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The Light in Their Eyes
Creating Multicultural Learning Communities: 10th Anniversary Edition

Sonia Nieto
Multicultural Education Series
Pub Date: December 2009, 272 pages

Paperback: $27.95, ISBN: 0807750549
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• AERA Paulo Freire SIG Distinguished Scholar Award, 2010
• AERA Division K Legacy Award, 2008
• AERA Social Justice in Education Award, 2008
• Puerto Rican Day Parade Educational/Leadership Annual Award, 2007
• AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education Distinguished Career Contribution Award, 2006
• AERA Division G Social Context of Education Award, 2006
• Journal of Latinos and Education Henry T. Trueba Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2006
• NCTE Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts, 2006

“In search of a critical community, Sonia Nieto combines respect for what children bring to school with a desire to awaken each one and tap into their passion for learning. This classic work radiates with the sensitivity Sonia Nieto is known for in all her work.”
Maxine Greene, Professor Emerita, Teachers College, Columbia University

In this 10th Anniversary Edition of her popular text, Sonia Nieto reviews where we have been and where we should be going in our pursuit of creating multicultural learning communities in our schools. With a new Introductory Chapter and a new Epilogue, Nieto addresses some of the changes we have experienced during the past decade that help explain the current sociopolitical environment—our increasing diversity, the altering conditions in schools and in society, the influence of poverty on learning, and the impact of NCLB on classrooms and schools. This updated edition of The Light in Their Eyes:

  • Focuses on the significant role of teachers in transforming students’ lives.
  • Considers recent theories, policies, and practices about the variability in student learning and culturally responsive pedagogy.
  • Examines the importance of student and teacher voice in research and practice.
  • Provides an update, in their own words, on former students whose journal entries were included in the first edition.

Praise for the First Edition!

"A spirited, provocative defense of multicultural education."
Choice

"In this important and thought-provoking book, Sonia Nieto reaffirms her reputation as one of the leading theorists in multicultural education."
Rethinking Schools

"Perhaps once every 5 years, one is fortunate enough to read a scholarly book that is as hard to put down as a good novel, yet is brimming with profound insights on virtually every page. Nieto has written such a book."
TESOL Quarterly

"Offers a comprehensive and convincing argument for multicultural education."
Harvard Education Review

"For educators in a multicultural program, and for veteran and novice teachers, Nieto’s book would be invaluable."
Childhood Education

Sonia Nieto is Professor Emerita at theUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of the bestselling books Why We Teach and What Keeps Teachers Going?


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