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UPDATE: Aspen Public Schools Strengthens, Expands Academic Reach in Fresno

Aspen Public Schools, a high-quality network of charter public schools in the Central Valley, is proof that better education options can lead to life-changing results for underserved students.

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Unique Charter School Partners with CA Conservation Corps to Prepare Youth for the Workforce

When 21-year-old Yadira Chavez first learned about John Muir Charter School, she was earning minimum-wage packing and labeling produce as a warehouse worker.

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Charter school leader uses own wildfire experience to help others

By Ana Tintocalis, CharterNation Blog Contributor.

Casey Taylor clearly remembers the terrible feeling of dread after the Camp Fire ripped through Paradise, California in 2018 and destroyed Achieve Charter School, the campus she helped nurture...

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Five Things You Should Know About CCSA’s New Board Chair, Dr. Cristina de Jesus

This week, we announced some exciting news: Dr. Cristina de Jesus was elected as CCSA’s new Board Chair!

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Mentoring is the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Aspen Valley Prep Closing the Achievement Gap

In 2015, Aspen Valley Prep, a Fresno-based TK-8 charter public school, was in search of a more tailored curriculum for its students.

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Creekside Charter School’s Focus on the Whole Child Is a True Driver of Success

For five straight years, Creekside Charter School has seen its test scores rise. That has made the K-8, Tahoe-based school not only a top academic performer in comparison to nearby traditional district schools, but also within the state. Last...

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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 >>