Another alumnus of the Sacramento State Doctorate in Educational Leadership is creating change to benefit students. Cesar Castaneda, Ed.D., who graduated with Cohort 6 in 2015, is the co-founder and director of business operations for Atkinson Academy Charter School in the Sacramento area.
Building on his dissertation research, Dr. Castaneda helped design the school’s educational program and charter petition, which was granted by the San Juan Unified School District in January 2016. Atkinson Academy Charter School opened in August.
The school’s mission is to empower students to achieve their highest potential. The online format provides many students with the flexibility they need.
Foster youth, in particular, benefit from the school’s format. California identifies foster youth as one of three populations named “targeted disadvantaged pupils” due to their low achievement. Atkinson Academy’s goal is to help all of our students gain the core belief and the value that education adds quality to their life, Dr. Castaneda said.
“With socio-emotional techniques to engage typical vulnerable students, we hope to gain the trust and build strong relationships that would create transformation in our students through high expectations and leadership invested in change.
“The greatest achievement that I feel we can accomplish,” he said, “is to make a difference in a person’s life in a way that impacts and transforms them from who they are to what they want to be.”