Donald Easton-Brooks

USD School of Education

During his time as dean of the University of South Dakota's School of Education, Donald Easton-Brooks formed a partnership with the Sioux Falls School District to launch the Teacher Pathway Program, which seeks to recruit a diverse pool of future teachers from its own student body. Easton-Brooks is a scholar of education policy and culturally responsive teaching. His book Ethnic Matching: Success of Students of Color was released earlier this year. 

USD School of Education

Many school districts focus on recruiting the best teachers for their classrooms, and they struggle to bring in a diverse pool of candidates. Even when they’re successful, some can’t retain the teachers they’ve hired. Donald Easton-Brooks, the Dean of USD’s School of Education, says the challenge is about more than money. 

Before Donald Easton-Brooks pursued a career in education, he was a counselor at a residential treatment facility in Denver. He says something about the job didn’t feel right.

Bailey Quanbeck

In The Moment ... May 22, 2018 Show 342 Hour 2

It's a program designed to change the face of teaching in South Dakota, and its goal is to help students succeed.

USD School of Education's Culturally Responsive Teacher Pathway is a partnership with the Sioux Falls School District that aims to promote teacher diversity and cultural responsiveness in the district.

Dr. Donald Easton-Brooks is the School of Education Dean at the University of South Dakota.

The University of South Dakota School of Education is hosting a professional development workshop this week on the topic of Culturally Responsive Teaching. Renowned scholar Dr. Geneva Gay will begin with a keynote speech this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in Vermillion. Today, Dr. Donald Easton-Brooks, Dean of the School of Education, joins Dakota Midday for a conversation about what culturally responsive teaching looks like in the classroom. From notions of privilege, to eliminating micro-aggressions, Brooks explores overcoming cultural bias to embrace success for all students.

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Preschool teachers in Sioux Falls are learning about a program that helps students recognize gender differences and build relationships. It’s called the Sanford Harmony Program, and its champion says it started when he read the famous book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. Tuesday the project’s namesake talks with teachers in Sioux Falls on their first day of Harmony training.