My Quest To Teach

March 14, 2019

Children of Color Need to Attend Kids Camp Conferences

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Children of Color Need to Attend Kids Camp Conferences
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife
Teachers for
KidsCamp Jacksonville 2019
KidsCamp Orlando 2019
KidsCamp Miami 2019
https://2019.miami.wordcamp.org/kids/

Developing STEAM Initiatives and Integrating with Web Development.
The rapid growth of WordCamp conferences and the integration of
Kids Camp conferences being made available for youth, teens and
young adults of color need to be involved in new areas.
Educators like William Jackson and Aida Correa are
developing independent curriculum’s that are fun,
engaged, exciting and inclusive to the needs of
children of color. They (both are people of color)
understand that children of color need to see
representation that looks like them, allows for growth
and awareness in technology careers.

The implementation of STEAM, STEM, STREAM and CSTREAM
engagement allows for the building of critical and higher
order thinking that children of color have naturally,
but do not understand how to apply and build on their brilliance.
STEM camps, STEAM camps and Kids Camp are happening across
the nation and globally. Kids, youth, teens and young adults
are demanding to be included in the opportunities that WordCamp
conferences present. Kids Camp conferences are not only happening
in the United States, they are in San Jose, Costa Rica and
Nicaragua in Central America. William and Aida have assisted with
the Kids Camp in 2018 and with the Kids Camp in Calgary, Alberta
Canada as well in 2018.

Their participation is expected in 2019 and beyond to help
bring diversity in learning, engagement, fun and teaching skills
that are required in business, commerce and global enterprises.
Bursting at the doors kids are wanting to learn to code, and
develop web sites. Kids want to learn how to be entrepreneurs
and business owners.

Kids love technology and what the potential is for new business
ideas not just playing sports and entertainment. The future of
tech is in the youth, teens and young adults that are learning
in schools that have programs where learning can gain high salary
careers, in order to “qualify” there needs to be the right
education and mentor-ships.

Education is not the only option, networking, collaboration,
partnerships are valuable. Learning skills that are part of the
business process and learning the language(s) to talk the talk
and walk the walk.
Children of color must be able to engage in conferences
where their minds are broadened, their skills are
improved and sharpened and their fear of what is new is overcome.
Exposure is valuable and representation is key to motivating
beyond their present positions in life. Parents of color must
allow their children to participate in conferences to build
skills for future employment chances and changes.
Sports and entertainment come with inherent risks, but education
is only risky when it is discounted, rejected and laughed at.
The color of skin at a Kids Camp conference does not matter
because the instructors are of color and represent the kids
there.

William Jackson (African American) and Aida Correa
(Latina – Puerto Rican) create an environment of innovation,
creativity and discovery. All that is required is excitement,
a love for learning and creativity by the kids.
Children of color need to learn how to network, collaborate,
cooperate and work with the diversity the world has to offer.
Tech provides building a world of discovery and innovation,
and working together to accomplish goals and building future
dreams in careers, business and as entrepreneurs.

Children are learning about WordPress development,
web design, coding, java script, Podcasting, Vblogging,
Microblogging and other related skills. Kids will walk
away from Kids Camp with their very own WordPress.com
website. How cool is that!!!
Parents must prepare their children to move beyond manual
labor jobs and into new levels of thought leadership career
paths that create leadership opportunities, management
opportunities, financial stability and the opportunity
to travel the world.

One of the challenges for many children of color is that
too many do not get out of their neighborhoods to
explore the world around them. They seem to be stuck with
no exposure to the future and this creates “dream deserts”
where children of color don’t dream.
Kids Camps provide a vision and purpose for dreams. The
excitement of new thinking, fantastic dreams of growth
and change. The dopeness of the future as a
leader, creator and innovator.

