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  • #GlobalMoms Relay Twitter Party

    Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media
    Wendy Rivera
    26 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    What kind of world do you want for your family by 2030?We need to envision the future in terms of health, education, and access to opportunities for our own families and families around the world.The bleak reality is that for millions of mothers, living in poverty, access to vital health information is a matter or life or death. Nearly 800 women a day die of pregnancy or childbirth complications. Every 20 seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. Girls make up more than half of the 57 million children who are out of primary school. But we can help change that.Global Moms…
  • Fewer Better Test

    Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media » LATISM
    Wendy Rivera
    25 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    For some of us, it has been a few years since our four kids graduated from Florida’s public school system, but we still remember the stress and pressure we all endured during standardized testing season.Education policy issues appear to be hotly contested not just in Florida, but across the board.Some parents have voiced concerned with “overly testing” claiming that it takes away from “teaching time” from the conventional curriculum. However, other parents believe that measuring students’ progress is a critical component to improving student achievement in…
  • Literacy in Third Grade

    Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media » LATISM-FL
    Wendy Rivera
    12 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Reading is fundamental to our nation’s economic growth and national security. We know that learning to read in the early grades is the “gateway to lifelong learning.” We also know that if kids do not enter fourth grade ready to read to learn, then opportunities become limited.Research confirms what we know intuitively. When students can’t read by the end of third grade, they fall further and further behind and are significantly more likely to drop out of high school.Since reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a key predictor of high school graduation rate, it makes…
  • Fresh Organic Produce Delivered Right to Your Door with Pero Family Farms’ Organic Healthy Box! {Review}

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    Melanie Edwards
    20 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    We’ve been buying a lot more organic produce these days, all in an effort to eat healthier. Mostly, my husband and I are the ones eating them, though the kids have been a little curious. One reason I’ve been able to buy more organic foods is that organic products are becoming more affordable. The price difference between organic and non-organic is becoming less for lots more products, allowing us to choose organic more often. One way to conveniently have fresh organic produce in your home is to have them delivered to your door. With the Pero Family Farms’ Organic Healthy…
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    Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media

  • #GlobalMoms Relay Twitter Party

    Wendy Rivera
    26 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    What kind of world do you want for your family by 2030?We need to envision the future in terms of health, education, and access to opportunities for our own families and families around the world.The bleak reality is that for millions of mothers, living in poverty, access to vital health information is a matter or life or death. Nearly 800 women a day die of pregnancy or childbirth complications. Every 20 seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. Girls make up more than half of the 57 million children who are out of primary school. But we can help change that.Global Moms…
  • Fewer Better Test

    Wendy Rivera
    25 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    For some of us, it has been a few years since our four kids graduated from Florida’s public school system, but we still remember the stress and pressure we all endured during standardized testing season.Education policy issues appear to be hotly contested not just in Florida, but across the board.Some parents have voiced concerned with “overly testing” claiming that it takes away from “teaching time” from the conventional curriculum. However, other parents believe that measuring students’ progress is a critical component to improving student achievement in…
  • Public Schools Outside Your Neighborhood Zone

    Wendy Rivera
    21 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    A few years ago, my husband and I moved our family of four. We moved 10 miles down the road. But as anyone who has ever moved knows, it turns things upside down for a bit, especially with two small children.The move was worth it to my family and me. It was all for one main reason: It was for our children’s education.The goal was for my kids to be in a learning environment where they can thrive and realize their full potential. As a parent, I was looking for an environment that was the best fit for my children’s individual needs.The move would put us in a different school’s zone.
  • Do you know your birth control is FREE?

    Helen Troncoso
    19 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made great strides since it was signed into law in 2010 to ensure that basic preventative services  like well-woman visits and contraception recommended by their doctor, are now covered and require no co-pays, nor out of pocket expenses. This is so important because as we all know, the sooner a potential illness is discovered, the quicker is can hopefully be treated successfully.In order to avoid any possible confusion, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury issued a guidance that spells out exactly what’s covered.
  • Healthy Mom, Healthy Family Twitter Chat

