My Quest To Teach

October 16, 2017

Jacksonville Goes To College To Prepare for the Future

Jacksonville Goes To College To Prepare for the Future
The Jacksonville Goes to College event was filled with
the excitement of students from all walks of life and
even grade levels discovering areas of study and
potential careers for the future. As in previous year’s
recruiters, advisors, instructors and administrators
from over 100 higher educational and vocational
institutions put on their best to attract the best and
brightest students that Duval County Public Schools
and surrounding school districts have to offer. Even
those students that are struggling academically learned
of tutoring and enrichment services at schools, working
to make higher education available despite academic
Along with the excitement of students were the
worries, concerns and planning of parents and a
growing number of grandparents praying, planning
and proactively seeking how to finance a college or
university education for their children.
Remembering my similar journey with my son
a graduate of FAMU, now attending Florida
State University and my daughter attending
University of Central Florida, the gifts of
scholarships and grants was very welcomed,
this would be a blessing for my children’s mother
and I and decreased the worry of financial aid.
Lessons learned can be overheard by the questions
of students and parents to recruiters sharing valuable
information. Some of the important lessons are not to
wait, apply early and make sure monies are available
for fees that need to be paid immediately. Girls should
consider STEAM/STEM fields because jobs are growing
faster than the demand for skilled knowledge based
fields.  A girls mind is her opportunity to enter a high
paying and leadership role in careers only thought of
for men, the number of qualified men are dropping.
Virtual Reality and Gaming are top industry areas that
African Americans, Latino and other cultures of color
need to consider for careers.
Developing games, graphics design and virtual reality
are the areas that allow for great creativity, high
incomes and traveling, learning how to develop new
games that dazzle the senses and inspire people to put
down money to purchase games that many times are
global in playing.
African American, Latino and other culturally diverse
parents and students need to speak to guidance
counselors early before their office hours are filled
with panicked students that waited to the last
minute to fill out financial aid and entrance
applications. There are thousands of scholarships
available, but many do have deadlines fast approaching.
Many parents use the tools offered by
Ashley Hill‏ of Prep for college
On Twitter #collegechat to help find the right scholarship
for the right areas of study and the right career
Parents need to be proactive in their efforts in
preparation, what are their children talented
in, their skills strength and academic and
creative talents.  Sometimes even starting in
the 8th grade to see what environment their
child or children will fit in. Students may want to
attend a large university for the glamour, but need
a small or middle size school that has a low teacher
to student ratio. The goal of higher education
is to graduate with a viable skill set not to party,
and play.
D’yani Jones a sophomore attending Andrew Jackson
High School knows she is interested in many areas
of technology and is looking early at schools that have
low ratios and high end tech facilities. Her sister Sha’ni
wants to be a veterinarian and looking at schools that
guide her to fulfilling her dreams of being a business
owner of her own pet store and animal hospital.
Parents need to talk to their children on a regular basis
as Ceolo Lewis, D’yani and Sha’ni mother to under-
stand how to help their children gain their dreams.
Parents should be able to facilitate the learning in and
out of school to develop the whole child and work with
teachers, administrators and guidance counselors.
Learning about financial aid early, when and where
to apply for scholarships, grants and the value
of paid, unpaid internships. A parent’s financial
history does have a big effect on their children receiving
subsidized help. Even if parents themselves did not
attend college they should do everything they can to
help their children achieve their goals.
Start early and ask lots of questions to get the
answers you need.

Resources for Scholarships:
Ashley Hill‏ @prepforcollege
Scholarship are all around.
On Twitter #collegechat


October 14, 2017

The Vision of Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone


The Vision of Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone
William Jackson – Community Activist, Educator
Social Media Visionary

The vision of “Vision Keepers” is spreading throughout the communities
of Jacksonville, Florida. People of color and culture are beginning to
understand that in order to create change, individuals must be
“Change Agents.”
Change comes first in the thought process of critically thinking where
you are currently in education, economics, commerce, and political
effective or ineffectiveness.
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow
belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X
The realization of the importance of the human experience that each
person is important. If you are not present what change have you or
are you creating? If your not present will you be missed? Have you
made any changes in your community to make your community safer,
economically worth investmenting in and what kind of generational
difference have you made?
There is program, upon program, the same people are working hard
to create, build, make and sometimes force change. Change will not
happen until collectively the community joins together not just
for a month, a year or even a decade. That change must be sustainable
and scalable to where generationaly the change affects everyone
in positive and productive ways. People in the community must have
ownership and held accountable for the change to remain
and more importantly grow.
“Don’t condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water, just
show them the clean glass of water that you, or someone else has.
When they inspect it, you won’t have to say that yours is better.”
This should motivate them to want to do better, to reach their
potential. Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone are making changes in
the thinking of entreprenurials and business owners. Programs are
in place to help those with the thoughts, ideas, creativity and
innovation to create businesses that effect the community, changes
that bring about growth, pride, dignity and self-reliance on the
ability to provide products and services that are
in need in the community.
“Adults in the African American community must embrace their
talents and gifts, show their children that they are blessed with
their individual talents. Embrace failure because that allows for
growth. Never be afraid to fail…..”
William Jackson, Social Media Visionary
Entrepreneurials are realizing there are people that can help
build a business from the ground up. Provide the financial infra-
structure and the technical know how to establish a foundation of
sustainability and profits.
Businesses are being designed to provide what is needed in
re-investment, but also to make profits that can be re-invested
in the community, that can be invested in youth, teens and young
adults in programs that are not born yet and provide internship
and scholarships to provide access to educational opportunities.
In order for change to happen citizens must attend the meetings
that Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone provides freely
and enthusiastically to the community. To invest and re-invest
in oneself is the first step to growth and establishing a change
that people want to see when they look in the mirror or see in
their bank accounts.
The feelings in too many cases are that more police will change
communities, stricter gun laws, locking up youth, teens and
young adults that commit even minor crimes and the school to
prison pipeline debate continues. These do not work.
The reality is that increased educational opportunities do work,
exposure to business and entrepreneurial opportunities for youth,
teens and young adults to start their own businesses do work.
Teaching children and teens that writing, poetry, blogging,
coding, web development can open doors to new careers.
Providing business mentors and role models do work and
even allowing youth, teens and young adults to take field
trips and providing professionals to visit the schools more
often to talk to students and answer questions does work.
Depending on who you talk to, too many do not see the value
of children of color and culture, too many have already passed
judgement before allowing education, business, commerce and
economic changes to work.
No society can survive on the “lock them up mentality”
because the reflection will fall back on what skills will our
youth, teens and young adults have when released from prison
if they are not trained to stay out of prison they will
“Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed
of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are
so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,’ and therefore so shrinking
and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail.
Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The beauty of the power of communication and observation,
instead of competition try collaboration and cooperation
for the same goals and VISION. Work together to improve
the community not fight to own it.
“Anytime you find someone more successful than you are,
especially when you’re both engaged in the same business
you know they’re doing something that you aren’t.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

