My Quest To Teach

October 2, 2017

George Maxey of New Town Success Zone Participates in TEDxFSCJ

George Maxey of New Town Success Zone Participates in TEDxFSCJ
by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach
#MyQuestToTeach

George Maxey, Executive Director of New Town Success
Zone,  Lashontah Holiday, Project Coordinator/Data
Analysis Manager and William Jackson, Educator,
Community Activist, Social Media Visionary with
My Quest To Teach attended the TEDxFSCJ with a
discussion focusing on the effects of violence and
incarceration, the lived realities of racism and
gender-based trauma, the economic roots of crime,
and policy innovations within the criminal justice
system.
The seriousness of the growth of youth crime and
violence was the central focus of this panel discussion
centered around the causes of youth, teens and young
adults that enter into the justice system because of
criminal involvement. Additional focus was on
prevention and understanding why this is happening
and the value of improving the educational system
to help youth and teens that have been in the justice
system. The importance of having youth,
teens and  young adults part of the discussion with
the State Attorney Office, law enforcement and even
collaboration with state, local and national governmental
agencies to prevent crime by youth, teens
and young adults.
Titled “Common Stories, Uncommon Futures”
George E. Maxey, the Executive director of the New Town
Success Zone participated in the TEDxFSCJ panel discussion,
also present and participating were:
Melissa W. Nelson, the State Attorney for Florida’s
Fourth Judicial Circuit.
Kimberly Hall, professor of criminal justice at Florida
State College at Jacksonville.
Christina Parrish Stone, Executive Director of the
Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, Inc.
Davin Brown, 17-year-old senior at Robert E. Lee High
School and a founding member of the EVAC Movement.
Alyssa Beck, advocacy specialist for the Delores
Barr Weaver Policy Center, with a passion for improving
the lives of young women. New Town Success Zone,
Vision Keepers and community volunteers are working
to bring about change in communities by providing
relevant resources and experts in diverse fields that
are teaching in fields such as medical information,
business ownership, entrepreneurial growth,
building self-confidence and community collaborations.
Workshops are being offered and monthly training
to engage community members and build self-esteem,
community pride and continued participation in
the education system to provide a motivating force
for children.
Communication is very important from using
Social Media platforms like Facebook to word of mouth,
workshops and even food giveaways. Multiple strategies
to feed the mind and body.
More information can be found at:
Vision Keepers
https://www.facebook.com/VisionKeepersofNewTown/
George Maxey
https://www.facebook.com/george.maxey.90
Additional Photos from event provided by 
Wm Jackson 
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/slideshow/TEDxFSCJ%20Youth%20Crime

 

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February 20, 2017

What’s In TEDTALKS, TEDx and TIGERTALKS

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What’s In TEDTALKS, TEDx and TIGERTALKS
William Jackson, parent, educator, blogger
#MyQuestToTeach @wmjackson

Since the inception of the TEDTALKS and the
budding TEDx and even the birthing of TIGER TALKS
with Edward Waters College, there have been dynamic,
inspiring, funny, intellectual and emotional discussions
about every aspect of human life. The sharing of stories
has created an intellectual feeding frenzy of information,
facts, statistics, data, ideas and opinions that are shared.

The TEDxFSCJ held in Jacksonville, Florida is a
wonderful example of the spirit of storytelling and
exchange of information. The continuous process
that has been conducted since human existence of
sharing information through oral communication
or “storytelling.” FSCJ TEDx is an awesome example
of community collaboration and the celebration of
diversity that makes Jacksonville and rising global
contributor.

There is no topic that is taboo (to the best of my
understanding), the exchanges are respectful and
sprinkled with just enough gusto, spunk to sassiness
and classiness to keep those in attendance guessing
what direction the speaker will go in and intrigued
as the dialogue changes with the emotional
attachments to the personal stories being told.

The infusion of culture, gender, lifestyle, religious
and community connections helps in the sharing of
knowledge in a relational way that people connect
and bond.

The speakers open their hearts, their minds and
even their essence of spiritual substance in an
attempt not to change minds, but to build a
relationship that creates a possible change in
behaviors and actions to improve the human
exchanges that sometimes makes us wonder
how we can all be human beings and treat each
other with the disrespect and violence that we
see in news media with wars, discrimination,
racism, and bias. The other side can be seen the
compassion, love, respect, trust and overcoming
of misconceptions that keep people separated.

We question where is our compassion, empathy,
contentedness and respect for cultural understanding,
tolerance and acceptance. This country can be
described as a “salad” of cultural diversity, a “gumbo”
of simmered and spiced flavors of human complexity
and simplicity. TEDx TEDTALKS and TIGER TALKS
allows for communication and encourages open
mindedness.

