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

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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.

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. Currently, Eastman is researching the impact of Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) and Cooperative Learning (CL) on student achievement


  • Eastman, D. (2018). Made to Move: Inclusive Strategies for Individuals with ADHD. Amman, Jordan. 
  • Eastman, D. (2018). Blessed Not Broken: Inclusive Strategies for Individuals with Dyslexia. Amman, Jordan. 
  • Eastman, D. (2018). "Help, I'm Allergic to Math!": Inclusive Strategies for Individuals with Dyscalculia. Ammon, Jordan. 
  • Eastman, D. (2018). Taking notes and other impossible tasks involving a pencil: Inclusive Strategies for Individuals with Dysgraphia. Ammon, Jordan. 
  • Eastman, D. (2018). Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS). Amman, Jordan. 
  • Eastman, D. (2018). Attitude changes everything: Four principles that invite opportunity for change. Christian Education Association International: Turn Your Campus, January 27, 2018. 
  • Eastman, D. (2018). Motivation and differentiated instruction for all students. ACSI Early Childhood Conference, Biola University, March 10, 2018. 
  • Eastman, D. (2018). Help me understand: Walking a mile in the shoes of a student with learning, social, & emotional needs. ACSI Early Childhood Conference, Biola University, March 10, 2018. Beirut, Lebanon National Celebration of Students with Learning Differences April 22, 2018 
  • Eastman, D. (2018). Inclusion strategies for individuals with ADHD, SKILD Capacity Building Workshop, Beirut Baptist School. Beirut, Lebanon, April 20, 2018. Eastman, D. (2018). Learning to fish with a net: Creating an inclusive learning environment for Individuals with ADHD, Teachers Conference. Haigazian University, Beirut, Lebanon, April 21, 2018. 
  • Eastman, D. (2018, April 22). They could not, I would not. Keynote address presented at the National Day Celebration of Students Learning Differences. Haigazian University, Beirut, Lebanon. 
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