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April 20, 2018

Every HBCU Student Has A Story

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Every HBCU Student Has A Story
William Jackson, M.Ed.
My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach
HBCU Alumi
South Carolina State Univ 1985

After watching the PBS program
 “Tell Them We Are Rising” about the rise
of HBCU institutions and their historical
significance. Thousands of HBCU students
have a story to share, their experiences
are unique to each person from background life
experiences, personal goals and dreams.
Family aspirations and cultural connections.
Their stories are unique and authentic.
There are tragedies and triumphs, there are
experiences to be remembered and others to
be forgotten.

Attending an HBCU allows for wonderful opportunities
to learn, collaborate, share, inspire, develop new
intellectual abilities and even embrace creative
collaborations that require innovation and thought
leadership.

Intellectual development is the historic and cultural goal,
to prepare students of color to enter into any field
and excel. Despite the presence of racism, sexism and
other isms against people of color. It is important that
HBCU students are prepared for the diversity of life.
The classrooms of HBCU institutions are filled with great
minds thinking at higher levels, talented minds
contemplating new ideas and structural foundations
to change the world. The mental agility of innovation
and discovery to make life better, safer and more
efficient.

Blacks have always lifted this nation and the world
because of their innovation, creativity and willingness
to overcome hardships that would mentally and physically
destroy others. People of color are the foundation of
this world.

The wonders of learning, thinking, contemplating and
applying learning to move forward in a world where
global integration is imperative. The use of digital
technologies expands the process of human
interactions on a scale never before seen for
people of color and culture that attend HBCU
institutions.

The goal of building intellectuals both men and
women should always be the prime objective.
Preparing HBCU students to be the leaders, problem
solvers, innovators, thought leaders and smart
creatives this nation continues to need.
The statement of an unknown author, “Ambition is a
reflection of your creativity.” Shares that students
must be guided by their ambition beyond money.
Students must be provided the opportunity to learn
how to be producers of content and not just consumers.
It is always an HBCU teacher responsibility to teach
students how to think NOT what to think, rationalize,
comprehend and digest information. To think beyond their
current levels and intellectually reach for new heights.

If HBCU educators fail to help students, we are allowing
students to be sheep, to be lead with false information
to the slaughter of educational misalignment and dumbed
down curriculum’s where students are only as good
as they are in following directions that one day will be
taken over by computers.
Teaching Educational Technology, Social Media and
STEM / STEAM as a past instructor at Edward Waters
College I still continue to see the need for HBCUs to
foster intellectual development, cultural pride.
Resource:
“Tell Them We Are Rising”
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-historically-black-colleges-level-the-playing-field

 

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March 24, 2018

Building Your HBCU Brand That Builds Your Worth

William Jackson My Quest To Teach

Building Your HBCU Brand That Builds Your Worth
by William Jackson, M.Edu.
@wmjackson – #MyQuestToTeach
Wm Jackson is a graduate of South Carolina
State University and past instructor at the
oldest HBCU in Florida – Edward Waters College

In todays society HBCU students cannot allow
others to Brand them or label them.
There are billions of people on the planet, each
person from conception to death has a story and
a personal Brand. Students cannot allow others to
tell their story, to Brand with error about
who they are, and what they are about.

HBCUs have a rich history of culture, creativity,
innovation and invention. They must tell their
own stories to collectively expand the potential
of graduates and influence the world.
How others see you is important, society should
see you beyond skin tones, hair styles, and accept
the beautiful imperfections that we each have and
should embrace in ourselves.

This is why an HBCUs Brand is important to help
define outside of visual and cultural perceptions.
Why would anyone allow mass media to define them,
to tell an incomplete and inaccurate story that
only sees or tells false/half truths. HBCUs even
today are fighting for not just financial support,
they are striving for respect and recognition too
show their continued and transformative contributions
in this nation.

In 2013, St. Paul College closed after 125 years,
a rich history of building men and women, their
stories continue in history.
There are many other HBCUs that have not survived
history, they live on in their students and the
accomplishments still being achieved.
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics/
Medicine are the legacy in the 20th and 21st century.
The Brand of HBCUs should continuously be modified
and adapted for telling a story of growth, hope
and preparing for the future. HBCU students
personal Brands should be self reflective,
what do students want society to see, that do
HBCU students want societies perceptions to be?

The work that goes into building a Brand is not an exact
science, it allows that person to be reflective.
HBCU studens must find out what their Brand is personally,
asking themselves where they are heading:
What do they want to do with their life? How can they
match their career aspirations with their personal Brand?
How do they want society to see them? What makes them unique?
What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses?
HBCU students must identity why their Brand is important?
Understanding your “Personal Brand” how you present yourself
to others understanding your “Brand Identity” the qualities
that make you unique and different from others. HBCU
students need to understand the importance of their
Personal Brand in starting a career, standing out from
others, personal self confidence.

