Speak Up! Speak Out! 2019-20 registration is open. 

If you would like to participate in the 2019-20 Speak Up! Speak Out! program, please click on the team registration image in the sidebar. 

Engage in Professional Development

Professional development opportunities for educators interested in Speak Up! Speak Out! are offered each summer. These six-hour trainings enhance educators' instructional practices in implementing action civics in their classrooms through student-driven research, action, and reflection. As part of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, Speak Up! Speak Out! is a certified educational provider (TEA 902-579) and CPE credit is eligible with district approval. Districts and schools interested in professional development may contact

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Our goal is to provide educators with tools and resources that will facilitate implementation of the Speak Up! Speak Out! project in schools and classrooms. The lessons, reading materials, writing activities, and resources provided can be used as a comprehensive unit of study or individually. 

Speak Up! Speak Out! Project Resources

2018 Facilitation Guide  (2019-20 Guide with updated SS TEKS alignment coming in June!)

Student Pre-Assessment

Curriculum Materials for Middle School

(TEKS aligned for 7th grade Texas History & ELA)

Lesson One: Why Citizens Should Participate

Lesson Two: Who Is In Control?

Lesson Three: What's The Root?

Lesson Four: Have Data; Now What?

Lesson 4.5: Solution Development Supplemental Activity

Lesson Five: Implementing a Solution

Lesson Six: Presenting a Solution

Curriculum Materials for High School

Unit One: Community

Lesson One: Defining Community , Reading: Characteristics of Community

Lesson Two: Civic Responsibility, Reading: Civic Responsibility

Lesson Three: Economics of the Community, Reading: The Economy of a Community

Lesson Four: Problems Impacting the Community, Reading: Problems Impacting the Community

Unit Two: Working Toward Solutions

Lesson One: Citizens Creating Change, Reading: Citizens Creating Change

Lesson Two: Identifying Solutions, Reading: Identifying Solutions

Lesson Three: Working with Local Government, Reading: Working with Local Government

Lesson Four: Working with Organizations, Reading: Working with Organizations

Supplemental Reading

Communicating with the Community
Understanding the Media

Research Guide

Writing Activities