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Sideore Lecturer Will Address How Do Teachers Keep Going?

KEENE, N.H. 10/4/02 Learning from teachers who continue to teach with enthusiasm and heart can be enlightening for teachers, school administrators, policymakers, and the public at large, says Sonia Nieto, professor of language, literacy and culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Nieto, this semesters Sidore lecturer at Keene State College, will address What Keeps Teachers Going in Spite of Everything? on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of the Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

For a year, Dr. Nieto met with teachers from public schools in Boston to talk about the challenges they face every day in their jobs and how they continue to be enthusiastic about teaching. Her findings are presented in her new book, What Keeps Teachers Going in Spite of Everything?

In her talk, Dr. Nieto will address some of the lessons learned from her research, including implications for teacher education and continuing professional development of teachers. This is a discussion, she says, which is important for teachers at all levels.

Dr. Nieto has taught for 35 years, at all levels from elementary grades through graduate school. She has studied the education of Latinos, immigrants and other culturally and linguistically diverse students, and she is a scholar of Puerto Rican childrens literature. Her books include Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities, and Puerto Rican Students in U.S. Schools.

Dr. Nieto serves on several national advisory boards that focus on educational equity and social justice and has received many awards for her advocacy and activism, including the 1989 Human and Civil Rights Award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the 1995 Drylongso Award for Anti-Racist Activists from Community Change in Boston, the 1996 Teacher of the Year Award from the Hispanic Educators of Massachusetts, and the 1997 Multicultural Educator of the Year Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education.

For more information, contact Mary Mayshark-Stavely, chair of the Sidore Committee at KSC, at 603-358-2218.

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