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Teaching and Leading While Black (On My Visit To The White House)

May 13, 2014 Jose
Arne Duncan

Nancy Flanagan’s recent post on teacher leadership finally gave me the push to dive into my experience in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hosted us. The function was part of the White House’s new initiative, White House Social, a series of events for people who engage with the […]

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Retroactively Paying It Forward (On The City – UFT Contract)

May 1, 2014 Mr. Vilson
Michael Mulgrew, Carmen Farina, and Bill de Blasio

In case it hasn’t already flooded your airwaves already, the De Blasio administration and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) reached a tentative agreement to finally get teachers their just due. While I haven’t pored over the details of the contract, I’m certainly happy with any salary increase at this point. After four years without […]

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Without Some Affirmative Action, Bros Won’t Look At You

April 23, 2014 Jose
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Book Con. Miami Device. Vox Media. FiveThirtyEight. I see any argument against affirmative action as invalid. Time and again, I see clear examples of situations where there was a rather conscious decision to exclude because of “fit,” which is just doublespeak for “whatever’s normal and profitable to us.” Which is often to the detriment and […]

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Racism Without Racists: The School Re-segregation Edition

April 17, 2014 Jose
Thurgood Marshall

Today, ProPublica released a special report on their website dedicated to the re-segregation of America’s public schools. With the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision on May 17th approaching, ProPublica has focused this special section on Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where three separate and equally devastating stories will be told as case studies […]

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I Need You Here (Global Math Presentation)

April 14, 2014 Jose

I’m going to drop a blog sometime on Wednesday, but in the meantime, I have an online presentation tomorrow for the Global Math Department, and I’m using this one to namedrop and blow spots. I’ll be on fire. If you’re interested, please do RSVP to this presentation. I might even raffle off one of my […]

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Your Kids Don’t Actually Feel Like They Belong In School

April 9, 2014 Jose
Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Voting Act Signing

Today, a friend forwarded me a report from the Pew Research Center that focused on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. An excerpt: But as historic as it was, a half century later many Americans — particularly blacks — still believe that the country has a ways to go in overcoming racial disparities. […]

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