Welcome to the first
issue of the Partners in Human Rights
Education (Partners Project) Newsletter!
The Partners Project is growing -- you
are 300 partners throughout Minnesota!
This newsletter will be a forum for
sharing curricula, resources, and experiences
between YOU -- the teachers, lawyers,
and community representatives involved
in teaching human rights and responsibilities
in the classroom. We look forward to
hearing about your successes, frustrations,
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the newsletter by January 10, 1995.
Partners Project staff will choose the
In every issue the
Partners Project will provide team tips.
These are suggestions which your team
may find useful. If you have a team
tip, please let us know. You can leave
a message by phone or send it by fax
Each team is responsible
for planning lessons together and presenting
lessons and activities to the students.
The following suggestions may be useful
for getting started:
Plan to meet for at least an hour.
Spend some time getting to know each
other, i.e. interests, past experiences,
hopes for the team and students, ideas,
Exchange best times to call one another.
Decide on a theme for the first few
lessons until you get a feel or "pulse"
of the class. You may want to meet
again briefly before presenting the
first lesson together.
Your team may want to elect a team
leader who will call and coordinate
the team meetings. This can be the
lawyer, community representative,
Sometimes coordinating with the classroom
schedule and with individual schedules
can be difficult, but together you
will make the difference!
To help generate
ideas for lessons and share classroom
experiences, each issue we will highlight
a lesson plan that teams have used.
The lesson plan can be a lesson for
one class or a unit. Please include
Age level and appropriateness for
special needs students
Instructions -- Introduction, Body,
Accompanying questions, ideas, activities
Tips for implementing the lesson
Suggestions about the lesson
Please include the
names of the team members, grade of
class, school and city. Depending on
the number of lesson plans received
and accompanying handouts, the Partners
Project may print short descriptions
for lessons for the three grade levels.
You will be able to contact the Partners
Project for a complete copy of the lesson.
Please send in any
lessons that you feel were successful
and worthwhile. In May, we will have
available a compilation of the lesson
plans used by Partners Project teams.
This will be the cumulation of your
for Special Needs Students
K-4, 5-8, 9-12,
Special Needs Students: Each level may
need to have some adaptions of the lesson.
Students will: *
Define right and responsibility.
* Write a list of
rights and corresponding responsibilities
for the classroom.
Overhead and markers
One class period.
In pairs students write their own definition
of right and responsibility. Students
then look up the definitions in the
- Through class
discussion about the definition of
right and responsibility, students
write a new definition for each word.
- Discuss how rights
and responsibilities are related.
(One comes with the other; they are
- In pairs, students
write a list of classroom rights and
- Each group will
present their lists to the class.
The class then discusses and agrees
on a list of class rights and responsibilities.
- Post classroom
rights and responsibilities for students
to refer to as needed.
- Ask the students
to think over these rights and responsibilities.
- A later time
may need to be set up to discuss and
implement changes in the list.
in team work and class discussion.
Team: clarity of
Students work hard
to understand the concepts of human
rights and responsibilities. This section
will be devoted to sharing the successes
of the students who act on what they
have learned to make our world a better
place to be. Please send a short description
of the community action project including
planning steps and results, the name
of the school, grade level or class,
team names, along with any media coverage
to the Partners Project.
Class, 9th Grade
Coon Rapids Senior High
Lynn Gresser, Teacher
Helen Roland, Attorney
St. Thomas U. Students, Community Representatives
The attorney analyzed
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
with the students. The project was based
on an idea from the attorney. The students
were paired and given two rights. Each
pair developed a list of organizations
on the local and state level applicable
to each right, i.e. Habitat for Humanity
for housing. The students developed
their research skills, using phone books,
First Call for Help (United Way publication),
and the public library. Developing their
communication skills, students called
each organization. They created a list
of questions to obtain information for
their summaries on each organization.
The students also contacted one organization
outside of Minnesota that related to
The students learned
about resources and gained an awareness
of what was going on their local community.
The St. Thomas students compiled the
research. The project is a resource
for students interested in community
service projects. Students need access
to resources and adult supervision.
This section will
be an active bibliography with resources
that you have found thought-provoking,
inspirational, helpful, etc. Please
submit titles of articles about human
rights topics and human rights education,
novels, non-fictional works, poetry,
music and art along with a short summary
about the work or author and the title
of the publication as appropriate. Your
local public library may have some of
- Armstrong, V.I.,
ed. I Have Spoken: American History
Through the Voices of the Indians.
Athens, OH: Swallow Press, 1984. Speeches
and writings from the Native American
perspective covering the 17th-20th
- Kerr, Joanna
(ed.). Ours by Rights: Women's
Rights as Human Rights. London,
UK: Zed Books in association with
the North-South Institute (Ottawa,
Canada). 1993. This book is based
on the international conference "Linking
Hands for Changing Laws: Women's Rights
as Human Rights Around the World"
held in September 1992. It presents
the views of women who are leading
the fight in their own countries,
and provides insights into the reality
of women's oppressions and their battles
to change their lives.
and videos may be checked out for one
week. Please return materials promptly.
