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CCSA’s CharterNation is your go-to source for charter school news and stories from the Golden State. Whether you’re listening to our podcast or reading stories from our blog, we strive to bring you real stories from charter school thought leaders, students, families, and educators on the frontlines.

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4 Ways to Get Your Charter School Noticed

To capture the attention of prospective families, media outlets, and local elected officials, charter public schools must get out there and a market themselves.

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How to Create An Affirming School Culture for Black Students

As Black History Month comes to a close, we feature a Q&A with a dynamic Black charter school leader in Los Angeles who explains the importance of creating and nurturing an affirming school culture where Black students can thrive. 

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Year In Review: Charters Continue to Change Students' Lives

Happy 2024 CharterNation! CCSA is the voice of the charter public school movement in California. For 20 years, we have helped charters flourish and we are proud that nearly 700,000 students (12% of all California’s public school enrollment) now...

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#ChartersGiveBack During the Holiday Season

Charter public schools in California are considered pillars in their communities because they provide a high-quality education to students, wraparound services to families, and charitable events for all.

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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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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 >>