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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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Amelie's Story: “MY Academy Made My Dreams Come True.”

For Amelie Caswell, the teasing and bullying first began in elementary school.

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Eight Best Practices of Nonclassroom-based Charter Schools

What are the best practices driving success in nonclassroom-based charter public schools?

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Nonclassroom-Based Charter Schools Fill Void for California’s Most Vulnerable Students

High-quality nonclassroom-based charter public schools are innovating and adopting new instructional practices to effectively serve students, many of whom have not been successful at traditional public schools.  

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Charter Schools Excel at Safe Reopening

When the initial closures hit last year, charter public schools led the way in transitioning to distance learning. Now, charter schools are demonstrating the same flexibility and innovation that’s embedded in their DNA, excelling at safe...

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Five Trailblazing Women Making an Impact in Public Ed

More than ever before, women flexed and pivoted towards maintaining student motivation during the pandemic, keeping kids connected to their school's community. Their results are a testament to their vision.

To conclude our recognition of Women's...

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A Virtual Celebration of Charter Schools, Students and Leaders

It’s official: we’ve completed our first ever virtual California Charter Schools Conference!

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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 >>

Aaron Guerrero

Aaron Guerrero - Director, Digital Communications 

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 >>