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 »



Senator McCain’s Definition of Illegal Could Mean You

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) Courtesy: ABC News

Senior Arizona Senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain ignited a firestorm of criticism over his comments last weekend that the tragic wildfires raging in his state were set by “people who have crossed our border illegally.” He immediately  Read More...

Pulling NAHJ Back From the Brink

"Nuevas Tecnologías" Panel NAHJ 2011

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is on the brink: NAHJ reported in December a $240 million dollar deficit for the year.  All of the full-time staff is being laid off. Officers declared the Orlando 2011 convention will be  Read More...

Blogging, Journalism, & the Law

No matter how burned out I feel by my frenetic-paced, all-in-one Wise Latina Club writer/editor/shooter/assignment desk manager/IT whiz/marketing expert, attending the annual National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)  convention re-charges me, in large part because of the young, hungry reporters  Read More...

The Taming of the Social Space

After Nuevas Tecnologías Panel NAHJ 2011

I am a firm believer that this is the most exciting time to be a journalist despite the formidable obstacles, as I write in “Pulling NAHJ Back from the Brink”. I asked the audience of the panel I pitched and  Read More...

Bebé Plus Me: The Nanny Diarios

Baby L

Apologies for dropping off for so long!  I’ve been trying to get my groove, balancing Baby L, marriage, the Golden Retriever, and returning to work. This has been my toughest decision with a hefty side serving of peer pressure. I  Read More...

6 Minute Career Climb: You, Inc.: Readers Have Your Say

6 Minute Career Climb: You, Inc.

6 Minute Career Climb Tip of the Day: Never buy in to limitations. Instead, find ways to make things happen. Wow. 6 Minute Career Climb: You, Inc. hit a nerve, not just with me who can say with 100% certainty  Read More...

6 Minute Career Climb: You, Inc. Video

6 Minute Career Climb: You, Inc.

6 Minute Career Climb Tip of the Day: Never ask someone to be your mentor. In “6 Minute Career Climb: You, Inc.,” Time Warner exec Daisy Auger-Dominguez shares with TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado 2 career success essentials: the board of You, Inc.,  Read More...

When Singing Barney Songs is Mightier than Cartel Gunshots

Courtesy: Regioblogs

This video will make you tremble with fear, outrage, and sadness. Kindergarten teacher Martha Rivera Alanis captures on her cell phone how she calmed her students by singing Barney songs, as a gunfight raged near the school in Monterrey, Mexico’s  Read More...