William Jackson (2)

There are business learning opportunities already taking place, the community
must want to participate to improve themselves.

Business and Social Media Workshop
Vision Keepers Economic Development Meeting
Monday, October 16th 2017
6pm to 8:40pm
Bring your own Hotspot….

October 11, 2017

Take-Aways from Edcamp Tampa Bay 2017

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 10:45 am

Take-Aways from Edcamp Tampa Bay 2017
William Jackson, EdCamp Participant, Organizer and Advocate
#MyQuestToTeach #EdCampDuval in 2018
EdCamps are wonderful opportunities for educators of all backgrounds,
years of experience and even national or global location.
Sharing best practices, classroom management strategies,
how to build student and teacher relationships, reinforcing
rituals and routines to create wonderful learning
opportunities. The success of the classroom begins
with a welcoming atmosphere and a rich learning
environment that stirs the senses of curiosity, discover
and exploration.
The important strategy that has been shared in this and
other EdCamp adventures is that teachers must establish
a relationship with their students built on how valuable
the student(s) are, that they are welcomed in schools
and in classrooms. There are high expectations for
student success and learning can be fun and relevant.
Educators are available to help students to grow past
their self-perceived limitations and there are no limits
to learning.
Many times teachers are rushed into just teaching,
teaching cannot be effective if the student and teacher
do not establish a relationship that is based on a level
of trust and respect.
Too many parents do not see the value of the
teacher and parent relationship. The opportunity
for parents to support their child’s development
with a working relationship with teachers, not a
volatile and aggressive relationship, but a
relationship that puts the child first and collaboration
with parents and teachers.
Students need to know that their teacher cares
about their success no matter their socio-economic
status, no matter their citizenship and no matter
their cultural or ethnic background.
EdCamps provide relevant professional develop-
ment that allows teachers to speak freely and
share their wisdom and knowledge.
1. Teachers are change agents and agents of change
that influence this country and the world. No other
profession has such a responsibility and are help to
high standards.
2. Teachers are the second influences of accepting
and respecting diversity, parents are first. The
influence of teachers are phenomenal and has
generational consequences.
3. Teachers model cultural and gender acceptance.
Every student deserves to be treated with respect
and taught about the importance of what respect is
and how it is earned.
Preparing students beyond the classroom and being
ready for careers.
4. Teachers are moral compasses for communities
and cities. The acceptance or rejection of behaviors
that are socially displayed in the classrooms are
guided by professional educators.
5. Teachers are entrepreneurs by profession and
natural selection. Managing time and resources
teaching these to students.
6. Teachers are thought leaders and cognitive inno-
vators. There is creativity and discipline involved
when teaching students that are unaware of their
7. Teachers are literature influencers and grammatical
peddlers of proper language development.
8. Teachers have the patience of Job and the wisdom
of David in an educational application.
9. Teachers are like JEDI using both old and new
tech and techniques to influence and build minds
of students of all ages.
10. Teachers are ahead of their times because of
their innovative thinking and society sometimes
must catch-up with their creative natures.
11. Teachers are like the wise men and women of
the world, full of wisdom, knowledge and vision,
but when people finally seek their knowledge
people still want to tell teachers what to do
and how to think.
12. Teacher are leaders even if we don’t want
to be.
13. Teachers can influence neighborhoods and
communities. They influence engagement and
14. Teachers are like the U.S. Marines.
A family based on respect, brother and sister-
hood. Through fire and ice, and increasingly
through combat that is physical, mental,
emotional and moral.
15. Teachers are “first responders” in building,
guiding, and strengthening humanity.
16. Teachers have multiple certifications:
CPR, academic certifications, leadership, and
others. Teachers are even trained as first
responders for student potential mental illness
and abuse situations.
17. Many teachers have more professional
certifications than the President of the
United States.
18. Teachers are generationally diverse and
gender acceptable. Teachers must teach every
student and look past their personal opinions
to make sure all students are successful.
19. Teachers are responsible for their own
professional development, their professional
growth and development.
20. Teachers are the life blood of this country’s
ability to compete globally.
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