My Quest To Teach

September 12, 2016

Fatherhood from the First Day of School

Fatherhood from the First Day of School To The Last
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Educator of 27 years, Teacher of the Year,
Instructor with Edward Waters College
Parent of 2 college students

William and Sean

William and Sean

Each school year is an opportunity to begin anew not just for
kid, but for parents as well. To start off on a great foundation of
learning and discovery. It is also another opportunity to encourage
fathers, grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers and surrogate fathers to
mentor and volunteer in schools.
Fathers must understand they do have an impact in schools and
the need to be involved and engaged.
To be involved in making their children’s lives a better opportunity
to grow and to be better than their parents.
Fathers have to understand they leave a legacy with their children.

Nationally through the Million Father March the first day of school
is important to set the foundation for a academic year of 180 days
for learning. To improve reading and develop comprehension. To
celebrate the creatives, the innovators, the intellectuals and the
students that are not athletes nor are they entertainers. They are
the “smart” kids that sometimes to do not get recognized,
they do not get noticed and sometimes even picked on and bullied.

A father presence can stop bullying, they can stop harassment,
they can build self-esteem and self-confidence. In this mission
fathers are key to motivating, encouraging, and making learning
exciting and even protecting and guiding their and other kids.

No matter the educational level of the father, data shows how
important fathers are. Dads, stepdads and male figures
do account for success in the classroom and school environment.
Not to mention active fathers improve communities.


School districts if they are not should accept
fathers and use them as a motivational tool
and role models to help students see other
options in careers and success.
In many school districts fathers are welcomed
and encouraged to attend PTA meetings,
join School Advisory Councils and even
encouraged to attend school board meetings
contributing in school improvement discussions.
Fathers have a different perspective and need
to be used for their wisdom and knowledge.

Men don’t let a potential background issues
keep you from registering to volunteer for
your child’s educational success. Children need
the support and value that men show for education.

dad and shae
My daughter and I when she was in elementary
school, I visited her school once a month with
my son and daughter.
Took off work and made that sacrifice. Still
picked up my son and daughter every other weekend.
It was not easy and many miles of travel.

Support should not be just on the first day,
it should be every day, every week and every
month. What would happen if parents decided
they do not want to be parents for a week or
a month. That is the case in some situations
in schools.

Many schools started after the Labor Day
weekend. Fathers should know their children’s
teachers, the Principal, Vice Principal, who
the Guidance Counselor is.
Father should know or have a copy of the lunch
schedule and even locked in their phones
the schools number.
Fathers should know what the school start time
and end time is as well so they can pickup their
kids or be able to attend parent / teacher

Tag yourself through the year in the hashtag
#BackToSchool, #MillionFatherMarch on Twitter,
Facebook and other Social Media platforms to
show your support and involvement in the
schools this year in your community and in your city.

Keep  up to date on school events and activities,
stay connected and engaged.

Everyone wins and everyone benefits when
fathers and concerned men are part of the
educational process for children.

All fathers have a responsibility to be engaged and active in their
communities. You never know who you influence and how you can
help children grow. #MyQuestToTeach


The Alphabet of Fatherhood

The role of being a father

Change the Discussion on Black Fathers

GetConnectDAD @GetConnectDad

Dad 2.0 Summit @dad2summit

Daddydaddydaddy @daddydaddydadus

Melanin Bloggers @MelaninBloggers

The Father Effect @thefathereffect

Dad Summit

New Fathers Chronicles on YouTube


November 11, 2014

FlBlogCon Reflection: Is Your Blog SWAG Enough

FlBlogCon Reflection: Is Your Blog SWAG Enough
Wm Jackson, My Quest To Teach
Parent, Educator, Blogger

The Florida Blogging Conference (
held at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida showed that creative,
and consistent content creation is the basis for successful content
consumption by readers. Creating a blog requires more than just
selecting a fancy domain name, uploading the SWAGEST pictures
of you in interesting poses and with interesting people, there is more
to having a successful blog than having a video that you hope will go
viral. Blogs take work and creativity….

Bess Auer @Bess_Auer and her team @FLBlogCon have provided
another awesome conference with relevant content and speakers that
are Blogging and Technology visionaries, entrepreneurs, legendary
bloggers and even teachers. There was even a Mayor taking Selfies..
There is more to a powerful blog than dynamic plug-ins; a blog needs
more than vibrant pictures and video. A successful blog needs a
motivated and organized plan of execution and sustainability.
Throwing the words SWAG, SWAGGER, SWAGALIOUS, and
SWAGZILLA around does not help to promote a blog, creative talents
and writing abilities are key to building a site that has valuable content,
carefully and strategically embedded graphics, charts, photos and even
the ability to self research a Brand or product. Bloggers are unique
and important in sharing content that creates a bridge to information,
products, services and encourages collaborations that expands to
diverse audiences.

Your Blog is a promise that your information is for the reader, not to
promote your latest conquest or show off your dog unless you are a
pet blogger. When developing your blog you should have a mission,
a purpose to the content that you create, there should be more than
a fancy logo. These concepts and more were shared at the FlBlogCon.

