Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions 

1. What is the Sal Castro Academy for Urban Teacher Leaders?

The Sal Castro Academy for Urban Teacher Leaders is a unique weeklong professional development opportunity for secondary teachers. It is modeled after Sal Castro’s weeklong summer leadership program for youth but instead focused on his profession as a teacher. Through the Academy, teachers will examine his legacy and the relevance of his work for anti-racist teacher activism.

Teachers will engage in a transformative curriculum that interweaves Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR), Ethnic Studies, and Community-Based Activism. They will learn alongside other educators, community leaders, and advocates to effect systemic change in education and their communities.

2. Who was 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. Sal Castro is an alumnus of Cal State LA.

3. What are the benefits of participating?

  • Earn 3 Continuing Education Units (CEU)
  • 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
  • Participants may qualify for a stipend to carry out anti-racist projects during the school year

4. Who should participate?

This professional development opportunity is for any teacher in an urban setting.

5. How can the Academy help me professionally?

At some school districts, teachers can convert Continuing Education Units (CEUs) into increases in salary. We would like to partner with school districts to ensure participants can receive this benefit. Please contact us at

6. When is the Sal Castro Academy for Urban Teacher Leaders?

The Academy will be held remotely from Monday, August 2, 2021, to Friday, August 6, 2021.

7. Who will facilitate the Sal Castro Academy?

The curriculum has been developed by scholars at the Charter College of Education. We have engaged a broad community of educators, community leaders, and advocates to create a meaningful learning experience for all involved. Their names will be announced soon.

8. Is there a fee to participate in the Sal Castro Academy for Urban Teacher Leaders?

Yes. The registration fee is $200. In 2021, the instruction will be remote with both synchronous and asynchronous components.

9. Is financial assistance available?

There is no financial assistance available for registration, but participants may qualify for a stipend to carry out anti-racist projects during the school year.

10. How can I register?

The registration website can be accessed here, through our partners at the Cal State LA College of Professional and Global Education. If you are new to the College of  Professional and Global Education, you will need to create an account and place the Sal Castro Academy class in your shopping cart.

11. Where can I direct my questions?

Please email us at Our team is working remotely due to the COVID-19 emergency and typically responds within 24 hrs.