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Does Harlem Need Diddy or Educational Equity?

Jose Vilson Jose 15 Comments

A few days ago, I said some things on my Facebook that I don’t regret: I’m not a believer in celebrities taking the helm at schools, regardless of whether it’s public, charter, or private, unless they have an expertise in said craft. Schools are not music labels or headquarters for …

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NYCoRE 2016 and A Note on Educational Compliance

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

For years, I’ve traversed the country, pushing education spaces to become more intersectional, more inclusive of the people most affected by education reform. A short list includes any ed-tech conferences, colleges and universities, union spaces, pro-public education spaces, and even the US Department of Education. In any and all of …

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A Great Big Expression of Happiness (On #TLConf2016)

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

Add a little sugar, honeysuckle and A great big expression of happiness Boy, you couldn’t miss with a dozen roses Such would astound you The joy of children laughing around you These are all the makings of you “… and since we’re about 2% of the teaching profession, with the …

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Measuring Grit and Children of Color [New York Times]

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

I was recently invited to write for the New York Times about grading for grit and other socio-emotional elements. I articulated what I felt most of you all feel about it: More important, we miss the point about what resilience and enthusiasm means. For many of our most disadvantaged students, …

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The One Thing I Don’t Do When I’m Assessing Students

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 11 Comments

I’ve now taught almost 11 years, starting in the throes of overtesting and overstandardizing. I’ve given multiple forms of assessments over different periods of time. I’ve taught all of the middle school grades and tutored lower and higher grades. I’ve taken my own set of exams for teacher certifications, most …

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College and Career Whatever Have You

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

A couple of years ago, I had a heavy-set, lighter-skinned student who spaced out for about half my class every day. He twiddled his pencil, shaved it down til the disposable paint cluttered the desk along with his extra-large binder. He did most of his multiplication on his head, which …

Listen To Me and My Favorite Songs [Rhymes and Reason]

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

Rhymes and Reason interviewed me to talk about my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education from a hip-hop perspective. I appreciated the time to just talk things out, tell stories about my upbringing, and inject Kanye West into an education conversation. To listen, …

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Real Solidarity In The Time of Education Reform

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

We don’t have to choose between the testing / Common Core State Standards / Teach For America / charter school debate and intersectional / race talk. In fact, they’re part and parcel. I want to talk about all of it from the position that we need to look at education …

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Schools on Trial And What Does Progress Mean?

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

I don’t have rules posted in my classroom. I’ve been issuing mandates asking students to respect each other, respect themselves, and respect the classroom and environment around them. As steward for the environment around me, I haven’t had many challenges to these rules from the students themselves. I don’t know …