In her new book from Harvard Education Press, Brooklyn Dreams, author and educator Sonia Nieto tells the story of her life in education — as a student, teacher, and activist. The child of Puerto Rican immigrants, Nieto attended New York City public schools, then, as an adult, began teaching at the first bilingual school in New York. Always "at the right place at the right time," Nieto found herself a pivotal figure in many movements in multicultural education, from bilingual education and bilingual teacher education to the introduction of ethnic studies in higher education, and has continued her activism throughout her career.
"These movements have all been extremely meaningful for me individually," says Nieto, "but also for the Latino community, for people of color, and for all of us who live in the United States and are concerned about equity in education."
In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Nieto looks back on her formative experiences of her career in multicultural education, and reflects on the place of activism and advocacy in the teaching profession.
The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.