New Podcast Gives A Platform for Sharing the Powerful Work Occurring in California's Charter Schools

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

Update: Charter Chat is available through iTunes and Pod Bean. As of April 18, 2019, three episodes are available with more to come! Read more about this podcast and the first episode below.

As a school attorney, I am often helping clients through difficult situations. Because of my role in times of crisis, I do not regularly get to hear about the positive impact the school team has on a student or group of students. In the charter school arena, I am also more likely to read criticism rather than praise of the work being done by students and school leaders. However, I know that every day our public school system, including charter schools, provides opportunities for success for numerous students.

Although finding good news about charter schools can sometimes be challenging, I recently came across a podcast that provides listeners with a glimpse into the power of alternatives in public education: Charter Chat, hosted by Juliet Lucero.

In Charter Chat, Ms. Lucero provides a platform for charter school leaders to discuss challenges and successes. Like me, Ms. Lucero wants people to hear about the good work charter schools do each day.

In her debut podcast, Ms. Lucero talks with Ana Chavez from Value Schools. Listeners learn that Ms. Chavez is an immigrant, passionate about education and intrigued by non-traditional educational systems that do not give up on young people. We hear about her path through the public school system and her dedication to finding new ways to support youth who might not have access to quality public education through their local schools.

Ms. Chavez recognizes the many avenues available to parents and students, and she explains how Value Schools provides an alternative for students. She discusses the Five Core Values inculcated in students, teachers, and administrators; values so powerful that adult alumni return years later still able to recite all five. The discussion provides insight into the struggle of finding and funding a school facility, as well as Ms. Chavez's most recent work in addressing chronic absenteeism. The podcast provides inspiration for students, school leaders, and charter school advocates alike. I look forward to hearing more.