(POSTPONED) Teaching Human Rights in Classrooms and Communities

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM


Dates for live sessions: October 7, 14, 21, 28 from 3:30-6:00pm ET

Fellowships available by application! See below for more information.

In this online workshop for educators and practitioners, participants will develop or strengthen their capacity to engage in human rights education - to foster knowledge, skills, attitudes and action for the protection and promotion of human rights among students using rights-based teaching methods. The workshop will include participatory learning activities and active discussion that draw on participants’ own knowledge and perspectives. The workshop will focus on both in-person and online teaching modalities. Participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback on activities they pilot within their own classrooms and communities.

Participants will:

- Learn key human rights concepts, international human rights law and a variety of strategies for human rights advocacy that they can incorporate into their own teaching.

- Be introduced to and practice rights-based teaching approaches, which include participatory, interactive and experiential learning methods that respect human rights.

- Modify and receive feedback on human rights learning activities for their own teaching environment.

- Learn how human rights education can meet state standard requirements.

- Discuss and consider ideas about how to promote anti-racism and respect for human rights within learning environments.

This workshop will take place remotely on Zoom with some synchronous and asynchronous components. Children, roommates, and pets are welcome to make an appearance.


Sandra Sirota, EdD, is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Connecticut. Sandra co-founded the Advocacy Lab, a nonprofit organization providing human rights education to secondary school students in New York City and served on the founding steering committee of Human Rights Educators USA, from 2012 to 2014. She teaches courses and workshops on human rights, social justice, education, and social movements. She received her doctoral degree from Columbia University Teachers College in May 2017 through the Department of International and Transcultural Studies, with a concentration in peace and human rights education.

Kristina Eberbach is the Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She served as Director of Education from 2010-2019 and oversaw the human rights degree programs, the Human Rights Trainings Series, and the University Human Rights Education in Myanmar project. She has also designed and facilitated human rights capacity-building trainings for members of civil society and government officials in Colombia and Iraq and has undertaken research, reporting, and advocacy work in Kenya, South Africa, and Northern Uganda. She is a member of the Steering Committee for Human Rights Educators USA and the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE).

Certificate opportunity:

This Training Workshop is part of ISHR’s Human Rights Training Series.  A certificate of participation will be granted to those who complete all sessions of the training. Individuals who complete three workshops in the Human Rights Training Series will receive an ISHR Human Rights Training Series certificate of completion.


Regular rate is $395. Register by September 25th for an Early Bird rate of  $345.  Use discount code: EARLYBIRD

Columbia University students are eligible for a 40% discount on the regular rate if enrolled by the Early Bird deadline. Please email humanrightsed@columbia.edu for more information.

A limited number of reduced rates are available for those with financial need. 

Upon registration or application for financial need, please complete this survey: https://forms.gle/bZtYxuytzghEPK7J6