    Wendy Rivera
    18 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Celebrate the heart of our families, our moms, and learn how to keep the entire family healthy by joining the “Healthy Mom, Healthy Family Twitter Chat” on Thursday May 21, 2015 at 9pm EST.Heart disease is the number one cause of death in this country. We should ask ourselves whether the foods we cook or eat out in restaurants are “setting the table for an increased risk of heart attack.”There are many simple lifestyle decisions we can make to reduce this risk of heart disease. Join us as we discuss health in the Latino community on Thursday May 21, 2015 @ 9pm #GoRedLATINO…
 
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  • Fewer Better Test

    Wendy Rivera
    25 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    For some of us, it has been a few years since our four kids graduated from Florida’s public school system, but we still remember the stress and pressure we all endured during standardized testing season.Education policy issues appear to be hotly contested not just in Florida, but across the board.Some parents have voiced concerned with “overly testing” claiming that it takes away from “teaching time” from the conventional curriculum. However, other parents believe that measuring students’ progress is a critical component to improving student achievement in…
  • Public Schools Outside Your Neighborhood Zone

    Wendy Rivera
    21 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    A few years ago, my husband and I moved our family of four. We moved 10 miles down the road. But as anyone who has ever moved knows, it turns things upside down for a bit, especially with two small children.The move was worth it to my family and me. It was all for one main reason: It was for our children’s education.The goal was for my kids to be in a learning environment where they can thrive and realize their full potential. As a parent, I was looking for an environment that was the best fit for my children’s individual needs.The move would put us in a different school’s zone.
  • Do you know your birth control is FREE?

    Helen Troncoso
    19 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made great strides since it was signed into law in 2010 to ensure that basic preventative services  like well-woman visits and contraception recommended by their doctor, are now covered and require no co-pays, nor out of pocket expenses. This is so important because as we all know, the sooner a potential illness is discovered, the quicker is can hopefully be treated successfully.In order to avoid any possible confusion, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury issued a guidance that spells out exactly what’s covered.
  • DREAMers in the military? Not this year but the tide is starting to turn

    Leo Cruz
    18 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Most Latinos don’t monitor the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) but they noticed on Thursday that two amendments to the Defense Budget failed to provide a path for undocumented immigrants or their children to serve in the U.S. military. In a 221-202 floor vote, the House amended the NDAA to remove an amendment proposed by Rep. Ruben Gallego, (D-AZ). His amendment would call for the Defense Secretary to only consider the recruitment of young immigrants who are recipients of the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Barack Obama in 2012. Rep. Jeff…
  • LATISM Stands With Strong Girls

    Wendy Rivera
    15 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This week, #LATISM kicked off the Twitter Party with a focus on improving the lives of girls and women around the world.Women and girls continue to face incredible barriers. Some continue to fight extreme poverty while others have no access to school, or even a public library.During the twitter chat, we discussed the amazing advocacy work organizations like ONE  are doing to raise public awareness, end preventable diseases, and promote poverty-fighting priorities. These strong voices work with policymakers to support policies and pass legislation that support effective programs that…
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    Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media » LATISM-FL

  • Literacy in Third Grade

    Wendy Rivera
    12 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Reading is fundamental to our nation’s economic growth and national security. We know that learning to read in the early grades is the “gateway to lifelong learning.” We also know that if kids do not enter fourth grade ready to read to learn, then opportunities become limited.Research confirms what we know intuitively. When students can’t read by the end of third grade, they fall further and further behind and are significantly more likely to drop out of high school.Since reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a key predictor of high school graduation rate, it makes…
  • Building Ladders of Opportunity

    Wendy Rivera
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    This is an exciting time to join Latinos in Technology Innovation and Social Media (LATISM), as Executive Director. With the Hispanic population growing at explosive rates, now more than ever, it is paramount to continue to advance and improve opportunities and outcomes for women and the Latino community.There is no question that the health of our economy and our economic prosperity depends on a highly skilled workforce that fosters technology, innovation, and competition. But, unless we transform Latino talent to the next generation of tech producers, Latinos will fall behind and will be hit…
  • The Consumer Electronics Association Appoints a Latina to Their Board: A Step in the Right Direction

    Wendy Rivera
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    This week the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced the appointment of Ximena Hartsock, a native of Chile, and co-founder of the D.C. based startup, Phone2Action to the Board of Industry Leaders.LATISM commends CEA, Chairman Daniel Pidgeon and CEO Gary Shapiro for their commitment to diversity and inclusion in influential positions. We applaud the selection of a prominent tech startup Latina that brings uniqueness to the table. It is a step in the right direction to help steer the country forward.In the U.S. “women make up 17 percent of the corporate board members among…
  • #LATISM14 #ELHackathon: Who has questions about a Hackathon?

