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Project Impact

Dean Chinaka DomNwachukwu, Ph.D.
Dean Chinaka DomNwachukwu, Ph.D.

A Message from the Dean and
Initiator of Project Impact

Welcome to Project Impact Site.  Project Impact is a community outreach program of the College of Education at California State University, San Bernardino. This project is aimed at increasing the teacher pipeline in California, while at the same time working to help close academic achievement gaps in the K-12 settings through intentional recruitment, training, and deployment of minority male teachers into the California classrooms. 

For more than 15 years, the state of California has undertaken many different initiatives towards the goal of closing academic achievement gaps and addressing equity gaps in education.  Commissions have been established, studies done and reports presented on the problem, yet studies show a persistence of academic achievement and equity gaps in the California K-12 settings.  Even when the state has recorded increase test scores across all the ethnic demographics represented in the California school systems, the achievement gaps have persisted. Data from National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) continue to show that black and Hispanic students have continued to perform below their white counterparts in the USA, even when academic achievement has risen across all ethnic groups.  While some improvements have been noticed since 2009, the gap still continues to exist, and even when achievement has risen across all ethnic groups, the gap continues to be present (NAEP, 2015).

At CSUSB, we have undertaken to approach this problem by investing into the recruitment, training, and deployment of highly skilled minority male teachers who are able to connect more personally and serve as role models for the overwhelming number of minority male K-12 students who continue to be the highest population of students with behavior problems in school, the highest population in special education programs, and the most likely to drop out of school. 

In light of the prospects of having minority male teachers in the classroom presents, we are seeking partnerships with other educational agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations, to collaborate with us in the recruitment, training, and deployment of these teachers in the Inland Empire and beyond.  Our college has established the Project Impact Office, with a full-time Director, who is working with our marketing team and academic program leaders to identify, recruit, and train these male teachers.  We need partners who can help us fund the educational expenses of these teacher candidates so that we can focus on their training and mentorship. 

Our aspiration is that these new teachers will complete their training without any debts, and commit to be in the profession for a minimum of 5 years so that we can increase their chances of retention in the profession.  Teacher attrition in the state of California is significantly high within the first five years.

“I began my own teaching career as a young Nigerian man in East Los Angeles, where I was the only black teacher, and there were often two or three black students in the school. So I also knew the difference my presence made in the lives of those few students,” DomNwachukwu said. “You need male figures in the school setting, especially for minority kids, to have them connect with education as something that’s within their reach.” - Dean Chinaka DomNwachukwu, Ph.D.

What is Project Impact

Project Impact aims to significantly increase diversity in the teacher pool through intentional outreach and recruitment toward the K-12 teaching profession in the Inland Empire and beyond. With a special focus on underrepresented minorities and African American males, the College of Education will recruit scholars into Project Impact and prepare these student teachers as highly skilled, collaborative, inclusive, and who commit to work as restorative agents for educational equity and social justice.

Teacher candidates will go through the program with a level of individualized support required to navigate the rigorous credentialing program. Project Impact sets itself apart preparing teacher candidates with foundational, experiential, and currently relevant pedagogy through our quality Credentialing Programs, Pre-Internship Educational Experience, and the Master your Craft professional Development series. Project Impact brings intentionality to properly prepare teacher candidates to enter the classroom as immediately impactful change agents for the schools and communities they serve.

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Possible Pathways

Project Impact supports participants who are pursuing a career in education, seeking a teaching credential through the various pathways CSUSB has to offer.  

  • CSUSB Liberal Studies Integrated Track | Multiple Subject Teaching
    The CSUSB Liberal Studies Integrated Track lets you earn a liberal studies degree and a credential at the same time.
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
    The Multiple Subject Program is for those seeking to teach grades TK-6. The Multiple Subject Program also provide an option to obtain a Bilingual Authorization through additional coursework.
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential
    The Single Subject Program if for those seeking to teach at the secondary level in a specific content area (Art, English, History/Social Science, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, & Science). Art, Music, and Physical Education can teach at the Elementary and Secondary levels.
  • Special Education
    The Special Education Credential Program at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) offers a graduate course of study that leads to a California Educational Specialist Credential and/or a Master's of Science Degree. Students may choose to specialize in one of the following three authorization areas: Mild/Moderate Support Needs, Extensive Support Needs, or Early Childhood Special Education.

Project Impact Provides

  • Financial Assistance to mitigate the costs of attendance.
  • Critical support and mentorship to assist participants to successfully navigate the program.
  • Pre-Intern Educational experience working with K-12 students early in the program.
  • Relevant Professional Development in the “Master your Craft” series for essential skill-building of the most recently established “best practices”.