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January 11, 2019

Teach for America Uses “RaceCards” to Guide Training

It is great working with such passionate and professional educators,
community activist, community stakeholders and parents.
School and community partnerships make a big difference when
working hard to provide equitable classrooms and schools.
William Jackson, M.Ed.
31 years of professional educational service.
#MyQuestToTeach

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Teach for America Uses “RaceCards” to Guide Training

Teach for America Uses “RaceCards” to Guide Training
Wm Jackson, M.Ed

Duval County Public School educators along with OneJax
and Black Educators Rock facilitators partnered together
to facilitate a Teach For America workshop exploring the
intricacies of race, identity, and teaching in classrooms
across lines of difference. The team of facilitators utilized
the “Race Cards” initiative developed by 904ward, a
kitchen table approach to having conversations
on race and identity with across community lines.

TFA educators receive regularly scheduled training to
improve their teaching abilities to assist them to meet the
needs of their diverse classrooms within the schools of DCPS.
Professional Development in education is a key component
to build and develop competent, confident and capable
educators.
The growth in the diversity of classrooms
across Jacksonville, Florida shows that teachers need to
be supported to address multiple issues that distract
students and create learning challenges in schools
and classrooms.

Pictured are educators and facilitators in the discussion
of race, bias and stereotypes that students may face in
classrooms of Duval County Public Schools and using
the “Race Cards” resource to guide the discussions
and help students understand and cope with these
sensitive issues that create questions about their place
in society.

Training’s like these set a foundation of professional
development that builds professional learning communities
and professional learning networks.

Continued training’s like this empower teachers with
the necessary knowledge and skill-sets to be able to
addressing issues that are on the minds of students.
OneJax facilitators, William Jackson a 31 year educator
with DCPS, national and international blogger and
Aida Correa a business owner, artist and parent.
Each have participated and facilitated similar discussions
with MetroTown In A Day with high school students and
worked with New Town Success Zone, Authors RoundTable,
EdCamp educational conferences and with the international
conference Preventing Crime in the Black Community annual
conference with the Florida State Attorneys Office.

Training’s like these set a foundation to show the value
of professional development that builds professional learning
communities (PLC) and professional learning networks
(PLN) among teachers and provides avenues for continued
support and resources.

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Shown in the photo from left to right:
William Jackson (OneJax), Cris Benavides (Ribault),
Joelle Butler (Dupont), Amanda Chappell (Ribault),
Anthony Alves (Ribault), Tracy Oliver (Black Educators Rock),
Aida Correa (OneJax), Stephanie Keck (Jefferson County),
Chris Williams (City Year Staff), (Nakia Lee (GOCA),
Katlyn Econom (Ribault), Erin Riebel (YWLA),
Roel Escamilla (Clay County), John Grab (TFA Staff)
Sharetta McBride (Hyde Grove)

January 4, 2019

What is Metrotown-In-A-Day? MIAD

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What is Metrotown-In-A-Day? MIAD

Metrotown-In-A-Day is an interactive experiential
learning lab. Selected delegates will come together
to explore options for living successfully in an
increasingly diverse and interdependent world.
At Metrotown-In-A-Day, students explore their
personal values and perceptions. Delegates also
experience a variety of perspectives on diversity
issues, multicultural communication, and unconscious
biases. Participants create strategies for these event
living and working with a multitude of differences.

The goal of Metrotown-In-A-Day is to promote respect
and understanding among all people. This goal is
achieved through small group discussions and workshops,
creative and artistic expression, recreation, outdoor
experiences and personal reflection on our diverse
community. Be prepared! When you’ve completed
Metrotown-In-A-Day, you’ll see the world through
different eyes and you will have made a lasting
and positive difference in your own life, and in
the lives of your friends.

As a volunteer of Metrotown In A Day events and the
longer Metrotown In A Week are great opportunities
for teens to learn about the value of diversity in
culture, thinking, gender and that differences are
strengths.

When young people attend and participate in a
Metrotown event they have the opportunity to
meet others of similar age, but different on so
many levels.

Photos are from Metrotown In A Day at Ponte Vedra
High School in Jacksonville, Florida

 

January 2, 2019

KidsCamp – Preparing Kids To Be Digital Innovators Thru STEAM

KidsCamp – Preparing Kids To Be Digital Innovators
Thru STEAM
by William Jackson

KidsCamp at WordCamp 2018

This years’ KidsCamp in Orlando has embraced STEAM
and a theme of “SPACE,” its mysteries as the “Final Frontier.”
Lead Organizer William Jackson (My Quest To Teach) and
Co-Organizer Aida Correa (LoveBuiltLife), educators and
business owners have activities in place that will be fun,
challenging, engaging and creative.
Like space agencies working hard to place spaceships,
satellites and people in space to explore distance planets
and galaxies, William and Aida are serving as the
“Commanders” and preparing the youth that serve as
“Captains” and their parents which will be their “Number
Ones” or “First Officers.”
As seen on programs like Star Trek, Deep Space Nine,
and Enterprise.
WordCamp conferences are being held across the nation and
even on an international level. Providing opportunities for
business owners, entrepreneurs, Artists, Bloggers, Micro-Bloggers,
Podcasters, educators and digital innovators to attend.
Hearing dynamic speakers sharing their experiences and
providing resources.
WordCamp conference are part of the broader WordPress
family of “open source” web development that encourages
the sharing of  ideas, skills, knowledge and collaboration.
Serving as advocate, volunteer, speaker and organizer,
I have stated, “it is many times better to collaborate than to
compete.
Web businesses offer careers to youth, teens and young
adults that are fascinated with technology and the web.”
We have spoken at 14 conferences with 2 being international
conferences and participating in EdCamp educational
conferences.
Advocating the involvement of children of color and culture
to be involved in careers of STEM/STEAM and Web Development.
Youth and teens must learn the Internet offers much more than
entertainment, music and movies there are opportunities for youth,
teens and young adults to have businesses like Lemonade Code Girl
Twitter @lemonadecode and Miles Lifton, Twitter @KidCoderDev.
Tomorrows business owners will be digital innovators using the web
for Ecommerce, Branding and Marketing. All tech is scalable and
adaptable to multiple platforms.
WordCamp and KidsCamp are providing mentors, resources and
services to start youth, teens and young adults on their path to
increased digital citizenship and business ownership.
KidsCamp Miami 2018 Panel Discussion
https://wordpress.tv/2016/05/02/kids-wordpress-panel-discussion/

KidsCamp Orlando 2018
https://2018.orlando.wordcamp.org/schedule/kidscamp/

WordCampJax in Jacksonville Florida June 2019
Organizers William Jackson and Aida Correa
https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

Kids Camp Orlando Organizers 2018

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