Celebrities are not the only ones that benefit from Personal
Branding. There is competition for employment and career
stability is fierce. Having a Personal Brand workig can
be the difference between an entry level position
or executive positions.

Controlling your Brand helps you control how you are
perceived, when you see Brands like Nike, Adidas, Reebok,
Coke, Pepsi, Empire, Scandal, The View and other products.
Each one you expect a certain thing from them. The same
should be held for HBCU’s as well, what do you as the
student expect people to expect. Your Brand can make you
memorable or nefarious, notorious or noticeable, you decide.

Ever Rising

Background information:
William Jackson is a past Professor at Edward Waters College,
where he designed a curriculum that embraced Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEAM from 2004 to 2017.
He is a WordCamp organizer, blogger, volunteer, speaker and
digital community activist for TEDxFSCJ and the Social Media
Manager for Jacksonville Sister Cities Association.
He blogs about his life experiences as he travels speaking
to youth, teens and young adults and is a member of the body
of Christ with Northside Church of Christ.
William has 28 years as a public school educator in
Physical Education and Technology Instruction and
is a community activist where he is actively engaged in
the Jacksonville, Florida community with Vision Keepers
and New Town Success Zone.
William is joined by Aida Correa who is an artist, blogger,
poet, actress and a proud Latina. Both are parents to adult
children. They can be found on Twither at:
@wmjackson and @latinapheonix and hashtags respectively
#MyQuestToTeach and #LoveBuiltLife #LoveBuiltStudio

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November 3, 2017

2017 Promoting PSTEAhM Learning During the Summer

2017 Promoting PSTEAhM Learning During the Summer
by William Jackson
Tristan’s Accelerated Academy, Inc.
PSTEAhM Camp Jacksonville, Florida

Summer learning is becoming increasingly valuable for
preparation for careers.
The summer is a perfect time to encourage applying learning
to everyday situations and building learning as fun. Applying
learning to real life experience to build relevancy and
connections. Applying math to help building a budget, reading
to build an appreciation for literacy and understanding
the value for comprehension. Art for diving into STEAM where
discovery can be enlightening and a drive towards careers.
Teaching children how to budget money early will allow for
them to process the value of money and build a respect
for work. Parents should use the summer to incorporate
STEAM into their children’s life and teaching children how
influential even in a small way STEAM is important.

Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics – STEAM
Teaching children and teens early will help them learn to
survive when there is no one around to give advice, it will
already be in them thinking creatively and being innovative
with their resources. Instead of telling children that money
does not grow on trees the summer should have been used to
show them by allowing them to practice saving and spending.
Provide a budget and some funds so it can be seen in a
realistic format. Children and teens need to be allowed
to shop, compare items and compare the cost helps to
understand the monetary responsibilities in feeding a
family; also helping children learn the sacrifices parents
make for even small things as prices fluctuate.

Children and teens perspectives are different when parents,
family and even summer camps teach how to manage money that
is not infinite, there is a limit.
The science of shopping, preparation, cooking and serving
can be fun and open discussions as to why parents or guardians
only purchase certain foods or why parents or guardians
shop at certain stores. Understanding and comprehension
come when a child applies what they are learning to real
world situations.

Just think what your child may be applying when they are
learning to connect the pieces of STEAM that are filled with
events that allow for increased blood pressure or an increase
in blood sugar content. Why candy can be dangerous not just
for teeth, but high levels of blood sugar can cause
serious issues later in life.

There are diverse games that children are playing at summer
STEAM camps like Tristan’s, the dream of Arlene Lloyd an
educator in Jacksonville, Florida and STEM/STEAM advocate.
Tristan’s Accelerated Academy is incorporating STEAM has
found a connection to learning, growing and fun this summer.
Involvement of skills related to STEM, STEAM, and STREAM are
not limited to just science and those areas that kids
expect academically.

Education allows for the accumulation of information, facts,
access to data, students still need to learn how to apply
these to real life experiences especially money. Parents
must understand that value of “exposure,” the purpose of
application and implementation is valuable.
The first teacher is the parent, but if the parent is also
lacking in information that makes a dangerous situation,
because ignorant parents, create ignorant children and
this creates a generational problem of ignorance or lack
of knowledge.

During the summer children should be visiting museums,
library events, cultural activities, field trips.
Summer camps fill a void in learning gaps and exposure.
In this world of Technology, Drones, Social Media, Virtual
Reality, scientific break through, medical discoveries,
etc, children must be prepared especially children of color.
There does not have to be any learning gaps when parents
involve summer camps with structure, capable educators and
a vision for improving the lives of children.
2017 is still a new beginning to bring about a better future,
and the summer of 2018 will again bring rise to choosing
where to put children for learning and exposure.
Careers are not just available because children like them,
they must grow to respect and appreciate the sacrifice
and hard work it takes to advance in careers and the
education required.

Parents of color and children of color, make sure you’re
preparing yourself for future learning and being an
agent of change that promotes generational change for
the better, STEAM, STEM and STREAM have the capacity to
change lives if applied the right way.

 

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