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A Letter About My View on the Common Core Learning Standards [Because "Shut Up" Isn't Clear Enough]

July 23, 2012 Jose
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Dear Reader, Frankly, this post shouldn’t matter. I’m a classroom teacher first and foremost, and am often in situations where I can readily embody what most of my colleagues believe about education and the teachers’ role in education reform. It’s a privilege at times to rub elbows with union leaders, well-known activists, and other thought […]

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Why The New York Times Is Asking Me To Validate Myself

February 23, 2012 Jose
lookinthecloset

Not sure if you’ve heard, but, against their own wishes -ahem-, the NYC Department of Education is releasing their infamous Teacher Data Reports, a set of papers ostensibly compiling a teacher’s student scores on English and Math scores from 3rd to 8th grade to determine their effectiveness, normalizing scores for effects like poverty and growth. […]

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My Very Real Takeaways About the SOS March

August 2, 2011 Jose

Allow me to keep it real with you all. Not that I need to ask permission: 1. First, I’d like to thank those of you with encouraging words about my recent speech / poem at the Save Our Schools March in Washington, DC. It’ll certainly be a moment I’ll never forget. For those of you […]

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On Malcolm X And The Importance of Public Opinion

May 22, 2011 Jose

For the last few days, some of my fellow math teachers and I have been grading the NYS math test in an elementary school in Harlem. It’s been great because I get to wake up at 7 instead of 6 and still get to “work” on time. Yet, the warmer weather and my natural inquisitiveness […]

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The Education Grassroots Ascends (#EduSolidarity, Great American Teach-In, and Save Our Schools)

March 21, 2011 Jose

I have the privilege of being a part of a triumvirate of grassroots educational movements that I hope will change the landscape of the local and national discussions around education. Passionate. Provocative. Inspiring. Participatory. First is #EDUsolidarity, an effort born from the mind of Steven Lazar, union leader and acclaimed social studies teacher in the […]

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An After-Thought on My Teacher Pay Article On Huffington Post

January 9, 2011 Jose
Rich Uncle Pennybags

First, I’d like to say that writing for Huffington Post has been a mixed bag of treats. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed writing unique, policy-driven perspectives there alongside the likes of Mike Klonsky, Kenneth Bernstein, and Diane Ravitch. For the most part, the comments have leaned towards rational and focused on the topic at […]

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