José Luis Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist in New York City, NY. Jose became a teacher in 2005 because he saw the value of giving back to his community through an earnest and culturally responsive education. He is motivated to do well every day because many of the students (Latinx, first generation, multilingual learners in impoverished communities) reflect his own experience as a student, leading him to become the executive director of EduColor, which focuses on providing more equitable support to schools, students, and teachers. According to the burgeoning research, attending to diversity and equity is attending to excellence as teachers of color demonstrate academic benefits to all children, not just students who share their racial identity.

He is the author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, and has spoken about education, math, and race for a number of organizations and publications, including The New York Times, Education Week, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, Huffington Post, Edutopia, GOOD, and El Diario/La Prensa, NY.

Visit his own site and follow him on Twitter @TheJLV.