My Quest To Teach

January 31, 2018

The Book Deserts of Underserved Communities

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The Book Deserts of Underserved Communities

by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson and @latinapheonix

There are deserts that span vast distances around the world.
They lack the resources to support the diversity of life seen in
places that have sufficient environmental conditions that allow
for growth of foliage allowing animals to live, survive and thrive.

The definition of a desert by Wikipedia is:
“A desert is a barren area of landscape where little precipitation
occurs and consequently living conditions are hostile for plant
and animal life.” The application of this definition in many ways
can be applied to under-served communities across this nation
that suffer from lack of educational
materials promoting reading.

Even though there are books in schools, libraries and community
centers conditions may not be motivating for children in
under-served communities.
Looking at the Twitter tags #BookDeserts #BookDesert
#ReadingDeserts there is a serious discussion promoting literacy
in communities. When there are children that love to read it can
be challenging to find materials that excite them and their passion
to learn about the areas they love.

Stated by Derrick Young (Mahogany Books in Washington, D.C.)
about book deserts, “A book desert isn’t a community-created
situation.”
Derek Young states, “It’s because other people have decided not
to invest into these communities. It’s not because these
communities aren’t readers.”

As an educator and two children attending universities I
understand that education is an investment that has long term
applications, people living in distressed areas are on survival
mode and not seeing long term events because they are surviving
from day to day. Aida a mother and grandmother understands
the value and importance of reading. She taught her children
that reading is a foundation to educational success.

As an inner city Title 1 teacher over 20 years I have seen students
attention directed to just living, not worrying about where the
next book will be coming from.
So books may not be available to inspire reading. Studies in 2015
and 2016 have shown that book deserts exist when there is a rise
in income segregation, lack of infrastructure investment or
financial stability is affected by job loss, incarceration and even
when a school receives a failing grade on state assessments
and funds are cut.

Negatively impacting a family’s and community’s capability to
provide reading material. The focus changes and diminishes the
chances of academic success. The impact on adults is big as well,
children do not see their parents reading the newspaper or
books so they do not have role models or engagement to talk
about the news and current events.

Even neighborhood libraries face challenges because their
materials maybe old, outdated and not culturally relevant.
If a child does not see themselves in a book they may not
want to read it if there is no previous exposure.
Jacksonville Public Libraries often work within communities
to provide resources and materials that broaden the vision
of children and create a welcoming environment for Black,
Latina, White, Asian, etc. There are still some parents that do
not access the resources because of their lack
of reading skills or past experiences.

In Jacksonville, Florida there are book stores “Chamblin”
that have books bursting out of the walls to be purchased
and can even be returned in exchange at a lower cost for
other books. Teachers can even have accounts setup for
their classrooms so students can purchase books and the
teacher can pay for all or part of the book.

In this digital age where information sharing, collaboration
and knowledge based application is important. Reading
is an essential skill that transcends generations, genders,
lifestyles and cultures. Communities of color
sometimes lack the educational investments necessary to
inspire children, youth, teens and young adults to read,
but parents do guide their children to educational success
and movement, parents are the first role models by
modeling.

Too often the societal perception and even the media has
the idea that people in challenged or poor neighborhoods
don’t care about the achievement of their children. This is
further from the truth, parents in under-served
neighborhoods want the best for their children, because
of circumstances in finances, educational lacking, and other
social issues do not have the means to provide proper and
lasting resources.

Book stores like “Chamblin” and Jacksonville Public Libraries
fill the gap in book deserts so long as there is proper investment
and a vision for growth and success to meet the needs of
diverse communities.

Parents make 2018 the year for engagement with your
children to get them to enjoy reading. Make it a part of your
and their life every day…
Over 200 Books for and about People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
https://youtu.be/Uo6UDfrJgqk

Resources:
Twitter: #bookdeserts #bookdesert
Book Deserts
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/book-deserts-leave-low-income-neighborhoods-thirsty-reading-material-n833356
Chamblin Book Store – http://chamblinbookmine.com/default.aspx
Facebook for Chamblin Book Store
https://www.facebook.com/chamblinbookmine/
Jacksonville Public Library Twitter – https://twitter.com/jaxlibray
Jacksonville Public Library Online – http://www.jacksonvillelibrary.com
Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library – http://fjpl.info
San Marco Bookstore
@SanMarcoBooks – Twitter
Jacksonville, FL
http://sanmarcobookstore.com

