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Welcome to the CAST Schools Network Blog

CAST Insights highlights reflections from our network. Learn from our educators, students and partners as they work to reinvent schooling in order to maximize options for students.

My name is Julen Blas Navarrete, a senior at the Advanced Learning Academy. Also known as ALA. I first heard about the Advanced Learning Academy in the fall of 2015. I previously attended Austin academy which is now the pre-k through 3rd grade Euclid campus. I was intrigued by the prospect of attending ALA because

Dia de los Muertos Community Altar at CAST Med

As part of CAST Med’s Contagion PBL, educators Linda Marsh (Art Teacher) and Profe Garcia (Spanish Teacher) partnered to encourage their students to explore how Día de los Muertos, a tradition celebrated in Mexico, has become a contagious influence in the United States and across Latin America. “Students explored how this tradition in Mexico continues


Series of Conversations Between the CAST Community and San Antonio Leaders.

CAST LIVE is a series of conversations between the CAST school community and San Antonio leaders. Guests share their stories of hope and resilience while answering questions from both students and educators.

David Robinson Jr. joined students, educators and parents for CAST LIVE and led a discussion on the digital divide in San Antonio. As learning moved virtually to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many students lacked the necessary broadband services to access online learning tools and lessons. Students from low income households or rural areas

The uncertainty created by COVID-19 continues to impact the everyday lives of families across our community, including our young learners. Dr. Margaret R. Mauzé joined us for CAST LIVE and shared her insights on how to identify the impact of the pandemic in our daily lives and to define ways to cope with stress, change,

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CAST Schools in the News. The latest articles and stories on the CAST Schools Network and affiliated schools.

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By Bekah McNeel August 12, 2020 Heading back to school in San Antonio this month is full of unknowns. The pandemic is raging. Remote learning is glitchy. In-person learning, if and when it happens, is subject to layers of safety protocols as inevitable outbreaks loom. It’s hard to imagine adding one more variable to the

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CAST STEM Students

Modern career and technical education programs emphasize both college and career readiness—even during a pandemic. By Bekah McNeel August 14, 2020 Long before hand-washing PSAs flooded social media and public billboards during the Covid-19 pandemic, Karol Servellon was championing the cause. As a high school student at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center—a.k.a. The Met—Servellon

Events at CAST Schools

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CAST Drive-By Party

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ALA SLAM Open Mic Night

Join us for our first spoken word event of this year! Read a poem; the students would love to hear you share your creative work. Poetry students from the Advanced Learning Academy will be performing their creative work. Thursday, November 19th 7 pm – 9 pm ZOOM https://saisd.zoom.us/j/89481665857?pwd=MmhJVzdPck5wWGU5RIRQcINvcUM3QT09 Meeting ID: 894 8166 5857 Passcode: POETRY

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