CAST Schools Speak Up! Speak Out! San Antonio Regional Civic Fair

CAST Schools Speak Up! Speak Out!

San Antonio Virtual Semifinals

December 14, 2021

San Antonio Regional Finals

January 19, 2022

State Civic Fair - Texas State Capitol

February 2022

Register Your Team by Monday, October 25th

Register your team for both the regional and state civics fair.

What is the CAST Schools Speak Up! Speak Out! San Antonio Civics Fair?

 

Speak Up! Speak Out!, or, “SUSO” is a civic education program that provides students with an opportunity to activate their voice and discover the power they have in changing their communities for the better.  Students will finish this unit equipped with the civic skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to make a positive difference.

For the 4th year, CAST Schools will host the annual Speak Up! Speak Out! (SUSO) regional civics fair in San Antonio, in partnership with UP Partnership, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas at Austin Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.

Develop the skills that are needed to solve personal and community problems.


Throughout this project, students will work with a small group or with a partner to identify a problem in their community and attempt to create a long-term solution for it. Students will conduct extensive research through conducting interviews, surveys, and by exploring digital and library resources.  As students begin to craft their solutions, they will work with community experts to receive authentic feedback on their proposed ideas. All groups will present their findings via speeches and a digital presentation to a panel of judges at a school-wide civics fair.

While we recognize that there is an element of competition, we want to emphasize that the real success is not in, “winning” the competitions, but in developing the skills that are needed to solve personal and community problems.  In addition to honing these important, life-long skills, students will practice mastering social studies content, reading, writing, and communication skills, as well as collaboration and time management skills.

For more information, email info@castschools.com

Our Partners

UT - Annette-Strauss
Up Partnership
UTSA

This year, the CAST Schools Network will provide teams with the following support:

Team Project Topic Selection

Student-to-Student Feedback Session

Speed Interviews with Industry Professionals

Virtual Pre-Competition Round

Mark Menjivar

Mark Menjivar

CAST Schools Artist-In-Residence

A Monument for the People

For the launch on October 1st, Mark Menjivar, the CAST Schools Official Artist-in-Residence, will introduce this year’s guiding prompt, “A Monument for the People.”

A Monument for the People is a participatory art project that works with students to reimagine what monuments are and who they are for in our community. During this school year, students from each campus will work with CAST artist-in-residence Mark Menjivar on creating temporary installations on their own campus. Next year we will work together to display the project in public places and invite the larger San Antonio community to participate!

Just as last year, teachers can sign up for in-person workshops with the artist in their classes.

Register Your Team by Monday, October 25th

Register your team for both the regional and state civics fair.

Select teams participating in the CAST Schools Speak Up! Speak Out! San Antonio Civics Fair SUSO civics fair will move forward to participate in the state-wide civics fair hosted by the Annette Strauss Institute from the University of Texas at Austin.

Timeline of Events
Look for more updates and information

Friday, October 1, 2021
Virtual Launch
Monday, October 25, 2021
Register Your Team

Register for both the CAST Schools Regional CIvics Fair and State Civics Fair

December
Monday, December 6, 2021
Virtual Speed Interviews
Week of December 14, 2021
Virtual Semifinal
January, 2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Finals
January, 2022
Selected Teams Advance to State

Speak Up! Speak Out! Project Checklist

1. FORM A GREAT TEAM!
Create and sign your group contract and choose a SMART problem.
2. RESEARCH
Write a specific problem method, create methods of collecting data, compile interviews, identify the "root cause," history, and current status of the problem. Determine who is in charge, who are your opponents, allies, and current solutions.
3. YOUR "WHY" SPEECH

Specific problem statement

  • What is your problem, where is it happening, and who is affected by it?
  • How are you personally affected by this issue?
  • Why does this problem matter?
  • What were some of the most shocking statistics that you found? (Research)
4. YOUR "HOW" SPEECH

Specific solution statement

  • What do you think needs to be done?
  • How will this solution address the “Root Cause” of the problem?
  • What have you already started to do?
  • What do you plan on doing to make sure this solution is long-term?
  • What can the general public do to help solve the problem?
5. PRESENT YOUR SOLUTION

THINGS TO REMEMBER FOR YOUR DIGITAL PRESENTATION:

  • Your digital presentation will be shown at the same time as you are reading your speeches. The slides you create should MATCH the flow of your speeches!
  • You will have a total of 8 minutes to present. (4 minutes for each speech)
  • Your slideshow should be clear, organized, and engaging!
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Things to include in your presentation:

  • PROBLEM STATEMENT
  • PHOTOS OF THE PROBLEM (THEY CAN BE THROUGHOUT THE PRESENTATION)
  • INTERVIEW: AUDIO/VIDEO/TEXT/SCREENSHOT OF EMAIL
  • DATA/GRAPH (SHOWING STATISTICS OR SURVEY RESULTS)
  • THE MAIN CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM
  • WHO’S IN CHARGE OF THIS ISSUE & WHAT ARE THEY DOING ABOUT IT?
  • HISTORY OF THE ISSUE – HOW LONG HAS THIS PROBLEM BEEN HAPPENING?
  • HOW HAS THIS ISSUE AFFECTED YOU?
  • SOLUTION STATEMENT
  • SOLUTION PLAN
  • STEPS YOU HAVE TAKEN OR WOULD LIKE TO TAKE
  • WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAD FUNDING?
  • SPECIAL THANKS
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY