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 »



Education Wednesday: Cultivating Non-Cognitive Skills

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Success in education and life requires two sets of skills: cognitive skills that make up our knowledge and ability to learn, as well as non-cognitive skills that help us communicate what we know. Within schools, as we work to prepare more students  Read More...

Meatless Monday: A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Spread

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When I first gave up meat, my mother would panic when trying to plan holiday meals. What could a vegetarian possibly eat at Thanksgiving? My answer­: plenty! Skipping the carne doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Thanksgiving. I personally never feel  Read More...

To Save Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Advocates Must Volunteer at Old Folks Homes

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Our 24/7 Twitter-powered media culture covers politics like a horse race–scoreboards and all–and easily assigns blame. With comprehensive immigration reform, shining a harsh spotlight on Republicans is justified because they have been unable to reign in the fringe–despite hemorrhaging the Latino vote in  Read More...

Education: 3 Opportunities to Help Undocumented Students Attend College

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform may be stalled this year limiting opportunities for millions, including undocumented students. While the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program grants reprieve for some, issues remain such as the inability to pay for college. Until the DREAM Act which would provide  Read More...

American Diabetes Month Meatless Monday: 6 Healthy Habits to Reduce Your Risk

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Diabetes is an urgent health issue in the Hispanic community–1 in 10 Latinos has diabetes and it is estimated that 1 out of 2 Hispanic children born in 2000 will develop diabetes. This disease causes blood sugar levels (glucose) to spike  Read More...

VIDEO: Politically Moody? Depends on Your State (of Mind) or What I Said on MSNBC

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#ICYMI, Time Magazine published an article on geopolitical moods. ¿Qué qué? It’s a political take that collapses the nature versus nurture debate: what factors shape you–our DNA or our surroundings. Researchers set out to discover which attitudes and attributes best  Read More...

Education Wednesday: 3 Take-Aways from Los Graduados

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It has not been long since I was in high school. Yet in the last seven years, so much in education and our country has changed that I often wonder what school is really like these days. The Graduates-Los Graduados  Read More...

VIDEO: Latino Voters and Election 2013, 2014, and the BIGGIE 2016 or What I Said on MSNBC

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Although it’s Election 2013, the media have been talking non-stop about 2016. On the Democratic side, Hillary is right now the strongest Democratic candidate for President and a fundraising juggernaut–if she chooses to run. But remember what happened with all  Read More...