Meatless Monday: Latino Holiday Desserts

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This Meatless Monday, I’m focusing on the course that is always vegetarian–dessert. Nothing makes a holiday gathering like great food, especially post-dinner sweets. This year, add Latino sabor to your holiday fiestas with delicious desserts with an Hispanic flare. Traditional holiday foods evoke memories of time spent with familia. My husband loves sweet Mexican cookies with hot […]

Education Wednesday: Understanding the Common Core Debate

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What’s the big deal about Common Core? From the federal to the local level, this increasingly controversial education plan has become a hot topic. Referring to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, 45 states have adopted this ambitious reform strategy which is certain to change how and what our students learn. Common Core seeks to create a more rigorous learning process […]

Hanukkah Meatless Monday: Potato Latkes Recipe

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Hanukkah falls this year November 27- December 5, and I’m celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights this Meatless Monday by making sabroso potato latkes. I learned how to make vegetarian latkes from Chef Barry Koslow of DGS Delicatessen in Washington, DC who volunteered to teach a cooking lesson in my classroom during Growing Healthy Schools Week. […]

Thanksgiving Meatless Monday: Masa Cornbread and Chili Pepper Stuffing Recipe

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Living in a bi-cultural Mexican-American household, my Thanksgiving is full of Latino flavors. This masa cornbread and chili pepper stuffing recipe adds a spicy twist to a traditional favorite. Although my  husband grew up in México, the influence of his American grandpa meant that his familia celebrated Thanksgiving south-of-the-border every year. They regularly integrate Hispanic flavors into the traditional meal […]

Education Wednesday: Cultivating Non-Cognitive Skills

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Success in education and life requires two sets of skills: cognitive skills that make up our knowledge and ability to learn, as well as non-cognitive skills that help us communicate what we know. Within schools, as we work to prepare more students for college and careers, the priority is too often focused on reinforcing academic performance linked […]

Meatless Monday: A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Spread

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When I first gave up meat, my mother would panic when trying to plan holiday meals. What could a vegetarian possibly eat at Thanksgiving? My answer­: plenty! Skipping the carne doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Thanksgiving. I personally never feel like I miss out on my favorite holiday tastes because it’s not the turkey alone but the combination […]