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September 18, 2017

Readers Theater performs Stetson Kennedy Legacy “Slave Narratives”

 

Readers Theater performs Stetson Kennedy Legacy “Slave Narratives”

Readers Theater performs at the Ritz Theater
The African Village Celebration 2017
The Stetson Kennedy Legacy “The Slave Narratives and Folklore.”
The cast consists of Ari Turner, Rahman Johnson,Tangela Floyd
(Director), Aida Correa,Jereme Raickett William Jackson
(Social Media and Technology).

Their performances highlight the writings and civil rights works
of Stetson Kennedy, author and historian; his works with other
authors and community activist like Zora Neal Hurston, the “Beach
Lady” MaVynee Betsch of American Beach and others that were pioneers
in literature, civil rights and humanitarian rights.
“Young Minds Building Success Charities, Inc Series has provided
Readers Theater readings for several years in Jacksonville and has
performed nationally and internationally sharing the love of
literacy and literature.

The readings consists of writings by Stetson Kennedy;
Beluthahatchee (place of forgiveness), Folklore: Black Superheroes
(Palmetto Country), and Follow the Drinking Gourd. Each reading
is a dramatization of the history, language, mannerism and life
experiences of those that lived in the historical context of slavery,
civil rights, Jim Crow and even the KKK.

Stetson Kennedy is known for infiltrating the KKK and reporting their
efforts to law enforcement and recording the activities in books.
Celebrating the life of Stetson Kennedy, he is nationally and
internationally known for his diverse literary talents.
For more information contact Tangela Floyd at:
Young Minds Building Success
msakatan3@gmail.com
+19046356167
http://www.ymbsc.org
Stetson Kennedy Official Web Site: http://www.stetsonkennedy.com/
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https://www.facebook.com/StetsonKennedyMovie/

 

 

 

 

 

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September 14, 2017

Blogging Concepts for HBCU Students to Reflect

Blogging Concepts for HBCU Students to Reflect
William Jackson, M.Ed.
HBCU Alumni – South Carolina State University
HBCU Instructor – Edward Waters College
Social Media Visionary for #MyQuestToTeach
Share your voice, share your story, let the world
hear you.

  1. Why Do You Blog – bloggers must have a reason to
    do what they do. There should be passion and commitment
    when putting fingers to keyboard. Why you blog is a very
    important statement and should have a definite answer and
    purpose.
    During the blogging process “why” may change just as
    content changes, every blogger should have an answer
    as to Why Do You Blog.

    2. Who Is Your Demographic – an important element
    to go along with Why is; Who is your demographic?
    Is there an age group, gender, nationality, lifestyle,
    culture or specific group you want to connect with?
    People enjoy having a connection with bloggers. Any
    successful blogger knows who their audience is and
    tries to give them what they need and to provide
    relevant content.

    3. What Type of Content Do You Share – sharing is
    very important.
    You want your audience to understand that you are sharing
    a part of yourself with them. You’re not thrusting things
    down their throat, but providing something that they need
    or as you grow in your writing giving your readers something
    they think they need. Create the atmosphere of sharing
    which helps in receiving feedback from the
    reader/viewer.

    4. How Do You Support Your Brand
    Do you have a domain name, are you using a free site, is
    there a lot of advertising, is there adult content, video,
    audio, and multimedia?
    Supporting your content on a platform requires some
    research on your part to validate you and build your
    Brand. In the educational, political, and business
    environments you have to backup what you have stated
    with dynamic information links, quotes, and data.
    In your blogging you’re competing with traditional media
    so go that extra step to help readers understand where
    you’re coming from, how it can help them and where else
    they can go for additional resources.

    5. Do You Use Photos, Video, Graphics – The power of
    a picture, video or multimedia element can never be under
    estimated. If there is a video that can be used or you create
    your own do it. This provides an extra element to attract
    and keep readers to your content.
    Search Engine Optimization(SEO) does need help with text
    (words), but additional elements that provide audio
    (podcasting), video (YouTube) and multimedia to create an
    interactive platform. Never be scared to branch off into
    new areas to help engage and excite your readers.

