Can students inspire change in public policy?
Students hold great potential for change. Yet, public policy decisions are hardly (if ever!) influenced by the creativity, interest, and experience of our smallest citizens. In this project, students will take a stand in support of a public policy issue that matters to them. They will learn about all sides of several topics like education and the environment. Through respectful discourse, they will construct and articulate well-researched positions on a topic of their choice with an inspirational podcast!
Imagine if all our students could make their voices heard and become the changemakers our world needs. What a way to make a difference in the world!
What’s included in your project?
Blue Apple Projects provides opportunities for you to “bring the world to your students” by connecting you with industry experts as well as ways to “bring your students to the world” by giving them access to an authentic audience.
Bring the World to Your Students
Connect with a Civil Discourse Professor
Lesson 1: Did you know that you could be a professor of civil discourse? Well, Blue Apple can connect you with a gentleman who has made this fascinating topic his career — and he’d love to chat with your class about it!
Channel Your Inner Politician
Lesson 3: Connect with your local state representatives to hear how they take a stand in representation of their constituents by visiting www.house.gov.
The Podcast Pros
Lesson 5: Eric O’Keefe from What If World has recorded a great list of tips and tricks for aspiring podcasters. Check out his advice for Young Podcasters! Want additional insight and suggestions on how to make a successful podcast? Blue Apple can get you in touch with another podcast pro to discuss ways to create an engaging and convincing podcast!
Bring Your Students to the World
Lesson 8: Your students’ learning becomes more powerful and real when they share it with an authentic audience. Have your students schedule a face-to-face meeting with someone who can make powerful change on their behalf!
Be Talk Show Worthy!
Lesson 8: Help your students spread their enthusiasm by pitching a segment to a popular talk show using the submission links for multiple shows we provide.
Meet the Press
Lesson 8: Send a press release to your local media outlets to share with your community how your class is making the world a better place. (New to press releases? Don’t worry-we also provide you with a template and tips on how to submit a press release!)