My Quest To Teach

November 28, 2018

EdCampNigeria; Why Teachers Should Attend

EdCampNigeria; Why Teachers Should Attend
William Jackson, M.Ed. Twitter @wmjackson
#MyQuestToTeach

Team EdCamp Nigeria

EdCampNigeria is approaching Saturday, December 15, 2018,
providing a way to build PLN – Professional Learning Networks
and PLC Professional Learning Communities across Nigeria to
enhance educational successes in the classrooms of Nigeria.
The diversity of educational resourcefulness that influences
student learning in choosing career paths as student’s
transition the educational process. This process can be
challenging for students, parents and even teachers because
of the lack of resources, professional development, monies
and even parental involvement. EdCamp provides a way to
share best practices, strategies and lesson plan ideas,
classroom management strategies and how to increase parental
engagement.

Teachers need professional development that addresses “their”
needs to help build classroom and school cultures of learning.
The culture that education is important not just for the current
learning levels, but for generational successes that build a
nation with intellectual leaders. Leadership comes in many forms,
education creates a foundation for creating societies that are
humanitarian and reaches across the tables of gender, culture,
generation and educational levels. Any nation that seeks to grow
in national and international influence need a highly educated society.

The understanding that schools do influence the culture of
communities, allowing an avenue to join people in better
communication, increased economic wealth and self-esteem
levels to believe in their individual dreams for success.
EdCamps do this and more, they bring together like minded
educators that want the best for all their students and the
communities they live in. From high tech classrooms to those
that are low tech or no tech. Education provides a foundation
where everyone is respected for their dedication to a profession
that influences the nation of Nigeria and the continent of
Africa. #EdCampGlobal #EdCampNigeria

On the continent that historically has the oldest universities and
places of intellectual growth Africa, a fitting place to have
increased numbers of EdCamp conferences that allow teachers
of all levels to share, bond, communicate and collaborate.
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the earliest places of
higher learning were founded in Asia and Africa, predating the
first European medieval universities. The University of
Al Quaraouiyine, founded in Morocco by Fatima al-Fihri in 859,

is considered by some to be the oldest degree-granting
university. There were smaller centers of learning pre-dating
even this that taught others to “teach” intellectual design
theories and practices. Nigeria is keeping the traditions of
intellectual growth. Past educators such as Chinua Achebe,
Wole Soyinka and others represents intellectual greatness.

Teaching has seen transformative change in strategies, design
theory, differential instruction, creating cultures of excellence and
high expectations as they work to reach children of diversity.
Even the integration of technology is changing how students will
function in the world and preparing them to solve social and global
problems even before they are created. Teachers bring balance and
purpose, EdCamp Nigeria is creating a culture
of engagement and professional respect.

Teacher centered instruction to student centered learning, this
teaching and learning style involves increased educational exposure
to strategies, methods and practices. Education in Nigeria is changing
and Nigerian / African educators are building their skill sets to
prepare the future leaders of their nation and continent. It can only
be done through proper educational foundations.

Education does not have perfect environments complete with
“state of the art” hardware and software and students that are
“perfect.” Teachers teach in imperfect worlds that requires
teaching everyone, to adapt our instructional skill-sets to students
that accept learning and those that see it as a challenge and not
valuable because they do not see the empowerment of education.
Educators are vital for the divergence of Nigeria and Africa as a future
global leader. The more Africans can read the more they can set their
futures of independence and self-governship. Reading is fundamental
to the freedoms of African nations. Wole Soyinka has stated,
“Books and all forms of writing have always been objects
of terror to those who seek to suppress the truth.”
Education opens the minds to explore humanity and engage
in the improvement of it, not the enslavement of human life.

African families are influenced,  the more children are
educated the more African families thirst for education and
achievement. Teachers adapt, make modifications and
make learning relevant. Teachers see the “big picture” that
they are important to the world because they have young
lives in their hands that will influence the world.