    6. Do You Offer A Service – What can you provide your
    audience? What type of service or services do you have?
    The popular blogs of relationship building, natural hair, nails
    (hands and feet) provide a service that can be seen and is
    engaging.
    There is a service that results can be seen. Think hard on
    what service you can provide if this is your choice. Be sure
    that you can keep your customers happy.

    7. Do You Evolve – One of the important things about
    blogging is keeping and expanding your audience, that
    means evolving.
    No blog stays the same just as people change, there is an
    evolutionary process that writers go through. Just as age
    and maturity happens so should a bloggers content evolve
    because their readers evolve and change. What you wrote
    3 years ago will not be of the same interest for your readers
    now. Their lives have evolved (changed) so as a blogger
    your content must evolve also.

    8. Do You Have a Brand – Can you Brand yourself to
    the public?
    What are you known for, what does the title of your Blog
    bring thoughts and feelings of? Branding is important
    because of the interest it generates in readership. Creating
    a Brand allows for Marketability and potential profits.
    Branding shows you, who you are so the public will make
    that connection.

    9. Can You Be Marketable – to make money is only one
    important aspects of blogging. Eventually a blogger considers
    how can they make money so must be wise in how they Market
    their content.
    This may take a team to get the word out about you and
    promote what you are doing. Social Media tools are diverse
    this must be strategic in application.
    These elements are worth considering and using as a
    guide to anyone blogging. Your blogging content, goals,
    designs and objectives will change the more you blog so be
    ready to make adjustments and evolve to keep pace and
    stay important enough to be followed, read, quoted, inspiring, engaged and influential.

September 11, 2017

STEM and its Influence in Africa Students

STEM and its Influence in Africa Students
by William Jackson STEM/STEAM Advocate
Twitter @wmjackson
As more students become interested in dynamic careers that
require skills that apply Science Technology Engineering
and Math African nations have begun to accept the growing
STEM educational opportunities that men and women are
providing in their respective nations. STEM and STEAM
are applied educational initiatives that have a foundation
in the scientific models, but integrate hands-on learning,
team work, building leadership skills and incorporate
higher order and critical thinking skills.

Africa rich in natural resources is increasing its STEM and
STEAM opportunities to increase generational opportunities
to contribute to the growth in economics, commerce, education
and global trade that will benefit and increase Africa’s
influence globally. Africa can not continue to rely on foreign
investments only that place it deeper and deeper in debt to
others that in many cases still do not respect the African
citizen and their generational place in building Africa,
their homeland.

The more African’s are involved in STEM and STEAM the more
they can assure they will have a stake in how their nations
and continent are growing and influential in the diverse
markets and even foreign investments by outside nations.
“I believe more women should be in STEM roles because
of the message it sends to younger girls. Some of the
girls think they can’t because they haven’t really
seen a lot of women who do the jobs they want to do.”
Leticia Oppong shares her journey from being an intern
to a field engineer at GE Africa.
Statements made by Leticia Oppong ring a new bell of change
for girls that in the past have not been included in
the educational engagement and empowerment of STEM
that requires hands-on learning, experimentation and even
mentors. There are growing numbers of African women
that are role models and mentors ready to share their
knowledge and experiences to build future “Agents of STEM.”

Developing the necessary critical and higher order thinking
skills that are applied to problem solving and even complex
thinking in the development of new ways to harness
natural sources of energy and exploration in new areas
of engineering and tech that are needed
to forge Africa as a global influencer.

The growing news reports in Africa.com and other media are
showing that STEM and STEAM are being celebrated to inspire
boys and girls that they can be whatever they dream. The
resources and people are available to help them move from
dreams to reality to the implementation of their developing
skills and talents.

There are Nigerian robotics entrepreneurs who are founding
new robotic companies like Surrogate Robotics Nigeria.
“I thought if you start when you’re really young to find
models to solve real world problems using robotics and
artificial intelligence, when you get older you’ll have
that confidence to approach problem solving.”
Christian Chime – Surrogate Robotics Nigeria
http://skillsdevelopment.africa.com/robots-giving-head-start-on-stem/

The key parts of STEM and STEAM are solving real world
problems that help to build the continent and build the
confidence of rising youth, teens and young adults who
are excited about the ability to create change.

