Author: Sonia Nieto
Summary: Sonia Nieto, a leading authority in bilingual and multicultural education, delivered this profound and moving address at a NWP Spring Meeting. Exploring the question of what sustains teachers in challenging situations and discussing the implications for professional development, Nieto extols us to move beyond the “how and what” in professional development in order to explore the larger and more lasting question of “why.” Listen. Be inspired. Remember what brought you to the NWP in the first place and what has kept you here since.
Original Date of Publication: April 2008
Listen to the Speech
Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes
Sonia Nieto on rethinking professional development:
I think we need to rethink professional development and change the culture of teacher preparation. We need to shift it from a focus on what and how to questions of why…. This means teaching prospective teachers and practicing teachers more about the students who they teach. They need to know who their students are, and often they don’t know about them. We need to be serious about recruiting a more diverse teaching force, because the more diverse the teaching force, the more voices get heard in these conversations.
- How Teachers Become Leaders (the Epilogue)
- The National Writing Project’s Unchanging Principles and Practices for Change
Original Source: National Writing Project, https://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/2575