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How Jay-Z Can Help Us Remix Education
Author:  Jose Vilson
Title/Position: José Vilson is a math teacher, coach, and data analyst for a middle school in the Inwood/Washington Heights neighborhood of New York.
Location of Exemplar:  MARYLAND
School/District/Organization: Education Week Teacher
Format:  article
The Exemplar will be most useful for: Learning More About Teacher Leadership
Jose Vilson reflects on the success of rapper Jay-Z and shares parallel lessons that can be applied to teaching. Specifically, Vilson cites Jay-Z’s ability to adapt to the needs of his audience, learn from his mistakes, collaborate, and seek out new opportunities. Vilson encourages teachers to become proactive instead of waiting for systemic change. In doing so, teachers become leaders and give themselves greater voice in school change and improvement initiatives. Teacher leaders can apply Vilson’s reflections in their daily efforts to identify opportunities for improvement, engage colleagues in reflective dialogue, and promote instructional strategies to ensure student learning.
Link to Exemplar:  http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2011/09/27/tln_vilson.html?r=473391255
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