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 »



TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on Univisión’s “Al Punto con Jorge Ramos”

Viviana Hurtado on Univisión's "Al Punto con Jorge Ramos"

In my house, we watch Meet the Press and Al Punto con Jorge Ramos, Univisión’s public affairs show (of course, I’m a big policy dork who channel surfs to catch glimpses of the other programs).  Why? Because on the other  Read More...

UPDATE: “The Day Everything Changed” Published in HuffPo Latino Voices

Towers of Light Courtesy: Brian Abbott

Days before the ten year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, I walked through airport security at Miami International. Instinctively, I kicked off my strappy sandals.  I furiously stuffed 6 ounce bottles of beauty lotions and potions into a  Read More...

HuffPo Latino Voices: Open Letter to Barack Obama: Mr. President, Three Plays to Score a Jobs Golazo

President Obama Jobs Speech

Dear Mr. President, Thursday night’s “jobs” speech is one of your most important: you must convince anxious and increasingly skeptical Americans that your plan will create employment and stimulate the flatlining economy toward recovery–and away from recession.  Failing to do  Read More...

HuffPo Latino Voices–Vistas: “Illegal” or ‘Undocumented?”

HuffPo Latino Voices Vistas

Latino $1 trillion dollar buying power. U.S. Census confirms Hispanics are the #1 minority–and growing. These are just some of the facts I call “Happy Talk” as I blog in the post “Our America.” Corporations are scrambling to secure a  Read More...

HuffPo Latino Voices: Why This “Colombiana” Is Going to Watch Colombiana

Zoe Saldana in the Movie "Colombiana"

National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More” invited me to appear on the “Beauty Shop” which I blog about in “TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on NPR’s “Tell More More” with Michel Martin.”  Like “Barber Shop,” the end-of-the-show segment is modeled after the  Read More...

TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on NPR’s “Tell More More” with Michel Martin

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

I should check the TWLC inbox on a regular basis (emails are supposed to go to TWLC’s gmail account but don’t.  I am the IT dept. of the operation.  ’Nuf said). That’s where I got an invitation to be on  Read More...

UPDATE: “Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Watch Your Mouth, Watch Your Step” Published in HuffPo Latino Voices, Comment Firestorm

President Obama Going to Vacation on Martha's Vineyard

The Huffington Post published this blog Op-Ed in HuffPo Latino Voices where for a few minutes, it was the main story, before being bumped by the news that a federal judge is hearing arguments on Alabama’s new immigration law, the toughest in  Read More...

TWLC’s New B-F-F is Arianna Huffington!

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This headline grabbed your attention, didn’t it? Actually, better than being Arianna’s B-F-F, the Huffington Post asked me to contribute to their newly launched HuffPost Latino Voices.  I’ll be joining other thought ”act” leaders such as the National Council of La  Read More...