The scariest thing for children is to state they have no
dreams, no aspirations and no goals beyond just living and
surviving. This must never be allowed to happen again !!!
Technology is helping humans to solve many of life’s
challenges. Children of color need to be part of the
solutions to solve human challenges, threats, complex
environmental changes and create generational growth.
Embracing intellectualism, being a thought leader, gifted,
talented, creative and innovative should be celebrated as a
child of color and culture.

Start by attending WordCamp and Kids Camp conferences and
other areas involving STEM and STEAM, the future is bright!!

Resources:
William Jackson and Aida Correa Welcome to Kids Camp Miami 2019
https://youtu.be/ibCFAAt8Z2s

Did You Know How Tech Influences Your Life 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8lBMFw2xFA&t=1s

WordCamp Central where globally WordCamp can be found
https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/


I’m Volunteering and Teaching at WordCamp Miami 2019

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November 4, 2016

The Humanity of Fatherhood

The Humanity of Fatherhood
William Jackson, M.Edu
Edward Waters College
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach

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Chinua Achebe, “We cannot trample upon
the humanity of others without devaluing our
own.” The Igbo, always practical, put it
concretely in their proverb:
Onye ji onye n’ani ji onwe ya:
“He who will hold another down in the mud
must stay in the mud to keep him down.”
The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays

“Fathers, it is time to lift our children, our families,
our culture, our communities from the mud
of poverty, death and destruction.”
William Jackson – My Quest To Teach

Watching the media and the continued deaths
of young men and young women, fathers have
a choice to be a blessing or a curse to their
children, to embed humanity into their process
of raising their families. To lead them to a life
of safety and growth or condemn them to
potential sentences of poverty, lack of
educational success and a societal voice of
silence.

Fathers are supposed to be the foundation,
the rock that their families can stand on during
the storms of life and the challenges that they
will face. The national deaths by violence of
children of color and culture are a signal that
too many fathers are not doing their jobs,
importantly too many men are not parenting,
fathering, guiding and mentoring. Too many
are talking, their lips are moving, but their feet
and hearts are standing still. There is work to
do in their communities, but too many fathers
are counterproductive and adding to the
troubles their communities are facing.

 

 

 

Fathers are influential in the social and
educational directions of their children, they set
the tones for social interaction, establishing the
direction of their children and others around
them, growing and developing the social skills
and humbleness that boys and girls developing
into men and women will need. Children are
modeling their father’s activities, mentalities,
their lack of compassion and lack of sensitivities
to their children. The father is the model whether
at home or not, looking at the communities of
color and culture too many fathers are not
involved or do not care.

Social skills are not just necessary social requirements;
they are the patterns of behaviors for survival that boys
and girls of color and culture will need to know in order
to grow in a society that is still struggling with boys and
girls of diversity and color. The directions of life take
many twists and turns for youth especially African
American youth, this is NOT another hate the system
or hate the government blog, nor is it a blog on what
the educational system is not accomplishing.

This blog addresses the responsibilities of “Men in
the Village” to re-evaluate and re-prioritize their thinking
and to be of service to their communities.
The great Nigerian author Chinua Achebe through his
writings tries to teach men that positive emotions to
their children are beneficial and “do not
fear being
thought weak as a man” because men show emotions,
they should to establish a connection with their families.

Men have a right that extends to the accountability and
responsibility to be involved in their children’s educational
growth and development. How can hundreds if not
thousands of men attend sporting events in support
of their children, but cannot consistently volunteer, visit,
mentor, support their children’s schools that are preparing
them for life in this nation?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Achebe shares, “(fathers) do not show any human emotions
and sentiments so as not to be seen as weak,” are creating
un-caring societies where children are forgetting the value
of love, compassion, sympathy and honor. Men do not have
to cry to show emotions, but should hug and kiss their children,
hold their hands and provide emotional support and
mental comfort just as African men have done for centuries.
How many men can blame the State Attorney’s Office
and law enforcement if they won’t “man up” handling
their “business” and parental responsibilities in raising
their children? Prisons are not Day Cares, Learning
Centers, Enrichment Organizations; how many men can
blame the school district if they have not started the
process of educating their children in the basics of
reading, math and social behaviors at home that allow
for education in a formal setting to start. Learning
starts at home and fathers need to be responsible
for this happening.

