Guest speakers in public school classrooms can significantly enrich the student learning experience. Guest speakers bring insight that a teacher might not otherwise be able to make part of the learning experience.
When teachers bring in a guest speaker to address religion in an academic approach, they are helping their students to prepare for citizenship in a pluralistic society. However, educators should choose guest speakers carefully to ensure that the speaker’s presentation is in the spirit of the 3Rs of rights, responsibility, and respect. Many controversies about religion in public schools have ignited over guest speakers welcomed into the classroom.
To mitigate potential controversy and to help teachers prepare their students to engage as citizens in a society with robust religious diversity, the Utah 3Rs Project curates a speakers bureau of community members who can address topics of religion appropriately in a public school setting. These carefully selected speakers understand that in public schools, religion is approached in an academic, not devotional manner. These speakers generously donate their time so students can prepare for their responsibilities as citizens.
Please complete the form below and we’ll be in touch with suggested speakers for your consideration. Then we’ll help you extend an invitation if you choose to move forward.
Our speakers can provide a basic overview of a particular faith community in an academic approach. They understand the First Amendment relationship of religion in public schools and the 3Rs framework. Please contact Eleesha Tucker, executive director of the Utah 3Rs Project at etucker@Utah3Rs.org, to explore further.
Learn more about how to promote the 3Rs — rights, responsibility, respect — in your school and community.