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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.

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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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CAST schools are committed to providing all students with real-world, hands-on experiences and an internship during their high school years. Dr. Ydania Pezzat, Partnership Coordinator for the high school, visited with the intern team to learn more about their experiences at the SAVE Clinic.                   CAST Med

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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.

    Mya, a rising freshman at CAST Lead High School, moderated a CAST LIVE panel discussion about what it’s like to be a student at CAST. The panel consisted of a representative from each CAST Network School. Spots are still available at all CAST schools. Click here for more details.     Moderator: Mya,

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CAST schools are a network of 5 partnership schools in three school districts. CAST Tech, CAST Med and the Advanced Learning Academy are based in the San Antonio Independent School District. CAST STEM is based in the Southwest Independent School District. Our newest partner, East Central Independent School District, is home to CAST Lead, which

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In partnership with the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, CAST schools hosted a special edition of CAST LIVE with Dr. Barbara Taylor. The Q&A session focused on answering questions from students regarding COVID-19. Dr. Barbara Taylor Dr. Taylor is an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases and the Assistant Dean for the MD/MPH Program at UT Health

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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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Southwest ISD welcomes new CAST STEM Principal San Antonio, TX – On Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Southwest ISD (SWISD) officially announced Ravae Villafranca Shaeffer as the new principal for the District’s CAST STEM High School. Through a rigorous selection process, SWISD maintained its commitment to students, parents, and staff by seeking input through an open-ended

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Math teacher Oscar Garcia works with students Mikaley Kester, left, Kailey Nenque-Cazares, Daisy Hernandez and Celeste Rodriguez at CAST Med High School last November. Northside ISD now is planning the network’s fifth high school with an emphasis on training future teachers. Photo: Billy Calzada /Staff Photographer The next CAST Network school is shaping up to

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CAST Schools to receive up to $300,000 and technical support provided by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation CAST Schools is among the 20 school districts (or networks) selected as blended learning demonstration sites in the second cohort of Raising Blended Learners. CAST will receive up to $300,000 in grant funding plus additional in-kind technical

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Events at CAST Schools

Learn more about upcoming events at CAST.

Art as a Revolutionary Act

Next session will be Tuesday, July 21st 3:00-4:30PM! Join SAY Sí ABC Instructors, Chabriely Rivera and Cassidy Fritts, in our third session of Art as a Revolutionary Act where we’ll be diving deeper into talking about how art can be a vehicle for personal expression and revolutionary change. In our first session we were introduced

Convos with Meghan and Zach

A dialogue on race & equity. Wednesday, July 29th at 12:30 pm Hosted by Advanced Learning Academy Educators Meghan Harrington and Zach Wilson Click to Register and join the conversation. Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 854 1022 9782/Password: 1m7uLp

Thursday, July 30, 2020 12 pm – 1 pm My Internship Experience Panel discussion featuring CAST Student, Educators and Partners   Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 914 1909 2521 Password: 146199 One tap mobile +13462487799,,91419092521# US (Houston) +16699006833,,91419092521# US (San Jose)

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