College of Education Professor Emerita Sonia Nieto has been selected as a Laureate of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the international education honor society established in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Membership in the KDP Laureate chapter is limited to 60 people who, by their lives and work, exemplify the highest ideals of education. Nieto joins Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, Jean Piaget and other distinguished individuals as a KDP Laureate
A longtime champion of multicultural education dating back to her teaching days at the Bronx, New York, P.S. 25, the first fully bilingual school in the Northeast, Nieto is nationally recognized for her work in multicultural and bilingual education and curriculum reform.
Earlier this year, she was named a 2011 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association in recognition of her exceptional scholarly contribution to education research in the field of multicultural and bilingual education.
Nieto’s numerous awards include the Henry T. Trueba Lifetime Achievement Award, the Distinguished Career Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Committee on Scholars of Color in Education, the American Educational Research Association Division K Legacy Award, and the College of Education Award of Distinction. She holds honorary doctorates from Lesley University, DePaul University, Bridgewater State College, and Manhattanville College. Her publications, including “Affirming Diversity: the Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education” (5th edition, 2008, with co-author Patty Bode), are widely used in teacher preparation and in-service courses throughout the country.
Nieto will be inducted into KDP’s Laureate Chapter at the society’s Centennial convocation in Indianapolis, Nov. 2011. More about Kappa Delta Pi at http://www.kdp.org/