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 »

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 »



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...

American Diabetes Month Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Pasta Recipe

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November is American Diabetes Month. Reduce your risk of developing diabetes, a disease 26 million Americans live with, by getting regular exercise and eating well. Committing to a healthy diet is the best way to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes–the most common form of the disease. Blocking enough or  Read More...

Education: A Common Definition for English Language Learners

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Amidst the continuing Common Core conversation, it is vital that states work to improve the educational experiences of all students, especially English Language Learners (ELL) or those learning English as a Second Language (ESL). For the growing number of students learning  Read More...

Immigration Reform: Where’s the Center?

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Immigration is that can that’s always being kicked down the road–displaced by the global financial meltdown, passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare“), Syria‘s gassing of civilians, heck, even this season’s premier of Scandal on ABC. But now that  Read More...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Meatless Monday: Cancer-Fighting Salad Recipe

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Breast cancer runs in my family, recently losing an aunt to this terrible disease. This personal loss reminds me that it is imperative to be proactive about breast health which is why this last Meatless Monday of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I recommend filling your plate  Read More...

The Post Shutdown Agenda or How I Almost Hugged Thomas Roberts on MSNBC

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FULL DISCLOSURE: I regularly contribute commentary to MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show. It is also no secret that I am quite partial to him as the NPR ombudsman notes in a post about sex, looks, power, and the digital space. “There was,  Read More...

Education Wednesday: New Opportunities to Diversify Medical Schools

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Today more resources than ever are available to help students of color pursue careers in the medical field. Opportunities stem from our nation’s expanding health care system and the urgent need for doctors with cultural understanding such as language, religion, and taboos. To increase  Read More...