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 »



Salud: Angelina Jolie’s Medical Decision and a Latina Guide to Breast Health

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Latinas should learn from Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a double mastectomy because of a high chance of developing cancer due to her family history which she reveals in a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times. The American Cancer Society predicts more than 200,000 new cases  Read More...

Immigration Markup: TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show

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What happens when Senators tack on 300+ amendments to the immigration bill? You have a lengthy mark-up process that continues for weeks. This is a good thing. The so-called Gang of Eight legislation is nowhere near perfect and may never  Read More...

Career: Rock Your Resume & Cover Letter

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Listen, chicas: everyone knows that getting a job isn’t easy these days. You’re graduating from college (or are newly unemployed) and there is no job in sight. You’ve got to update your resume and write a cover letter–¡yikes!–maybe for the  Read More...

Education: Code Switching and Cultural Identity in the Classroom

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A former co-worker of mine used to tell a story about how his father forced him to wear a suit on move-in day of his freshman year of college. It was 2004. “You’re making a first impression,” his father counseled.   Read More...

UPDATE: Re-published in HuffPo! Latino IQ Quiz: Does the GOP Hate Hispanics? a) Yes b) No c) Maybe d) Can You Repeat?

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This rhetorical question has a clear answer in my head–no. But the rhetoric during last year’s Republican primaries and the election, as well as Congress’ current immigration bill debate, is sending a message to Latinos that “we don’t want you.” The latest “confirmation”  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Spinach and Mushroom Crêpes

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When you cook healthy food, you eat healthy food. I invest in my students’ health by teaching them to make nutritious and sabroso meals. ¿What’s on the menu in my classroom? Crêpes! (Mais oui!–But of course! What self-respecting French teacher–oh là là, you may  Read More...

Next Gen Feminista Friday: Mother’s Day Lesson from Mami

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My mother sat on my bed and listened patiently as I described every. single. detail. I was fifteen, burrowed under my comforter, and surrounded by tissues when I heard a light tapping on the door. “Hey, you okay?” My ears perked up when I  Read More...

Mother’s Day Fitness: 6 Healthy Activities to Do With Mom

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Your mami put your needs before her own. This Mother’s Day, put mom‘s well-being first. Skip the brunch buffet and plan a healthy, active way to celebrate. 6 Healthy Mother’s Day Activities Walk or hike: Walking is accessible for everyone, regardless of current fitness  Read More...