Title of Presentation: Humanism Begins at Home: Educational Initiatives for Children (panel discussion)
Date & Time: Saturday, June 1 10:30 am
Location: Mission Bay E
Topic Summary: This past year the Kochhar Humanist Education Center developed “Humanism Begins at Home” — learning activities and lesson plans that children can access via the computer at home and work on independently or with the entire family. The panel will focus on what we can do to make certain that humanism begins at home. We will explore what the AHA can do to inspire families and humanist communities to provide education that fosters scientific literacy and humanist values and, more importantly, how we can provide easy access to the materials they need to get started. The panelists bring a diverse set of experiences to this discussion. They are parents, teachers, and humanist chapter leaders, all of whom are concerned with advancing humanist principles. We will ask the audience to reflect on their own experiences, dilemmas, and solutions for addressing the educational needs of children and families in their humanist communities. Best of all, you will receive an assortment of lesson plans to take home!
Biography: Debbie Allen is a new member of the AHA Board of Directors. She serves as president of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego and the San Diego chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In 2009 she organized the San Diego Coalition of Reason — a partnership of 17 secular organizations, and still serves as its director. Debbie provides humanist chaplain services to civilian and military communities, and volunteers at the VA Hospital. She is a retired psychotherapist and neuropsychological researcher. She loves to dance, and looks forward to the day conferences encourage wild abandon accompanied by great music.