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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 proficiency."

 

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."

 

Follow this link to listen to the students' emotional stories and moving words.

 

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 serves more 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.

         
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