Monday, February 15, 2010

Mutt-i-grees Curriculum

The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, made possible by the Millan Foundation, is a collaboration with North Shore Animal League and Yale University's "School of the 21st Century."

The curriculum is an innovative approach to humane education, and embraces learning within the context of the emerging area of emotional intelligence and social skills.

The Millan Foundation wishes to generate public and media attention on the plight of dogs and cats awaiting adoption in shelters and enhance the status and desirability of these animals, most of which are mixed breed "Mutt-i-grees."

Students will learn essential skills - such as caring for others, showing empathy and respect, building relationships and acting ethically and responsibly - and how those apply in their interactions with peers, adults and animals.

The first of the curriculum's four phases focuses on preschool and the primary grades and started in September, 2009. The largest gift to date by the Foundation is a $250,000 grant to North Shore Animal League America and Yale University's "School of the 21st Century" to launch the Mutt-i-grees® humane education curriculum.

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