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Excellence Is My Presence, Never Tense, Never Hesitant

March 9, 2010 Jose
Notorious BIG, Biggie, 1994

As we commemorate the passing of Christopher “Biggie” Wallace 13 years ago, we must also remember a big reason we consider him one of the greatest rappers of all time: his delivery. It wasn’t so much the diversity of flows and rhythms within rhymes and from song to song; it was the crisp and commanding […]

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Whenever You Get Those Moments, You Blog About Them

February 23, 2010 Jose
Blogging Requires Passion and Authority

This morning, Bill Ferriter on Twitter ranted a bit about an e-mail from a disgruntled hater who called his blogging an exercise in self-fellaciating (if that’s even a word). Naturally, Bill was quick to distinguish between those who believe that their blogging not only becomes a central part of the reflective process for their practice […]

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A Semblance of Acceptance [What Organized Chaos Looks Like]

January 5, 2010 Jose
Luis Ramirez and Son

As most of you are well aware of, I’ve been officially developing my new website for 7 months the last couple of months. Within that time, I’ve become a little more relaxed about promoting the content of the site and moderating the comments. Thus, when searching for phrases like “fuck mexicans” and well, “fuck mexicans,” […]

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The Big Teacher-Leader Burnout Can Lead to a Blog-Out, Too

December 22, 2009 Jose
Fish's Reflection

Last November, Bill Ferriter and I had a discussion about teacher burnout and how those of us who consider ourselves at the forefront of teacher leadership in our respective situations. The conversations kept streaming my way, and while the vets handled this situation much better, the stakes for other teachers only heightened as the year […]

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On Why It’s Lonely Out Here for a Black / Latino Teacher Blogger. Really.

December 15, 2009 Jose

A week or so ago, I ended a blog entry about my appearance at’s fundraiser likeso: While at times in that gathering, while chewing on some wonderful chocolate chip cookies, I mulled over whether a Black / Latino man severely outnumbered ethnically and culturally in the many educational arenas I’m involved in even really […]

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The Perfect Circle

December 10, 2009 Jose
Circular Platinum Ring

Somewhere in a swanky, glossy penthouse just off Canal St. last night, a group of educator bloggers, think-tankers, writers, politicians, activist, and this guy named Klein c0nvened at the behest of, a blog formed under the premise of bringing all these types into one virtual room to have these difficult but promising conversations. Upon […]

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