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May 16, 2014

Kirkpatrick Foundation to host educational luncheon

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Kirkpatrick Foundation will host a luncheon presenting the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum on Thursday at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

The luncheon welcomes Oklahoma teachers and librarians as they learn how to use the positive effects of animal and human relationships to teach empathy, respect and responsibility to pre-K through 12th-grade students.

First established in 2008, Mutt-i-grees is a collaborative effort among Yale School of the 21st Century, North Shore Animal League America, Pet Savers Foundation and the Cesar Millan Foundation.

Mutt-i-grees lessons are based in social-emotional intelligence learning and humane education research. Studies have shown that the classroom use of positive animal interactions provides a good platform to teach a child about managing emotions and making ethical and responsible decisions.

Attendees to the luncheon will learn about the research behind social-emotional learning and how Mutt-i-grees corresponds to Common Core State Standards, as well as implementation and teaching strategies for different grade levels.

Teachers and librarians using the program are supplied with free, field-tested lesson plans that are easy to implement and activities that can be changed according to classroom needs.

For inquiries, call or email Manda Shank at the Kirkpatrick Foundation, 608-0934 or manda@kirkpatrickfoundation.

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— Transcript Staff

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