My Quest To Teach

January 11, 2019

Teach for America Uses “RaceCards” to Guide Training

Teach for America Uses “RaceCards” to Guide Training
Wm Jackson, M.Ed

Duval County Public School educators along with OneJax
and Black Educators Rock facilitators partnered together
to facilitate a Teach For America workshop exploring the
intricacies of race, identity, and teaching in classrooms
across lines of difference. The team of facilitators utilized
the “Race Cards” initiative developed by 904ward, a
kitchen table approach to having conversations
on race and identity with across community lines.

TFA educators receive regularly scheduled training to
improve their teaching abilities to assist them to meet the
needs of their diverse classrooms within the schools of DCPS.
Professional Development in education is a key component
to build and develop competent, confident and capable
educators.
The growth in the diversity of classrooms
across Jacksonville, Florida shows that teachers need to
be supported to address multiple issues that distract
students and create learning challenges in schools
and classrooms.

Pictured are educators and facilitators in the discussion
of race, bias and stereotypes that students may face in
classrooms of Duval County Public Schools and using
the “Race Cards” resource to guide the discussions
and help students understand and cope with these
sensitive issues that create questions about their place
in society.

Training’s like these set a foundation of professional
development that builds professional learning communities
and professional learning networks.

Continued training’s like this empower teachers with
the necessary knowledge and skill-sets to be able to
addressing issues that are on the minds of students.
OneJax facilitators, William Jackson a 31 year educator
with DCPS, national and international blogger and
Aida Correa a business owner, artist and parent.
Each have participated and facilitated similar discussions
with MetroTown In A Day with high school students and
worked with New Town Success Zone, Authors RoundTable,
EdCamp educational conferences and with the international
conference Preventing Crime in the Black Community annual
conference with the Florida State Attorneys Office.

Training’s like these set a foundation to show the value
of professional development that builds professional learning
communities (PLC) and professional learning networks
(PLN) among teachers and provides avenues for continued
support and resources.

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Shown in the photo from left to right:
William Jackson (OneJax), Cris Benavides (Ribault),
Joelle Butler (Dupont), Amanda Chappell (Ribault),
Anthony Alves (Ribault), Tracy Oliver (Black Educators Rock),
Aida Correa (OneJax), Stephanie Keck (Jefferson County),
Chris Williams (City Year Staff), (Nakia Lee (GOCA),
Katlyn Econom (Ribault), Erin Riebel (YWLA),
Roel Escamilla (Clay County), John Grab (TFA Staff)
Sharetta McBride (Hyde Grove)

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