Nigerian teachers are learning to prepare all their students for
careers that are not even created yet and preparing them to
solve complex problems that are not yet problems.
EdCamp Nigeria will help fill a gap in the “bookshelf,”
stated years ago by Chinua Achebe, the grandfather of
African literature. Nigerian people have a story and can
only be learned through education. The “gap in the bookshelf”
needs to be closed so Nigerians can learn through quality
education what their place is in the world.
Chinua Achebe 2015

EdCamp Nigeria will help the integration of academic elements
being taught in schools across the Nigerian nation. Teachers are
connected in a solidarity that has evolved into a brotherhood and
sisterhood of African educators mentoring each other and
inspiring each other. The educational goals are to engage the whole
child and foster achievement in all students. Students should be
challenged and guided by teachers to be creative, innovative, and
adaptive thinkers.
“EdCamp is an organic, participant-driven professional
development experience, created by educators for educators.
Educators and administrators are turning to EdCamps to
provide valuable, relevant and transformative learning so
teachers can grow in a profession of consistent adaptation
and educational foundations.

Teachers now have a professional development tool
to aid in instruction, building self-confidence and to drop
some knowledge to those entering into the field that
influences other fields of study and change.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow
belongs to those who prepare for it today.”  Malcolm X
EdCamps have a purpose driven life to help teachers help
each other. An educated society is a growing and progressive
society.

EdCamp Global
http://edcampglobal.wix.com/edcamp
EdCamp Nigeria
https://www.edcamp.org/content/edcamp-nigeria-2018

Hello from William Jackson to EdCampNigeria
https://youtu.be/2bz5lOufH6s

Sule Jacob Olaoluwa
Jacob Olaoluwa Sule
Twitter @SuleJacobs

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February 20, 2018

Content Creators: Establish Expectations for WordCamps in 2018

Never Apologize for Being Dope
Content Creators: Establish Expectations for WordCamps in 2018

by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson @latinapheonix
As content creators grow the need for training is increasing,
WordCamp conferences meet and many times exceed the
needs of  beginners, intermediate and veteran bloggers,
micro-bloggers, Podcasters and VBloggers.
As a speaker and participant of WordCamp conferences
a few hints before registering for any WordCamp.
You should already have certain expectations for your learning.
Having attended and spoken at several WordCamp events in
2017 the benefits are lasting and the friendships a lifetime.
The potential for continued collaborations are endless and
potentially life changing. There are different expectations
for each person if speaking or attending, there needs to
be an established plan that fits individual needs based on
the session or track.
Decide what your goals are as a content creator and how
you mesh or combine your plan to learn. The integration
of technology that can aid your business and personal
growth, build a Brand and Market yourself.
There is more to gaining readers, viewers and engagement
than a flashy web site, dazzling coding and eye stunning
photos, it takes planning and engagement.
How you’re marketing your Brand and integrating
content as an engaging and interactive element makes
a difference in achieving the goals you have set.
Attending WordCamp assists in finding
out what products, services and resources can benefit
you and your customers.
This includes make sure you have plenty of business
cards, your marketing “pitch” is practiced and your
appearance matches your Brand.
Building a Brand creates future opportunities for
investments and expansion outside of normal business
lines. The benefit resulting from investing in attending
WordCamp may take time and work,
networking and building relationships.
As a content creator you represent your business so
consider the potential of building business relationships.
Never judge a person by attire, color or culture, gain
insight on how engaging during conversation and
interaction.
Events like WordCamp / KidCamp and others like
Bar Camp, EdCamp for educators provide
opportunities to expose youth and teens to
applying social skills and learning business skills
that are important in commerce, finance and
knowledge based careers.
KidCamp in WordCamp are growing because
the future is with children and teens they
too have a stake in building their Brand and
their content. They are establishing businesses
and building awareness for their contributions.
Youth are learning how important building
relationships in business are and the
connections to future careers.
Intellectual design is key because knowledge
based careers are expanding. Through KidCamp
events youth are building self-confidence,
self-awareness, self-determination and
self-respect. There is no room for fear and
doubt because if  knowledge is lacking youth
and teens are accessing YouTube
to educate and enlighten themselves.
Today’s WordCamp means youth and teens
should have business cards to understand the
experience of participation, the excitement of
being present and seen as a contributor and
a future speaker.
Technology contains and embraces diversity so
youth and teens also must model that. WordCamp
venues contain great potential to be an awesome
experience. To build life-long and generational
intellectual learners. Access to wealth resources,
intellectual design, community activism through
digital community engagement.
Building entrepreneurial vision that allows the
embracing of adaptation, change and growth.
WordCamp is unique, engaging, interactive and
empowering.