    Mariela
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:12 am
    Our annual conference would not be complete without El Hackathon!  Which is going on during the three whole days of the #LATISM14.Want to know more about #ELHackathon?#ELHackathon at the #LATISM14 conference shows a shift in the Latino hacker community. This is the first #LATISM hackathon where we saw two exciting things happen that normally don’t happen at these events. One, the majority of the hackers were women. This is important because women account for 20% of the tech work force and only around 15% of hackathon participants in the US. LATISM’s female hackers make up 75% of all…
  • Florida Governor’s Veto Slows Immigration Reform Progress

    Mike
    11 Jun 2013 | 8:41 am
    Florida Governor Rick Scott.Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott’s recent veto of a bill that would have allowed many young, undocumented aliens to apply for temporary drivers licenses is a sad example of an embattled politician trying to curry favor with a conservative voting block. In doing so, he simply does more harm to an already contentious debate. The irony is that Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature overwhelmingly supported this law.According to a published report, the State House passed the bill 115-2 and the Senate 36-0. So a Republican governor then…
 
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  • Fresh Organic Produce Delivered Right to Your Door with Pero Family Farms’ Organic Healthy Box! {Review}

    Melanie Edwards
    20 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    We’ve been buying a lot more organic produce these days, all in an effort to eat healthier. Mostly, my husband and I are the ones eating them, though the kids have been a little curious. One reason I’ve been able to buy more organic foods is that organic products are becoming more affordable. The price difference between organic and non-organic is becoming less for lots more products, allowing us to choose organic more often. One way to conveniently have fresh organic produce in your home is to have them delivered to your door. With the Pero Family Farms’ Organic Healthy…
  • Our Trip to Puerto Rico: Must-Do Wish List

    Melanie Edwards
    19 May 2015 | 4:13 am
    I told my husband that I wanted to celebrate my upcoming 35th birthday in a big way. I wasn’t sure what I wanted exactly, but just felt an urge to “do something big for my birthday.” Being the incredible husband that he is, he responded with, “Want to go to Puerto Rico?” So, a couple of weeks later, and we’re headed to my beautiful island for a quick family trip! The kids are very excited – we all are, actually! I can’t wait to have my baby boy see Puerto Rico for the first time and remind baby girl of some of the places she saw on her first…
  • Summer Cook-Out Idea: Pork Burgers with Plantain Crisps and Mayo-Ketchup {Recipe}

    Melanie Edwards
    18 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    In Puerto Rico, roast pork is one of our staple foods, as are plantains. The two are often combined and served in various ways. In honor of National Hamburger Day coming up on May 28, and the start of summer grilling season, I thought about how to combine these flavors into a savory hamburger. Pork and plantains, wrapped up in a bun with a touch of mayo-ketchup topping it off…sounds amazing, right? Let me tell you, the crispiness of the fried plantains along with the juicy pork burger, definitely work together. It may not be the same as a plate of pernil and tostones, but it is still a…
  • The Time My Daughter’s Multicultural Voice was Called Un-American

    Melanie Edwards
    11 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    “Mommy, when Mrs. [Teacher] was talking to us about the Southwest region, she called the Rio Grande, Rio Grand. I told her it’s pronounced Rio Gran-de, not Grand, and she said, ‘Well, yes, if you were Mexican or Spanish, you’d say it like that, but if you’re American, we say Grand.’ I didn’t say anything more to her, but did say it again out loud…to myself.” It took all of my being to not visibly show my outrage for the teacher as my baby girl told me the above. I listened. I asked her about the responses, other classmates’…
  • Celebrate National Moscato Day with Gallo Family Vineyards!

    Melanie Edwards
    8 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gallo Family Vineyards. All opinions are 100% mine. I know plenty of you are fans of wine and enjoy a relaxing glass a few times each week. Though I’m not a big fan of wine in general, there is one type of wine that I’ve found I truly like. It’s pretty much the only wine I drink – Moscato. I love the sweet, fruity taste of Moscato, which is just perfect for my palette. A little bird must have spread the news of my appreciation for Moscato, because I was recently invited to try out Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato wine…
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