Cook-Kallio to speak at Bar Association conference

'We the People' leader to talk about value, importance of civic education

Pleasanton City Councilwoman and Fremont high school government teacher Cheryl Cook-Kallio will be a panelist Saturday on the value and importance of civic education in schools at the American Bar Association's annual national conference.

The meeting will be at the San Francisco Hilton, Union Square.

Cook-Kallio teaches advanced placement United States History at Irvington High School in Fremont, where she was named "Teacher of the Year" in 2005. She also leads the school's competition civics "We the People" team, which has been a California state finalist year after year and was the state's champions in 2005.

Cook-Kallio also received the American Civic Education Teacher Award in 2008, one of only three in the nation. She was honored by the Fremont Education Foundation for Excellence in Education in 2006.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Congratulations'll do great! Timing is everything. It will be interesting to observe the direction our local schools... involving community service credits. Considering that our newly appointed Supt. Parvin Ahmadi and yourself were outspoken advocates in securing community service credits for graduation, within the Fremont Unified School hope is... that the agenda of this speaking engagement is in the best interests of our children and not self interest.Maybe...we are already allowing this in the PUSD. Anyhow... considering that the Pleasanton Weekly provided you space... an opinion deemed necessary.

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Posted by Dear Pete
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Not sure if you know, but PUSD has required community service (service learning) for a number of years and when I went to Amador (Class of 1995), we had to complete 20 hours of service to pass our Civics class. So this is not something new for PUSD.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Thanks resident of Birdland...probably delivered newspaper years ago to your house. With so much information available these days...being clear and detailed oriented I wasn't...sorry.If I am not mistaken, the FUSD allows community service credits to be obtained by involving yourself in political campaigns. 40 hours of service are required to graduate.Thanks again for allowing me to clarify...somewhat.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Pleasanton also allows students to volunteer for campaigns. Fremont encourages students to spread it out over four years and some of the hours are actually service learning hours. They are not all community service.

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