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 »



TMM Guest Host Day 1: Serious About Syria, Saving for Freelancers, Romney’s Woman & Latino Problema

Viviana Hurtado on NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin

Until recently, I was always a generalist and in Washington, DC, this is a problem given that as a reporter, you need to own a beat–sources and stories to break news. So I focused on my passion and made it  Read More...

TMM Guest Host Day 2: Travyon Martin’s Killer Charged, Summit of the Americas, Inspiring “Scandal” TV Show & The Voice

Viviana Hurtado & NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin

Whenever you see a newscast, hear a radio show, see a movie, you see the finished product–no “work,” just the perfect dress–no seams, no stitches sticking out.  That “perfection” is possible only because of all the hard work, at times  Read More...

TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado Guest Hosts NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin

Viviana Hurtado on NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin

I will be the guest host on NPR‘s nationally syndicated program, Tell Me More with Michel Martin (TMM) on today Wednesday, April 11th and tomorrow Thursday, April 12th.  As many of you know I am a regular contributor to the program’s “Beauty Shop” segment,  Read More...

In Latina Magazine: Election 2012: “Latino” Democratic National Convention

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Latina Magazine on Election 2012: Latino Democratic National Convention

I wasn’t one of the ¡Órales! you heard when Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was named the chair of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. ¿Por qué?  Well, it wasn’t always that way.  Back in the 90s, I was  Read More...

Civics Clase: On Primary Day, Why I’m an Independent Voter

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Civics Clase: On Primary Day, Why I'm an Independent

2012 District of Columbia Primary, I’m ready: License: check Passport (in case I need back up government-issued ID): check Voter Registration Card: check 2012 D.C. Primary Guide (read, of course): check So you can imagine my surprise when I showed  Read More...

The Champions, a Change: TWLC Goes to the White House

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Moderates Champions of Change White House Panel

On Monday, I was squaring my week which had already become demanding with three assignments from Fox News Latino and Latina Magazine where I am a regular politics contributor. Thursday would be a typical, hectic day since this is when I prepare  Read More...

In Fox News Latino: Supreme Court Health Care Showdown: Conflicting Views Reflect Deep Partisan Divide

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Fox News Latino on Health Care Reform before the Supreme Court

I covered the day President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act–as it is called–into law.  Just months in office, he had succeeded where political heavy weights had spectacularly failed, notably President Bill Clinton and the “Liberal Lion” of the  Read More...

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things: A Reflection on Cesar Chavez’s Legacy

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Fox News Latino Civil Rights and Labor Movement Icon Cesar Chavez Honored

“The job of a leader is to make ordinary people do extraordinary things.” Nowadays it’s hard to remember this.  You think you need gobs of dólares à la Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, proving that today, a leader’s electability is tied  Read More...