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 effect 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. 

Course 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?

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 urban teachers.)


Register in the Sal Castro Academy for Urban Teacher Leaders here

About Sal Castro

Sal Castro was a distinguished teacher, mentor, advocate, and community organizer remembered for his role in the 1968 East Los Angeles Blowouts – a series of historic protests led by Mexican American high school and college students to demand an equitable education. Throughout his career, Sal Castro inspired countless students to succeed in college and serve their community.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is not available for this course.

Course Schedule

The academy will be fully remote and will be held synchronously from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  There will also be 7.5 hours of asynchronous instruction.

Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 6, 2021

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Non-Discrimination Policy

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


For more information about the Academy, please email us.