Jose Vilson, CCSS Panel, Network for Public Education

Public Education For The Public Good (On Inclusion)

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  This past week has been nothing short of nuts. I had the opportunity to attend (and present and moderate) at the first annual Network for Public Education Conference, a gathering of education activists from across the country, including Diane Ravitch (the organization’s president), Deborah Meier, Karen Lewis, John Kuhn, and a whole host of names everyone has seen in the education sphere. My first real honor was tuning out …

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#ResistTFA and the Zero-Sum Game

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In the middle of writing my piece on Jordan Davis and the lack of volume about the decision / non-decision on Michael Dunn, a few people bristled at the idea that Teach for America would use my piece as a rebuff of #ResistTFA, a trend started by education activists to combat the deleterious effects of Teach for America on K-12 education. Um, that’s not quite how it went down. In …

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Fight With Us Too, Damnit (Educators and Jordan Davis)

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When the Michael Dunn verdict came down, I fully expected him to get off on all counts. The Trayvon Martin case only created two pathways for future cases like these: either America – specifically Florida – would learn and do better for the next trial or it would give carte blanche to any white person to take the life of a young person of color on the basis of “threat.” …

On The Postponement of Common Core Accountability

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On Monday, New York State found out that its Board of Regents, the governing body for education policy in NYS, decided to postpone accountability measures for teachers and schools in all of New York State, paving the way for educators to get their Common Core ducks in a row. The five-year postponement came at the recommendation of Regent Merryl Tisch, who said, This report is designed to make significant and …

Vilson Unplugged (Featuring Deepak Chopra)

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  Confession: I haven’t had earphones on for the last month and a half. Perhaps some of that has to do with my iPod’s phone jack loosening up, causing me to twist the plug too much to get maybe 20 minutes of uninterrupted listening. I generally use my iPod for 90 minutes, 45 minutes to and from work, to charge and recharge my mental battery. While I enjoy listening to …

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Boys of Color, Richard Sherman, and Addressing Inequity [Exclusive]

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I had the privilege of discussing educating boys of color with the awesome Baruti Kafele and Jason Flom, courtesy of the BAM Radio Network. Listen while we go through a range of topics, including Richard Sherman and how race / color can affect classroom and school culture. One more thing I didn’t get to mention was how the Seattle Seahawks corner was immediately compared to quarterback Russell Wilson, as if …

Hate-Read This

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My latest piece at transformED gets personal: But, at the end of the workshop, I left an impression with folks that, despite and because of my openness about my activism (and clear disenchantment with the DOE’s direction over the last nine years of my career), I actually have similar goals that many in central offices want. My CTQ board member self felt good about Barnett Berry and Ann Byrd crossing …

EduCon, Addressing Privilege, and Developing Learners Through Race

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When friend Audrey Watters invited me to create an EduCon session, one that would eventually run concurrently with my Sunday panel on openness and transparency in education, my first reaction was “Ugh. Do we really have to?” Then she basically says, “Well, if we don’t, then we’re chickenshit.” Dayum. Before I could finish shaking my fist at her, I had a list of things that, up to that point, pissed …

A Day On, Never A Day Off

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Some news: my manuscript is officially turned in. Outside of a few edits here and there, I’m confident that this draft is the draft and every draft from here on after will be the grammatical equivalent of shooing away really tiny fleas. After the editing process proved to wring my deepest thoughts out like a sponge, I was asked by numerous people, including my editors and fiancée. My initial response …

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The Top 8 Things That Are Just Like Apartheid, By Grant Wiggins

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That’s it. I’m proposing that, as of now, there be a Mandela’s Law, a Godwin’s Law corollary, which states that anytime you make inappropriate use of apartheid in an argument, you’ve already lost. Exhibit A (and Ground Zero): Grant Wiggins’ latest salvo on teachers and students having different restrooms and cafeterias. Um, what?! For one, I know plenty of schools where the students’ cafeterias and restrooms are in better shape …