Monday, June 06, 2016

Sonia Nieto’s Brooklyn Dreams chosen as summer read for Educational Studies

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Each summer, Educational Studies selects a book to read collectively. This summer’s selection is Sonia Nieto’s Brooklyn Dreams: My Life in Public Education. In this book, Dr. Nieto—one of the leading authors and teachers in the field of multicultural education—looks back on her formative experiences as a student, activist, and educator, and shows how they reflect and illuminate the themes of her life’s work.

Dr. Nieto offers a poignant account of her childhood and the complexities of navigating the boundaries between the rich culture of her working-class Puerto Rican family and the world of school. Brooklyn Dreams also chronicles her experiences as a fledgling teacher at the first bilingual public school in New York City—in the midst of the Ocean Hill-Brownsville strike—and the heady days of activism during the founding of the bilingual education program at Brooklyn College and later in establishing and running an alternative multicultural school in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Dr. Nieto will be here to give a talk about her book on Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. More details about her colloquium will be shared as the date draws closer. I hope you will save the date and plan on attending what promises to be an engaging talk.

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