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 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...

Education Wednesday: Making the Most of Winter Break

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The holiday season is upon us and winter break is quickly approaching. With weeks away from classes, it is vital that students stay engaged in activities that continue their learning. Maximizing this free time to sharpen skills and gain new  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Holiday Party Vegetarian Appetizers

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the frequent gatherings with friends and family over delicious food. Yet often when I attend receptions and parties, I am disappointed by how few vegetarian appetizers are available. Plan a delicious spread  Read More...

VIDEO: Newtown Anniversary: Why Gun Safety Stalled on MSNBC

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Today is my birthday and like last year, I remember waking up, my heart filled with gratitude and optimistic about the blessings awaiting me–How would I show the people I love that my world begins and ends with them? How  Read More...