Esther Cepeda

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CEPEDA: Wrong in any language

I dream in both English and Spanish, and in my best dreams foreign movie stars don’t reinforce stupid and inaccurate cliches about me on one of the most popular late-night shows on TV.

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CEPEDA: Education that's not to the point

Our biggest concern about integrating technology into schools should be that even as we provide students with mastery of the standard tools of business — whether it be slide presentations, email or social media — we risk forgetting a vital piece of the educational puzzle: the ability to communicate for understanding.

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CEPEDA: College yes, but boot camp first

For some young people, July is a month for getting in a few last weeks of relaxation before enrolling in college. For others, it’s also the lead-up to what could be one of the worst experiences of their lives. The luckiest of this latter group are steeling themselves against all that could go wrong.

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CEPEDA: Overcoming generational poverty

Teachers in low-income school districts often get specialized training about the culture of poverty in order to better understand their students' lives and take those challenges into account in the classroom. As a high school teacher, I was trained in Ruby K. Payne's "A Framework for Understanding Poverty."

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CEPEDA: Revering our national anthem

This year, like no other before it, I feel a deep desire to get back to basics. It's been an especially difficult few weeks of tumult over race, same-sex marriage rights, immigration and other issues that highlight our differences rather than our similarities.. I'm

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CEPEDA: Obesity disease categorization could lead to better treatment

CHICAGO -- Is obesity truly a disease that requires medical treatment and prevention, as the American Medical Association recently proclaimed? Or is it still more accurately a "condition" with too many variables and factors to shoehorn into a neat category?. There are as many opinions on this matter as there

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CEPEDA: On teacher training, miles to go

CHICAGO -- Maybe someday, I'll go back to school and re-experience teacher training decades after the current movement to bring rigor to such programs has finally taken hold in higher education.. Perhaps then I could marvel at changes in the currently laughable system of identifying and preparing the K

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CEPEDA: Dropping out does have its cost

If there's one thing public policy researchers fear, it's that they'll share a finding with the potential to oversimplify a complex, wide-ranging issue.. Such has been the case with a recent Brookings Institution blog post -- "Is Starting College and Not

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CEPEDA: Rubio and Cruz -- GOP superstars

CHICAGO -- It's fascinating that two Hispanic men -- both of whom are further to the right of where most Latinos stand on immigration -- are at the epicenter of the current reform debate.. Both Cuban-Americans, Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, represent the young

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CEPEDA: When leaders are seen as scolds

Judging from reactions to remarks by the president and first lady during separate commencement speeches recently, I have to imagine that it'll be a bit of a bummer for Hispanics if a Latino is ever elected president.. I don't particularly care for Barack Obama's politics, but I hate seeing him

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