TEDxFSCJ  can be found at http://www.tedxfscj.com/
and the Team can be found here. http://www.tedxfscj.com/team/

HBCU’s like Edward Waters College are involving their
students in “talks” similar to TEDx expose their students
to  formal speaking opportunities that prepare them for
careers where they will have to speak and prepare
them for opportunities of dialogue and intellectual
sharing and collaboration.

Each semester Professor Jackson an accomplished
speaker, national and international blogger and
instructor at Edward Waters College requires
his students to speak about what they are passionate
about, what they care about and their experiences as
a project in the Educational and Social Media class.
As stated by Professor Jackson, “every Tiger has a story
that needs to be told.” Emma Kent of Library Services
provides her expertise as a master librarian and
researcher in helping to prepare the students for each
discussion. “Team work makes the dream word.”

TIGER TALKS Experience developed by William Jackson,
guides EWC students to improve their writing through
blogging on WordPress platform and encourages students
to attend conferences, even paying for their travel.
HBCU students sometimes lack the professional
experiences so any assistance financial,
advice and mentoring is appreciated.

Exposure and Application allow HBCU students to
build skills to help them to be competitive in a global
economy and builds positive digital footprints when
incorporating technology.
Community invitations are extended to join TEDxFSCJ
and the Tiger Talks Experiences at each school are
shared on their web sites.
Wonderful collaborations by FSCJ and Edward Waters
College have allowed students from EWC and even
DCPS – Duval County Public Schools to participate.
Sharing their experiences and talents in education
and technology.
Resources:
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks
or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED
Educational Technology at Edward Waters College
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

 

December 26, 2016

The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

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The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

This blog is independently written by #MyQuestToTeach
The information is strictly the opinion of its writer.
William Jackson, M.Ed. CVO My Quest To Teach
@wmjackson Twitter

Contributions are provided by left to right:
Elisha Taylor student at Duval County Public Schools
and speaker with TEDxFSCJ Salon
Young lady name not provided 
Deyona Burton student in Duval County Public Schools
Community Activist
Taylor Richardson student at The Bolles School
Literacy Advocate and Aspiring Astronaut
Jon Gregory
Edward Waters College Student
Graduate of Bolles High School
Speaker at TEDxFSCJ and EdCamp NABSE

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Networking and sharing knowledge and wisdom
Ryan of Ngoma Thunder Drum Troop

The Black Expo provides a wonderful opportunity
for businesses, entrepreneurs, performers and even
youth, teens and  young adults to show the community
what they are about. How they can better engage and
participate in making the community better for
everyone in the areas of business, commerce,
investments and building needed collaborations.

Networking is a learned experience that youth,
teens and young  adults need to understand now
at a young age to prepare them for future business,
civic and community collaborations  and projects.
Many have a business dream, but do not have access
to the resources that allow the dream to come into
fruition. The mental spark is there, but the kindling
needs to be provided to build the fire of production
so it starts to burn hot and bright. Leading to a
viable and strong business that
contributes to the community.

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Financial management  advice……

Each year the Black Expo embraces, recognizes
and awards business owners, visionaries,
entrepreneurs, innovators, and smart creatives.
Their passions that drive them are inspiring
and lead to continued opportunities to hire
and mentor others with the same interests.
Even in business it takes a village because
the village will buy, barter, and have access
to the services the business provides. Building
that business because the relationship
is based on trust, respect and the accountability
of providing a service and need for the
community.

Many that attend the Black Expo, from our
observations are looking for that spark of  inspiration,
that opportunity to gain the knowledge that will
allow them to follow their dreams and to help their
business. Potentially hiring new people, providing
educational training and financing investments to
the community.
Small business is the glue that bonds communities
and allows for re-investments.
Technology has allowed many to connect with each
other and build a network of clients and partnerships.
The statements that many are starting to embrace is,
“don’t look at your business competitor as competition,
but an opportunity for collaboration.”

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Hello Tee – http://www.shophellotee.com

In order for businesses to be recognized, Social Media
is not the end all and be all, it contributes, but nothing
beats meeting and greeting people with a handshake
and a smile. Sharing information
and “word of mouth” alliances.

As an Educational Technology and Social Media instructor
at Edward Waters College, it is a requirement for my
students to blog about their interests, passions, abilities
and skills. Building their Brand and understanding how
important a digital presence is, but more important
building relationships in the community.
Volunteering, mentoring and helping outside of the
business brings exposure and respect to the business.
As I talk to youth, teens and young adults at local and
national conferences it is valuable because the information
they gain is relevant and can be applied to their goals.
Youth, teens and young adults that have a business
mind set must be taught things that are relevant to them
for the now and how it influences their future.