The building of critical thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs,
and inventors in Africa will build the continent’s economic
structure to engage more individuals that have the
knowledge and understanding to attack the challenges that
have plagued Africa and meet future challenges.
African higher educational institutions now see their
responsibilities in building new generation of STEM innovators.
Educational institutions are being held accountable in adapting
their instruction to address the need for students to be
prepared as future STEM advocates and leaders.

Even in countries like Somalia the rise of innovation hubs
https://qz.com/1071505/
irise-hub-the-first-innovation-hub-in-somalia-has-opened-in-mogadishu/
making digital waves across a country devastated by wars and
poverty. Integrating the #SomaliaRising hashtag to show the
growth of collaboration and connections.
Founder Abdihakim Ainte, “iRise,” states, “there’s an increased
need for these kinds of spaces in order to realize the full
potential of Somalia’s technology sector.”
The vision is bright for the growth of technology and the
building of hubs that encourage and support new ways of
applying, integrating, creating and building an avenue
that supports innovation.

One of the dynamic aspects of tech integration is cell phone
technology that allows for communication and access to global
resources. This is allowing young entrepreneurs to share their
knowledge and build connections that encourage the creation
of new companies and business initiatives.

STEM, STEAM, STREAM, STEMsquared and other related initiatives
are empowering, Africans with the platforms and tools needed
to make their dreams realities and to be the future employers
that create wealth and economic, educational and generational
progress and stability.

Resources:
Somalia just unveiled its first tech innovation hub
by Abdi Latif Dahir
September 07, 2017 Quartz africa
Twitter: @qzafrica

Robots are Giving Nigerian Children a Head-Start on STEM
http://skillsdevelopment.africa.com/robots-giving-head-start-on-stem/

NGOs Focusing on STEM Skills Development in Africa
http://skillsdevelopment.africa.com/ngos-focusing-on-stem-skills/

WAAW Foundation
Working to Advance African Women (WAAW)
Lagos-headquartered company inspires African women to be innovators.

Her2Voice
Her2Voice was founded in 2013 by six Rwandan women who share the
same vision of fighting for gender equality and inspiring girls.

@iLabAfrica
Located at Kenya’s Strathmore University, @iLabAfrica
Research and incubation facility that promotes technological
innovation and supports entrepreneurship programmes.

The Visiola Foundation
Mentors young girls and women in the STEM fields to create a
generation of leaders who will help transform African economies.

GirlHype
Girlhype has reached more than ten thousand girls and
introduced them to opportunities in computing and engineering.

JJiguene Tech Hub
Established in 2007 with the aSenegal’s first technology hub
run by and for women. Jjiguene means “woman” in Wolof, the
most widely spoken language in the country.
Addressing the shortage of ICT skills in Ghana.

September 10, 2017

Fathers Continue To Teach Your Children in 2017

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Fathers Continue To Teach Your Children in 2017

by William Jackson, #MyQuestToTeach
Father, Community Activist, Educator

Fathers this school year or 2017/2018 empower
your children with social and personal skills that
will prepare them for a changing and dynamic
world in and out of school.
Teach children to think for themselves and make
personal decisions even if their friends are opposite
and oppose them.
Even if your children are met with bullying and
criticism, your children must be prepared mentally,
emotionally and with social skills that help them
not only “code switch,” but adapt and excel in
diverse environments.
Teach your children to be accountable and respon-
sible, teach them to be independent thinkers
and how important their dreams are. There are
many lessons to learn by your children so be
patient and purposeful, be aware that sometimes
your children think different and react different
than their peers and their friends.
Not all children learn to tie their shoes at the same
time.
I still teach kindergarten and first grade students
at my school how to tie shoes and even occasionally
second graders.
Not all children stop sucking their fingers at the same
time. Patience, purpose and prayer does work even in
the 21st century so even teach your child why prayer
is important not just how to pray.
Every child is different, every smile means something
different, tears do not all mean the same thing and
kids interpret the world differently so fathers must
listen and guide their children to be the best they
can be, not just always the way fathers want them
to be.
We must teach our children patience, and be patient
with them. Teach our children compassion and be
compassionate, we have to show empathy and
sympathy and even kindness. If you don’t  think so,
think about how you treat their mother, because
your sons and even daughters will treat their mothers,
grandmothers, future boy friends/girl friends and
spouses the way you demonstrate and teach.

