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Jose Vilson
Jose Vilson is a math teacher, coach, and data analyst for a middle school in the Inwood/Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. He is beginning his 6th year as a teacher. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in mathematics education from the City College of New York through New York City Teaching Fellows. He is also a committed poet, Web developer, and mentor to new teachers. He can be found at

Entries by Jose Vilson

Unreleased Remarks for 2013's March on Washington for Jobs, Freedom, and Justice

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 3:45 PM

Today, I'm happy to join my brethren in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

In the 21st century, we now underline this title with the idea of justice. Justice is the idea that, as we work towards progress in this country, we seek...

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Trayvon Martin and the Implications for Teacher Perceptions of Students

(40) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 11:34 AM

The bad news: Another young black boy gets shot down on the basis of perception of threat. Trayvon Martin is the latest in a list of victims of our racial politic, a young scholar with a budding future. George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old man who one day dreamed of being a...

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On Why You Should Support Teachers Unions

(43) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 12:34 PM

Imagine a teacher getting threats from their administration just because the administrator doesn't like them. Imagine a teacher receiving a letter in their file for the charge of having their own cup of coffee in their classroom. Imagine a teacher seeing administrators for observation after ridiculous observation simply because the...

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On the State of Teacher Voice 2011

(7) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 1:35 PM

With all due respect to the head researchers, think tanks, sponsors, politicians, and anyone with any opinion on education, the change we seek in education takes root in the voices of our K-12 educators and practitioners. Those of us with a big enough voice and a fair amount of writing...

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An Overlooked Difference Between Professional Athletes and Professional Teachers

(17) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 1:36 PM

A few weeks ago, I clapped for a usually mundane spectacle in the spectrum of NYC sports: New York Yankees' Hall-of-Fame-bound shortstop Derek Jeter's sincere press conference regarding his re-signing with the Bronx Bombers. In it, he stated:

"I was pretty angry about it, but I let that be known....
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The Magical Populism of Michelle Rhee

(38) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 7:06 AM

Black Friday set off the sale of trinkets, capes, and magic wands, and Michelle Rhee bought a few of the latter. Before Thanksgiving, I would have pegged her for a neoliberal overbearing contessa. After the edu-world lauded Washington, DC's unseating of Mayor Adrian Fenty, and in turn Ms. Rhee, even...

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The Reason Why The Black Male 'Crisis' Is a Hoax

(40) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 2:44 PM

Joel Klein's recent resignation had an interesting alignment to a report that showed that black males in the United States aren't doing well in this country. You've read the statistics. Only 12 percent of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared with 38 percent of white boys. Only 12...

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Does Hip-Hop Really Belong in the Classroom?

(13) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 5:56 PM

The fall season of 2010 has brought us a fair share of interesting hip-hop literature unlike any since the late 90s. Books like The Tao of Wu by RZA, Decoded by Jay-Z and Dream Hampton, and The Anthology of Rap edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois are the three...

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The key to Turning Data into Information

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 1:42 AM

In a world where schools are data machines and overlord chancellors come looking for spreadsheets, one man has the power to change that and spread his voice across the Earth for all educators to hear.

And that man is me.

I know I'm fairly new to teaching, but...

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Why Black/Latino Male Teachers aren't as Effective in the Classroom... Yet

(15) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 4:05 PM

There's plenty of discussion about the need for more black/Latino males becoming teachers, capped by a recent discussion by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in which he promoted a program (TEACH) to help improve those numbers. In Jacksonville, FL, for instance, The Achieve Instill Inspire Foundation is...

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Where the Hammer Meets the Pick

(8) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 12:22 AM

Recently, I engaged in a conversation with some friends from the Center of Teaching Quality before an exciting panel about the future of education, a precursor to a book we have coming out through Teachers College Press ("Teaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools...

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