Speak Truth

 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.

Students, join us at our next Speak Truth! Register here >>

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
Location TBD

Past Speak Truth Seminars

October 18, 2018 at Georgetown Day School
September 20, 2018 at Cesar Chavez Public School (Capitol Hill Campus)

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.

— Student, Speak Truth