Myrna Castrejon

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, California's Charter Schools Association

Los Angeles, California

As the senior vice president, government affairs, Myrna leads California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) advocacy, strategy and policy agenda, and provides political and strategic advice to key stakeholders. Myrna has served with CCSA in various key leadership roles since its founding in late 2003, heading the local advocacy, quality, school development, and research and evaluation portfolios.

She worked on the state-funded Urban Education Partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District where she helped to develop eight innovative early education service centers in the most high-need areas of Los Angeles. She served as vice president of School and Family Networks for the Los Angeles Alliance for Student Achievement and the director for family engagement for the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project.

Myrna spearheaded parent and community engagement efforts at the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence, a K-16 systemic reform initiative in El Paso, Texas. She served for 10 years at the Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation and its statewide Alliance Schools Initiative to develop parent, teacher and community capacity to transform low-performing schools into high achieving centers for community-wide change. She served as President of the National Board of Parents for Public Schools, a network of twenty-four local organizations that support public education reform.

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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