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This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and the Future of Education. Haymarket Books.

Teaching 2030: What We Must Do For Our Students And Our Public Schools – Now and In The Future by Barnett Berry and 12 members of the Teaching 2030 Team. Teachers College Press.

Featured In

The Teacher You Want To Be: Essays About Children, Learning, and Teaching by Matt Glover and Ellin Oliver Keene. Heinemann Publishing.

Keeping the Faith in Education by Ellie Roscher. Avenida Books. Chapter: Foreword.

Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leave by Barnett Berry, Ann Byrd, and Alan Weider. Jossey-Bass.


We Don’t Need Another Hero: Struggle, Hope, and Possibility in the Age of High-Stakes Schooling by Gregory Michie. Teachers College Press.

When Can You Trust the Experts: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education by Daniel Willingham. Jossey-Bass.

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Books Teachers Share: José Luis Vilson and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’
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Black Teachers Matter
Mother Jones

Will Trump and Charter Schools Be Another Scam? Just Look at Pal Carl Icahn’s Lucrative School ‘Charity’

How to Get More Men of Color Teaching in the Classroom
The Atlantic

Are White Parents The Only Ones Who Hate Standardized Testing?
Huffington Post

Educator and Activist
Syracuse University News

Beyond Integration: How Teachers Can Encourage Cross-Racial Friendships

Race and the Standardized Testing Wars
New York Times

Five Favorite Reads For Your Professional Bookshelf

To Be Young, ‘Gifted’ And Black, It Helps To Have A Black Teacher

New York City Tackles School Segregation
The American Prospect

The Legacy of Arne Duncan, ‘A Hero in the Education Business’
The Nation

Here’s What The Obama Administration’s New Guidelines On Tests In Schools Mean

The Biblioracle: To fix failing schools, ask teachers
Chicago Tribune

Where Are All the Black Male Teachers?

How Do We Raise the Quality of Teachers?
Wall Street Journal

5 Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher

How Do You Make A Great Teacher?
Smithsonian Magazine

What’s In Store for 2015 in Education?
The Guardian

Why We Need More Diverse Teachers

Author, Activist Jose Vilson Shares His Thoughts on Public School System

Six Questions

How “I Don’t Get It” Is The First Step Towards Mastery
Virtual Conference

Teacher Spotlight
GOOD Magazine

Deserves A Better Audience (DABA) Award and Interview
Dangerously Irrelevant

The Master of Media
Xavier High School (my alma mater)

Other Recognition

One of Mashable’s 10 Rockstar Teachers

One of GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100 for 2013

One of Education World’s Top 25 Blogs

One of Scholastic Instructor’s Top 20 Teacher Blogs of 2009

2007 Weblog Awards Nominee for Best Education Blog

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  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • Rethinking Schools
  • Time Out New York


Are We Doing Enough To Make Sure Our Kids Aren’t Racist?

Helping NYC Implement the Common Core
Education Funders Research Initiative

How Jay-Z Can Help Us Remix Education
Education Week

What Teacher Leadership Looks Like for the New School Year

Rethinking How We Use Calculators

Engaging Teachers in Math

Why Mathematical Practices Matter as Much as the Content

Rethinking Conversations on Race Among Educators

Three Dos and Don’ts of Transformative Teacher Leadership

Engaging Students in Math

The Classroom and the Precinct, Accurately
The Enemy

If America’s Serious About Appreciating Teachers, Here’s What It Takes
GOOD Magazine

America Loves Celebrity Chefs, But Who Are Our Celebrity Teachers?
GOOD Magazine

Trayvon Martin and the Implications for Teacher Perceptions of Students
Huffington Post

On Why You Should Support Teachers Unions
Huffington Post

An Overlooked Difference Between Professional Athletes and Professional Teachers
Huffington Post

The Reason Why The Black Male ‘Crisis’ Is a Hoax
Huffington Post

Does Hip-Hop Really Belong in the Classroom?
Huffington Post

Why Black/Latino Male Teachers aren’t as Effective in the Classroom… Yet
Huffington Post

Where the Hammer Meets the Pick
Huffington Post

The Homeroom Is A Home

Testing Students for Grit Is Another Marker of School Inequity
New York Times

It’s Every Parent’s Right
New York Times

Coding Opens Doors
New York Times

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
New York Times

But the borders don’t look like the ones on the map, mami
Ohio State University / Kirwan Institute – Race-Talk

During Black History Month, helping students understand their role in history
PBS Newshour

Stealing Possible
The Progressive

Children Crossing The Border Matter, Too
The Root