AIC competes for national broadcast
ALBANY, N.Y. (April
16, 2019) – Albany International
Center is vying to make podcast history.
Xrystya Szjka's high school English as New
Language Students produced six podcasts about their birth countries,
experiences moving to the United States and life now in Albany that they
submitted to the first-ever National Public Radio Student Podcast
Challenge for the chance to be broadcast nationally.
"It was so powerful to hear the students’ voices in their podcasts, and
then having an authentic audience was incredibly motivating for our
students," said Albany International Center Principal Rachel Stead. "It
was so clear from their comments and reactions to hearing the recordings
not only how proud they are of their product, but how much they have
learned. This is a wonderful example of how students may demonstrate
voice and agency in their learning at all levels of English
District tech coach Jeremy Dudley assisted with the project as did
high school English teacher Brian Huskie and, of course, Szjka.
"This was an authentic and meaningful project that provided an
opportunity to engage students in building cross-cultural understanding
by sharing stories about their personal experiences, heroes and, in some
cases, the history of their country," explained Szyjka. "The best part
about it was that it incorporated 21st-century skills and brought them
together as a class through collaboration and shared experiences."
this link to listen to the students' emotional stories and moving
The mission of
the City School District of Albany is
to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every
learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the
knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
than 9,500 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In
addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet
schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities
for students, including four themed academies
at Albany High School.