California Educator Diversity Road Map Briefs: A Comprehensive Approach to Recruiting and Retaining the #TeachersWeNeed

Introducing Our New Briefs

We are proud to unveil a suite of three new policy briefs, as part of the California Educator Diversity Road Map project, in partnership with Californians for Justice and Public Advocates. This marks a significant milestone in our journey pushing for a more diverse and inclusive educational workforce in California. These briefs focus on empowering state leaders, local educational agencies, and educators with actionable insights and strategies informed by parents, students, and educators across California for recruiting and retaining the #TeachersWeNeed. This series is part of EdTrust-West’s The Teachers We Need Campaign which seeks to drive urgency and uplift tangible solutions to address California’s educators of color and teacher shortage. Check out our California Educator Diversity Road Map and please be on the lookout for more information about the campaign in the coming months.

Dive into Our Briefs:

  1. For State Leaders: “California State Leaders Can Prioritize Recruiting and Retaining the #TeachersWeNeed” offers a strategic framework for state-level policymakers. It provides recommendations to support and enhance the recruitment and retention of a diverse teaching workforce, critical for reflecting California’s rich cultural tapestry in our classrooms.
  2. For TK-12 Districts and Schools: “How California TK-12 Districts and Schools Can Prioritize Recruiting and Retaining the #TeachersWeNeed” delivers practical guidelines for district and school decision-makers. This brief focuses on actionable steps that local educational agencies can take to foster an environment that attracts and sustains diverse talent.
  3. Stories from the Field: “Examples of recruiting and retaining the #TeachersWeNeed” shares real-world examples and success stories. This brief showcases the practical strategies and projects already making a difference in communities across California and the country, offering a beacon of hope and a path forward for others to follow.

Join Us in Making a Difference.

These briefs reflect our unwavering commitment to creating educational spaces where every California student can see themselves in their teachers and where every educator feels valued and empowered. 

We invite all stakeholders—policymakers, educators, community members, and more—to delve into these briefs. Contact Benito Aranda-Comer for questions about these briefs.


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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.