Zoe Weil

Zoe Weil holding her book The World Becomes What We Teach
Zoe Weil holding her book The World Becomes What We Teach

Zoe Weil is adjunct faculty in the MA in Humane Education program at Antioch University’s New England campus and founder of Institute for Humane Education (IHE). In 2022, her book, The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries, became a #1 Amazon best seller in Philosophy and Social Aspects of Education. The book encapsulates many of the ideas studied and practiced throughout the humane education courses taught in IHE’s partnership with Antioch University.

The World Becomes What We Teach provides a vision and practical roadmap for re-imagining education, rooted in teaching students to be solutionaries who apply what they learn in the classroom to solve problems in their community and world. Teachers and students describe solutionary-focused education as game-changing for children, schools, and communities, and the ideas in this book are being adopted by school districts across the U.S. and beyond.

“Yes, we face potential disasters, systemic injustices, and widespread cruelties, and yes, through the right kind of education, we can solve these problems,” says Weil. “Given all these factors, doesn’t it make sense for schools to ensure that students understand the formidable challenges before them; to prepare young people to address these challenges; and to engage youth in cultivating their ability and desire to create meaningful solutions to potentially calamitous global problems?”

Praise from Jane Goodall: “If we are putting hope for the future of our planet in our young people, then they must have the tools and feel empowered to take on the world’s greatest challenges. The World Becomes What We Teach offers such direction for the very educators who are working with these young people today.”

Listen to Weil on an episode of the Seed Field Podcast here.

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Jesse Caney

Jesse Caney, a student in the MS in Environmental Studies, Conservation Biology concentration, and MassWildlife, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, were featured in Wareham Week for tagging two nestling baby bald eagles by placing colored bands on their ankles to track, study and test them from infancy to adulthood for ecotoxins and contaminants in their blood and feathers. During the banding process, Caney drew the eagles’ blood for testing. Caney’s graduate thesis is a first on the East Coast focusing on the presence of harmful manmade chemicals in eagle blood.  You can read the complete article here.

Lisabeth Willey, Jess Meck ‘18, and Kathryn Lauer ‘20

Lisabeth Willey, PhD, Research Faculty in the MS in Environmental Studies, Jess Meck ‘18 (New England, MS), and Kathryn Lauer ‘20 (New England, MS), along with others, co-authored a new paper “Effects of landscape structure and land use on turtle communities across the eastern United States,” that was published in Biological Conservation.

Chris Taylor ’19

Chris Taylor ’19 (GSLC, PhD), Director at Apricus Australia & Reclaim Energy, led his team and the organization to receive 2023 National Banksia Awards finalist status. The prestigious recognition and awards are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. Learn more about Taylor and his dissertation The Good Bloke in Contemporary Australian Workplaces: Origins, Qualities and Impacts of a National Cultural Archetype in Small For-Profit Businesses here.

Ruta Shah-Gordon ’16

Ruta Shah-Gordon ’16 (GSLC, PhD)  was awarded a reciprocal exchange grant from the United States Department of State and the International Research and Exchanges Board to work with Mandela Fellow Charlene Chekenya to collaborate on strengthening responses to sexual harassment in higher and tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe. Read more about Shah-Gordon and her dissertation Intercultural Competence Development through Civic Engagement here.

Mitch Kusy

Mitch Kusy, PhD, Professor of Organization Learning and Development in the PhD in Leadership and Change program, recently facilitated three webinars with Renee Thompson of The Healthy Workforce Institute. The first webinar with over 800 registrants was entitled Helping Healthcare Professionals Understand How to Address Abusive Behaviors from Patients and Families. The second webinar was entitled How to Engage Physicians in Culture Change Initiatives—identifying the most immediate and practical strategies for successful culture change. The third webinar, What Is a Speak-Up Culture and Why Is It So Important? provided top evidence-based tips for engagement and application to professionals in organizations.

Techa Smalls Brown, LauraLynn Jansen, and Ileya Grosman

PhD in Leadership and Change students Techa Smalls Brown, LauraLynn Jansen, and Ileya Grosman are 2023 recipients of Fetzer Scholarship Awards. In partnership with The Academy of Management and the Fetzer Institute, a private foundation created by John E. Fetzer in 1962 with a vision of a transformed world powered by love in which all people can flourish, the awards recognize research and scholarly work that involves management, spirituality, and religion. 

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