NEWPORT, RI - JULY 6:  Godfather of soul James Brown performs onstage at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 6, 1969 in Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by Tom Copi/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Get Up Offa That Thing (Summer-Shaming)

Jose Vilson Jose 8 Comments

July is the month that teachers get to be teachers without students. I’ve now been to five cities over the course of the last month, and saw nothing but teachers working on developing themselves as professionals and people. What’s missing in the debate over extended time in schools and summers …


Agents Of The State

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

“How many of you have a child that you believe in and no one else does?” Seats shift. “How many of you can relate to the children in front of you? How many of you have students who get thrown out of everyone else’s class but yours?” Some people blink, …

US First Lady Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama and Why Teachers Need To Embrace Critique

Jose Vilson Jose 24 Comments

Every time someone says something, anything, about teachers, without fail, a naysayer always nags how it’s a conspiracy against teachers as a whole. For instance, a recent commercial about the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum started with a father asking his boy, “You like your teachers this year?” to …

The Rock

If You Smell What I’m Cooking, Read This. [Future of Teaching]

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson

Clearly, we need to define what “teacher” means a little more, and “educator,” for that matter. We also need to understand what that means for teacher voice. I spark a discussion here: The term “celebrity teacher” is such a difficult one too, because it presumes that the spotlight should focus …


Why Teachers Are Political [A Rant]

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

I think it’s time for new political parties, and I mean it. After the debacle that was the release of teacher data reports, we saw a well-rated teacher say it’s crap, and a badly-rated teacher say it’s crap. Yet, the people chosen to represent “us” have yet to outright dismiss …