Author Archives: Viviana

Guest Post: Author/Illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh’s “Reflection” for the L4LL Día Blog Hop

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Literacy improves lives, strengthening communities, neighborhoods, and the economy. This is the mission of Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL), a social enterprise focused on raising literacy rates co-founded by my partner Monica Olivera and I. This mission bleeds through everything  Read More...

Education Wednesday: How to be an Education Advocate

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Anyone can be an advocate for great education! Yet as parents, mentors, and friends we are not always sure of what we can do to support our students‘ learning needs. National reforms such as Common Core State Standards and local issues such as school choice  Read More...

Education Wednesday: Preparing Students for Technical Careers

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To help more students reach lucrative and stable jobs upon graduation, many new educational models are emerging to provide young people with early vocational training. However, beyond familiar positions such as plumbers and electricians, early career-focused programs can give students a head-start  Read More...

Education Wednesday: “My Brother’s Keeper” and Empowering Boys of Color

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Looking around our communities and even to the White House, we find many examples in our fathers, brothers, and friends of the potential our boys of color possess to be influential leaders. Concerned with ensuring more young boys succeed, President Obama recently introduced  Read More...

VIDEO: Putin Pressure on Obama and the GOP. On MSNBC

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The Ukrainian Prime Minister is scheduled to meet with President Obama on Wednesday to discuss the escalating situation that, if not plunging us back into a Cold War, has certainly broken the so-called reset button between the U.S. and Russia.  Read More...

Education Wednesday: Preparing Girls to Lead in STEM

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Pioneers such as Ellen Ochoa, who became the first Latina astronaut in 1991, set the bar high for all that women can achieve in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Grooming more girls to follow in these footsteps is now  Read More...

Education Wednesday: Aundrea’s Project Debt Down Student Loan Repayment Update

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At the beginning of the year I resolved to reduce my student loan debt. Three months later, Project Debt Down (as I named my loan repayment effort) is in full effect! With a totally new mindset about money management, I am excited to share the tricks  Read More...

VIDEO: Federal Minimum Wage Hike–Solution or Problem on MSNBC

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How best to preserve our eroding middle class and grow it in the near future so more Americans can have opportunities to succeed? This question is at the heart of a decades long Washington political battle between Republicans and Democrats. At least since  Read More...