EdCamp – An Adventure for HBCUs
by Professor William Jackson
Edward Waters College
EdCamp St. Augustine
The exposure to the collaboration with educators
with years of experience is important for new
educators and pre-service educators that attend HBCUs
choosing a career in education. Becoming a teacher is not
an easy decision, knowing you have the support of seasoned
and respected educators is a plus and motivating.
Diversity builds education, it is a foundation of teaching to
build on what the real world is so students can adapt and
contribute. It requires diverse people to educate a diverse
growing student population in schools and strengthens
the communities schools are in. Schools are a microcosm
of their communities as I have stated in my classes, that is
why schools are important.
The stronger and connected the school and the valuing of
education helps a community grow and strengthen their
connection. The teachers are the base of acceptance,
stability and tolerance.
The more teachers are respected and connected they
can influence the life of a community. That is why in
the past teachers that lived in the areas they taught in
were effective not just with students, but with parents
and influencing the community.
EdCamp provides a foundation for those in education
from teachers, administrators, support staff and even
students to come together and share in open discussions
about how to improve the educational culture and
atmosphere of schools. These connections are valuable
for new teachers to see and experience.
HBCUs need to be involved in EdCamps because they
can network with the schools their graduates may teach
in, talk to experienced teacher and experience successes
with pride and learn realistic strategies to help prepare
HBCU students for their careers.
Why wait until being on the “field” your senior year and
be thrusted in the environment based off of sometimes
outdated policies and procedures when HBCU students
can connect earlier and learn from experts. HBCU students
can understand the culture and the climate of schools
before they get there and be able to handle students
because they understand them earlier.
EdCamp what better platform for pre-service educators
still in under-graduate programs to learn than on a weekend
with free breakfast, free lunch, high energy, diverse
experiences and seasoned professionals that have wisdom,
knowledge and PLCs and PLNs that work.
EdCamp provides a foundation for resources that reinforce
why to be an educator, why America still needs passionate
and diverse educational mentors, role models and
professionals. Writing this blog reminds me of my experiences
as a teacher and wish that I had the opportunities of EdCamp
as I traveled my journey 27 years ago and continue on for
several more year. I have had the great opportunity to be a
keynote speaker at two (2) EdCamps and attended
several in Florida taking students from Edward Waters College.
Their attendance has been life changing in ways that cannot
be measured. The direct exchange of ideas is important,
conversation is a strong tool that can enhance the confidence
of the teacher in the classroom.
Because of the successes for teachers EdCamp has grown
to international environments. This allows for global sharing,
collaboration and the integration of ideas, strategies and
best practice not just technology.
If teachers do not prepare students to sit at the tables of
business, commerce, finance and education then students
will be left behind and out of the decision making process
of building communities and prosperity for its citizens.
Educational Technology class at Edward Waters College
HBCU students have a responsibility to continue the
storytelling and educating of children that provides
additional exposure and positive contributions to
the communities that HBCUs are a part of. Even if
a student is not an education major HBCU students
can gain experience in networking, professional
exposure and career preparation as a life-long
learner and leader.
Professor William Jackson
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEM