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Ethnic Matching: Academic Success of Students of Color

Rowman & Littlefield (2019)

2019 National Association of Multicultural Education Philip C. Chinn Book Award Winner!

Ethnic Matching: Academic Success of Students of Color is an in-depth exploration on the impact of ethnic matching in education, the paring of students of color with teachers of the same race. Research shows that this method has a positive and long-term impact on the academic experience of students of color. This book explores what makes this phenomenon relevant in today’s classrooms. Through interviewing quality teachers of color, this book sheds a light on the impact these teachers make on the academic experience of students of color. This approach is meant to provide all teachers valuable insight into techniques for engaging with diverse learners. Also, from these conversations, the book shows how the intentionality of culturally responsive practice can enhance the academic experience of students of color. Topics such as the challenges of recruiting and retaining quality teachers of color, as well as the valuable work being done on the local, state, and national level to promote diversifying the field of education as a way to provide equitable education for all students is also explored in this book.

Review


This book is important and exceptionally timely as students of color become the majority across the nation. Easton-Brooks provides a lucid analysis of what educators can learn from the pedagogical practices of teachers of color that support the academic growth of students of color. This book so clearly unpacks both core concepts and myths that it should be required reading in teacher education and leadership programs.

— Christine Sleeter, professor emerita, California State University, Monterey Bay


Dean Easton-Brooks' book offers a long-awaited analysis and historical overview of the concept of ethnic-matching. He skillfully integrates his analysis of the literature with stories shared by effective teachers of color who demonstrate the power of ethnic-matching. This book offers an important complement to the bevy of research studies that examine the impact of teachers of color on the education of students of color. 

— Marvin Lynn, PhD, dean, Graduate School of Education, Portland State University


Students deserve to experience learning opportunities that honor, speak from the point of view of, and recognizes the many assets of their culture and ethnicity. Easton-Brooks has demonstrated the powerful ways in which ethnic-matching can maximize students’ opportunities to learn inside classrooms. This book showcases the very best of what is possible for students too often placed on the margins of teaching and learning when mechanisms – such as ethnic-matching – are in place to support their academic and social success. A call to action, a transformative way of thinking about and imagining teaching and learning, and a plausible agenda that penetrates the micro and macro, this book has the potential to make a real difference in school districts across the country that dare to think about innovative ways of recruiting and retaining a more racially and ethnically diverse teaching force for the benefit of students, particularly those of color. Grounded in research and informed by practice, this book should be required reading of educators pre- and in-service to students.

— H. Richard Milner IV, Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Education, Vanderbilt University


The need for greater diversity in the educator workforce as a moral imperative has long been clear. In Dr. Easton-Brooks' work, the educational benefits of ethnic-matching and greater educator diversity are brought to light. Through student perspectives, teacher reflection, and application examples, Dr. Easton-Brooks explores the tremendous value of teachers of color in American classrooms. The time for true effort on the part of all educators to recruit and hire representative teachers is now- the proof for why is found through this book.

— Heidi Sipe, 2016 Oregon Superintendent of Year, Umatilla School District

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