Summer Break: Start a Summer Reading List

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Starting a reading list can be a relaxing and productive way to spend your free time this summer. Technologies such as e-readers and phone applications have made it easier than ever to access thousands of book titles just about anywhere, anytime. Even if you prefer good old-fashioned books (like me), finding the right compilation of page-turners will keep you […]

On Univision’s Despierta America with Summer Reading Program & Discount Code

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The education organization I co-founded Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) has a summer reading program specifically designed to reach, teach, and engage Hispanic students. In case you missed it, we are doing a series of appearances on Univision’s highly-rated national morning show Despierta América. This summer, we are collaborating with Univision Educación in partnership with The Bill and Melinda […]

Education: 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education

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Two generations removed from the monumental Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ruling, my educational experience was one privileged with opportunities perhaps unfathomable by my grandmother in her childhood. In a mixed-income suburban setting, I participated in rigorous academic programs. I became familiar with the subtleties of middle-class etiquette deemed necessary to succeed in life. I […]

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 course of a student’s education. Finding fun ways to incorporate enriching educational experiences  is vital […]

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, we developed a Premium Family Subscription to our new “Do It Yourself (DIY)” Summer Reading Camp that includes […]

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 disparity-causing practices in our schools can no longer wait since millions of Americans being locked away impacts […]

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 requires that parents, educators, and decision-makers alike acknowledge that our minority student population is quickly becoming the majority of […]