My Quest To Teach

October 29, 2013

HBCU’s: Preparing Teachers in the 21st Century

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Josh Saywer William Jackson Brad Smisteck,  MIE Training

Josh Saywer William Jackson Brad Smisteck,
MIE Training












HBCU’s: Preparing Teachers in the 21st Century

HBCU’s have made enormous strides in education;
preparing, qualifying, certifying and empowering young
men and women that have chosen teaching as their choice
of career.
Either by personal choice, family heritage or passion for
helping youth; educators and education are unquestionably
the foundation for any progressive society to succeed.

Since the explosion of industrialization and automation of
industry, educators have trained, guided and mentored the
workforce that allows this nation to be a global leader. Without
educators no society can be productive, progressive and
embrace a paradigm for reforms to improve the lifestyles
and living conditions of its people.

Education at HBCU’s has at times been viewed as nontraditional
because the focus being on skills and skill sets of service.
Preparing students of color to perform duties and services that
enabled them to be of value in a society that struggles with
accepting Blacks in positions of leadership not servitude.
HBCU’s have and are modernizing and adapting as the career
structures change. The development of industrialization,
automation and technology requires HBCU’s to adapt how they
teach future educators.

During my participation in the two day event of Microsoft
Innovative Educators training opened my eyes wider to the
broader world of Educational Technology and Teacher Training.
It is paramount that educational institutions; Historically Black
Colleges and Universities incorporate ways to integrate technologies
that empower future educators, preparing them to infuse
 instructional strategies that incorporate dynamic technologies
and align their instruction with standards, Common Core,
Benchmarks that ensure Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) of students.

New terminologies, educational code switching in instruction,
adaptable nomenclature and the infusion of new applications,
technological advancements, differential instruction and
methodologies of teaching are vital along with understanding
21st century skills of digital literacy, facilitation of teaching with
cross-curricular methods of instruction, digital citizenship,
and STEAM.

The immersion of STEAM; Science Technology Engineering Arts
Mathematics is a multidisciplinary and cross curricular instructional
design that must be addressed and discussed, if not taught.
HBCU’s must have educational programs that teach ho w to integrate
STEAM not just what the letters mean.  HBCU’s must take every
opportunity to provide real world and realistic instruction to its
students. Using certified and seasoned higher educational instructors,
even collaboration with local school districts and industry, science and
medicine. Students need mentors and role models to demonstrate
the necessary skill sets to be successful.

HBCU’s have adapted and modified their instruction process to meet
the needs of changing educational reforms. Obtaining an education
changes life’s priorities and the importance of service, dedication to
a cause, social responsibility and accountability. HBCU graduates
enhance communities they live in and where born in. They are sometimes
the first generation college graduates that bring a ray of hope and
even an avenue of escape from poverty. Education has been an area
of HBCU focus for years and continues to influence thousands across
this nation with the results of its teachers in thousands of classrooms.

HBCU’s must continue to instill in their students that learning is a
lifelong endeavor. Students of Color in order to compete
and to be of value must seek knowledge, understanding, and
increased skill sets that will take them into and beyond the
22nd century. HBCU’s contribute to building qualified educators
that will influence generations. The cultural, societal, and
intellectual growth that Historically Black Colleges and
Universities provides is immeasurable to the improvement of
not just Children of Color, but the increase of non-traditional
students of other cultures and races.

HBCU’s are vital and important to the nurturing, cultivation,
promotion and development of future educators. I was the
only Black male involved in the Microsoft Innovative Educators
training, but my preparation started from my educational
foundation of higher education at an HBCU. The foundation
helped me to achieve my goals of a Masters of Education degree
in Educational Technology and involved in STEAM as an Engineering
and Technology teacher.
I encourage other Students of Color and Educators of Color to continue
to learn how to integrate technology and technical tools that allow the
growth of Children of Color to be productive and contributory in society.

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