VIDEO: 2013 Sophie’s Choice: Fiscal Chaos or Health Care Coverage, What I Said on MSNBC

MSNBC VIDEO: 2013 Sophie's Choice: Fiscal Chaos or Obamacare

In the middle of our government’s shutdown–a culmination of a year of no appropriations bill–I was on a Google+ hangout with the education and literacy organization I co-founded Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL). I interviewed filmmaker María Aguí Carter for our month-long Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books who told us about her documentary Rebel: Loreta […]

Education Wednesdays: Community STEM Programs for Girls

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STEM–Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math–is quickly becoming the prominent pathway to success for America’s future economy. It has become more important than ever to introduce young ladies to STEM education, as only 1 in 10 of those in STEM careers are minority women. In last week’s Education Wednesday: Why You Should Know More About STEM, I […]

Meatless Monday: Salvadoran Black Bean Pupusa Recipe

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Although I am the teacher, I am constantly learning from my students. Recently one of my estudiantes from El Salvador and her mother taught me to make pupusas–a perfect dish for Hispanic Heritage Month. Pupusas are thick Salvadoran tortillas traditionally stuffed with cheese, beans, or meat, and often covered with salsa and curtida, a cabbage slaw. This Meatless Monday, […]

LATISM Re-Cap: Latinos and Social Media: So What, What’s Next? Which Is What I Said on NPR

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At the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, I co-presented a panel on how to promote literacy at the fifth annual Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) representing the education organization Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) which I co-founded. With my partner, we also accepted an award–2013 Best Education blog for our work launching the […]

Education Wednesdays: Why You Should Know More About STEM

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By now you have probably heard the term STEM being passed around everywhere from White House news feeds to local classrooms. Referring to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, STEM education is seen as the new vehicle for innovation, maintaining America’s economic lead in the world, and, the source of tomorrow’s careers. If you do not already know about […]

Meatless Monday: Mexican Rice Recipe

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Spice up your rice this Meatless Monday and serve sabroso Mexican arroz. As 63% of Latinos in the United States are of Mexican descent, a receta from Mexico is a perfect choice for Hispanic Heritage Month. I love this flavorful rice dish from south-of-the-border enhanced with tomato sauce and fresh veggies. My husband taught me this […]

Education Wednesdays: How to Interview a Charter School

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One of the best parts of my job is getting out of the office and into the community. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Ivy Preparatory Academy, an all-girl charter school in Gwinnett County, GA. As I toured Ivy Prep, hallways lined with college banners, neatly uniformed students, and eager eyes fixed on instructors […]