William Jackson, Blogger Thought Leader

How To Be Dope On Social Media:
WordPress TV – https://wordpress.tv/speakers/william-jackson/
Resources:
WordCamp Jacksonville, Florida – https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Atlanta, Georgia – https://2018.atlanta.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Greenville, South Carolina – https://2018.greenville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Miami – https://2018.miami.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Central 2018 – https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/
Your complete listing nationally and globally.
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July 24, 2017

African Americans Need to Attend Conferences WordCamp Philly, DC and More

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African Americans Need to Attend Conferences WordCamp Philly, DC and More
by William Jackson
Speaker at WordPress Jacksonville 2017 and WordCamp DC 2017
@wmjackson Twitter #MyQuestToTeach Google
As an educator, blogger and speaker I encourage not just my
students to attend conferences, but those that are entrepreneurs,
small business owners and even community activists seeking to
gain and share information.
No matter the level of participation, encouraging involvement
to attend and speak on the areas passionate about.
To share knowledge, wisdom, skills, that learning is a life-long
adventure and African Americans need to recognize this and be
involved.
To be involved in their communities to help them to grow
requires gaining, sharing information, resources and building
Learning Communities and Learning Networks within the c
community that fosters Learning Families. This shows gener-
ations that each of us has a responsibility to our future to
build knowledge leaders for the future.

If African Americans become complacent allowing themselves
to be lead the wrong way by misinformation we will loose the
very rights, privileges and very humanity we fought so hard
for. Those that have influence are those that embrace learning
and understand the value of networking and collaboration to
build communities that are diverse and connected.
Companies and industries are not just built by one person it
takes a collection of visionaries, dreamers, strategist, developers,
thought leaders, smart creatives and innovators. The opportunity
to exchange ideas, to collaborate with like-minded individuals
of color and culture and building Professional Learning Comm-
unities that build on professional relationships is immeasurable
in its power to make and sustain change.

The presentation “How To Be Dope on Social Media” is not a
cultural relevance, but how to connect with the diversity
of community residents related to the integration of Social
Media to share information not just the stupidity that youth,
teens and young adults are doing online.
How to learn the languages, the nuances and be able to effec-
tively carry on conversations that are beneficial to building
relationships and accept diversity.

The presentation “How To Use Your Blog to be a Community
Activist” too many African Americans do not think or plan
for the future, they live for the moment, do not participate
in opportunities to build generational knowledge to tran-
sition into generational value for learning and success.
Attending conferences opens the mind to new ways of
thinking and exposure to opportunities of change and
growth. African American are a growing entrepreneurial
force across the nation birthed from necessity and need.

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The availability of conferences, workshops, seminars and
other learning/networking chances should be attended
and followed up from exchanging business cards, followed
by emails and phone calls brings about beneficial business,
educational and entrepreneurial connections.
African Americans should be building their marketing
plans, growth plans, and developing Branding strategies
to take them into the future.
Parents are many times the ones that start their entre-
preneur journey and followed by their children, genera-
tional wealth is obtained because of what parents pass
down to their children and then to their grandchildren.

Conferences and similar meetings allow for plans to be
developed that can be put into place that are relevant to
what the person wants to accomplish. Gaining knowledge is
empowering, but the application is more important because
it creates the opportunity to open Marketing and Branding
plans that will allow them to be implemented to build wealth.
This summer opens doors to embrace the business knowledge
and take that leap, to cast away fear and self-doubt.
Many times the only thing holding a person back is their
lack of self-confidence, self-motivation and the fear of failure.
Being a veteran of conferences does not just empower me it
allows me to share knowlede with my students, even if they
are elementary school age or in higher education at Edward
Waters College.

We have to share our knowledge, wisdom and learning so
each generation can grow to be better for the next one.
African Americans must be sure to think out of the box,
to be thought leaders, smart creatives, digital innovators
even on digital paper for the world to read. To look at
nontraditional careers and seek to grow beyond
self-perceived limitations and fears.

