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The Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Facing History and Ourselves, Mikva Challenge, and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights are partnering to host a day-long professional development seminar for high school teachers as part of the 2012 World Summit.

“Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights,” on Monday, April 23, 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM, at Student Center West and the Forum at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This seminar is FREE to the first 100 registrants.

The seminar will provide a unique opportunity for teachers to engage in discussion on global citizenship, with morning workshops by the partners, a luncheon keynote from former President Jimmy Carter, and the opening afternoon of the World Summit with Nobel Peace Laureates. A draft agenda is available here. The seminar is accessible by CTA, and parking will be reimbursed.

Participants will receive 7 CPDUs. All CPS participants are eligible for subsidized release time. Non-CPS educators are eligible for subsidized release time on an “as needed” basis from a limited pool of funds. Participants must attend the entire seminar to qualify for subsidized release time.

You must be registered to attend, and the deadline is April 6. Register here.


Great strides have been made to ensure that the 2012 World Summit is the most engaging, influential and successful Summit in history.

Particular emphasis has been placed on empowering the next generation of human rights defenders through outreach and education, specifically using the Robert F. Kennedy Center’s Speak Truth to Power human rights curriculum. This curriculum was recently launched in many Chicago Public Schools classrooms to share the experiences of Nobel Peace Laureates with young people. Laureates will visit several of these schools during the World Summit in April.

University and high school students from across the Chicagoland region will be attending the Summit, along with teachers and students from other areas of the United States and the world. The theme of the 2012 Summit – “Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights” – will be used as a call-to-action for young people to enact change in their classrooms and communities.

Teachers and Students: Get Involved

Bring the Speak Truth to Power Curriculum to your classroom. Speak Truth to Power (STTP), a project of the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Center for Justice and Human Rights, is a multi-faceted global initiative that uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights, and urge them to take action.

The stories of the heroic individuals – including familiar names like Lech Walesa, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Jody Williams – not only serve as the jumping off point for a larger examination of human rights, but also, through concrete activities, give students a way to identify as human rights defenders themselves.

The curriculum is flexible and can be modified to meet the needs of each individual classroom. To learn more about this curriculum and how to get it in your classroom, click here.

Tune In Live Via Webcast

Scholastic is hosting a micro site that will broadcast the 2012 Summit via a live web stream April 23-25. Please visit http://www.scholastic.com/speakupspeakout/ to view the live broadcast and download curriculum materials.

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