José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist in New York City, NY. He is the author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, and has spoken about education, math, and race for a number of organizations and publications, including The New York Times, Education Week, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, Huffington Post, Edutopia, GOOD, and El Diario / La Prensa, NY. He is the founder of EduColor, a Math for America fellow and a National Board Certified teacher.

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The Book

This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education … This Is Not a Test is a refusal to be silent. It’s a refusal to capitulate or conform. It’s an expression of a vision where we do give a shit about what you feel or what you think, because we care about people. Because in doing so – particularly in education – we help support one another in growth, in coming-of-age, in learning, and in liberation.” – Audrey Watters

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The Blog

  • A Mathematical Five-Minute Tribute to Hamilton the Musical
  • Vivid Dreams and Hard Work
  • The Trump In All Of Us
  • A Story About The High Expectations Conversation [The Art of the Professional Insult]
  • In Defense Of Our Dreams
  • Kalief Browder and the School-To-Prison Pipeline
  • If You Teach And No One Learns, Did You Really Teach?
  • Text From My Speech at #March4EducationNY
  • Why I Will March (Stand For Something)
  • W.E.B. DuBois and Dual Consciousness For Teachers of Color
  • With An Upright Zeal (On Teaching With This Fire)
  • Don't Blame The Kids (On The Women's March and Getting "Woke")
  • What Educators Can Do Now To Honor MLK Besides Post Quotes [On #MLKNow]
  • My Child, Your Child, Everyone's Child (Five Years An Actual Father)
  • How This Educator Handles Trolls (Bob and Weave Em)
  • Top Posts of 2016, According To You [Year In Review]
  • Politics Are Always At Play In Our Classrooms
  • The Trump Voters In Our Classrooms
  • Three Ways To Reclaim Your Joy As A Teacher
  • A Few Questions With Marylin Zuniga (An Interview)

The Speeches

I’ve spoken at dozens of conferences, institutions, and universities across the country. For a recent sample of things I’ve done, click here.

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The Work