The #EduColor Movement Meets The National Board [Video]

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I spoke about the #EduColor movement and the importance of community at the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards / Teaching and Learning Conference 2016 with a host of other awesome folks. To watch the video, click here or watch below. Let me know what you think. And follow the …






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Does Harlem Need Diddy or Educational Equity?

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A few days ago, I said some things on my Facebook that I don’t regret: I’m not a believer in celebrities taking the helm at schools, regardless of whether it’s public, charter, or private, unless they have an expertise in said craft. Schools are not music labels or headquarters for …






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NYCoRE 2016 and A Note on Educational Compliance

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For years, I’ve traversed the country, pushing education spaces to become more intersectional, more inclusive of the people most affected by education reform. A short list includes any ed-tech conferences, colleges and universities, union spaces, pro-public education spaces, and even the US Department of Education. In any and all of …






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The One Thing I Don’t Do When I’m Assessing Students

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I’ve now taught almost 11 years, starting in the throes of overtesting and overstandardizing. I’ve given multiple forms of assessments over different periods of time. I’ve taught all of the middle school grades and tutored lower and higher grades. I’ve taken my own set of exams for teacher certifications, most …






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College and Career Whatever Have You

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A couple of years ago, I had a heavy-set, lighter-skinned student who spaced out for about half my class every day. He twiddled his pencil, shaved it down til the disposable paint cluttered the desk along with his extra-large binder. He did most of his multiplication on his head, which …






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Real Solidarity In The Time of Education Reform

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We don’t have to choose between the testing / Common Core State Standards / Teach For America / charter school debate and intersectional / race talk. In fact, they’re part and parcel. I want to talk about all of it from the position that we need to look at education …






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Schools on Trial And What Does Progress Mean?

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I don’t have rules posted in my classroom. I’ve been issuing mandates asking students to respect each other, respect themselves, and respect the classroom and environment around them. As steward for the environment around me, I haven’t had many challenges to these rules from the students themselves. I don’t know …






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Why We Must Believe (Our Formation)

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“Come on, let’s get this done, I believe in you.” “Why do you always say that, Mr. Vilson, like …” “Um, because I believe in you.” “Oh my God, this is, like, the only class I hear a teacher say that …” It was a weird moment for me. I …






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The Beautiful Teacher Struggle

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My feet on the ground actions are simple-not-easy. For the last three weeks sans EduCon weekend, I spent every “free” period plus lunch, after-school, and my birthday weekend grading papers. It’s the type of paper streak that makes non-teachers go from “Your job is so easy, plus you have summers …