“Although for over a century our nation has advanced the 
ideal that a high-quality and excellent public education is the
 birth right of all children, our schools cannot fulfill this ambitious
 and noble purpose unless all of us—parents, policymakers, and 
the general public—commit ourselves to sustaining education as
 a public trust and a promise to future generations.”


From “Why We Teach.” New York: Teachers College Press, 2005 


“[There] is a long road until true equity for students of all backgrounds is a taken-for-granted reality. Nevertheless, I hope that my work has helped push the field of education in a more socially just direction.”


From Brooklyn Dreams: My Life in Public Education (Harvard Education Press, 2015).

Sonia Nieto
Professor Emerita

Language, Literacy & Culture
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
College of Education
Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies