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 »

Behind Every Great Man Is A Great Woman: The Importance of Female Role Models

Women often work behind the scenes to help distinguished men and women achieve greatness. To end Women’s History Month which also coincides with Cesar Chavez Day, we highlight Helen Chavez, the wife of the labor and civil More »

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, More »



What Your Communications Strategy Can Learn From Catcalls OR What I Said on NPR

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Yes, your communications strategy can learn a lot from cat calls which is a topic I spoke about on NPR‘s Tell Me More with Michel Martin. ¿Qué qué? What can “¡Oyeee, Mamiiii!” (accompanied by puckering lips sounds) teach me about  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Colombian Independence Day Patacones with Hogao Sauce

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Celebrate 20 de julio or Colombia’s Independence Day with a sabroso Colombian favorite: patacones with hogao sauce. These savory fried plantains, also know as tostones, are easy to prepare and make a delicious vegetarian appetizer or side dish for any occasion. Natalie’s Patacones Recipe Ingredientes 2 green  Read More...

On Telemundo’s Sunday Public Affairs Show for L4LL’s Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program

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At Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL), the literacy and education organization I co-founded, our “communications strategy” is based on the ol’ principle: que corra la voz del pueblo–old fashioned word of mouth. But when you’re able to tell your story  Read More...

Tour de France Fitness: 4 Tips for a Successful Spinning Class

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As Tour de France cyclists enter the final stage of the 2,115 mile bike race around France this weekend, celebrate their achievement by giving it your all at spinning class. ¿Qué? What is spinning class? Spinning is a group fitness class on stationary bikes. An instructor leads  Read More...

The Math: Washington’s and Everybody Else’s or What I Said to Chuck Todd on MSNBC

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The habla in Washington for a nanosecond is the so-called latest “take down” book of this city’s political and media establishment–This Town by New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich. Maybe it’s all the years I spent working my way up in  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Bastille Day French Ratatouille Recipe

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In honor of Bastille Day, I’m serving healthy and delicious French ratatouille. July 14th commemorates the storming of the Bastille, the symbolic beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 which overthrew the monarchy and inspired people around the world to fight for liberty and  Read More...

Fitness: Build Strength and Endurance with a Running Circuit

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Looking for a convenient total-body workout that will get you in great shape for summer? Try a running circuit. ¿Running qué? A running circuit combines my favorite endurance activity running, which I recommend in Fitness: 45 Minute Run to the Mailbox, and my go-to muscle-building  Read More...

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  Read More...