American Who Tell the Truth (AWWT) and the Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE) partner to sponsor the Samantha Smith Challenge each year.
- Work independently, in small groups, or as a class
- Choose a problem in their community, state, country or the world that they would like to address and help solve
- Turn the problem into a question they can research
- Register the project with Americans Who Tell the Truth
- Research the issues within their question
- Develop a way to address the problem using what they have learned in their research
- Identify stakeholder(s) interested or connected with the problem
- Create a presentation to share with stakeholders that outlines the issues and offers a course of action
- Encourage the stakeholder(s) to work with them to build support for the course of action
- Take action!
- Create a 3-minute video that summarizes their work
Important information for teachers:
Guidelines 2015/16 KEY DATES
● OCTOBER 2223, 2015: Launch 2nd Annual SSC at MAMLE Conference.
● JANUARY 15, 2016: School and class registration deadline for SSC.
● FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016: SSC workshops/school visits.
● APRIL 1, 2016: Teachers confirm student participation in Samantha Smith Day and submit issue and progress reports.
● MAY 1, 2016: SSC projects & videos are submitted to AWTT.
● JUNE 6, 2016: Samantha Smith Day celebration for SSC participants from around the state of Maine. Once you have read through this document, feel free to contact us for advice, guidance, contacts to help you explore your issues, or anything else that will make your experience richer, more rewarding, and educational.
CONNIE CARTER: firstname.lastname@example.org
ROBERT SHETTERLY: email@example.com
Wondering how to get started?
The Americans Who Tell the Truth website has an entire section devoted to the SSC that includes ideas for helping students understand the impact a single person or a small group can have on society, as well as to motivate them to accept the Challenge. Additional inspiration can be found in the blog post from last spring that highlighted the Samantha Smith Challenge Celebration in the Hall of Flags at the State House.
Important links and information can also be found on MAMLE’s webpage in the Samantha Smith Challenge section. Last year over 700 students across the state of Maine participated. We would love to double or triple that number this year! Building a bridge from your classroom to the world by encouraging your students to become citizen problem-solvers is a fine way to address Maine’s Guiding Principles:
- A clear and effective communicator
- A self-directed and lifelong learner
- A creative and practical problem solver
- A responsible and involved citizen
- An integrative and informed thinker
Click on this link to go the AWWT webpage to learn more and to register for the Samantha Smith Challenge.