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 […]

Education Wednesdays: How to Interview a Charter School

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One of the best parts of my job is getting out of the office and into the community. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Ivy Preparatory Academy, an all-girl charter school in Gwinnett County, GA. As I toured Ivy Prep, hallways lined with college banners, neatly uniformed students, and eager eyes fixed on instructors […]

L4LL Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program Registration Closes 7/14!

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It’s been a little shhhh this week on The Wise Latina Club. For those who don’t know, the literacy organization I co-founded Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL) started the first, online, nationwide Latino children’s summer reading program, currently underway. This project was born in our hearts with demands, benchmarks, and deadlines that have consumed my […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

Governor Paul W. Bridges in a Nicaraguan tourist tee shirt. (Courtesy Paul W. Bridges).

The elected officials currently debating immigration reform are more than talking heads; they are human beings, just like the people they represent. As we see them giving speeches on television, it’s often times easy to forget that we have a lot in common with the men and women we voted into office. This week we […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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When today’s Great Immigration Debate reaches a negative extreme, immigrants are seen as being different than Americans. Indeed, someone may have been born somewhere else. Yet her family ties, values, and time spent in America can make her indistinguishable from someone whose family has been here for generations. As President Obama said last week in Las […]

Our Beloved World: A Bronx Latina Attends Sotomayor Book Signing

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Last Wednesday I could not stop telling everyone who would listen that I was going to listen to Sonia Sotomayor speak at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan. It was going to be so cool. And then I got the flu. I asked my mother if she would like to go. “No,” she said flatly. […]