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High school educators, give your students the power to develop their public speaking skills through the powerful and expansive medium of a podcast.



Stand Up, Be Heard: The Podcast is an opportunity for high school classrooms to create a podcast and share their unique perspectives on the world around them. Students learn the power of communication to share ideas, highlight important topics, and inspire others to act. Students:

  • Work collaboratively to create a podcast
  • Identify a subject they want to know more about
  • Research and structure three podcast episodes
  • Interview experts or people impacted by the subject
  • Record and edit the podcast

A Ford’s Theatre Teaching Artist is assigned to each class to help students and teachers in this process. They work with the classroom teacher to teach Ford’s Podium Points and other elements of Ford’s Approach to Oratory, interview and storytelling skills, coach student podcast performance, and offer feedback on the podcasts. Teaching artists residencies include up to 20 one-hour visits. The program runs from October 2021 – April 2022.

Student podcasts are shared on the Ford’s Theatre website. The program culminates in a virtual listening party to celebrate student work.

This program is open to 9th - 12th grade classrooms within the United States. Space is limited. Teachers must apply by October 1st to be considered.

Apply Here

Check out last year’s podcasts to see what was on student’s minds!

High School Podcasts

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