Last August, when I was 35 weeks pregnant, my family and I threw a baby shower fiesta! It was amazing watching family and friends from different cultural backgrounds and experiences speak common languages like love, celebration and dance.  My mom and aunts blessed me one by one by putting a marigold in my lap and […]


June 14, 2023

Use Culture as a Tool to Motivate Kids

This is how to make the kids love reading with culture

Administrators, teachers and parents can’t agree when it comes to data. How much should we focus on data, testing and measured achievement? I understand that data is useful when it holds teachers and schools accountable. It can also help us understand trends in teaching and learning. However, I wonder how much you can really quantify learning. I’ve experienced that […]


June 12, 2023

Should I Follow the Data or My Instincts? 

This is a solution to make children love reading

At the start of the pandemic, I taught third grade at a public charter school in San Jose. I met with thirty parents three times a year for conferences. One round of conferences consumed fifteen hours! Many happened back to back. I developed a formula. First, share what we’ve been working on as a class, then […]


June 8, 2023

Why My Parent-Teacher Conferences Weren’t Useful 

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