Student Led, Civic-Discourse
Speak Truth is student-led, text-based discussions, about contemporary social issues.
Each program brings students together from all over the District – public, public charter, and private schools – to engage in a dialogue that exposes them to a diverse array of perspectives.
Through student-facilitated conversations, participants learn to productively and respectfully discuss current, controversial topics. The thought-provoking conversations at Speak Truth teach students to defend their stances on a myriad of issues and help them develop and recognize the power of their voices. As a national model for civic discourse and dialogue among young people, Speak Truth seminars have the power to shape a generation of socially conscious future leaders and citizens who will be responsible for building a better future for us all.
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Transformative Education Opportunity
Prepares students to thrive
in a university classroom, where they will engage in similar high-level discourse
Creates space for dialogue
where students can safely share their voices and experiences
Exposes students to a variety of media
through speeches, essays, movies, news articles
Provides community service hours
to students who facilitate discussions and write follow-up papers
Models Inspired Teaching in action
emphasizing student-directed classrooms
Attend or Facilitate at Speak Truth
Speak Truth Seminars are unique and invaluable opportunities to talk about important, current topics with students from a range of backgrounds and experiences. Designed for students, by students, each conversation allows students to meaningfully engage with a text, topics, and their peers.
January 17th, 2019
Past Speak Truth Seminars
October 18, 2018 at Georgetown Day School
- Brett Kavanaugh and DC Prep School Culture
- The upcoming 2018 Midterm Elections
- “Studying While Black”: An examination of the STARZ documentary, America to Me
- Role of Celebrities in Politics
September 20, 2018 at Cesar Chavez Public School (Capitol Hill Campus)
- The Super ImPACt of Money Politics
- “Checks over Stripes?”: Colin Kaepernick and the Nike Boycott
- Impact of Social Media on Self-Esteem
See discussion topics and readings from last year here.
I was struck by how thoughtfully moderated the discussions were- a great example of navigating different perspectives & opinions without conflict.