Donald Easton-Brooks is an award winning author and is internationally-recognized as a critical quantitative culturally responsive scholar. He is best known for introducing the concept “ethnic matching” to the field of education. 


Dr. Easton-Brooks’ Bio

Donald Easton-Brooks grew up in Houston, Texas where he attended Booker T. Washington High School. At one point Booker T. was the only secondary high school for Blacks in the city, holding the name “Colored High” until it was renamed Booker. T. Washington. 


Donald Easton-Brooks Ph.D. has served in dean, dean’s office, and leadership roles at institutions such as the University of South Dakota, University of Connecticut and the University of North Texas. He leadership has been recognized on the state, national, and international level. Dr. Easton-Brooks was instrumental in assisting in creating and chairing the Oregon Educator Equity Advisory Group, which assists the state, universities and school districts in creating a culturally-responsive educator workforce. Based on his research, Dr. Easton-Brooks assisted in creating the Oregon Teacher Pathway and South Dakota Teacher Pathway programs, designed to promote equity in education by moving to diversify the educator workforces and in developing culturally responsive teachers. To date, these programs have reached more than 240 high school students. 


On the national level, he was elected to the board for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). He is also a member dean of the Learning and Education Academic Research Network (LEARN), a group of deans from top research universities who meet with national legislators to promote the continue support of educational research. On the international level, his leadership has been recognized twice at the International Urban Education Conference. He has also served as a mentor for the Committee on Scholars of Color in Education (CSCE) through American Educational Research Association (AERA).


Dr. Easton-Brooks scholarship articles, monographs, book chapters, books, and presentations. His research has been cited on educational initiatives and policy efforts in the US and in countries such as Africa, Australia, Germany, and New Zealand. The impact of his work has led to national and international interviews on television, radio talk shows, newspapers and parenting magazines. He currently services of the editorial board of the Urban Education journal. 


Beyond the field of education, Dr. Easton-Brooks worked as a youth and adolescent counselor, a special education teacher, a researcher on a community health project at the Denver Children’s Hospital, and as a diversity consultant for the City of Seattle. In addition, he has taught courses in early childhood education, human development and family studies, research methods on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Donald Easton-Brooks earned a football scholarship to play at the University of Texas at El Paso. After a three-year career, he transferred to Greenville University, where he earned a degree in Sociology. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education with an emphasis on Multicultural Family Studies both from the University of Colorado at Denver. 

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