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Moxie Girl and Gabby

The Black Expo is a part of the building process to
put people together, a platform where handshakes
are exchanged, business cards are flowing and
smiles are shared. Before many do business they
establish a relationship based on trust and
mutual respect.
The business package starts with building of
relationships, having a solid Brand and knowing
your Niche. Developing a Marketing  strategy that
is a living document with multifaceted avenues to
provide streams of revenue not just from one source,
but dynamically creating a continuous path to
making money, and just as importantly
re-energizing the community with investments
in people.

The desire to gain business power should never
be the priority over humanity. It is the people that
are the ones that will help build a business or allow
that business to wither away. The youth, teens and
young adults attending should be embraced, mentored
and provided role models so they can achieve their
dreams as future business owners.

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Youth, teens and young adults are contributing
to business success models.

Too many times there are gaps in education, political
influence, economic stability, diversity in commerce
and generational wealth is lacking. Venues like the
Black Expo are proved as viable, solid and productive
Black businesses that are influencing the community
in positive ways and showing each generation of
youth that they do have alternatives to potentially
dangerous and illegal activities. There is life in
following positive people doing positive things
through education, hard work, networking,
technology and investments.

Support Black Businesses because these Black
businesses support the communities they are
established in, by providing needed tax revenue,
mentors, role models and job opportunities.

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Pro. Wm Jackson, Blogger and Author Harold Harvey
author of “Justice in the Round”
Essay on the American Jury System

Resources:
15th Annual Florida Black Expo
https://www.facebook.com/BlackExpoSouth/

Accounting and Financial Womens Alliance
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afwa-winter-tini-social-tickets-30220477261?aff=erelexpmlt

30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/30th-annual-martin-luther-king-jr-breakfast-presented-by-florida-blue-tickets-29893201370?aff=erellivmlt

Women In Insurance and Financial Services
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/northeast-florida-wifs-january-luncheon-registration-29789105015?aff=erelexpmlt

Sun Entertainment
http://suncityentertainment.com/florida-black-expo.php

Black Expo South
http://blackexposouth.com/

Florida Black Expo
http://blackexposouth.com/florida-black-expo/

My Quest to Teach
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/

Business Training and Collaboration
http://www.e3businessgroup.us/

1st Annual Community Film Festival
Daytona Beach, Florida
FreshBookFestivals@gmail.com
(386) 627-4353

December 9, 2016

EWC and DCPS Student to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

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EWC and DCPS Students to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

The opportunity to speak at a TEDx event is a great
honor and an awesome opportunity to share learning
that changes the paradigm of the intellectualism of teens
and young adults when talking about technology and applying
tech to influence changes in society.
TEDxFSCJ has been ongoing, providing great content
for discussions and actual application.

The national and global discussions provided by
diverse speakers enable those selected to share
their experiences, knowledge and passion in diverse
disciplines in fields such as medicine, science,
technology, religion, politics and engaging in the
area of thought leadership, unexplored creativity and
innovation.

TEDTALKS and TEDx are different entities, the
opportunity to share information and establish
connections are powerful. Selection is highly
respected and offers the chance to grow intellectually
because of the platform of engagement and collaboration
on multiple levels. TEDx are independently run
discussions.

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Johnathan Gregory a student at Edward Waters College
majoring in  Elementary Education and a proud member
of “Call Me Mister” program and Elisha Taylor a student
attending  Kirby Smith Middle School are both provided
the honor of being presenters at the upcoming
TEDxFSCJ Salon.

Each showing leadership abilities in their academic,
community service and application of the use and
integration of technology.

Mr. Gregory is not just a student at the historic
Edward Waters College, the oldest HBCU in Florida,
he is employed with TEAM UP at Pickett Elementary
School where he is involved in teaching, mentoring
and helping to build young minds for the future.
He has participated in several tech conferences in
Florida sharing his growing experience and skills
as a future educator and thought leader.
EdCampNABSE (Tampa, Florida,)  “TIGERTALKS
Experience” at Edward Waters College (Jacksonville,
Florida), WordCamp Conference (Philadelphia, Pa)
and other tech conferences.
Mr. Gregory is a proud graduate of The Bolles School
and attended Duval County Public Schools in his
elementary and middle school years.

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Elisha Taylor III an honor student at Kirby Smith
Middle, a Magnet School focusing on
STEM – Science Technology Engineering Mathematics.

