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 »



Meatless Monday: Sauteed Broccoli and Asparagus Recipe

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What green veggie is always in my kitchen? Broccoli. ¿Por qué? This power food is not only tasty and packed with nutrients, its cancer-fighting properties made broccoli número uno on my Angelina Jolie Inspired Meatless Monday: 7 Cancer-Fighting Foods list.  ¿But did you know that  Read More...

Fitness: 5 Reasons to Take a Hike

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Ever since walking in the woods as a girl scout, hiking has been one of my favorite fitness activities. You don’t need a 50 lb pack or mountain trails to participate in this sport. I love this definition from one of my 8th  Read More...

Memorial Day Meatless Monday: Grill Out Vegetarian Style

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Cutting out meat from your diet doesn’t mean giving up the grill! This Memorial Day Meatless Monday, make sabroso grilled vegetables the central dish at your BBQ. My hubby is the grill master in our casa. He shares his tips for perfect grilled eggplant, asparagus, squash, zucchini,  Read More...

“…and the Immigration Bill will…” Then I Got Cut off by the Prez on Sirius XM’s Politics Powered by Twitter

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I have been covering the immigration debate since 2006 when I was a local reporter in Providence, Rhode Island. Thousands flooded public squares and plazas at rallies nationwide, especially Latinos who appeared to come out of nowhere, organized by powerful Spanish language radio DJs. “Wow  Read More...

Mental Health Month Fitness: 5 Exercise Ideas to Reduce Stress

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At one point while in school, I felt so overwhelmed and anxious in light of everything I needed to get done (¿sound familiar?) that I took an amigo‘s advice and met with a counselor. Her first question: have you been exercising regularly? ¿Why  Read More...

Immigration Bill Reality Show: The Collective One

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If you’re a news junkie/policy nerd like me, watching the live stream of the Senate Judiciary Committee mark up the immigration bill was our American Idol or The Voice. The star was not chairman Patrick Leahy. It wasn’t upstart Texas Senator and Tea Party  Read More...

Education: Is a College Degree a Path to Success or Debt Trap?

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Chicas, let me give you some sound advice: if you don’t have to, don’t go to college. As the default rate on student loans increases at an alarming rate, students are reconsidering their choice to attend a four-year institution. So should  Read More...

Angelina Jolie Inspired Meatless Monday: 7 Cancer Fighting Foods

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Angelina Jolie‘s decision to undergo a double mastectomy to decrease her risk of breast cancer sends an important message to Latinas: we can make choices to reduce our own risk of cancer. I know this very well. Breast cancer runs and has affected to various degrees people  Read More...