Nives Wetzel De Cediel

Nives Wetzel de Cediel co-directs and lectures in the Berkeley Educators for Equity and Excellence (BE3) program. She directs field supervision for pre-service teacher education candidates and is the elementary pathway lead. In addition to her role in the BE3, Nives is a lecturer in the Principal Leadership Institute (PLI). Her work is centered on arts integration and creativity in educational leadership. Nives supports PLI students to reinvision their perspectives on equity in leadership through engagement with Theater of the Oppressed and the use of metaphor to reflect on and communicate leadership learning experiences. 

Paired with and informed by her teaching in the PLI and BE3 programs, Nives coordinates k12 school and Bay Area community partnerships around building learning communities, antiracist pedagogy and practice, parent and family engagement, visual and performing arts for transformation, and focused recruitment, support, and retention of African American teacher education candidates. Nives is a member of an international teacher education advisory group led by the Arctic University of Tromsø, Norway and includes the University of Auckland, New Zealand and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education.

Prior to joining the GSE, Nives worked as a middle and high school teacher and professional development facilitator for 20 years.  She has taught in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland Unified School Districts.


Tools for Antiracist Leaders

Identity, Race and Racism in the US

Good Teachers Use the N-Word

Wayfinding in Museums

Making Meaning in Museums

Visual Thinking Strategies as Culturally Relevant Practice

History of Resistance and Solidarity

Restorative Justice and the Performing Arts

Transformative Arts

Africa in the Americas: Colonial history in the Americas through the visual and performing arts

The Adultification of African American Girls and Boys

Professional Experience

UC Berkeley – Department of Education FACULTY LECTURER and DIRECTOR OF SUPERVISION
June 2012 - Present

Saint Mary’s College High School DANCE and THEATER TEACHER
August 2010 – June 2015

July 2006 – June 2010

California College of the Arts, Center for Art and Public Life ART EDUCATION FACULTY FELLOW
October 2005 – June 2007

Bay Area Community Resources PROGRAM DIRECTOR and TEACHER, Force of Change
January 2004 – June 2005

The Volunteer Center of Alameda County PROGRAM DIRECTOR and TEACHER, Force of Change
September 2000 – December 2003

Cal State Hayward, Project SOAR TEACHER
June 2000 - August 2000

Oakland Technical High School, DANCE and CHILD DEVELOPMENT TEACHER
January 2000 – June 2000

Oakland Charter Academy ALGEBRA TEACHER
August 1999 – December 1999

City of Berkeley, Parks and Recreation RECREATION COORDINATOR and ART TEACHER
June 1999 - August 2000

April 1999 – June 1999

San Francisco Peer Resources Program @ Aptos Middle School PEER RESOURCE COORDINATOR, VISUAL ART and HEALTH TEACHER
December 1996 - June 1999

CAAAC Center for African and African American Culture PROGRAM COORDINATOR/ DANCE and ARTS TEACHER
September 1996 - February 1997

Interests and Professional Affiliations

Teacher education
Teacher professional development
Parent and family engagement
Healing and the arts in k12 classrooms
Arts integration
Equity and inclusion
Equity and antiracist coaching and facilitation
Culturally sustaining pedagogy and practice
Diasporic artforms and culture keeping
Urban agricultural and apiarian education
Community arts collaboration

Teacher of Color Pipeline Partnership, Marin County
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)


M.A. Transformative Arts / Museum Studies with certificate in Educational Interpretation, John F. Kennedy University

B.A. Anthropology and Art Practice (concurrent majors), University of California at Berkeley

California Clear Single and Multiple Subject credentials, Cal State East Bay, Hayward

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