The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/4/2009
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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In the 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 to explain the current sociopolitical environment - our increasing diversity, the altering conditions in schools and in society, the influence ofperverty on learning, and the impact of NCLB on classrooms and schools.

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Sociopolitics of Schooling: A Prologue to the 10th Anniversary Editionp. 1
Introductionp. 23
Learning, the Social Context, and Multicultural Educationp. 33
Learning and Inequalityp. 50
Reaction to Ethnic Notionsp. 52
What Difference Does Difference Make?p. 63
Pressures to Conformp. 64
Culture and Learningp. 77
Who Does the Accommodating? Institutional Transformation to Promote Learningp. 101
Start from Where Kids Are Atp. 103
My Journeyp. 107
Morning Questionsp. 109
Pedagogical Strategies as Magical Curesp. 111
Being Nice Is Not Enoughp. 114
Perceptions of the Bilingual Programp. 115
Social Class, Language, and Learningp. 118
Connecting with Studentsp. 125
Teaching as Lovep. 127
Critical Pedagogy, Empowerment and Learningp. 130
Leaving My World Outsidep. 137
Letter to Ms. Curryp. 137
Looking from the Edgep. 139
A Boost of Adrenalinep. 140
Differences Matterp. 141
Reaction to the Articlep. 148
A Letter from Kaelip. 151
The Personal and Collective Transformation of Teachersp. 155
The Discomfort of My Identityp. 157
The Privilege of Speaking, Reading, and Writing the English Languagep. 157
A Kid from Jersey: White Privilege and "a Little Too Ethnic)"p. 161
On Becoming a White Allyp. 163
Enriching Differencesp. 164
Being on the Winning Teamp. 165
Cultural Knowledge and Culturally Responsive Pedagogyp. 167
Mi Semestre de Espaņol: A Case Study on the Cultural Dimension of Second-Language Acquisitionp. 169
Being Black and Multiculturalp. 178
Racismp. 180
Why I Went Back to Schoolp. 183
Creating Learning Communities: Implications for Multicultural Educationp. 184
Epiloguep. 199
Referencesp. 222
Indexp. 242
About the Authorp. 256
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