Jose Vilson, Noble Talks, Clinton School for Public Service, Little Rock, AR

Text of My Speech in Little Rock, AR (Decenter Yourself)

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In a small, yet simple act of deflection, I managed to decenter myself and put the onus of learning on the students so they can take ownership. I ask them to imagine “What if I wasn’t there? Would you still learn?” I don’t quit until they’ve learned how to ask good questions, not just of themselves, but also of the content they’re learning and the teacher himself.

Jose Vilson, Central High School, Little Rock

Between Little Rock and This Hard Place

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“She wasn’t with the rest of the other Black students. Can you imagine having all those harassers, reporters, and guards blocking her from letting her get into school?” As I was listening to the ranger tell us the story of Elizabeth Eckford’s first day of school at Central High School …


A Quick Note on Race Talks in Education Spaces #EduColor

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Premise: educators who aren’t challenged to think about systemic inequity offline don’t want to think about it online. In the last week, much has been made about my impromptu #educolor chat about race and schools, but, like #EduColor itself, it wasn’t borne of a chat, but by resistance to ignorance …

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Twitter Math Camp and the Convergence of The Work

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This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Twitter Math Camp 2016, a conference organized by the collective known as MTBoS. As the name suggests, this set of social-media-connected math teachers created a conference where they could network, have deep conversations, and share ideas about pedagogy, curriculum, and content. Even …

James Baldwin Library

The Classroom Next Time (On My Last Day of School)

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Over the last week or two, I’ve had a hard time compressing the experience of teaching students over the last year. There’s something disconcerting about teaching 90 students in the beginning of the year to 150 in almost in the blink of an eye. Yet, that’s what happened in December. …


The Kids Can’t Read, But They Can Read You

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When I was seven years old, a frio-frio man used to park his cart in front of our elementary school in the spring and sell his Italian ices for 50¢ for 2 scoops. Whenever my mom had enough change, she’d give me two quarters and I’d treat myself to the …

Ralph Wiley What Black People Should Do Now

Ralph Wiley and The Next Level of Education Writing

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College was the first time I was exposed to higher-speed Internet. Aside from downloading gigs of music in a matter of seconds, I had the opportunity to read every and any article on the web without worrying whether a phone call would disrupt my access to it. ESPN’s now-defunct Page …

I Am Latino In America with Soledad O'Brien

On Latinos in Education and America

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

I’m not interested in who each candidate stands next to, even if I got love for them. I’m interested in knowing whether policymakers will move us closer to true equity, and how.