The streets, back alleys, street corners and clubs of
our communities will teach skills that will lead to
death or prison as seen in children today, what real
father can be proud of that?

Fathers need to be involved in a dialogue that teaches
with love and wisdom, young fathers
need help. Children should be seen holding their
fathers hands, sitting on their laps and involved in
activities that build critical thinking skills, encourage
problem solving abilities and promote higher order
thinking that creates language development, increased
vocabulary and appreciation for being intelligent.

“People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle,
that’s the time to do something about it, not when it’s
around your neck.” Chinua Achebe
African American communities are finding crime and
death inching around their necks, they should do
something positive about it to make a change in their
communities. When “not snitching” is more important
than a child’s life that was taken by a bullet is the priority
the humanity has been taken away. Human life is not
valued and is less than that of an animal.
Because of continuous generational tragedies young
people of color are thereby increasing their likelihood
of entering correctional facilities, and if daddy is not
there who do kids model except who they see on the
street or movies?

To keep children of color and culture from entering
into the “pipeline” prevention and pro-action is needed.
Fathers are an important part of this effort, fathers need
to be trained and encouraged. Ronnie Cage, community
activist and national trainer for fathers and fathering skills
has encouraged fathers need training to be fathers for
years.
Parenting is a powerful force; parents have a spiritual
connection to their children and a responsibility to raise
them. Research from the University of Maryland (2000)
indicates that, “children who have fathers or father figures
in their lives learn better, have higher self-esteem and
show fewer signs of depression and aggression.”
“…children who identified a father or father figure
scored higher on basic learning skill tests and had
a stronger sense of competence and social acceptance
compared to children without fathers”
(University of Maryland Medical News, 2000).

Fact “Black males represent six percent of the U.S.
population, yet 35 percent
of the prison population and less than two percent
of teachers” Morehouse College Educational
Conference 2009.
All these have an effect on the mental and emotional
state of children of color and culture.
In the beginning man was created first to care for the
world, so men must take the lead and be a part of
their children’s lives before cemeteries and prisons
have more children
in them than schools and playgrounds.

March 15, 2016

A Trust Relationship Between African American Parents and Teachers


A Trust Relationship Between African American Parents and Teachers

The educational outcomes of all children matter. The educational
levels of parents and children influences neighborhoods, parents
are living in important times raising their children, businesses
look to invest in neighborhoods that children live and prosper and
receive a quality education.
If African American communities want to grow and want investments
they need to make sure their schools are successful and growing.
An educated community creates investment opportunities in the
community.

Educational levels also contribute to the stability of economic
development and the levels of crime, neighborhoods can become
thriving and safe places or they can be filled with conflict
and self destruction. The mindset of African American parents
cannot be distracted from the value that education provides.

The gap in achievement levels will not shrink from just money being
thrown at the challenges that schools face. Money helps by providing
resources to service students and as a supplement to instruction
by teachers, but how much value African American parents have for
education is determined in each home and how they forge this in
their children. Malcolm X said that parents should be creating
a burning in their children to read and learn. In America without
education your not going anywhere.

African American families must respect education, trust educators,
encourage learning outside of the classroom and value their communities.
It can be seen across this nation when families and even churches
promote and value education in children the communities are valued.
When businesses see this they work to hire those that show a
willingness to grow and learn.

There is always a comparison of communities with regard to resources,
services and safety. When schools are examined they are a gauge to
the value of education, the respect for learning, the value of young
lives, and the re-investment in the African American communities.
These must start in homes of African Americans because
the more educated a community becomes the community can prosper
and grow. The children value their lives and the lives of others
more when education is a priority.