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November 28, 2016

Edward Waters College Professor and Student Attend WordPress 2016

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Edward Waters College Professor and Student
Attend  WordPress 2016
Prof. William Jackson – Edward Waters College
Joshua Rodriquez – Biology Major
@wmjackson

HBCU students are learning that the content they
create is valuable in the career direction they are
taking. Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, LinkedIn and
other Social Media platforms can be used to enhance
Brands beyond being a student, it can enhance
visibility as an innovator, smart creative,
developing leader in the ever changing tech industry
and a  potential rising star in intellectual exchanges
and collaboration.

HBCU students can now become entrepreneurs
while still in school if they have the vision and skills.

Joshua Rodriquez a student majoring in Biology and
a new user of #WordPress has learned as a first time
participant at#WordCamp 2016 conference, the
importance of writing  and blogging. Josh, a
junior attending Edward Waters College
has aspirations of medical school and blogging
about his experiences and journey.

Pro. Jackson a veteran of WordPress attending
WordCamp
each year; I learn something that I can apply
personally and professionally as a teacher, blogger
and business owner with #MyQuestToTeach
On the teaching side it is required that students
taking Educational Technology and Social Media
course that Prof. Jackson teaches blog each week
about what is passionate and interesting to them.

Allowing students to develop WordPress sites
encourages students to read, build comprehension
skills and share on a digital and literary platform
their growing knowledge and  understanding how
to apply technology intellectually towards their
career interests. They learn that literacy is just
not reading and comprehension there are other
dynamics as  written by Rusul Alrubai‏ @RusulAlrubai
https://rusulalrubail.com/2016/11/22/literacy-beyond-reading-writing/
She gives a very good explanation of literacy and
its dynamic use not just for academics, but other
areas of learning.

Building future technology professionals HBCU
students need to be able to write, share content
and information on a professional level that is
required in many careers. Just as important is
the ability to comprehend what is read and
able to apply what is read to achieve the goals
and missions of their careers. Many businesses
claim that students from many institutions are
not competent writers and even lack comprehension
skills. These skills can be gained and strengthened
from reading.

Being an educator on the elementary and higher
education level I see the importance of students,
especially students of color strengthening their
abilities in reading and comprehension.
HBCU students even after graduating need to
continue to read and engage in diverse literary
genres, join book clubs and participate in reading
events at their local libraries.

Joshua and Prof. Jackson had the opportunity to help
elementary students at the conference to develop
a web presence, sharing our knowledge and skills
with these growing writers.

More HBCU students should attend conferences
like WordCamp, BarCamp, EdCamp, and EdCampNABSE.
Students like Mr. Rodriquez are the growing leadership
that is needed to assist African Americans to
increase the 2% that own technology companies.
There needs to be more to empower African
American communities.

In order for HBCU students to expand beyond traditional
career roles and enter into entrepreneurship roles,
management roles, and business startups they must
be involved in leadership roles.
To be engaged in video blogging, podcasting,
microblogging and creation of Apps and the
area of virtual reality.

“I would like HBCU students to understand they are
the authors of  their story, they are authentic, they
are unique and they are eternal in the stories
they provide.” William Jackson

Reading is vital to building language and intellectualism,
“books may look like nothing more than words on a page,
but they are actually an infinitely complex
imaginotransference technology that translates odd,
inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.”
Jasper Fforde

Joshua speaking at #WordCamp
https://youtu.be/0jdPakqSh5o

Resources:
WordCamp Central
http://central.wordcamp.org/
WordPress
https://wordpress.com/
EdCampNABSE
https://twitter.com/EdcampNABSE
NABSE
https://spark.adobe.com/page/TcID6BRLHlupl/

William Jackson
My Quest To Teach
http://MyQuestToTeach.Wordpress.com

Educational Technology and Social Media
at Edward Waters College
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

Some Edward Waters College students presenting
their 
blogs in class. 

October 2, 2016

Fighting The Criminalization of Black Students

Fighting The Criminalization of Black Students
William Jackson, M.Ed. @wmjackson
Parent, Educator, Blogger, Community Activist

Voting Protests

My personal opinions from my
observation and experiences as a parent,
educator and community activist. I’m not
referencing to specific organizations or people.
Providing an insight into the situations and
circumstances of people of color and culture and
to encourage positive change and education.

