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An Up-close Look at Personalized Learning at CORE Butte Charter School

Personalized learning is considered by many education experts as an effective instructional approach to engage and motivate students because academic goals, expectations, learning plans, and family engagement are tailored and individualized to meet...

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The Importance of Incorporating Native Wisdom and Indigenous Histories In Lesson Plans

California is home to the largest Native American population of any state, with over 100 federally recognized tribes and 1.4 million residents identifying as full or partially American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Granada Hills Charter Stands the Test of Time

Granada Hills Charter (GHC) is one of a few charter public schools in California that has been in operation for 20 years.

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Innovation in Action: Two Charter Schools Excel in Serving English Learners

CCSA concluded its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month last week by releasing a research brief that offers new insight into English learners who attend California charter public schools.

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Best Charter Public High Schools in 2023-2024

Excellent public high schools can help students nurture their passions and reach their college or career aspirations. Here in California, a significant number of charter public high schools clinched top rankings in this year's U.S. News and World...

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Best Charter Public Middle Schools in 2023-2024

Successful middle schools put students on the right path toward success in high school and beyond. Here in California, a significant number of charter public middle schools secured top rankings in this year's U.S. News and World Report Best Middle...

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Meet our CharterNation storytellers!

Ana Tintocalis

Ana Tintocalis - Director, Media Relations and Research

Ana is Director of Media Relations and Research and a member of CCSA’s External Affairs Team. In this role, she supports the organization’s mission through creative and effective communications platforms that increase public awareness and support for high-quality public charter schools. Additionally, she will help amplify positive local charter school stories happening to win hearts and minds in target media markets across the state. Read More >>

Myrna Castrejón

Myrna Castrejón - President and Chief Executive Officer

As the leader of CCSA, Myrna Castrejón has managed the membership organization representing California's public charter schools since January 2019.

Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO, she served for nearly three years as the Founding Executive Director of Great Public Schools Now, an organization created in winter 2015. As the Executive Director, Myrna led Great Public Schools Now's strategy to transform public education in Los Angeles by expanding high-quality public schools of diverse governance models in the areas most in need of support. Read More >>