African American parents should understand it is in the best interest
of their children to learn and aspire to be educationally successful.
African Americans have the highest unemployment rate of this nation.
The numbers of young African American males and females finishing their
education are in flux and statistics are showing behaviors in African
American communities are in need of change. When fathers and husbands
and even boyfriends do not step-up to provide for their families, to
show children that education is important, families suffer. Both
parents must work together to show that the path to success is education.

Test scores do not fully show the levels of growth for children, but
parental involvement is vital for children to make the transitions
necessary to earn their high school diplomas. A “certificate of
attendance or completion” is not a diploma, it cannot open any doors for
growth into higher education, growth into employment nor for military
service.
Parents need to continue to be involved in their children’s educational
growth even in high school and make the right choices for graduation.

15 Suggestions for African American parents to work with teachers
and for teachers to work with African American parents. If it takes
a village, then the village must work together for a common goal.

1.Teachers need to understand that teaching is nurturing new
learning in a student. African American children may not have
a global perspective of the world and may not know how to apply
new learning.
1. African American parents need to understand that teachers
are a wealth of global information and prepare African American
children to be global thinkers.

2.Teachers need to understand that sometimes the closest thing
to a role model outside of parents that some African American
children will come to is their teacher.
2. African American parents need to understand that education starts
at home and they are the first role models of their children.

3. Teachers must find a way to get parents to support and buy into
the educational curriculum especially when it helps the child.
3. African American parents need to build a reading library at home.
Provide resources that encourage reading and studying and understand
the schools learning curriculum.

4.Teachers need to bring in parents to help them understand the
seriousness of classroom management and their child’s success.
4. African American parents need to understand that their
children’s behavior affects the learning environment both positive
and negative. There is a difference between perceptions, realities
and expectations of African American children and learning.

5. Teachers need to show parents that they (parents) can trust
teachers with the education of their children.
5. African American parents need to trust teachers and
promote positive relationships with school and home. There
needs to be an equal agreement with parents and teachers to help
children to be successful.

6. Teachers must share the value of democracy in children to
show their students they are important to this country.
6. African American parents need to make sure their children
understand they are Americans and should value education.

7. Teachers must show respect for all students no matter
the zip code, community and neighborhood. All students are
valuable.
7. African American parents need to teach their children
that their journey is important not where they are now, but
to have goals to work towards.

8. Teachers must understand that sometimes conflict comes
with children and must present a safe learning environment.
8. African American parents must not be in conflict with their
communities to the point where conflict travels with their
children to school.

9. Teachers should always show a unified front that school is
a part of the community and there should be mutual respect
and dignity at all times.
9. African American parents need to educate their children
in the value of respecting teachers who are working for their
benefit to excel into a society that values knowledge,
creativity and innovation.

10. Teaches should bring in speakers from the community to
speak on the positive values of the community. Children should
feel they provide something positive to their community.
10. African American parents should understand that learning
also takes place outside of the classroom in their communities
and neighborhoods, to take advantage of museums, libraries
and cultural events.

11. Teachers should always have high expectations for their
students and let parents know this.
11. African American parents should understand why teachers
have high expectations for their children’s success. African
American parents should demand the best for their children
in school, and allow the school to teach their children.

12. Teachers should show their students the diversity in
their communities and why this is important. Teachers
should show that America is strong because of its diversity.
12. African American parents should teach their children
about the realistic diversity they experience in their lives.

13. Teachers should understand the importance of strong
communities and the quality of strong education.
13. African American parents need to understand that their
communities are only as strong as the education their children
receive from schools. Investments come as their communities
grow and are see as valuable.

14. Teachers should celebrate their scholars in class and those
that are showing improvement throughout the academic year.
14. African American parents need to celebrate their scholars not
just the athletes and entertainers. Scholarship needs to be
celebrated with passion. Scholarship outlasts athletics and is
more valuable.

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