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AHS to Celebrate State 'Civic Learning' Honor

A state Supreme Court Justice will join state Sen. Loni Hancock and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner on May 17 to speak and view student efforts at a "recognition event" in honor of Albany High receiving a state "Civic Learning" award.

Albany High will hold a special "recognition event" on May 17 to highlight its selection as one of 22 high schools statewide to receive one of California's new "Civic Learning Awards," the school announced Wednesday.

Appearing at the 2:30 p.m. program in the school atrium will be Associate Justice Carole Corrigan of the California Supreme Court, state Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner and Alameda County Superintendent of Public Schools Sheila Jordan.

The event also includes presentations and displays from student organizations and individual students in activities and organizations associated with civic learning, including Amnesty International, Build-on, 9th Grade Renewal Debates, EDSET, Broadcast Journalism, Youth and Government, Debate Club, Model UN, student members of the school board of the Albany Unified School District and other classes, clubs, and organizations.

The school website has a schedule of the program.

The school was honored for three areas of civic learning: the freshman debates, varied and active student organizations; and student involvement in school and district governance.

Here is a news release about the event provided by AHS Principal Ted Barone:

Albany High School Showcases Its Award-Winning Civics Program

Albany High School’s program is one of 22 statewide recognized for engaging students in civic learningand identified as a model that can be replicated in other schools

Albany, CA ─ Albany High School will host a recognition event in its Atrium on May 17, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. to highlight its outstanding civic learning program. Albany High’s program is one of 22 statewide programs recognized for engaging students in civic learning and identified as a model that can be replicated in other schools.

Albany High School’s program offers students multiple opportunities for students to develop their civic skills and motivation through authentic experiences, real influence of school site and District decision-making, and rigorous course-work that develops their critical-thinking and communication skills.

Albany High School was presented with a Civic Learning Award at the Civic Learning California Summit held on February 28 in Sacramento. The awards program is co-sponsored by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Winners were selected by a panel of experts based on the depth and breadth of their civic learning courses/clubs/programs.

“It’s refreshing to see how creative educators and motivated students learn about the power ofdemocracy,” said Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye. “These courses and programs help motivate our leaders of tomorrow.”

In conjunction with receiving the Civic Learning Award, the May 17 recognition event at Albany High School will feature visits and comments from the Honorable Carole Corrigan, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, the Honorable Loni Hancock, California State Senator, the Honorable Nancy Skinner, California State Assemblywoman and Sheila Jordan, Superintendent of Alameda County Schools, who will be on hand to get a first-hand look at the school’s award-winning civics program.

Participants at the event will also have the opportunity to interact with students and teachers involved with the program.

The Albany High program empowers students. A sophomore member of the Build-On club, which sent 15 students to Nepal during Spring Break to help build a school, described her experience. “We actually do something. It makes me realize that even though I’m only 15 years old, I can have an impact that canlast generations and generations.”

Correction: The text section of this article initially said the recognition event will be held March 17. It will be May 17. It's been corrected.

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