Malcolm X,
“To have once been a criminal
is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the
disgrace.”

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The lessons of life are a reflection of the developing
maturity of Black boys that are developing into Black
men. Society’s perception of Black males has developed
into a growing state of fear, apprehension, uncertainty
and even panic. Bang Bang Bang Bang is the sound
of another Black male being murdered either by those
that look like him or those that only see him as a threat
and use a badge and gun to create their own justice on
innocence, killing another Black boy that may be a
potential criminal in society, but wait Black girls
are being killed as well. Judge – Jury and
Executioner just like in too many movies.

Through the media, entertainment industry, sporting
industry and even educational systems of our nation
(school to prison pipeline) Black boys and Black men are
criminalized. You may ask where the evidence is, it comes
in the form of expectation, evaluation and execution.
Too many expect our Black boys to fail, to many
evaluations say our Black boys are slow and of lower
levels in understanding and comprehension. To
many that are supposed to protect and service are
to ready to be judge, jury and executioner.

Listen to NPR and see how educators are already
passing judgment on Black boys.
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/09/28/495488716/bias-isnt-just-a-police-problem-its-a-preschool-problem

The expectation that is portrayed in the media is that
Black males are feared because of their color, the
insinuation and expectation that eventually they will commit
acts of crime and participate in criminal behavior. The
unrealistic ideas that all Black men want white women
and most Black families are single parent homes.
The definition of racism is defined in the actions of
police and politicians that seem to be in collaboration
to execute and incarcerate.

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President Obama has even stated in several speeches
outlining how women are uncomfortable in the vicinity
of Black males. Sharing his frustrations as a Black man
even with Black daughters.
Women clutching their purses closer to their bodies,
nervously watching with side glances while riding in
elevators, subways, buses and even in public stores.
Even professional men face scrutiny, ridicule and
fear from white men, white women and even their
own color and culture because the media has control
of their minds and hearts just like in The Matrix.

The expectation is that Black male mentality is not
a productive place. This is shared, shown and thrust
before us from a media that glamorizes violence, but
uses it to direct biases and even racism against
people of color. The Presidential candidate Trump
even sees Blacks as a threat, he entices Black
ministers and those claiming to be “Black leaders”
willing to bend over for Trump to enjoy “exploratory”
anal journey’s that create further division in the
Black community when ministers start running for
handouts not hands up for their people.

Black males are followed in stores, monitored in their
travels and assessed in school not just for educational
attainment, for the potential to be involved in behaviors
associated with academic challenges and as potential
drop outs. National Public Radio even
shares research about teachers and how Black
children in early childhood education are treated and
looked at.
Racial Bias It’s in Pre-School
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/09/28/495488716/bias-isnt-just-a-police-problem-its-a-preschool-problem

In music videos Black men are seen as drug dealers,
hustlers, rebellious against laws and law enforcement.
Black boys are portrayed as educationally challenged,
socially estranged from the social courtesies of common
morals and values. This is further from the truth and
in many cases lies. Black children are talented, creative,
innovative, but are bored with a teacher centered
classroom that looks at Black boys and girls as second
and third class educational citizens that only
deserve to be tested for Special Education,
suspension and expulsion. Lastly when this
is done enough come incarceration.

Professional athletes are highlighted as drug abusers
(this is not the majority of Black athletes), involved in
creating multiple children and not accepting the
responsibility for the financial and emotional care
of these children. Involved in alcoholic binges and
frivolously spending money with no moral compass
or direction to community service until almost bankrupt
then looking for sympathy and a job to keep their
lavish lifestyles.

All of us; parents, educators, administrators are
responsible for children’s educational growth.
Malcolm X was in the eighth grade when his teacher
crushed his desire to be an attorney, sending a then
Malcolm Little on a direction of criminal behaviors.
The power of teachers to promote learning or destroy
a child’s dreams is in the power of their expectations
and words. Teachers need to remember their words are
powerful and influential. Stop looking at the color of
that child and look at their content, how will you build
this baby up to be better than society views them or
are you just as racist in your teaching as you are in
your homes?

