Sal Castro Academy for Urban Teacher Leaders

Portrait of Sal Castro and photo of Blowout Demonstration

Program Description

In the legacy of distinguished educator and alumnus Sal Castro, Cal State LA's College of Professional and Global Education, in partnership with the Charter College of Educationwill offer the Sal Castro Academy for Urban Teacher Leaders in Summer 2021. The academy will prepare secondary teachers in anti-racist strategies to advocate for equity and justice within the education system.

Participants in the Sal Castro Academy for Urban Teacher Leaders will learn alongside other educators, community leaders and advocates to affect systemic change in education and their communities, through a transformative and empowering curriculum, interweaving Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR), Ethnic Studies, and Community-Based Activism. 

The Sal Castro Academy for Urban Teacher Leaders, a week-long professional development course for urban secondary teachers, will take place on the Cal State LA campus, from Monday, August 2, 2021 to Friday, August 6, 2021. 

Program Benefits

  • Earn 3 Continuing Education Units (CEU)
  • Examine the legacy of Sal Castro and the relevance of his work for anti-racist teacher activism.
  • Analyze the transformative potential of education projects using YPAR, Ethnic Studies, and Community-Based Activism
  • Engage in critical self-reflection and strategies of self-care
  • Join a community of transformative urban educators oriented toward social activism and advocacy

Who Should Register?

Middle and high school teachers in urban schools with a passion for social justice and experience with community organizing, social activism and/or movement building.


$200  (Registration will be limited to 30 secondary urban teachers.)

Please Register Here

Please complete our brief survey here. Upon completion of the survey, you will receive the registration link. 

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is not available for this program.

Course Schedule

The academy will be held on the Cal State LA campus, 5151 State Univeristy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032.

Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 6, 2021

8:30 am. - 2:30 p.m.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Please read Cal State LA's Non-Discrimination Policy here.


For more information about the academy, please email [email protected].