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Suggestions for fathers………..
1.Fathers don’t allow yourself and your children to
grow stale or stagnant, always embrace learning and
opportunities to attend community, civic and even
political events to teach your children on a broad
scale of duty and community activism.
2. Fathers teach your children to stay away from
people who hate on others, gossip, conspire against,
plot and plan to embarrass or even destroy. Those
that hate on others often have low self esteem and
will turn on those that side with them eventually.
3. Fathers teach your children that sex is not a conquest
or a quick one sided pleasure. There are consequences
and reactions to having multiple sexual partners.
4. Father teach your children that sex is not a tool to
get what you want in life. That the mind and emotions
are changed forever when involved in sexual encounters
with multiple people.
Not everyone is emotionally ready for sex at the same
time.
5. Fathers teach your children what comes out of their
mouth defines them and Brands them. The mouth can
speak life or death.
6. Fathers teach your daughters they don’t need a sugar
daddy, pimp daddy or friend with benefits to make it in
life. Having multiple “baby daddies” is nothing to be
proud of.
7. Fathers teach your sons and daughters that before
they get into someones bed, be sure to get into their
head to see if they are being used. There is a personal
responsibility when having sex.
8. Fathers teach your sons not to use women for sex,
drugs, money or create illegitimate children that they
have no plans to support and love.
9. Fathers teach your children how to love, how to
respect and the value of morals and values. Teach your
children the empowerment of education not just in the
classroom, but to be life-long learners.
10. Fathers teach your children the dangers of “playing”
with drugs and alcohol. Not everyone can tolerate getting
drunk and getting high.
11. Fathers show up at your children’s school at least
4 times a school year, show them better than you can
tell them you value their education by eating lunch with
them and going on field trips.
12. Fathers if all lives matter they should learn that from
birth.
13. Fathers teach your children about the true meaning
of hate, racism, bigotry, prejudice and bias. Do not
sugarcoat it.
14. Fathers teach your children they will not stay children
forever, but as they grow to enjoy life and living. To learn
skills that build their character and value for life.
15. Fathers watch the news with your children at least
twice a week and explain events around the world. Get
them to talk about what they think and feel.
16. Fathers teach your children no one is perfect and to
strive to be the best they can be not something from a
story or game.
17. Fathers reflect on the hard lessons you learned and
share them with you children. Teach them that lessons
can help them to grow even if they struggle.
18. Fathers teach your children that struggles and
challenges are a part of life and that they can survive and
grow from them.
19. Fathers teach your children the value of prayer, why
prayer is helpful. Guide their learning in ministry not
just attending church.
20 Fathers join a support group, mentoring group for
yourself.

William Jackson, M.Ed.
Community Activist, Father / Fatherhood Advocate
Blogging at: My Quest To Teach
http://MyQuestToTeach.WordPress.com/
Twitter: wmjackson
Instagram: http://Instagram.com/Wifathers3lliamDJackson

 

 

 

September 1, 2017

Thoughts for Male Teachers in the New School Year 2017 – 2018

Wm Jackson and Harris Family

 

Thoughts for Male Teachers in the New School Year
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Public and Higher Education Educator
Teacher of the Year 2014 – 2015 Venetia Elementary
#VESOMA Venetia Elementary School of Medical Arts
#MyQuestToTeach on Google

As the new school year begins there are many duties that a
teacher must perform,  male teachers the mental preparation
is important and planning is vital for success.
Teaching over 25 years and seeing other male teachers excel and
some meet with difficulty I hope these reminders / suggestions
help male teachers have a great year.

