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 »



RNC 2012 & Latinos Voters: the Road Ahead

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Covers RNC 2012 for LATISM: Mitt Romney & Marco Rubio

Tampa, Florida Has the bridesmaid upstaged the bride with Marco Rubio introducing Mitt Romney? What’s behind New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez‘s “surge” in popularity, and some Republicans think we don’t care about education, our careers, and only have babies. I  Read More...

La Voz de Pueblo RNC 2012: the Taxi Cab Interview

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Covers RNC 2012 for LATISM: The Taxicab Interview

Tampa, Florida What’s the word on the street here in Tampa which is hosting more than 50,000 people for the 2012 National Republican Convention? Who better to ask than a taxi driver.  I mean think about it.  They talk to  Read More...

Viviana Walks, Takes a Metro, a Bus, a Plane, and a Taxi OR RNC 2012 LATISM Coverage!

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Covers RNC 2012 for LATISM: The Trip to Tampa

The alarm went off at Zero Dark:30.  I stumbled to the metro, then took a bus to ze Plane! ze Plane!  A taxi with the indefatigable Natasha OS and finally arrived at our hotel and the 2012 Republican National Convention.  Read More...

Viviana Hurtado Goes to the 2012 Republican National Convention with LATISM!

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado LATISM's 2011 Best Politics Blogger

Tampa, Florida ¡Buenas tardes from Tampa, where I’m here covering the 2012 Republican Convention with LATISM!  I’ll be live tweeting speeches, interviewing people, filming and editing video to bring you a unique, behind the curtain view of the RNC 2012.  Read More...

NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton Explains What’s Next for Ethiopia After Prime Minister’s Death

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Guest Hosts NPR: What's Next for Ethiopia after Meles Zenawi's Death?

I remember studying modern Latin American literature and learning about magical realism, that delicious form of narrative where the lines between fact and fiction are blurred, best embodied by the masterful work of Nobel Prize winning Colombian author Gabriel García  Read More...

South African Pop Star Finishes High School At 60

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado while guest hosting NPR's Tell Me More Interviews Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse who Goes Back to School at 60!

Whatta ya get when you mix inspiration with tough love, you know like when Mami‘s hand magically appeared out of nowhere after we said or did something bad, yanking our ears until they stung. Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse is a South African  Read More...

What’s The Future For The ‘Kids Of Kabul’?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Interviews author Deborah Ellis on her book "Kids of Kabul" while she guest hosts NPR's Tell Me More

¡Ah-hah! This is that quintessential NPR momento, when you learn something new. I know it sounds contradictory, but it’s like taking a mental vacation and the rush that comes with exploration and discovery. Both make you feel good. Canadian Journalist  Read More...

The Challenges Female Vets Face When Coming Home on NPR’s Tell Me More while I Guest Host

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Guest Hosts NPR's Tell Me More & Examines Women Vets Issues

In general, how much lip service do you hear for our veterans?  You know the patriotism reserved for holidays–Veteran’s, Flag Day, 4th of July, or Memorial Day.  Politicians are the worst offenders, including those in Congress who control spending, including that  Read More...