Education: Minority Students are the New Majority

Labels such as “low-income”, “immigrant”, and “single-parent household” once described only a small group of students at-risk of falling through the cracks of America‘s school system. However, as our country continues to change socially More »

Financial Literacy Month: 3 Tips for Sticking To a Budget

A key way to be responsible with your finances is creating a budget and keeping it. Knowing where every penny of your hard-earned money is goes allows you to trim excess spending and save More »

VIDEO: Politics and Polices of Sex: Equal Pay and Sex Education on MSNBC

MSNBC host Karen Finney roared out of the gate of her show Disrupt, asking me if Equal Pay is good politics or good politics. Both, I answered, a lover of living trapped More »

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 »



Meatless Monday: Día de Reyes Rosca Recipe

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The holiday season isn’t over yet–at least not for many in Spain, Latin America, and here in the U.S. celebrating Dia de los Reyes Magos or Three Kings’ Day. Also known as Three Wise Men Day or Epiphany, Día de Reyes in  Read More...

VIDEO: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: Revival of the Progressive Agenda? on MSNBC

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For my first roundtable discussion of 2014, the topic was the first test of New York City‘s shiny new Mayor Bill de Blasio who was inaugurated two days before a blizzard. Like the Big Apple‘s top executive, I, too, had  Read More...

Education Wednesday New Year’s Edition: Resolving Student Loan Debt

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The first of the year is the right time to reflect on areas of life you wish to improve. Tackling my student loan debt is at the top of my New Year’s resolution list. Equipped with my first budget and  Read More...

¡TWLC Wishes You a Happy New Year!

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Whatever your tradition, the close of the year is an opportunity to renew our Faith, nurtured by gratitude for health, sustenance, family, friends… …and love. The Wise Latina Club is nearly three years old. We’ve changed and grown. We’ve tried  Read More...

New Year’s Meatless Monday: Traditional New Year’s Dishes and Healthy Resolutions

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Start the new year right by serving traditional foods believed to bring luck and make healthy resolutions. Growing up, I spent New Year’s Day with familia in Florida. My grandfather insisted we eat black-eyed peas to bring good luck. Cultures across  Read More...

Education Wednesday Christmas Edition: Family Traditions

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Traditions such as holiday customs commemorate important moments in life and help us share lessons from our family past and culture. For child learners, traditions are important because they help with the development of non-cognitive skills and support students to be engaged active learners. As crucially, traditions provide a sense  Read More...

Christmas Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Latino Holiday Dishes

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Christmas Day traditions including what time dinner is served and the dishes on the table vary between the U.S. and Latin America. Celebrate this diversity of cultures and add vegetarian options from countries across the Americas to your Christmas meal. When my husband and I spend Christmas with  Read More...

AUDIO on NPR: Not One Latino Children’s Author on New York Times’ Best of List

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Unfortunately, the New York Times not being able to find one children’s book written or illustrated by a Latino for it’s Notable Children’s Books of 2013 is not a surprise. This is not the first time. In fact, in the last  Read More...