José Luis Vilson is a full-time math teacher, writer, speaker, and activist in New York City, NY.

He is the author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education. has spoken about education, math, and race for a number of organizations and publications, including the New York Times, The Guardian, TED, El Diario / La Prensa and The Atlantic. He's a National Board Certified teacher, a Math for America Master Teacher, and the executive director of EduColor, an organization dedicated to race and social justice issues in education.

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"For those who have lost hope about the possibility of using education to create a more just and democratic society, this book will be a reminder of what can be achieved when educators act with the courage of their convictions to speak out and write about what is occurring in our schools today."
Pedro Noguera, Professor, UCLA
“Out of this cacophony rises a beautiful, lyrical voice—one that is uncompromisingly self-aware, reflective, and analytical. That transcendent voice belongs to “The” José Luis Vilson.”
Karen Lewis, President, Chicago Teachers Union
“Vilson delivers a resounding shout against educational policy for exhibiting rampant cultural illiteracy, and sounds a galvanizing rallying cry for teachers and students to make their voices the most rather than least considered in future developments.”
Publishers Weekly


EduColor seeks to elevate the voices of public school advocates of color on educational equity and justice. We are an inclusive cooperative of informed, inspired and motivated educators, parents, students, writers and activists who promote and embrace the centrality of substantive intersectional diversity.

We started as a support group for self-determined advocates of color, growing into a monthly chat and newsletter. The conversations are out there. To join us, click below:


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I've spoken at dozens of conferences, institutions, and universities across the country, including The US Department of Education, The American Education Research Association, New America, Education Writers Association, TEDxNYED, Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, and many more.

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