Author Archives: Viviana

Selected to the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices Class of 2013

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“You’ve come a long way, baby,” goes the popular slogan to sell Virginia Slim cigarettes. #WomenRule is the female-centered conference and essays focus of Politico–a favorite information hub of the Washington, DC set. Indeed, as Helen Ruddy croons, I am Woman. Hear  Read More...

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  Read More...

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  Read More...

VIDEO: On CNN for the First Time: Is Best Man Holiday a “Race-based” Film?

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In 1998, I stepped into the Washington bureau of CNN. I was an intern. Back in the day, interns didn’t sue employers for not getting paid but instead were grateful for the opportunity to do more than answer phones, check  Read More...

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  Read More...

Education Wednesday Thanksgiving Edition : 2 Thank You Letters to the Mentors and Teachers Who Changed My Life

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Thanksgiving is the time to show gratitude for the blessings in your life. As I think back on many wonderful educational experiences, I want to honor the mentors and educators who changed the course of my life. While many people  Read More...

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  Read More...

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  Read More...