Financial Literacy Month: 3 Tips for Sticking To a Budget

A key way to be responsible with your finances is creating a budget and keeping it. Knowing where every penny of your hard-earned money is goes allows you to trim excess spending and save More »

VIDEO: Politics and Polices of Sex: Equal Pay and Sex Education on MSNBC

MSNBC host Karen Finney roared out of the gate of her show Disrupt, asking me if Equal Pay is good politics or good politics. Both, I answered, a lover of living trapped More »

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 More »

Homegrown: The Benefits of Teaching Children How to Grow Food

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 More »

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 More »

Guest Post: Author/Illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh’s “Reflection” for the L4LL Día Blog Hop

Literacy improves lives, strengthening communities, neighborhoods, and the economy. This is the mission of Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL), a social enterprise focused on raising literacy rates co-founded by my partner Monica More »

Pan Latino Tapas Restaurant Review: Purple Potatoes and Barrel-Aged Bourbon

Tapas, or small plates are popular in the restaurant industry and an easy way to try many different dishes on a menu. Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro recently opened its doors, offering the crème de More »

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 More »



Breast Cancer Awareness Month Meatless Monday: 5 Food Choices to Reduce your Risk

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While there is no way to prevent breast cancer,  we can adopt simple habits that will reduce our risk, beginning with what we eat. One in eight women will develop breast cancer, the most common cancer among  Read More...

Education Wednesdays: Why Early Childhood Education Matters for Niños

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The period from preschool to 3rd grade is one of the most formative times in a child’s life for cognitive and behavioral development. High-quality early childhood education can yield benefits such as lower tendencies to repeat grades, less need for special education, future educational and professional achievement, and even decreased chances of future legal  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Colombian Ajiaco Soup Recipe

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As fall approaches and temperatures drop, stay warm with a hot dish. I’m celebrating the final week of Hispanic Heritage Month with a vegetarian version of sabroso Colombian Ajiaco soup. Popular in Bogotá, the traditional recipe features chicken, three kinds  Read More...

Education Wednesday: A Lesson From Our Business Leaders

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The importance of engaged business leaders is often overlooked in the conversation on educating our kids. However, business leaders have a vested interest in articulating the needs of industry and preparing youngsters to thrive in the future economy. Increasingly these  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Hispanic Heritage Month Platanos Maduros Recipe

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This Meatless Monday I’m sharing my hands-down favorite Latin American dish: plátanos maduros. Plátanos maduros (fried ripe plantains) are a perfect recipe for Hispanic Heritage Month as many countries in Central and South America, from Puerto Rico to Nicaragua to Peru, serve this sweet side dish.  A  Read More...

VIDEO: 2013 Sophie’s Choice: Fiscal Chaos or Health Care Coverage, What I Said on MSNBC

MSNBC VIDEO: 2013 Sophie's Choice: Fiscal Chaos or Obamacare

In the middle of our government’s shutdown–a culmination of a year of no appropriations bill–I was on a Google+ hangout with the education and literacy organization I co-founded Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL). I interviewed filmmaker María Aguí Carter for our  Read More...

Education Wednesdays: Community STEM Programs for Girls

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STEM–Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math–is quickly becoming the prominent pathway to success for America’s future economy. It has become more important than ever to introduce young ladies to STEM education, as only 1 in 10 of those in STEM careers  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Salvadoran Black Bean Pupusa Recipe

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Although I am the teacher, I am constantly learning from my students. Recently one of my estudiantes from El Salvador and her mother taught me to make pupusas–a perfect dish for Hispanic Heritage Month. Pupusas are thick Salvadoran tortillas traditionally stuffed with cheese,  Read More...