Soto, Lourdes Diáz

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SOTO, Lourdes Diáz

PERSONAL: Born in New York, NY; children: Maria Soto Ponton, Daniel E., Deane G. Ethnicity: "Puerto Rican." Education: Kingston Hospital School of Nursing, R.N. (magna cum laude), 1966; State University of New York—College at New Paltz, B.S., 1970; Hunter College of the City University of New York, M.S. (cum laude), 1974; Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., 1986.

ADDRESSES: Offıce—Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 149 Chambers Bldg., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802; fax: 814-863-7602. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Kindergarten teacher in Mamaroneck, NY, 1970-74; head teacher at a school in Dorado, PR, 1974-78; junior and senior high school teacher of chemistry and health, Toa Alta, PR, 1978-80; teacher of mathematics, science, and language arts at an elementary school, Guaynabo, PR, 1980-82; Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, assistant professor of education, 1986-87; Pennsylvania State University, University Park, assistant professor of education, 1987-91, member of executive board of Commission for Women, 1988-91, member of advisory board for Cedar Day Care Center, 1990, and director of Comprehensive Bilingual Early Childhood Project; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, associate professor of education, 1991-95, and coordinator of bilingual education program; Pennsylvania State University, University Park, professor of education, 1995—, and coordinator of bilingual/multicultural education. Columbia University, visiting professor at Teachers College, 2001-02; guest speaker at Costa Rican universities, 1997, and at other institutions, including University of West Virginia. California Tomorrow, member of advisory panel; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, member of Latino Commission.

MEMBER: National Association for Bilingual Educators (past chair of early childhood special interest group), National Association for the Education of Young Children (chair of bilingual/bicultural caucus), American Anthropological Association (past chair of cultural acquisition and transmission committee), American Educational Research Association, National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, Society for Research in Child Development, American Association of University Women, Pennsylvania Association for Bilingual Education (president, 1992-94), Spanish-Speaking Organizations of the Lehigh Valley (member-at-large of governing board, 1992-94), Phi Kappa Delta.

AWARDS, HONORS: Honorary member of editorial board, Taboo; grant from Spencer Foundation.


Language, Culture, and Power: Bilingual Families and the Struggle for Quality Education, State University of New York Press (Albany, NY), 1997.

(Editor and contributor) The Politics of Early Childhood Education, Peter Lang Publishers (New York, NY), 2000.

Making a Difference in the Lives of Bilingual/Bicultural Children, Peter Lang Publishers (New York, NY), 2001.

Contributor to books, including Children's Play in Diverse Cultures, edited by J. Johnson and J. Roopnarine, State University of New York Press (Albany, NY), 1994; Unauthorized Methods: Strategies for Critical Teaching, edited by J. Kincheloe and S. Steinberg, Routledge (New York, NY), 1998; The Post-Formal Reader: Cognition and Education, edited by J. Kincheloe, Garland Publishing (New York, NY), 1999; Early Childhood Curriculum: A Review of Current Research, edited by C. Seefeldt, Teachers College Press (New York, NY), 1999; and Kidworld: Childhood Studies, Global Perspectives, and Education, edited by G. Cannella, J. Kincheloe, and K. Anijar, Peter Lang Publishers (New York, NY), 2002. Contributor to academic journals, including Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, Insights on Diversity, Young Children, Urban Review, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Contemporary Psychology Journal, Multicultural Education, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education, and Journal of Curriculum Inquiry. Member of editorial board, Bilingual Research Journal, Wesleyan Review, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, and International Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.



Childhood Education, summer, 2002, MaryJane Blasi, review of The Politics of Early Childhood Education, p. 245.