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CCSA Provides Resources for Charter School Leaders, Teachers, & Families on Anti-Racism, Trauma-Informed Education, and Social Emotional Learning

June 10, 2020

CCSA encourages education leaders to leverage these new resources and approaches to help support students during this historic time in US

Los Angeles – Today, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) launched a new microsite with curated resources that support educators and families in teaching racial equity.

In light of recent national events, it is critical for students to be taught empathetic skills that help them navigate this highly emotional time. CCSA’s new curated resources may be helpful in immediately responding as well as implementing long-term changes.

“We are living in a watershed moment of recognition that we can and must do better, together. CCSA embraces this time in our national history as an opportunity to talk with students about the negative impact of implicit bias and racism, and to meet this moment with resources that inform and educate our future leaders about social equity and justice,” said CCSA President and CEO, Myrna Castrejón. “Our responsibility for each and every student has never been greater, which is why CCSA is aggregating guidance and best practices that help school leaders institute an appropriate dialogue and lesson plan. We strongly encourage all leaders in our sector to leverage new resources and approaches to responding with the resolve, empathy and unity that are hallmarks of our movement.”

The new resources provide educators with resources that are intentional and operational at school sites. CCSA has curated: anti-racism & racial equity resources; trauma-informed education and care; and social and emotional learning and support. All can be found at

Following the killing of George Floyd and continued violence against African Americans, CCSA made a $10,000 contribution to the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization that fights for criminal justice reform, racial justice and provides public education on the history of racism and inequality in our country. Charter organizations including the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association and the Delaware Charter Schools Network followed CCSA’s lead and each matched similar contributions to EJI. New Schools Venture Fund announced a grant to EJI and Color of Change.