Teachers are accountable to society because of their
inherited responsibility to build children up and
educate them, not to be judgmental, not to be bias
(although many are and not know it).
R. Lee Gordon has claimed a transformative
statement, “if you’re not part of the solution, then
you are part of the problem.” The solutions is not
a one size fits all, but a holistic approach to helping
students achieve and earn success.

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Parents, choose to make a difference in your homes,
in your community, in your child’s schools. You do not
have to be that mad Black man or that mad Black women.
Just be active, engaged and determined to make a
difference so the future will have a chance to blossom
and bloom for all children not wasting away in
Special Education classes, labeled and put on
drugs like rabid dogs to be mentally and emotionally
controlled with drugs that take away the beauty of
that person.

Take the time to listen to Dr. Claud Anderson
as to Why Black Need To Have Businesses
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALEodaehZfw


Educational Technology and Social Media
class at Edward Waters College. Students and Prof. Jackson
reviewing project data….

 

September 12, 2016

Fatherhood from the First Day of School

Fatherhood from the First Day of School To The Last
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Educator of 27 years, Teacher of the Year,
Instructor with Edward Waters College
Parent of 2 college students

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William and Sean


Each school year is an opportunity to begin anew not just for
kid, but for parents as well. To start off on a great foundation of
learning and discovery. It is also another opportunity to encourage
fathers, grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers and surrogate fathers to
mentor and volunteer in schools.
Fathers must understand they do have an impact in schools and
the need to be involved and engaged.
To be involved in making their children’s lives a better opportunity
to grow and to be better than their parents.
Fathers have to understand they leave a legacy with their children.

Nationally through the Million Father March the first day of school
is important to set the foundation for a academic year of 180 days
for learning. To improve reading and develop comprehension. To
celebrate the creatives, the innovators, the intellectuals and the
students that are not athletes nor are they entertainers. They are
the “smart” kids that sometimes to do not get recognized,
they do not get noticed and sometimes even picked on and bullied.

A father presence can stop bullying, they can stop harassment,
they can build self-esteem and self-confidence. In this mission
fathers are key to motivating, encouraging, and making learning
exciting and even protecting and guiding their and other kids.

No matter the educational level of the father, data shows how
important fathers are. Dads, stepdads and male figures
do account for success in the classroom and school environment.
Not to mention active fathers improve communities.

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School districts if they are not should accept
fathers and use them as a motivational tool
and role models to help students see other
options in careers and success.
In many school districts fathers are welcomed
and encouraged to attend PTA meetings,
join School Advisory Councils and even
encouraged to attend school board meetings
contributing in school improvement discussions.
Fathers have a different perspective and need
to be used for their wisdom and knowledge.

Men don’t let a potential background issues
keep you from registering to volunteer for
your child’s educational success. Children need
the support and value that men show for education.

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My daughter and I when she was in elementary
school, I visited her school once a month with
my son and daughter.
Took off work and made that sacrifice. Still
picked up my son and daughter every other weekend.
It was not easy and many miles of travel.

Support should not be just on the first day,
it should be every day, every week and every
month. What would happen if parents decided
they do not want to be parents for a week or
a month. That is the case in some situations
in schools.

Many schools started after the Labor Day
weekend. Fathers should know their children’s
teachers, the Principal, Vice Principal, who
the Guidance Counselor is.
Father should know or have a copy of the lunch
schedule and even locked in their phones
the schools number.
Fathers should know what the school start time
and end time is as well so they can pickup their
kids or be able to attend parent / teacher
conferences.

Tag yourself through the year in the hashtag
#BackToSchool, #MillionFatherMarch on Twitter,
Facebook and other Social Media platforms to
show your support and involvement in the
schools this year in your community and in your city.

Keep  up to date on school events and activities,
stay connected and engaged.

Everyone wins and everyone benefits when
fathers and concerned men are part of the
educational process for children.

All fathers have a responsibility to be engaged and active in their
communities. You never know who you influence and how you can
help children grow. #MyQuestToTeach

Resources:

The Alphabet of Fatherhood
http://thyblackman.com/2016/09/03/the-alphabet-of-fatherhood-can-be-awesome/

The role of being a father
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTdmfBeWlKU

Change the Discussion on Black Fathers
http://www.quirkybrownlove.com/2015/05/change-discussion-on-black-fathers.html

GetConnectDAD @GetConnectDad

Dad 2.0 Summit @dad2summit

Daddydaddydaddy @daddydaddydadus

Melanin Bloggers @MelaninBloggers

The Father Effect @thefathereffect

Dad Summit
https://twitter.com/dad2summit

New Fathers Chronicles on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZoaoWgTo61BNTquePdHGu

 

August 31, 2016

Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child

Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
#MyQuestToTeach

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This is a new school year and Donald Trump has
made very demeaning comments, he has “challenged”
people of color and culture in their behaviors, actions
and raising their families. He has said people of color
and culture are poor, uneducated and unemployable.