Mr. Taylor has participated in several technology
conferences as well and attended TEDxFSCJ. Gaining
experience in speaking about and applying his
passion for technology that he has gained from school
and attending conferences like Florida Heritage
Book Festival (St. Augustine, Fl), EdCampMagic
(Orlando, Fl), WordCamp (Jacksonville, Fl.) and
technology Meetups.
Mr. Taylor is influenced by the speaking and presentation
abilities by his father the Senior Minister of Northbound
Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mr. Gregory and Mr. Taylor are
mentored by educator , blogger and professor
William Jackson a teacher with Duval County Public
Schools and professor at the historic Edward Waters College.
Prof. Jackson a blogger and speaker himself travels
nationally to tech conferences and involved in his
community.
Professor Jackson takes students on field trips
encouraging them to not only attend, but to
contribute to the discussions at conferences,
workshops and meetups. Learning, contributing and
applying the integration of technology as students
grow in knowledge and abilities.

This creates changes from teacher centered to student
centered learning and providing increased hands-on
opportunities for collaboration and application
to real world experiences and future careers.
TEDxFSCJ Salon theme is
“Our Digital Leaders of Tomorrow”
http://tedxfcsj.com

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Resources:
Jon Gregory:
Instagram @indo_jon
Twitter @Indo__Jon
William Jackson:
Twitter @wmjackson
Instagram
@williamdjackson
Dr. Jose Lepervanche
Twitter
@DrLepervanche
Instagram
@drlepervanche
Florida State College
Twitter
@TEDxFSCJ

Web
tedxfscj.com

 

November 18, 2016

What I Learned from TEDxFSCJ Engage 2016

 

 

 

 

 

What I Learned from TEDxFSCJ Engage 2016
by William Jackson and Elisha Taylor

William Jackson
Educator with Edward Waters College
Father, Blogger, Speaker, Community Activist
Elisha Taylor student with #DCPS
Future TEDxFSCJ Salon Speaker and Presenter

Sharing our experiences from attending in the TEDxFSCJ event.
A. Everyone has a story that is equal in its importance
and significance.
B. Everyone is faced with a challenge, that challenge
does not have to define us or determine our destinies.
C. Diversity empowers and strengthens our collective
community.
D. There is a lack of personal communication between
people that is wide scale and potentially divisive
for our community.

E. We must look beyond our color and build relationships
that strengthen and unite our community not divide us.
F. We must learn not to judge a person because of their
religious believes or allow others to encourage attacks
on those that worship in a different way.
G. A woman’s’ voice is just as valuable as a mans’ and
her challenges are just as real.
H. Our youth, teens and young adults views are just as
important as our elders.
I. We cannot / should not judge a person, family or
community by their zip code, area code or children by
their lunch status.
J. We must never allow those that speak racism, sexism,
war, strife, and separation be in leadership and allow this
thinking.
K. Political views should not divide us, they should
encourage discussion and respect.
L. We must listen to our elders for wisdom and guidance
and apply their teachings.
M. Networking is a continuous process of sharing, caring
and respecting others.

N We must always strive to learn every day. Education is
valuable in our global economy and society.
O. Colleges and universities must be used to unite and
collaborate learning for all communities.
P. Politics should never be allowed to divide people,
is should be used as a medium for different opinions and
ideas to come together for dialogue and discussion to
find solutions.
Q. Women should have equal political power as men,
people of color should not be marginalized for political
gain and used as electoral fodder.
R. Children and the elderly should be the priority in
building a city. To accommodate the youth, teens and
young adults with mentors, role models and opportunities
to learn outside of classrooms.
S. The elderly should be accommodated and respected by
sharing their knowledge and talents with the youth who
have similar career and life aspirations.
T. Those that are disabled should be allowed to share
their knowledge to adapt a community to accommodate the
levels and challenges of the disabled.
U. Before a technology is applied the benefits should
outweigh the challenges for a progressive society.


V. The educational systems in public and higher education
should look like the student body as much as possible
with teachers and staff.
W. The prison system should be filled with educational
materials, vocational opportunities and career sessions
just like schools to keep people from returning.
X. Higher education should include vocational and career
development centers that help students succeed and
continue to grow.
Y. The community must reach-out to those that have
disabilities and not see their disability, look at
their potential for contribution to society.
Z. Understand that everyone in a society has a place,
is part of a collective family and has value.

Nuggets of Knowledge from TEDxFSCJ gained from
William Jackson and Elisha Taylor

Resources:
Florida State College TEDxFSCJ
http://tedxfscj.org

Photo Resources from TEDxFSCJ
photos taken via Wm Jackson
#MyQuestToTeach



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