By Esther Cepeda February 19, 2014 6 a.m.
It's been more than a year since Paul Tough's best-selling book "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character" revolutionized how we think of achievement.
By Esther Cepeda January 1, 2014 6 a.m.
Immigration reform is not dead — it's just waiting for lawmakers to drop the politics, strike a compromise and get it done.
By Esther Cepeda December 18, 2013 6 a.m.
Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says critics of his broken Spanish should just "get a life." Bloomberg, noting his continuing work on perfecting his facility with the second most-spoken language in the world, told a talk radio host, "You know, I'm going to get there; I don't have any doubts about that. And these people that make fun of me, you know, what do I care? You know, you wonder, why don't they just get a life?"
By Esther Cepeda November 20, 2013 6 a.m.
Want to boost the number of low-income Hispanic students who graduate from high school and go on to college? Then find a way to get their parents on board first.
By Esther Cepeda October 30, 2013 6 a.m.
There's something I contemptuously refer to as the "Hispanic Hype Machine." It's the Internet-enabled echo chamber that goes into overdrive every time a Latino-centric statistic comes out.
By Esther Cepeda October 2, 2013 6 a.m.
With the on-again, off-again chances of achieving wide-ranging immigration reform, there's much to be exasperated about. But more frustrating are the smaller, slam-dunk situations that could be settled by other means.
By Esther Cepeda September 25, 2013 6 a.m.
It's been a windfall week for boys, those too-oft overlooked stakeholders in American education.
By Esther Cepeda September 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio recently told members of the Arizona Minuteman border-watch movement that they could end up "seeing 30 rounds fired into them" if they're not more careful where they point their guns. Arpaio issued his warning after a Minuteman was arrested for aiming a rifle at a sheriff's deputy he'd mistaken for a drug smuggler.
By Esther Cepeda September 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.
When I started my teacher-training program a decade ago, I thought I'd be teaching for the rest of my life. Full of hope that I could make a difference in the lives of my community's neediest students, I couldn't imagine ever wanting to walk away from such a lofty goal. Yet, like so many others, I did — after a mere two years in the classroom.
By Esther Cepeda August 28, 2013 6:01 a.m.
It's late August and parents across the country are breathing a sigh of relief that their tours of duty as surrogate educators finally will end.