"What skills do students really need for work? Speaking Skills Top Employer Wish Lists. But [most] Schools Don't Teach Them. Is school where students should learn to speak clearly, make a 60-second elevator speech, or hold a difficult conversation?"(EdWeek)
At my school, Webb in Bell Buckle, the answer is Yes!
Emerging Voices public performance curriculum.
Writing across the curriculum and public speaking are major emphases at The Webb School. Through our Emerging Voices Program, students learn to create original ideas, assemble a body of research, and communicate those ideas effectively through writing and public speaking. Students showcase their skills each year by performing declamations, orations, performance creations and senior paper presentations. These exhibitions are developed and completed under the mentorship of the students' advisors and other members of the community. Our goal is to create confident contributors in the classroom and beyond.