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Education diversity expert Sonia Nieto to address “Becoming Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Teachers: What Does it Take?” May 1, 2014

Education diversity expert Dr. Sonia Nieto to give a talk, “Becoming Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Teachers: What Does it Take?” on Thursday, May 1 at 6:30pm in the Students’ Building, 2nd floor multi-purpose room. This is the Education Department’s bi-annual Elaine C. Lipschutz Lecture and is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and the Programs in Urban Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies and American Studies. This lecture is free and open to the public.

In this address, Nieto will highlight the efforts of classroom teachers who demonstrate how they create powerful learning environments for their students of diverse backgrounds through critically responsive and socially just teaching practices. The talk will be based on her new book, Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Classrooms. 

Nieto is professor emerita of language, literacy, and culture, School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and educated in the New York City Public Schools. She attended St. John’s University, Brooklyn campus, where she received a B.S. in elementary education in 1965. Upon graduation, she attended New York University’ graduate program in Madrid, Spain, and received her MA in Spanish and Hispanic Literature in 1966. A junior high school teacher of English, Spanish, and English as a second language (ESL ) in Ocean Hiil/Brownsville, Brooklyn, in 1968 she took a job at P.S. 25 in the Bronx, the first fully bilingual school in the Northeast. Her first position in higher education was as an instructor in the Department of Puerto Rican Studies at Brooklyn College, where she taught in a bilingual education teacher preparation program. Moving to Massachusetts with her family in 1975, she completed her doctoral studies in 1979 with specializations in curriculum studies, bilingual education, and multicultural education.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, April 11, 2014