Culturally Responsive Teaching

Dr. Sonia Nieto talks about the evolution of culturally responsive education, what educators need to know to implement it effectively,  and discusses examples of what it might look like regardless of what kind of a classroom you might be working in.

Sonia Nieto

Professor Emerita of Language, Culture and Teaching, in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita of Language, Culture and Teaching, in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has devoted her professional life to questions of diversity, equity, and social justice in education. With research focusing on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, she has written or edited 11 books and dozens of book chapters and journal articles, as well as a memoir, Brooklyn Dreams: My Life in Public Education. Her classic text, Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education is now in its 7th edition (the 5th through 7th editions were co- authored by her friend and colleague Patty Bode). The first edition (1992) was selected for the Museum of Education Readers’ Guide as one of the 100 books that helped define the field of education in the 20th century.

Dr. Nieto has received numerous awards for her scholarly work, activism, and advocacy, including 8 honorary doctorates. Elected as a Laureate of Kappa Delta Pi and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2011, she was also elected a member of the National Academy of Education in 2015. She is currently working on a book about teaching with her daughter, Alicia López, also a teacher.