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 at Texas A&M-San Antonio, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.
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.
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CAST Schools Artist-In-Residence
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.
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.
Register for both the CAST Schools Regional CIvics Fair and State Civics Fair
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