Black Educator Excellence

The Black Educator Excellence initiative is an innovative, flexible professional development opportunity for current teachers to expand their knowledge of culturally sustaining practices and pedagogies

The initiative offers a certificate program consisting of coursework and mentoring opportunities that will equip teachers with the skills and understanding to address equity gaps in their classrooms and schools. The initiative will directly target pandemic-exacerbated learning loss of Black and African American children in the Los Angeles region by supporting teachers who identify as Black and those who work with Black students. Teachers will be supported financially through scholarships. 


Kirk D. Rogers, Ph.D. Director, BEE

Dr. Kirk D. Rogers, Jr. is an assistant professor in the College of Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He received is PhD in education from the University of California, San Diego. His research centers math as a major gatekeeper for BILPOC students interested in pursuing STEM careers. Kirk also taught middle school math and science in Atlanta, Ga., for many years. He is excited to lead the Black Educator Excellence Initiative this year.