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Charter Chat Podcast

Where Charter Schools Tell Their Story

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I sat down with Ana Chavez from Value Schools, located in Los Angeles, CA for the first episode of the Charter Chat Podcast. She tells us about how she got started in charter schools and education.

Ana spoke about their values-based model and how the kids build character and learn the importance of community.

We discussed some of the challenges Value Schools faces with facilities and their current ongoing fundraiser to raise money to build a permanent home for one of their campuses.

Ana continues to talk about the Five Core Values of Value Schools. These core values are:

1. Academic excellence is the means to a full life.

2. Each student can develop to his or her fullest potential.

3. Each individual is unique and deserves respect.

4. A safe, nurturing community is essential to academic excellence.

5. Service to others and the community is a responsibility of an educated person.

Thank you to Ana Chavez for taking the time to sit down with me tell us more about Value Schools. You can find out more on Value Schools by visiting their website at www.valueschools.com.

Enter our contest to win an Apple iPad by Subscribing to the podcast on iTunes, rating the episode and leaving a review. The contest will run through the first 5 episodes and the winner will be announced on episode 6.

You can Follow Charter Chat at:
Twitter: @CharterChatPod
Facebook: www.facebook.com/charterchat/
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/charter-chat-podcast
Website: www.charterchatpodcast.com

GUESTS: Ana Chavez of Value Schools
HOSTED BY: Juliet Lucero

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For the second episode of the Charter Chat Podcast, I visited with Christine Kuglen from Innovations Academy, located in San Diego. Christine has a great story about how she started her charter school. She also speaks about how she home-schooled her kids prior to starting a school.

Innovations Academy has various personalized learning options. Christine speaks about the types of programs they have including homeschooling, a hybrid classroom based program and a full five day classroom program.

Lastly Christine speaks about the behavior modification methods they use or don't use at their school. Connection before correction is one of their mantras.

Thank you to Christine Kuglen for taking the time to sit down with me tell us more about Innovations Academy. You can find out more about Innovations Academy by visiting their website at www.innovationsacademy.org

Enter our contest to win an Apple iPad by Subscribing to the podcast on iTunes, rating the episode and leaving a review. The contest will run through the first 5 episodes and the winner will be announced on episode 6.

You can Follow Charter Chat at:
Twitter: @CharterChatPod
Facebook: www.facebook.com/charterchat/
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/charter-chat-podcast
Website: www.charterchatpodcast.com

GUESTS: Christine Kuglen of Innovations Academy
HOSTED BY: Juliet Lucero

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I spoke with a couple of the Founders of Redwood Preparatory Charter School, located in Humboldt County for the third episode of the Charter Chat Podcast. I had the pleasure of interviewing Krista Croteau & Melanie Downing who are both a couple of the founders of the school.

Hear about how Krista and Melanie got started in education and how they decided to start a charter school in their small community. They have a great story about how Redwood Prep started and how the community really came together to help. 

We discussed the school's Five Core Values:

1. Academic Rigor

2. Social Responsibility

3. Community

4. Shared Leadership

5. Educating the Whole Child

Redwood Prep's core values have evolved and have expanded their program to focus on STEAM.

Thank you to Krista Croteau & Melanie Downing for taking the time to sit down with me tell us more about Redwood Prep. You can find out more about Redwood Prep by visiting their website at www.redwoodprep.org

Enter our contest to win an Apple iPad by Subscribing to the podcast on iTunes, rating the episode and leaving a review. The contest will run through the first 5 episodes and the winner will be announced on episode 6.

You can Follow Charter Chat at:
Twitter: @CharterChatPod
Facebook: www.facebook.com/charterchat/
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/charter-chat-podcast
Website: www.charterchatpodcast.com

GUESTS: Krista Croteau & Melanie Downing of Redwood Preparatory Charter School
HOSTED BY: Juliet Lucero

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For Episode 4, I headed on over to Thousand Oaks, CA to Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary School, or MATES for short. I interviewed Brenda Olshever the Executive Director and Kristin Walker, the Assistant Director.

MATES is a conversion school, which means it was once a district school that later converted into a charter school. The school was going to be shut down by the district due to low student enrollment, but instead they turned it into a thriving charter school.

Learn about how MATES integrates art and technology into their curriculum. Also find out how MATES partners with Cal Lutheran University to have undergrad student volunteers help out on their campus.

Thank you to Brenda Olshever & Kristen Walker for taking the time to sit down with me tell us more about MATES. You can find out more about MATES by visiting their website at www.matescharter.org

Enter our contest to win an Apple iPad by Subscribing to the podcast on iTunes, rating the episode and leaving a review. The contest will run through the first 5 episodes and the winner will be announced on episode 6.

You can Follow Charter Chat at:
Twitter: @CharterChatPod
Facebook: www.facebook.com/charterchat/
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/charter-chat-podcast
Website: www.charterchatpodcast.com

GUESTS: Brenda Olshever & Kristen Walker of Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary School
HOSTED BY: Juliet Lucero

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For Episode 5, I sat down with Claudia Weintraub, Executive Director of River Oaks Academy, a TK through 12th grade, independent study, or personalized learning as they like to call it, charter school that has two locations in Westlake Village and Oxnard.

This school has concurrent enrollment available at the local junior college so students can be earning college credit while in high school. A very unique thing that River Oaks has is they are dual accredited with WASC and the NCAA. Since they have that NCAA Accreditation they get a lot of student athletes that enroll in their program.

Thank you to Claudia Weintraub for taking the time to sit down with me tell us more about the fantastic personalized learning program at River Oaks Academy. You can find out more about River Oaks Academy by visiting their website at www.riveroakscharter.com.

Enter our contest to win an Apple iPad by Subscribing to the podcast on iTunes, rating the episode and leaving a review. The contest will run through the first 5 episodes and the winner will be announced on episode 6.

You can Follow Charter Chat at:
Twitter: @CharterChatPod
Facebook: www.facebook.com/charterchat/
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/charter-chat-podcast
Website: www.charterchatpodcast.com

GUESTS: Claudia Weintraub of Rivers Oaks Academy
HOSTED BY: Juliet Lucero