Students can benefit from ‘ethnic matching’

May 28, 2019 | By Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of the College of Education at UNR, via Reno Gazette Journal

I am excited to be the incoming dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada-Reno and to work with the schools and their ever-changing demographics. I also feel that my new book, “Ethnic Matching: Academic Success of Students of Color,” can provide districts like Washoe and others insightful ways to provide equitable education for all students.

When talking about ethnic matching, what I often hear is, “What is ethnic matching?” Ethnic matching is when you pair a student of color with a teacher of the same race/ethnicity. The research in my book shows that students of color tend to perform better academically when they encounter at least one teacher of color. Similar research found this to be true in human resources, counseling, management/supervision and higher education.

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