Blogging uncovers creative passions and the purpose of why you
expose yourself in a digital environment to not only accolades, but
criticisms. The ability to write is not natural for many people and
preparation is key; bloggers must make sure they have the tools
needed to correct or eliminate errors in spelling and grammar. It is
extremely important because of the linguistical deviations of our
nation, you never know from what part of our country or world people
will read your blog, share the content and respond. A quote shared at the
conference, “You are not a blogger, you are a multimedia production
company,” shows the importance of diversifying your Social Media
tools to reach audiences on multiple platforms and devices.

In positive ways to get your blog noticed and followed find your niche,
what are you knowledgeable about, what is your motivation that you can
talk about for hours, those same hours of talking can be developed into
a great blog and even a Ebook. The developmental process of blogging
is when you find a digital version of yourself to share with the world.
People love to build relationships that is why Social Media is so popular
because of the connections, the connections of kindred spirits, similar
interests and passions on issues as diverse as the human experience.

You are sharing a part of you with strangers in the world, be ready for
diverse reactions even criticism and disapproval, sometimes it helps to
develop a thick skin on issues that are heavy with emotion, but don’t
stop, press on and create content that challenges.

As you progress in your blogging journey it will become evident that learning
continues so work to become that expert. Learn as much as possible about
your area to answer the easy and hard questions people will eventually ask.
If you are unsure then conduct research, take classes, join discussion
groups and join professional organizations help to keep you updated on
important issues.

My area is teaching Social Media to youth and teens, because the content
they produce will affect future employment, entrance into higher education
and entrance into military service. A teens life online influences their
career choices and even relationships. The realm of education is changing and
change brings about paradigm shifts. I also blog and speak on preventing
Bullying/Cyberbullying, consequences of Sexting and the integration of
STEAM / STEM in the lives of children and a Daddy Blogger about my son
and daughter both in college and the two young ladies I mentor to the
point were I’m a father in their lives and I have two additional daughters.
Daddy Daughter Dance –

These are current “hot” topics of discussion today and they influence decisions
parents make with technology, in the community and changes/challenges in education.
Having taught for over 20 years in elementary education teaching Physical Education
and STEAM as an Engineering and Technology teacher these also provide content to blog,
speak and mentor. Blogging has allowed me to speak at conferences, workshops, seminars
and mentor teens. Included in this the opportunity to be an instructor on the
college level teaching Educational Technology. I have the chance to guide
students that have not had the exposure to integrating technology in productive and
positive ways. Higher education students know “how to”access and use the technologies,
they struggle with the integration of technology in productive ways.

Bloggers, Social Media experts, Vbloggers, Microbloggers, Podcasters and technology
integration specialists and others have a story to tell, their story is important
especially if it motivates, empowers and engages others in positive directions.
Bloggers remember that you are “your first investment” so be sure to give back to
yourself, keep motivated, maintain your passion and purpose.
Be interactive and of value, learn as much as possible to be the, “Go To Guy or Gal”
when people need information or resources.

Additional Pictures from the Florida Blogging Conference 2014

Florida Blogging Conference

November 10, 2014

Girls Inc. Daddy Daughter Dance

Girls Inc. Daddy Daughter Dance

The recent Daddy Daughter Dance was a great experience for fathers
and daughters to share an evening of dinner, dancing and games. Provided
by Girls Inc. that helps to empower girls to be the best that they can
and embrace their unique talents and abilities.
Girls Incorporated of Jacksonville, “The positive impact of girls’ education
has been shown to transcend generations, resulting in better health
outcomes among women, their children, and eventually their grandchildren.”

This annual event provides dads a chance to spend quality time with their
daughters which is important to help maintain a bond that is sometimes
challenged by the pressures of day to day living and parental responsibilities.
Held this year at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida the dance was
lively and energetic as dads and daughters danced into the evening creating
life-long memories to cherish in the future. Included in the events of the Daddy
Daughter Dance was a silent auction and give-a-ways that provided additional
fun and excitement to the evening.

Each year my daughters look forward to this event that encourages all ages
to participate where dads, step-dads, granddads and even men that serve in
a dads role can share quality time with their daughters. The smiles on the faces
of the daughters is contagious, the spirit of fatherhood could be seen as fathers
greeted each other with brotherly handshakes as they sat at the dining tables
they shared. Sharing stories and watching their daughters dance and establish
new friendships that will grow to life-long friendships.

The Daddy Daughter Dance also helps fathers in sharing experiences of
fatherhood and the responsibilities of being the best father they can be for
their children and families. Each year the Daddy Daughter Dance has grown
in attendance to help support girls not just in Jacksonville but nationally.

