Author Archives: Viviana

Education Wednesday: Preventing the Summer Slide

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Summer break is an important time to bridge knowledge from one year to the next or risk falling behind. Particularly during the young formative years, research finds that failing to participate in meaningful summer activities such as reading clubs can greatly impact the  Read More...

Education: Teacher Appreciation Week Edition: Retaining High-Quality Teachers

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This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week, a time for us to show our gratitude and give thanks for the teachers who brighten the lives of our young ones. Educators are one of America’s most vital assets as they help students  Read More...

Announcing the L4LL 2014 Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program

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Aundrea and Haley have been holding down The Wise Latina Club fort for months which has allowed me and my partner Monica Olivera to focus on our education and literacy organization and our signature L4LL Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program. This year,  Read More...

Education Wednesday: Breaking the School to Jail Pipeline

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Eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline and restoring important support networks for students requires improved access to quality education. The link between incarceration and education is clear: more than 70 percent of  America’s prisoners did not complete high school and have only a 10th grade education. Addressing  Read More...

VIDEO: a (wise) latina on THE WISE LATINA: Sotomayor Supreme Court Dissent on MSNBC

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“I respectfully dissent.” Three simple words at the end of a fifty-eight page treatise, part constitutional history lesson, part rousing defense of our American values of equal access and opportunity to our political and civic process. Supreme Court Associate Justice  Read More...

Education: Minority Students are the New Majority

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Labels such as “low-income”, “immigrant”, and “single-parent household” once described only a small group of students at-risk of falling through the cracks of America‘s school system. However, as our country continues to change socially and economically, maximizing success in school and life  Read More...

VIDEO: Politics and Polices of Sex: Equal Pay and Sex Education on MSNBC

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MSNBC host Karen Finney roared out of the gate of her show Disrupt, asking me if Equal Pay is good politics or good politics. Both, I answered, a lover of living trapped between the hyphens, nuance, and teasing out the  Read More...

Education Wednesday: A Case for Universal Preschool

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This year there has been a strong national focus on expanding access to quality early childhood education for all students. Earlier this year in the State of the Union Address, President Obama placed more emphasis on pre-kindergarten programs, particularly as an intervention  Read More...