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Public Education For The Public Good (On Inclusion)

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  This past week has been nothing short of nuts. I had the opportunity to attend (and present and moderate) at the first annual Network for Public Education Conference, a gathering of education activists from across the country, including Diane Ravitch (the organization’s president), Deborah Meier, Karen Lewis, John Kuhn, and a whole host of names everyone has seen in …

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Fight With Us Too, Damnit (Educators and Jordan Davis)

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When the Michael Dunn verdict came down, I fully expected him to get off on all counts. The Trayvon Martin case only created two pathways for future cases like these: either America – specifically Florida – would learn and do better for the next trial or it would give carte blanche to any white person to take the life of …

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No, YOU Shut Up! (What Matters In Education Discussions)

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One of my favorite moments last year was meeting Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis. At the time, her name was floated around as the author of my book’s foreword. I was super-excited to get the chance to meet her, especially in light of the backlash against her and CTU after the epic teachers’ strike of 2012. What’s most appalling …

Jose VilsonNo, YOU Shut Up! (What Matters In Education Discussions)
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Why This Teacher Of Color Is Staying

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In the last month, there were a plethora of highly publicized articles on why teachers quit, the most poignant came from the Atlantic’s Amanda Machado, whose title “Why Do Teachers Of Color Quit?” hit me square in the jaw: That life-long aspiration is the last issue that teachers from lower-income backgrounds struggle with. There is something disheartening about working so …

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Pop Your Collar For Parent-Teacher Conferences [New York Times]

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A few weeks ago, I was invited to write for New York Times’ Room for Debate, a special web section of the Times dedicated to debating intense subjects of the week. This one was dedicated to parent-teacher conferences. I wrote: Critics call it a waste of time, of course. They argue that only the “good” students’ parents participate, and so …

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Excuse Me, Your Privilege Is Showing (White Privilege in Ed Reform)

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It always starts when someone brings up a point about race within your “own” ranks. Whatever that means. I’m OK with taking on the role as education’s Race Man, but the more I write about it, the more prevalent these discussions become. It’s almost as if people are waiting for [insert name of favorite White leader / blogger / activist …

Jose VilsonExcuse Me, Your Privilege Is Showing (White Privilege in Ed Reform)

Questioning In The Classroom [Comment from Jim Doherty]

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One of my newer commenters, Jim Doherty, left this comment in reply to my Edutopia piece: The key piece to me is the questioning piece. I think that I always hope that my actions will serve as a model for my students, but I realize more and more that I need to explicitly point out the behavior that I want …

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On Paul Tough and The Four Words I Can’t Stand In My Classroom [Edutopia]

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My latest Edutopia article explores the four words I can’t stand to hear from my students (with an analysis of the lies we tell in schools): The discussion around “I can’t do this” can be broken down into three general levels: They genuinely don’t understand the material. They’ve had a long day and just don’t have the energy to work …

Jose VilsonOn Paul Tough and The Four Words I Can’t Stand In My Classroom [Edutopia]

Bridging The Digital Divide With Technology In Schools [EdSurge]

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EdSurge, a popular education technology website, recently invited me to write an article for them. My mouth was agape at the offer, mainly because everyone knows I won’t hold back on issues of equity. I applaud their courage for taking me on. Here’s an excerpt: Of course, this means I am advocating for tech as tool, not tech as teacher. …

Jose VilsonBridging The Digital Divide With Technology In Schools [EdSurge]