SchoolTalkDC advocates for systems change and creative problem solving in Special Education. The organization brings together District youth, teachers, school staff, and government agencies aimed to reduce the historically high rates of Special Education related due process hearings. Above all, the organization strives to generate self-advocacy for the one-in-six District students who qualify for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

SchoolTalk has worked with other District organizations and agencies to develop a Youth in Transition Toolkit for Special Education students searching for career opportunities, as well as a toolkit for Student Led IEP planning.  Students who participate in creating their own IEPs are more likely to actively engage in school to aspire toward their plans.  SchoolTalk also participated in the development and Kennedy Center screening of the film “The Best Me I Can Be,” an inspiring story of a student with an individually designed IEP. 

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Most actively engaged in the Youth Employment Change (YECN) and the College and Credential (C3N) Change Networks, SchoolTalk has been a partner of Raise DC since its inception. Last year, the C3N College Expo gave SchoolTalk a center-stage opportunity to advocate their goals within the college and credential community – an important moment for all organizations involved.