Brooklyn Dreams

Brooklyn Dreams My Life in Public Education

Sonia Nieto
cloth, 272 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-857-3
Price: $64.00

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paper, 272 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-856-6
Price: $32.00

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Pub. Date: November 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-858-0

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In Brooklyn Dreams, Sonia 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. 


This riveting, discerning, and illuminating memoir is a complex and seamless tapestry of Nieto’s personal and professional journey into which she weaves incisive pedagogical insights. Her memoir is a quintessential American saga and is a compelling, inspiring, and essential read. — James A. Banks, Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies, and founding director, Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington, Seattle

From her modest Brooklyn beginnings to her contemporary moment of jubilación, Sonia Nieto reminds us with this very intimate labor of love that transformation, whether personal or political, always begins with the courage and freedom to dream. — Antonia Darder, author, Culture and Power in the Classroom, and Leavey Presidential Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership, Loyola Marymount University

A beautiful retrospective on life, struggle, and teaching from one of the most insightful scholars in the field of education. Sonia Nieto’s ability to interrogate and reflect on her experience as a Puerto Rican educator provides a unique vantage point from which to understand many of the complex issues confronting our schools and society today. — Pedro Noguera, distinguished professor of education, Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

Sonia Nieto has inspired and guided countless educators through her scholarship, teaching, and advocacy. Brooklyn Dreams provides a firsthand account of how one teacher with passion and vision has transformed a field. All educators who care about powerful learning and social justice will love this book. — Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Emeritus, Stanford University

Brooklyn Dreams: My Life in Public Education, by Sonia Nieto, makes a major contribution on issues of economic inequality in education as well as the strengths and necessity of bilingual and multicultural education. — Jacqueline J. Saindon, EdD, Journal of Language & Literacy Education

Nieto's autobiography encourages the reader to reflect on the forces that shape one's own life as an educator and education activist.  — Deborah Menkart, Rethinking Schools

Nieto's memoir is more than a record of her experiences; it is a powerful book raising questions of social justice and equality. For anyone with a vested interest in public education, Nieto offers a message of hope and optimism for the future in the face of inequalities and discrimination. — Amy Kelly, Multicultural Perspectives

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About the Author

Sonia Nieto is a professor emerita of language, literacy, and culture at the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2014, she received the Medal for Distinguished Service, the highest honor given by Teachers College at Columbia University.