Video Archives - The Jose Vilson


Whether it’s my TED talk, or one of my home-made vlogs, I’ve shared any and all video via this hashtag.

“Teaching in the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Strategies to Empower Youth” featuring New York City public school teacher, education activist and TEDxNYED speaker Jose Vilson.

Urban Youth Justice Director Ernest Saadiq Morris talks to Jose Vilson about his unique perspective as a Black-Latino male teacher and youth advocate regarding the obstacles facing students of color in achieving a quality education while avoiding and overcoming the traps of the school-to-prison pipeline (e.g., education inequality, school discipline, etc.); and shares his strategies to empower students.

Jose, who gets radical after only a few hours of sleep …

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On Women and Teacher Voice [Video + Commentary]

by Jose Vilson on March 29, 2012

in Jose, Video

Before people ask me where my Women’s History Month post went, I decided to get a rant in about women and education. Particularly, I wonder why teachers’ voices don’t get the same consideration others do about K-12 education. I had more to say, but I’ll wait until I read up a bit more about my theorems.

Responsible bloggers do that. In the meantime, enjoy!

Mr. Vilson, who enjoys vlogging in his Jeremy Lin jersey …


Because Mos Def Can Say It Better Than I Can Right Now

by Jose Vilson on October 10, 2011

in Video

Mos Def

Because Mos Def can say it better than I can (all emphases mine) …

The fresh, the author and associates are proud to present
M-Def the Black, fantastic raw
Dynamic, true Ecstatic, ghetto outstanding
Classic active every place, I have
The skill, power, passion, raise your red lantern
Stanzas and anthems based on expansion
A vantage point of the past, present and after
Rapture, master of ceremony, a master craft
Of the masterminds who craft masters
Master and viber from Brooklyn Island
Legendary asylum, Black Star shining
Bedford-Stuyvesant isn’t Strivers
Flatbush blazing like it’s smoke of the prophet
And it’s constant, my mother an artwork
And God is the author, from Flaco to Archer
We right on target, a ready steady responsive
A black light white in the darkness, y’all just
Are fantastic rawness, good morning, yes

You are rocking with the fresh
You are rocking with the fresh
You are rocking with the Def
With the… yes…
Hah, ye-hee-hes
Right now on it alwaaaaays…
So shocking, never stopping
Always keep the beat on popping
Hah, ye-he-he-heees…
Right now on it alwaaaaays…

Play on Adidas
You know you can’t stop my go
You can’t stop my go
Born to be who I am
(Been born to be who I am)
Bright light from a distant star
(Bright light from a distant star)
Miracles, answered prayers
(Miracles, answered prayers)
Huh, all in together now
You can’t stop my go
I’ve been born to be where I am
A bright light from a distant star
Miracles and answered prayers
You can’t stop my go
I’ve been born to be where I am
Mos light from a distant star
Miracles and answered praaaaaayers…

- Mos Def, excerpt from “Casa Bey”

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What I Would Say To A Group of Promising Educators of Color

May 9, 2011 Mr. Vilson
Young KRS-One

I had the privilege last Friday of attending Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers breakfast in Tarrytown, NY with 5-600 people, many of which were part of this illustrious program. Dr. Bettye Perkins founded this organization to encourage more teachers of color to enter the profession through an 8-year scholarship. They get mentorship through high school and […]

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My First Vlog: On Arne Duncan and the Poverty of The Discussion of Poverty

December 16, 2010 Video

My first webcam video, where I discuss Secretary Arne Duncan, poverty, Black and Latino males, and teacher effectiveness. This was liberating. Jose

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