Spark Hope Through Human Rights: New Professional Development Resources from Speak Truth to Power

By Karen Robinson, Director of Speak Truth to Power


Hope undercurrents movements for change. Whether it be speaking out about racial justice or supporting a candidate for an election, hope inspires other to build a better future.

In 1966, late Senator Robert F. Kennedy said: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Standing up for what’s right rings true today, with emphasis on the role each individual plays in building a current of change. As someone with over 30 years of experience in human rights education, I know first-hand the joys, and challenges, of inspiring the next generation. In my work, I strive to raise new voices supporting human rights by looking to the no cost suite of resources from Speak Truth to Power – an educational program created in partnership between Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Discovery Education empowering youth to defend human rights through no cost digital resources for the anywhere classroom.

The all new Educator Training Guide provides teachers a one-stop repository of resources needed to understand how the topic of human rights fits into classroom education by focusing on integration of human rights topics directly into existing lesson plans and through thoughtful, yet engaging, professional development. Join me as I share with you all the digital resources available in this powerful program, including:

  • Become a Defender: Engage in a step-by-step question & answer guide leading students through what it means to defend human rights.
  • Interactive Defenders Map: Explore the world through stories of courageous human rights leaders, like Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg, and Elie Wiesel. Newly featured defenders include Dr. Anthony Fauci, Van Jones and Joshua Wong.
  • Virtual Field Trip: Join host Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and president of RFK Human Rights, to hear from established and rising human rights defenders in an inspiring conversation about activism. In this session, student meet Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Jazz Jennings, LGBTQ rights activist and star of TLC’s I am Jazz; Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic Fencing Bronze Medalist; and many others.
  • Master Class Series: A dynamic training resource for educators on how to integrate human rights into the classroom by hearing from accomplished human rights leaders and teacher.

With the Educator Training Guide, you can discover all that’s offered from Speak Truth to Power and begin the ripple of hope in your classroom by inspiring new voices in human rights. Find more resources on the Speak Truth to Power channel in Discovery Education Experience.