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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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Lessons Learned During Pandemic Bring Changes to San Diego Charters

When schools shut down for in-class instruction in March 2020, charter public school leaders and teachers quickly pivoted to distance learning in order to keep their students on track. And as schools are beginning to welcome kids back this month,...

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Contra Costa School of Performing Arts Blazes Trail With Health And Wellness Summer Program

Summer learning programs in California run the gamut as educators try to support the diverse needs of students so they can successfully transition to in-person instruction this fall. 

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How America's Finest Charter School Made its Campus "COVID Safe"

Students and their families are once again wondering how schools will be "COVID safe" when in-person instruction begins next month for the 2021-22 academic year, especially since the number of infections are once again on the rise due to the...

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BayTech Charter Helps Students Bond Before In-Person Instruction

High school senior Diego Perez has a natural green thumb. So when his teachers at Bay Area Technology School in East Oakland invited him to plant a school garden as part of a summer learning project, he quickly rolled up his sleeves and got to...

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What Does California's Historic State Budget Mean for Charter Public Schools?

While no state budget is ever perfect, there is a lot to celebrate in California's recently passed 2021-2022 spending plan. The final budget package reflects total state spending of $262.6 billion and provides a record $93.7 billion in...

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Welcoming Schools Program Trains Educators to Create LGBTQ and Gender-Inclusive Classrooms

CCSA is keeping a sustained focus on how charter public schools can teach students about LGBTQ history and topics to foster equity and belonging on their campuses throughout the year.

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Meet our CharterNation storytellers!

Ana Tintocalis

Ana Tintocalis - Director, Media Relations and Research
atintocalis@ccsa.org

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
mcastrejon@ccsa.org

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 >>

Aaron Guerrero

Aaron Guerrero - Director, Digital Communications
aguerrero@ccsa.org 

Aaron Guerrero is Director of Digital Communications on CCSA’s Digital Strategy team under External Affairs. He leads the organization’s digital messaging and content strategies that leverage social media, blog content, advertising programs, and email marketing. Read More >>