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  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.A., Biola University

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Biography

Dennis Eastman spent 15 years serving in multiple roles in the field of education (Social Studies teacher, coach, Athletic Director and Director of Faculty Induction) before becoming the principal of Nova Academy Early College High School, in Santa Ana, California. During his tenure as principal, U.S. News and World Report recognized Nova Academy with a Bronze Medal ranking as one of the most improved schools in California.

Eastman is currently serving Biola University as the Director of Secondary Education where he is able to combine his faith, expertise and enthusiasm for teaching and coaching into preparing the next generation of high quality educators.

Over the past ten years, Eastman has travelled extensively internationally with the goal of working alongside administrators and faculty in local schools to create inclusive, active, and effective learning strategies for all students.

Eastman's research agenda has focused on equipping teachers in student motivation, program design, creating an environment of attempt for all learners and preparing teachers in international settings. 

Publications (Selected)

  • Aligning means and goals: Insights from professional development to promote student- centered teaching in Cambodia. Eastman, D., C. Bishop, & Block, N. at AERA National Conference. San Francisco, CA. April 2020.
  • Inclusive Strategies for Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). C. Bishop, Eastman D., & LaBarbera, R. In Inclusive Classrooms for Flourishing Communities. Hetzel, J., LaBarbera, R. (editors). SKILD Publishing. Published in Arabic. 2019.
  • Aligning means and goals: Insights from professional development to promote student- centered teaching in Cambodia. Eastman, D., C. Bishop, & Block, N. at AERA National Conference. San Francisco, CA. April 2020.
  • “Partnering to prepare the next generation of teachers.” Eastman, D. & Yang, J. Southern California Professional Development News Magazine. Spring 2019.
  • Transforming culture one person at a time: The biblical model. Eastman, D., & Lewis, D. Peer reviewed paper presented at the Second International Higher Education Conference, "Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story: Living at the Crossroads through Education and Media Arts." Jakarta, Indonesia. June 15-17, 2016.
  • Essential questions: Their purpose and impact. Eastman, D., Lewis, D. Peer reviewed research paper presented at the California Council for Teacher Education Conference. San Diego, CA. October 24, 2015.
  • "Comparative study of explicit-direct instruction vs. collaborative groupings." Eastman, D., Lewis, D. California Council for Teacher Education, Quest Institute. Summer 2015.
  • "Creating a community through rigor, relevance, and relationships: A ten year look at serving at-risk students in urban school settings." Craig, E., Eastman, D., Battersbee, N. Justice Spirituality, & Education Journal, Spring 2015.

Presentations

  • Asian Hope International Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Presented on "Active strategies in literacy." November 2019.
  • Asian Hope International Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Presented on "Assessment that informs instruction and promotes differentiation." November 2019.
  • Asian Hope International Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Presented on "Equipping strategies for language learners." November 2019.
  • Asian Hope International Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Presented on "Managing small groups." November 2019.
  • Vineyard Christian Schools, Anaheim, CA: Presented on "Educators professional development series." October 2019.
    • Alliance Academy Jordan International Educators Training, Ammon, Jordan: Presented on "The power of self-reflection." August 2019.
    • Alliance Academy Jordan International Educators Training, Ammon, Jordan: Presented on "Is this on the test? Practical strategies for formal and informal assessment." August 2019.
    • Alliance Academy Jordan International Educators Training, Ammon, Jordan: Presented on "Classroom management: Refocusing on what motivates behavior: Peeling back the multiple layers of misbehavior in the classroom to cultivate an effective learning environment." August 2019.
    • Alliance Academy Jordan International Educators Training, Ammon, Jordan: Presented on "Made to move: Strategies to assist students with ADHD." August 2019.
    • Alliance Academy Jordan International Educators Training, Ammon, Jordan: Presented on "I have the right to learn! Looking beyond challenges into strengths and talents." August 2019.


    Research Interests

    • Promoting inclusive strategies for general education teachers
    • Creating active learning environments for all students
    • Creating and developing effective teaching and learning strategies in diverse cultures
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