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Season 1. Episode 5.

In this episode of Education Insight, we look at the success schools with a diverse teacher workforce are experiencing and why. And we learn more about a unique collaboration taking place in the Inland Empire to get more Black and Latinx male teachers in the pipeline. 



Featured Guests

 Desiree Carver-Thomas

Researcher and Policy Analyst on the Learning Policy Institute’s Educator Quality Team


Emma Diaz has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of healthcare and education. She is currently the Director for the Inland Adult Education Consortium at San Bernardino Valley College, where she manages the implementation of the California Adult Education Program (CAEP) legislation. As Director she has played a leadership role in creating and expanding educational programs across the region for underserved, often marginalized populations in adult education.

Emma participates regularly on state level advisory groups, presents at regional, state and national conferences, and is an international lecturer. She strategically positioned the Inland Adult Education Consortium as the professional development center for the Inland Empire, partnering with both state and national organizations. Most recently hosting the 2nd Annual Google Summit for Adult Education.

In addition to her current role as Consortium Director, she teaches for both credit and noncredit programs at multiple community colleges. She is currently a Board Member of the Association of Continuing and Community Education and is on the Basic Skills and Noncredit Committee for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. She earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and a bachelor’s in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge.

Dr. Chinaka DomNwachukwu

Dean of the College of Education at Cal State San Bernardino. 


Annette Webb, M.Ed., is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of California Riverside, University Extension. In her role, Annette upholds University Extension’s preeminent status in the professional, online, and continuing studies realm by evaluating and successfully responding to the educational needs of non-traditional learners, both domestic and international. She provides leadership in curricular and instructional areas, strategic planning, partnership engagement, student success, academic quality, and financial management.

Annette is a product of the California Master Plan for Higher Education, beginning her educational journey at Crafton Hills Community College then transferring to California State University, San Bernardino to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She went on to complete a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on Higher Education Leadership and Policy from UC Riverside.

She is a member of Growing Inland Achievement’s Returning Adult Action Network Team and she is the inaugural Co-Chair and Staff Representative for the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women at UCR. Annette is a proponent for life-long learning and is a higher education professional who represents excellence, accountability, integrity, and respect.

Interview Highlights

2:26 – Desiree explains what the racial and ethnic diversity in the teacher workforce looks like today.

3:23 – Desiree describes the current conditions when it comes to hiring a diverse workforce of teachers and breakdown the national teacher shortage issue.

4:32 – Desiree shares the positive impacts that a diverse teacher workforce has on students.

5:25 – Desiree talks about unique barriers that teachers of color run into when they enter the teaching profession.

6:33 – Desiree shares strategies or practices that she’s heard of that are focused on bringing more teachers of color into the profession.

8:33 – Desiree discusses how critical it is to retain teachers once they are hired.

10:17 – Desiree talks about teacher preparation, challenging conditions, and school closures.

13:26 – Desiree shares her thoughts on what educators in the IE should be doing if they want to see a more diversified teacher workforce.

16:37 – Chinaka tells us about the college of education at CSUSB and his role in preparing a qualified teacher workforce.

20:23 – Chinaka describes why it is critical for the Inland Empire to diversify the teacher workforce.

23:32 – Chinaka shares a unique project he has been working on to help further diversify the teacher workforce.

27:50 Chinaka talks about collaborators working on Project Impact.

32:01 – Chinaka speaks on what he would really like to see happen both short-term and long-term as a result of the IE minority male teacher pipeline project.

34:42 – Chinaka shares the key focus areas of this project and the work that has taken place so far.

42:09 – Chinaka explains why this project should be replicated elsewhere.

44:03 – Special Feature: Ann Marie Sakrekoff

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Education Insight tells the story of education in the Inland Empire through the diverse voices of those in and around the regional education community. The show is produced by Growing Inland Achievement, a collective impact organization in the Inland Empire with a mission to increase economic prosperity in the region by increasing educational attainment. Hosted by 30-year broadcast veteran Lacey Kendall, monthly shows explore topics ranging from education challenges and shortcomings to innovations and groundbreaking ideas that are driving student success.

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