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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

A chat with Dr Alcala and Jonathan on Zoom

CAST Tech is being led by principal Dr. Melissa Alcala, a chat on how she is doing with the pandemic affecting CAST Tech High School. From her favorite color to her favorite foods, let’s get to know our fearless leader. I am Jonathan Rodriguez, Communications and Marketing Intern for CAST Tech, and a senior in

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My Learning Space at Home

Showcase Your Learning Space at Home Students Across San Antonio have kicked off the school year learning virtually. Our CAST Marketing Communications Interns challenged their peers to showcase their learning space. Add yours today!

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CAST Lead High School

  The Urban Education Institute at UTSA surveyed students and families in select school districts across Bexar County and CAST Schools to document how COVID-19 affected teaching and learning, and what lessons we can learn from this experience. Learning at CAST has always extended beyond the four walls of the classroom. The research showed how

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Carol Mendenhall, Director of Program Design and Professional Development for the CAST Schools Network, shares why the 2020-2021 school year is, “The Year of Courage.” “To live into the future means to leap into the unknown, and this requires a degree of courage for which there is no immediate precedent and which few people realize.”

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This is my conversation with Fernando on what is happening with CAST Tech and the San Antonio Esports scene, what CAST Tech Gaming is, how it started, how you can support and join. Fernando and I are both CAST Tech seniors in the UX pathway. Jonathan: What brought you to CAST Tech? Fernando: “I actually

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