Breast Cancer Awareness Month Meatless Monday: 5 Food Choices to Reduce your Risk

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While there is no way to prevent breast cancer,  we can adopt simple habits that will reduce our risk, beginning with what we eat. One in eight women will develop breast cancer, the most common cancer among Latinas and women worldwide. While some factors which increase risk like age, gender, and family history […]

Education Wednesdays: Why Early Childhood Education Matters for Niños

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The period from preschool to 3rd grade is one of the most formative times in a child’s life for cognitive and behavioral development. High-quality early childhood education can yield benefits such as lower tendencies to repeat grades, less need for special education, future educational and professional achievement, and even decreased chances of future legal troubles. Yet, in spite of the many pluses, in 2011 40% of kids in the U.S. ages 3 […]

Education Wednesday: A Lesson From Our Business Leaders

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The importance of engaged business leaders is often overlooked in the conversation on educating our kids. However, business leaders have a vested interest in articulating the needs of industry and preparing youngsters to thrive in the future economy. Increasingly these important stakeholders are combining their business-savvy minds with education initiatives to reach the youth of […]

Meatless Monday: Hispanic Heritage Month Platanos Maduros Recipe

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This Meatless Monday I’m sharing my hands-down favorite Latin American dish: plátanos maduros. Plátanos maduros (fried ripe plantains) are a perfect recipe for Hispanic Heritage Month as many countries in Central and South America, from Puerto Rico to Nicaragua to Peru, serve this sweet side dish. A good friend from the Dominican Republic taught me this receta when we were roommates; I was impressed […]

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

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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, […]