Because all Students Deserve Teachers of Color

Building a Community for the Next Generation of Teachers

300 Students participating in the program, empowered to become teachers
150+ Teacher mentors representing 33 school districts
1000+ Members in the Teacher Mentor Network across LA

Community Partnerships for Teacher Pipeline

Community Partnerships for Teacher Pipeline (CPTP) is an initiative to build a community-based teacher pipeline that strengthens the teaching profession by increasing the number of teachers of color, funded by the federal Supporting Effective Educators Development (SEED) grant. The project is a partnership among Rio Hondo College, El Camino College, Cerritos College and Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) to serve 300 community college students who are exploring teaching as a career path in STEM Education, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, inclusive of all grade levels and subjects.


CPTP builds a robust community-based teacher pipeline that strengthens the teaching profession by increasing the number of Teachers of Color from the local community to become teachers in local schools.


Research shows that having a same-race teacher significantly improves student outcomes and reduces disparities between students of color and white students. CPTP is building a diverse teaching workforce that is representative of student demographics in our communities.


CPTP identifies, recruits, trains, and supports prospective teachers through an enhanced advisory mentoring and career development model within historically under-resourced schools and communities. The program focuses on the high-need areas of Special Education, STEM Education, and Early Childhood Education.

Become a CPTP Student

CPTP is open to all majors! Participants will:

  • Receive guidance and inspiration from a teacher mentor, a success coach, and a community of peers and teachers
  • Explore Pre-K through Community College teaching, STEM Education, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education through workshops and classroom observation
  • Participate in social justice and equity learning opportunities
  • Receive a stipend
Apply Here

Become a Mentor

If you are a teacher passionate about giving back to your community and looking to take on a leadership role, we want to hear from you! CPTP seeks teacher mentors to help guide the next generation of Teachers of Color. Teacher mentors will:

  • Mentor 1 or 2 future teachers
  • Receive ongoing professional development
  • Access the Teacher Mentoring Network -- a hub for support, collaboration, and community building
  • Receive a stipend
Apply Here


CPTP Teacher Mentor - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Event: Chemistry/Biology using Phenomena

October 27, 2021

One of the most difficult aspects of lab science courses is preparing labs and activities for students to authentically engage with. In this session, we will share resources and model activities that can be implemented with little preparation in any K-12 classroom.

CPTP Teacher Mentor Network Discussion Hour 2: Special Education and Student Support

November 3, 2021

How do schools and community resources work together to support students, especially students in Special Education? We will engage in conversation, learning and discussion around examining the intersection of community resources for student with special needs.

CPTP Teacher Mentor Network Equity Hour 3

November 4, 2021

Join the upcoming TMN Equity Hours series and come ready to interact and build community with other members of the Teacher Mentor Network, to share our stories, explore, and learn together.