School of Education

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.

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.