69th Annual Conference Presenters


James V. Hoffman

Oscar S. Causey Address - Thursday, December 5, 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Title: Practicing Imagination and Activism in Literacy Research, Teaching, and Teacher Education, "I still don't know how to change the world with rocks."

In this session, I explore the foundations of initial literacy teacher preparation and the need for change. I present findings from two recent studies that have focused on efforts to promote an activism stance in literacy teacher preparation. I propose directions for changes in literacy teacher preparation that are considerate of theories of practice and the policy contexts for teacher prepara



Bio: James Hoffman currently holds the Meadows Endowed Chair for Literacy at The University of North Texas. He has served as President of the National Reading Conference (now LRA), Board Member for the International Reading Association (now ILA), Editor of The Reading Research Quarterly; and Editor of the Yearbook of the National Reading Conference. His research interests focus on literacy teacher preparation. 

Sonia Nieto

Distinguished Service Award Address - Thursday, December 5, 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.
Title: A Lifetime of Language, Literacy, Identity, and Solidarity


Abstract: In this address, Sonia Nieto recounts the lessons she learned about language and literacy - from learning to speak Spanish and then English, to reading and writing – and the impact of these lessons on her teaching, research, and life.



BioA member of the National Academy of Education, Dr. Sonia Nieto is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Devoting her professional life to questions of diversity, equity, and social justice in education, her teaching has spanned early elementary through doctoral education and her research has focused on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with a particular focus on Latinx students. The author or editor of 12 books and dozens of book chapters and journal articles, she is also the author of a memoir, Brooklyn Dreams: My Life in Public Education. Her classic text, Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education is now in its 7th edition (the 5th through 7th editions co-authored by her friend and colleague Patty Bode). The first edition (1992) was selected for the Museum of Education Readers’ Guide as one of the 100 books that helped define the field of education in the 20th century.

Dr. Nieto has been awarded 9 honorary doctorates. She is also the recipient of numerous awards for her scholarly work, activism, and advocacy including the 1998 Educator of the Year Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education; the 2017 James R. Squire Award and the 2005 Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts Award, both from the National Council of Teachers of English; the Distinguished Service Medal from Teachers College, Columbia University, the highest award granted by that institution (2013); and the 2008 Social Justice in Education Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), among many others. She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and a Laureate of Kappa Delta Pi.