José Luis Vilson

27 minutes

José Luis Vilson joins Justin Reich to discuss how to connect with your students, what it means to be a teacher of color, and the mission of EduColor, a movement and organization that Vilson co-founded to elevate the voices of public school advocates of color on educational equity and justice.

  • José tells us about how he connects with students early in the school year
  • Teacher advocacy work as a person of color
  • How to scaffold questions with your students with three tiers
    • Guiding step by step
    • Surfacing opinions and observations
    • Encouraging students to discover the underlying question
  • Navigating how to co-teach
  • Teaching in an unfamiliar environment
  • Mission of EduColor


About Our Guest: Jose Vilson

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. He 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.


Additional Resources for Teachers and other Listeners

This is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education - Read Jose Vilson’s book published in 2014 - Learn more about Vilson’s work - Learn more about EDUCOLOR 

No conversation about education without teacher voice | TED-Ed - Check out José Vilson’s presentation for TED-Ed




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Produced by Aimee Corrigan and Garrett Beazley

Edited by Kate Ellis

Recorded and Mixed by Garrett Beazley

Filmed by Daymian Meija


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