Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

2014 Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) is pleased to announce that Sonia Nieto, Ed.D., Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will give the 2014 Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture.

The title of Dr. Nieto's lecture is "Educating Latin@ Students: What Can We Learn From Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Teachers?" What does it take to be culturally responsive and socially just teachers for Latin@ students? In this lecture, Sonia Nieto explores this and other issues concerning the education of Latin@ and emergent bilingual students. Based on her new book, Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds, she will suggest a number of valuable lessons for teachers of Latin@ students and those learning English in U.S. schools.

Dr. Nieto has taught students from elementary school through doctoral studies and her research focuses on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of Latinos, immigrants, and other students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has written dozens of journal articles and book chapters as well as several books on these topics including, most recently, Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Classrooms (2013); Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (6th ed, 2012, with Patty Bode); The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities (2nd edition, 2010); Language, Culture, and Teaching: Critical Perspectives(2nd ed, 2010).

Dr. Nieto earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's University and obtained a Master of Arts degree from New York University and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a concentration in Curriculum, Bilingual and Multicultural Education.