In case you missed the news last week, President Barack Obama appointed Shakira to his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Though of course she’s best known for her internationally acclaimed music, she’s also well-qualified for the education work. Through her foundation, she has a deep track record on education in Latin America, and her recent work has focused on early childhood education. Just last month she helped launch a training session for Brazilian city officials to improve hiring, training and community outreach in their preschool programs. That program will work with 25 municipalities in Rio de Janeiro State each year from 2011 through 2015.