#Educon, Edu-Nerds, Chris Lehmann, and A Slice of Race in the 21st Century

Jose Vilson Jose 14 Comments

I had the pleasure of attending EduCon 2.3 last weekend, surrounded by people I mostly met digitally and students I only envisioned through the stories of the Science Leadership Academy’s Chris Lehmann and social studies super-pedagogue Diana Laufenburg. I was impressed by the warmth and camaraderie in a place full of edulebrities and edunerds (I’m either / or depending on the day) from across the nation convening not in a …

Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., The First Meeting (Melvin Hale)

Jose vs. Mr. Vilson, Part 2 – Do You Think Segregation Is A Good Thing For Minorities?

Jose Vilson Jose, Mr. Vilson 3 Comments

Jose: First off, you and I both know I don’t even like the word “minority” because, in the words of Piri Thomas, there’s nothing minor about me. Mr. Vilson: Whoa, buddy! HAHA! Jose: You know what I mean. There’s just no way we’re ever going to get respect in this country if we keep using that word on a daily basis about us! Mr. Vilson: OK, fair enough, but I …

Ethnic Studies in Arizona: The Story You Might Have Missed on New Year’s Day

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

On January 1st, 2011, Arizona instituted a set of directives against certain segments of educational curricula in the state. This bill follows the already tenuous relationship between underrepresented people in their state and their government, with officials like Governor Jan Brewer in the forefront. People reporting on the bill have called it a “ban on ethnic studies,” a misleading title if I ever read one. While it serves well to …

DREAM Act: A Reality

DREAM Act: I Know God Has My Back

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

I took the train to my Mom’s house last night, hoping to help her with some of the chores, but ran out of funds. I jetted to my local bank, where a security guard sat there in a thick coat and an orange vest, calling a family member who obviously relayed some family gossip to him. He replied, “… well, I wouldn’t be here doing all these jobs, then. I …

Dominican Republic and Haiti from Space

My Race: Defining The Undefinable

Jose Vilson Jose 17 Comments

For those that haven’t pieced it together from the plethora of race essays I’ve written here and elsewhere, I self-identify racially as a Black Latino. I’ve found it’s probably the most appropriate title for this idiosyncratic, deeply political experience I carry. It was probably what I might call the difference between compromising my understanding of race in this country and the world without compromising myself. I understand the skin I’m …

The Idea of Race As A Number Line

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

I recently had the delightful experience of hanging out with the alumni of Nativity Mission Center, the Lower East Side based Catholic middle school, most of whom I only get to see once a year at these events. This time felt different in a good way; most of their discussion was around my blog and how they’d occasionally read my postings on brotherhood, race, and education. I did most of …

Kendall, Teaching

Greg Michie and Why He’s a White Teacher Who Gets It (Whereas You May Not)

Jose Vilson Jose 14 Comments

In an effort to actually read the books people give me, I finally finished the book Holler If You Hear Me by Gregory Michie. When I first looked at it, I rolled my eyes hard beause a White teacher was using the obvious Tupac reference. When some White people want to get Black people involved, they use a reference from a rap lyric. But, knowing who it came from, I …

Fuck That Shit

The Token’s Worth More Than You Bargained For

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

My favorite part about the GE Futures in Education Conference in Orlando wasn’t the wonderful 85+ degree weather, the beautiful accommodations (including free wi-fi), or even the wonderful speakers ranging from Jon Saphier and Robert Marzano to Ron Ferguson and David Jackson. It was my eclectic crew of math and science teachers who I broke bread with, hated on multiple people with, and had meaty debriefs about the daunting realities …

twilight zone

Voices of Concerned Educators: The Twilight Zone and How Affluence Perpetuates the Achievement Gap [C. Marquez]

C. Marquez Jose 5 Comments

“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the sign post up ahead, your next stop…The Twilight Zone!” ~Rod Serling As an elementary school administrator, I currently work in the Twilight Zone. This environment is completely foreign to me. Before my recent promotion, I couldn’t imagine any public school …

Damage after Hurricane Katrina, School Bus

On Why Your Colorblindness Can Strike Me As Covertly Racist ( #EdChat Edition )

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

Let me make it plain: conversations in too many sectors have this strange relationship with race these days, and by strange, I mean covertly racist. This sentiment is best exemplified by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s latest quote about New Orleans (thanks, Fred Klonsky): “I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina. That education system was a disaster, and it took …