VIDEO: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: Revival of the Progressive Agenda? on MSNBC

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For my first roundtable discussion of 2014, the topic was the first test of New York City‘s shiny new Mayor Bill de Blasio who was inaugurated two days before a blizzard. Like the Big Apple‘s top executive, I, too, had some luck, touching down after my Christmas break as the first heavy snowflakes fell. Unlike […]

Education Wednesday New Year’s Edition: Resolving Student Loan Debt

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The first of the year is the right time to reflect on areas of life you wish to improve. Tackling my student loan debt is at the top of my New Year’s resolution list. Equipped with my first budget and much determination, this January I am balancing the books to reduce my debt. As a […]

¡TWLC Wishes You a Happy New Year!

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Whatever your tradition, the close of the year is an opportunity to renew our Faith, nurtured by gratitude for health, sustenance, family, friends… …and love. The Wise Latina Club is nearly three years old. We’ve changed and grown. We’ve tried new things. Sometimes we jumped and made it across the abyss. Other times, like Wile […]

New Year’s Meatless Monday: Traditional New Year’s Dishes and Healthy Resolutions

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Start the new year right by serving traditional foods believed to bring luck and make healthy resolutions. Growing up, I spent New Year’s Day with familia in Florida. My grandfather insisted we eat black-eyed peas to bring good luck. Cultures across the globe practice variations of this New Year‘s custom. Whether or not you believe in the […]

Education Wednesday Christmas Edition: Family Traditions

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Traditions such as holiday customs commemorate important moments in life and help us share lessons from our family past and culture. For child learners, traditions are important because they help with the development of non-cognitive skills and support students to be engaged active learners. As crucially, traditions provide a sense of inclusion in a wider community and closeness with your family, both contributing to developing a positive […]

Christmas Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Latino Holiday Dishes

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Christmas Day traditions including what time dinner is served and the dishes on the table vary between the U.S. and Latin America. Celebrate this diversity of cultures and add vegetarian options from countries across the Americas to your Christmas meal. When my husband and I spend Christmas with my family in Oklahoma, we start the festivities the morning of the 25th by opening […]

AUDIO on NPR: Not One Latino Children’s Author on New York Times’ Best of List

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Unfortunately, the New York Times not being able to find one children’s book written or illustrated by a Latino for it’s Notable Children’s Books of 2013 is not a surprise. This is not the first time. In fact, in the last ten years, the New York Times has only included one title written or illustrated by […]

Education Wednesday: Making the Most of Winter Break

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The holiday season is upon us and winter break is quickly approaching. With weeks away from classes, it is vital that students stay engaged in activities that continue their learning. Maximizing this free time to sharpen skills and gain new experiences can bridge students’ knowledge from one semester to another. Winter break is a much […]