The best way to battle this is through educating
our children and future generations. Reading,
literacy, comprehension and a love of learning
are valuable to children of color and culture.
Having parents that are involved and engaged
just as equally important.

I’m sharing a list of books that I hope are
encouraging and worth sharing.
The books selected inspire, challenge, confuse and
stimulate the minds and hearts of parents raising boys
in this society. Encourage reading in your home,
encourage academics in your home and encourage
positive behaviors and working to success.

Please share this list with others that are working hard
in raising youth, teens and young adults to be men.

These are just resources, I do not personally endorse
any just providing a resource for help as a teacher
and a parent.

There are no pictures because I hope you and your
children will be inspired to research them together to
find the best fit for them to read. Not every book
fits every child, but there are books for every child.

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Books……………
Mixed Me! October 6, 2015
by Taye Diggs (Author), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)

Chocolate Me! October 6, 2015
by Taye Diggs  (Author), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)

A Black Parent’s Handbook to Educating Your Children
(Outside of the Classroom) by Baruti K. Kafele

A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington

Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful
African American Males by Freeman A. Hrabowski,
Kenneth I. Maton, and Geoffrey L. Greif

Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine
to Foie Gras by Jeff Henderson

How to Get Out of Debt: Get an a Credit Rating for
Free Using the System I’ve Used Successfully With
Thousands of Clients by Harrine Freeman

Kill Them Before They Grow: Misdiagnosis of African
American Boys in American Classrooms
by Michael Porter

Letters to Young Brothers by Hill Harper

Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled
Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League
by Paula Penn-Nabrit

Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education
by Jawanza Kunjufu

Raising Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of
Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson

Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths
of Boyhood by William Pollack and Mary Pipher

Saving Our Sons by Marita Golden

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Marvelous Me: Inside and Out (All about Me)
September 1, 2002 by Lisa Bullard  (Author),
Brandon Reibeling (Illustrator)

Daddy Calls Me Man (Richard Jackson Books
(Orchard) September 1, 2000
by Angela Johnson  (Author), Rhonda Mitchell
(Illustrator)

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from
the Underground Railroad Hardcover
January 1, 2007 by Ellen Levine  (Author),
Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to
Become Malcolm X Hardcover
January 7, 2014 by Ilyasah Shabazz  (Author),
AG Ford (Illustrator)

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I Love My Hair! Board book
November, 2003 by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
(Author)

I Like Myself! Hardcover  May 1, 2004
by Karen Beaumont  (Author),
David Catrow (Illustrator)

Single Mamahood: Advice and Wisdom for the
African-American Single Mother by Kelly Williams

Stickin’ To, Watchin’ Over, and Gettin’ With:
An African American Parent’s Guide to Discipline
by Howard Stevenson, Gwendolyn Davis &
Saburah Abdul-Kabir

Strength for Their Journey:
5 Essential Disciplines African-American
Parents Must Teach Their Children and Teens
by Robert L. Johnson & Paulette Stanford

Tapping the Power Within:
A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women
by Iyanla Vanzant

The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life
by Kevin Powell

The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive
and Reconnect with Their Fathers by Sampson
Davis, Rameck Hunt & George Jenkins

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise
and Fulfill a Dream by Sampson Davis,
George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Remeck Hunt

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The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

The Single Mom’s Little Book of Wisdom
by Cassandra Mack

The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to Rearing
Healthy Black Boys by Raymond Winbush

Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living
and Loving by Iyanla Vanzant

Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril
by Kevin Merida

Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting
by Terrie Williams

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing
Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving
Young Men by Leonard Sax

Boys into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage
Sons by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Pamela A. Toussaint,
and A. J. Franklin

101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know
by LaMarr Darnell Shields

Over 200 Books for and about
People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson
#MyQuestToTeach

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