Announcing the L4LL 2014 Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program


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


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


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 […]

Education Wednesday: A Case for Universal Preschool


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 for closing persistent achievement gaps along socioeconomic lines. As more state and local leaders are […]

Homegrown: The Benefits of Teaching Children How to Grow Food

FLOTUS gardening with students.

Growing fresh food at home can be just as much an educational tool as it is a component of the pantry. The process of planting and harvesting fresh produce teaches children about food and the importance of healthy eating habits. Today the homegrown movement has caught fire: more people are growing their own food than ever before including the White House led by First Lady Michelle Obama who this month welcomed […]

Education Wednesday: Why You Secretly Love Math


For centuries, I am sure, students have groaned and questioned the real use of mathematics outside of school. However, long before modern technological advances, math concepts have shaped our world and been pivotal in our daily lives. Math is secretly our favorite subject because it allows us to question, prove, construct, dismantle, divide, and conquer the world around us. This April for Math Education Month, help spark interest with activities at home and in the community that take the […]

Education Wednesday: How to be an Education Advocate


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 affect students’ educational experiences and life outcomes. Speaking up for what is working (or not working […]

Education Wednesday: Preparing Students for Technical Careers


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 towards advanced technical careers. As America’s economy becomes more rooted in specialized industries, the time has […]