1. Keep your eyes to yourself. The eyes are the windows to the
spirit. Your not trying to impress any kids mom just because she
may be cute or attractive. Remember the mission of your
profession. Too many male educators get distracted by a smile,
a flirt, a handshake, a seemingly innocent hug.
Be a professional always……….
2. Your not trying to be a substitute daddy, sugar daddy,
surrogate daddy or potential baby daddy. Focus on what your
trained to do and be, a professional educator. As a male professional
you have to set boundaries and not overstep them and not allow
others to disregard them. Your boundaries are for your protection.
If you break these you run the risk of loosing your credibility,
hurting your reputation and Brand as a professional.
3. Don’t get in the habit of telling your personal business
to students to share at their homes. Students want to know as
much as they can about their teachers this is natural for children
to make connections and build relationships.
Teachers should build relationships, they should be in the proper
context of always being a professional and as an adult.
As a teacher you’re not their friend nor their substitute parent.
4. A school is not your personal dating pool for conquests
and booty calls. Temptation is a dangerous thing and so is
the attraction of others when you do not have the correct mind
set. Relationships with parents and even other teachers and
administrators have boundaries, as amale educator keep your
distance and your hormones in check.
5. Male administrators are always under the microscope
and being watched. Too many times they are categorized, labeled,
stereotyped and even judged before the first day of the school
year. They must remain focused and mission driven.
6. Always be professional in your dress, actions, behaviors
and interaction with teachers, students, parents and the
community. Do not get in the habit of allowing others to call
you by your first name (this is my opinion). That may open
doors for students, parents and even educational peers
to over step personal and professional boundaries of respect.
7. You’re not Black Panther, Luke Cage, Captain America,
Iron Man. You are not there to save the world, you profession
is to educate. Do not take on someone else’s burdens or social
challenges. Use the community resources to refer for help.
The best way to help others is to empower them with
information to help themselves.
8. Do not put yourself in a position of people questioning your
intentions as an educator. “Integrity”
Never talk to students, parents and even other teachers alone
with the door closed. If you think meetings maybe uncom-
fortable take it to administration first.
9. Have a caring, genuine and a listening ear to others, but do
not get caught up trying to be someones savior.
10. Manage your money, finances and pay your bills on time.
If you have a teachers union use their resources because you
are paying for them with your dues.
11. Surround yourself with a good support system of veteran
teachers. Have a mentor that will guide you and provide honest
ideas and suggestions for professional improvement and
stability.
12. Consider joining the teachers union there are benefits
that help you grow professionally and personally.
13. Start investing early for future retirement and higher
educational degrees. Don’t wait to be pushed into
doing it or losing your teaching certificate.
14. Always seek professional development opportunities
thatbuild your strengths and address your weaknesses.
15. Each paycheck should have a purpose and a plan.
16. Your not a taxi service, do not volunteer to pickup
another teachers child / children unless there is a
understanding of behavior and length of time to do this.
17. If you do not want your personal business spread all
over the school, city, community do not friend students
and other teachers on Social Media. Social Media can kill
your professional reputation.
18. When you go out on the weekend remember someone
may be watching your behavior and actions. No one cares
that your a grown “A” man or a grown “A” woman, you’re
teaching children and your actions can be
perceived differently.
19. Be careful of your associations, collaborations,
assimulations, and other “isms” that may influence your
performance in the classroom.
20. Have a good foundation in ministry at your place of
worship with prayer, praise and biblical teachings, but
do not share this with students. You may connect with
teachers with similar doctrines but keep school and
church separated.
21. If possible get to work 20 minutes early to alleviate
rushing and forgotten duties and responsibilities.
22. If parents have concerns have them make an appoint-
ment to talk, do not allow any parent to run your class or question
your professional behavior in front of other teachers and
students.
23. Keep your lesson plans updated, they are legal documents
that should be consistent, do not fail to do this you will
be held responsible.
24. If you mess up or make a mistake take ownership and
responsibility then move on to do better.
25. If you don’t know ask questions. The first 3 to 5 years
are the toughest because your finding your educational
strengths and abilities.
26. Don’t bring your personal dramas to school/work.
They will destroy your professional and personal
Brand.
27. If your going to date a students parent be sure to
to keep it honest and never set expectations of you
working the system for them. Keep your business off
campus even in a playful manner.
28. Social Media can destroy you, so be careful who
you tag, who your friends with and associations.
29. Never Sext…..
30. Obtain a mentor to run ideas and questions by.

The school year can be stressful, make sure you get rest,
exercise even if you’re just walking during the week and
drink plenty of water. Get regular checkups and mentally
unwind when you can. Follow your rituals and routines to
keep yourself consistent.

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