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 July 29, 2021

You Can and Must Foster Belonging, Acceptance, and Support for Your LGBTQIA+ Students. It’s a Matter of Life and Death.

Many young people see belonging as a quest to fit in, but it’s so much deeper than that. Belonging means accepting, celebrating, and including our…

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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