The Partners Project
continues to purchase materials for
the library. If you have suggestions
for curricula, resource materials or
videos, please let us know. In addition,
please let us know about sources for
human rights education posters, bookmarks,
etc. that you find helpful. We will
reprint the information in the newsletter.
Currently a listing
of resources available in the U of M
Human Rights Center is being developed.
You will receive a copy in Spring 1995.
The Partners Project
encourages team members and students
to be creative about human rights in
the arts, literature, and journalism.
In May the Partners Project will publish
two collections of human rights journalism,
creative writing and art. One will be
for team participants and the other
for their students. Please send copies
of writings and art to the U of M Human
Rights Center by April 1, 1995. The
collections will be available at the
1995 Partners in Human Rights Education
Partners in Human
Rights Education is growing and reaching
youth in Greater Minnesota. Teams are
in Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Grand
Rapids, and Remer. The first training
in Itasca County was held on October
29, 1994 in Grand Rapids.
Expansion of the
Partners Project to Greater Minnesota
communities takes place through focus
group meetings, community meetings,
trainings or introductory workshops,
and follow-up workshops. The Partners
Project plans to expand to at least
one area in southern Minnesota this
spring. If you know anyone in any area
who might be interested in becoming
involved in the Partners Project, please
let Maria know who they are and how
they can be contacted.
Rights Events Calendar
This space is devoted
to information about upcoming human
rights events. We hope that you will
become involved in this effort -- the
possibilities are extensive! Events
can include theatre performances, author
visits, storytelling, speakers, films,
dance performances, and commemorative
event dates. These are only some ideas.
Please include a brief description of
the event, location, and contact name
and phone number. You may also want
to include how the event will affect
understanding human rights and responsibilities.
Just give us a call or drop us a note!
3 World Solidarity
Meeting in Cuba Report, Pastors for
Peace, Resource Center of the Americas,
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Pastors for
Peace who attended the November 21-25
international conference in Cuba will
report on this meeting and the fourth
U.S.-Cuba Friendshipment and National
March on Washington. (612)627-9445.
Project Refugee and Immigrant Workshop,
Hubert Humphrey Institute, 10:00 a.m.
to 12-:30 p.m. Activities and curricula
will be presented on the myths and facts
about refugees and immigrants. Curricula
will be available for purchase for $5.
Call (612)626-0041 to r.s.v.p.
Issues in Guatemala. Presentation by
Peter Martin Morales at the People of
Faith Peacemakers Breakfast. 8:00 a.m.
St. Martin's Table. (612)784-5177.
26 1995 Beijing
Women's Conference Briefing. Persons
interested in volunteering to work with
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
delegation to Beijing, China for the
Fourth World Conference on Women in
September 1995 should plan to attend
the briefing. Offices of Briggs &
Morgan. 8:00 a.m. (612)341-3302.
in Human Rights Education Training.
U of M Law School, Minneapolis. Registration,
8:30 a.m. Training and Luncheon, 9:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Training will be held
for new team participants. Anyone interested
must sign up by January 20, 1995. Call
(612)626-0041 for more information and
Deadline for the
January 15, 1995 issue: January 5, 1995.
for the March 15, issue: March 5, 1995.
for the May 1, 1995 issue: April 15,
Please send materials
Attn: Maria Baldini,
U of M Human Rights Center
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455.
You can also fax
U of M Human Rights
Attn: Maria Baldini, Andrea Knutson
Project Staff & Office Hours
Monday to Thursday:
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.
to 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m.
Other hours to check
out materials from the Human Rights
Resource Library can be arranged. Please
call two days in advance.
Partners in Human
Rights Education is located in the Human
Rights Center, Room 437, 4th floor,
at the U of M Law School.
Semester finals begin December 12, 1994.
Some staff may not keep regular hours
during this time. We will try to return
calls as quickly as possible. Please
call before coming to the Human Rights
Center. Thanks for your understanding
Winter Break: The
office will be closed for the winter
break December 22, 1994 to January 8,
The Partners Project
is staffed by the Partners Project Director,
several students and a volunteer. The
following is to acquaint you with the
staff and the best times to contact
Kristi works half-time
as the Partners Project Director. She
is also a Co-Director of the U of M
Human Rights Center. In addition, Kristi
is the U of M Law School Public Relations
Lisa Cramer is a
Master's Degree student in International
Development Education. Lisa coordinates
recruitment and matching in the Twin
Cities as well as the December Refugee
Workshop and the February Media Workshop.
She can be reached at the Human Rights
Center between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
is a third year law student. Christine
coordinates the Speaker's Bureau and
works on several projects. She can be
reached between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00
a.m. and between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00
p.m., Monday through Friday.
Maria Baldini is
a first year law student. Maria coordinates
development and expansion efforts in
Greater Minnesota and the newsletter.
She can be reached between 3:30 p.m.
and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Andrea Knutson is
a volunteer. She works on various projects,
including the newsletter. Her hours
Sandra Schreur Jones
is a second year law student. Sandra
coordinates the Human Rights Education
- Sometimes we
are making copies on another floor
or temporarily out of the office.
Please leave a message. We will return
your call as quickly as possible.