For more information about Girls Incorporated of Jacksonville
Twitter: #girlsincjax @girlsincjax
Phone: 904 731 9933

November 8, 2014

Building HBCU Intellect Through Blogging

Building HBCU Intellect Through Blogging
Part One
by William Jackson, Prof. Edward Waters College
Historically Black College and University

There are many writers, poets, storytellers and
intellectuals that create and share diverse content.
The content motivates, encourages, engages,
educates and shows that African Americans
have intellectual abilities that greatly surpass
entertainment and sports.
Education; the key to economic and political
growth allows for opportunities in the careers
that African Americans in the past have been
denied because they were not qualified,
certified and skilled enough.

The growth of the Internet has allowed millions
of youth, teens and young adults the chance
to express themselves through the diverse
writing talents that they have and can cultivate
within them. The events of the media are quick
to report breaking stories, but what comes
into question is the validity and accuracy of news
reports and the stereotypical language, linguistically
created coding and cultural references that
border on racism and typecasting.

The development of the Internet has allowed
content to be created on the spot to share accurate
and pinpoint information about rapidly changing
events. The recent Ferguson protests showed the
flexibility and at times unreliability of news reports,
but the “person on the spot” has a valid purpose
in showing what is happening real time through
Social Media tools that transmitted real time events.

Communities are portrayed in multiple ways that
either promote positive events or negativity in
actions and behaviors by it residents. This leads
to HBCU courses in Broadcast Journalism, Mass
Communications, and other courses of study that
dive into news events and content creation.
Sometimes the humanity of a story is not portrayed
when using Social Media to share events, the humanity
or personal side of a story should be included.

HBCU students that are studying areas of communication
must understand that their views and opinions may not
be in line with that of the main stream media, because
of this they must learn how to code switch to show
events as unbiased and neutral. HBCU colleges and
universities have a responsibility to speak their voices,
voices that are critical and should never be silenced because
historically they still represent African American communities.
HBCU’s should not allow anyone to define them or
define the AA community even those without formal
education. Education should not divide us, education
and learning can unite us and bond us. Preventing
inter-cultural segregation from happening by nurturing
future journalist that can tell the stories needed to be told
about the African American community in the light of truth.
This blog is about “Building HBCU Intellect Through
Blogging” because blogging is not confined to one tool or
platform. HBCU students need to learn how to Vblog,
Podcast, Microblog, develop E-books, develop interview
strategies, articulate for public speaking and develop
research skills. I’m saddened that when I present myself
a graduate of an HBCU and offer to speak at HBCU schools
on Social Media platforms, tools and using it to promote,
market and brand many seem uninterested or think this
discussion is not needed.

HBCU students must have a passion for writing and have
an answer to why they write. The journalist Samira Sawlani
(UK based writer) has stated “whether you are a writer, a
journalist or a reader, why do you write? Why do you read?”
these should be answered with a personal passion.
Professor Chinua Achebe, revered ‘The grandfather of
African literature’ is an“aide memoire” of the influence of
the writer, the writer has the ability to transcend borders and
fight the status quo. HBCU students whether independent
writers (freelance) or associated with a news agency can
break the traditional ideas and ideologies of culture and
color. Achebe spoke the language of courage and literature.

HBCU students must write to effect positive change and not
write for just monetary rewards. Their passion must show
through first and the praises will come later.
Achebe felt as published in the Paris Review quoted, “My position
is that serious and good art has always existed to help, to serve
humanity.” As a blogger and educator in elementary and
at an HBCU my “craft and ability” are to show my passion to
serve humanity and God. This is my personal mission:
as my blog is titled: My Quest to Teach

As a professor at an HBCU I see the need to teach writing/
blogging to my students and encourage writing to all students.
Diverse careers, multiple productivity tools, integration of
Social Media tools and platforms all work to create and
share content.
The world relies on information, data, statistical analysis and
the flexibility of wireless and portable devices to access and
share information. Students need to learn how to manipulate
devices and how to use them to create content that leaves no
room for stereotypes.
African Americans cannot continue to allow traditional media
to define them. Media is answering the questions that African
ask ‘Who creates us?’ it’s as if our cultural self
worth and history is dictated by outsiders. In America, African
Americans must learn to use the tools that other cultures use
to share information.

Chinua Achebe and others that embrace writing and blogging
show that these are powerful tools. The HBCU students of today
must understand just as Achebe, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes,
James Baldwin and others that writing is a moral obligation.
This obligation can be an act of political and economic warfare
by sharing content that is empowering and engaging on the issues
that affect American communities nationwide. African American
issues may be ignored by traditional media, African Americans
must sit down and talk about problems and internal challenges
to effect positive change.

In conclusion HBCU students should be required to start and
maintain a viable Blog and even have a Vblog and Microblog
to share information that highlights African Americans
achievements, successes and accomplishments. Others are
writing about US leaving to wonder are too many still caught
in the intellectual slavery of embarrassment being Blacks?

HBCU students are encouraged to read the works of Achebe.
In his novel “Anthills of the Savannah”; Achebe wrote,
“Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control,
they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the human
spirit in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the
university or wherever.”

Lessons can be learned by HBCU students from the writers and
journalists of today; the power of the pen should be used to defy
injustices and preserve our histories. HBCU students need to
start writing and blogging to share their stories.
‘Who tells your story?’

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