My greatest thrill as an educator is to take students with
me to introduce them to new ways to see the world with
technology, to network with industry leaders, web
developers, graphic designers, venture capitalists,
problem solvers, CEO’s, CFO’s, chairman and
chairwomen of boards, corporations and even Mayors.

“What we plant in our students and in our children
will grow to take them beyond anywhere we
individually can imagine.”
Professor William Jackson 2017

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July 10, 2017

EdCamp Leadership Building PLN + PLC = PLF

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EdCamp Leadership Building PLN + PLC = PLF
by Wm Jackson
Educator, STEAM Advocate, EdCamp Organizer
and Participant

Professional Learning Networks + Professional Learning Communities =
Professional Learning Families

The voices that help to manage EdCamp inspires collaboration and professional
development on a foundational level for educational professionals. To inspire and
engage teachers as professionals, embrace the humanity that is in each teacher,
to aspire and guide students beyond their perceived limitations of themselves and
of what others perceive them to have.
Sharing the dynamics of Professional Learning Communities, building and using
Professional Learning Networks and enhancing the importance of each because
it takes a village family to help raise and develop children; this is the Professional
Learning Family.
Professional Learning Families where educators look beyond the profession to
see the value of a family structure in education. Each classroom, each school and
each community is a culture that must be managed to guide students and even
families step by step in the educational process. A holistic approach to learning
that inspires and even agitates teachers to do better.

Takeaways from 2017 EdCamp Leadership that had 8 counties represented.
a. Every behavior a student shows in not a consequence for discipline. Look
beyond the behavior to find the reason and situation for the actions.
b. Preserve your academic learning environment. Set the atmosphere for
respect, high expectations and building bridges for success and relationships.
c. Start using parents as a resource to help manage classroom management.
Always have something nice to say about all your students because they
deserve to feel safe and wanted in the classroom and school.
d. The importance of relevancy and the connection that all learning is important.
Learning is a life-long endeavor that should be taught along with why learning
is valuable.
e. Administration should be listening to the classroom teachers about how to
improve the school environment. Teachers should also feel valued and needed
for their passion, experience, intelligence, sacrifice and humanity as people
not robots or programs.
f. If teachers have something that works in the classroom they should be
encouraged to share it.
g. The environment of the school should support high levels of confidence in
every teacher and moral should be maintained at every opportunity.  Every
person from teacher, custodian, office personnel, lunch room, etc should
feel valued and needed.
h. Teachers should be authentic and transparent, never be fake, rude or
sarcastic to students, parents or peer professionals.
i. Teachers should share what does not work and remember every lesson
is not for every student.
j. Consistency sends a message to students that they can trust you and
rely on you to be the same person all the time. Don’t go and get
“new” on them.
k. Teachers should communicate with parents consistently and invite
them into the classroom to watch and participate in learning.
l. Technology can bridge the gap between single parents, grandparents and
teachers if applied correctly
m. Teachers don’t assume your children’s parents are of the same educational
level. Just because your students’ parents speak Spanish do not assume
they can read Spanish. Just because your students’ parents or family are
professional and college educated they are providing
all the emotional and cognitive needs of their children.
n. Teachers take the time to read and comprehend your student’s academic
folders, drive their neighborhoods and look in the grocery stores in the
community to see their environment.
o. Before a teacher can teach they must build a relationship with their students.
p. Teachers must share their educational, social and behavior expectations
for their classroom and the school.
q. Teachers are responsible for building their classroom culture and the
administration is responsible for the school culture. They must work in unison
and collaboration.
r. Teachers should let their students know their stories are important and
all learning should be purposeful.
s. Teachers should let their students know that they embrace and
respect diversity.
t. Teachers should take a stand on student learning not just related
to assessments.

Teachers should have a homework assignment for their parents in the form
of a written assignment. Beginning  the new school  year ask your parents
to write in 1000 words or less what do they want
you to know as their child’s teacher to learn about their child.
“Open the doors for information exchanges early with parents.”
Comment shared at EdCamp Leadership, “students that are loved at home
come to school to be taught, and students that are not loved at home come
to school to be loved.”

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