her district brings these goals and human rights work into the classroom, addressing real world problems with engaging learning opportunities.

Learn how to incorporate human rights education in science classes, featuring Stephanie Thliveris, who teaches science and sustainability at the Buckingham Friends School.

Join the Speak Truth to Power team and Cymone Fuller and Sia Henry of the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice to explore how educators can bring restorative justice practices and human rights principles into the classroom—modeling alternatives to punishment that allow students to develop deeper empathy, patience, active listening skills, ownership over their learning environment, and responsible decision making to support their social-emotional wellbeing for years and decades to come.

Part I: Starting at the Roots
Part II: Building a Restorative Space in Your Educational Community
Part III: Stories of Human Rights Defenders Impacted by Restorative Justice

Service-learning is a powerful and provocative way for young people to learn about human rights-related issues and put their human rights learning into action. Working in both the classroom and the “field,” establishes a crucial link between the content of curriculum learned in school and their communities, and it empowers them to create  a better, more humane world for all. This manual provides an in-depth introduction to service learning along with guided lessons for designing and implementing an effective service learning project.