My Quest To Teach

April 24, 2017

When You Educate Women You Educate Generations

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When You Educate Women You Educate Generations
by William Jackson, #MyQuestToTeach
STEM and STEAM Advocate

The goal of education is not to just educate that specific
person, it is a goal to educate generations that come
afterwards. Establishing education as a foundation to
achieve success can be seen when families continue to
send their children to higher educational institutions,
vocational school and even military service to work
towards a level of degree in the service of their country.

The past decade has seen an increase in careers that
require technical skill, certificates and diplomas. At the
forefront are women that see these as stable careers
to raise a family and have access to the benefits
that they may not have had from their parents. Families
of color are beginning to encourage their children to
think out of the cultural box and aim for the stars,
the seas and medical professions that explore
the inner spaces of the human bodies.

STEM, STEAM, STREAM are seen as the gateways
to achieving the American Dream and dreams that
are deferred because of social-economic situations.
The increase in mentoring groups is exposing
girls and young women to careers not thought
of that require higher order thinking, problem
solving, critical thinking, thought leadership,
creativity and out of the box developmental
abilities that foresee future challenges that
may threaten humanity on local, national
or international levels.

When you educate a mother your educating a generation
because mothers will continue to open the minds of her
children and her children’s children. Fathers provide
the support systems and help build foundations. The
recent Markerspace presentation at the Jacksonville
Public Library “STEAM INTO STEM” brought together
women in Jacksonville, Florida that show the diversity
of parenting, careers, business applications, educational
levels and entrepreneurialism.

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Jax Markerspace panelists:
Shawanna Brooks, the hostesses, Akia Uwanda, Latonja Richardson,
Princess S. Rashid, and Angie Nixon. Each woman involved in
Jacksonville as community activist, business leaders and have
children in the schools systems of Jacksonville either public
or private.
The aspirations are the same for academic success, the goal of
graduating their children from high school and attending higher
education is similar, but the roads to achievements are
diverse and different. Each women are successful in their own
ways, are unified in their goals for their children to be better
educated and have better access to the resources that are open
in today with the integration and implementation of technologies
that involve STEAM INTO STEM.

Trans-formative statements: “The biggest danger of unemployment
today is not of immigration it is the advancements of technology
in robotics,” made by Princess S. Rashid a Physicist, educator,
parent and Artist. This shows that science can embrace the Arts,
there is coexistence.  The blending of STEAM and building a
relationship with careers comes into place when Angie Nixon
and Latonjay Richardson comment that the holistic approach
to education comes to play that children will not change if they
continue to be limited by their environments. The value of
exposure and relevance is real when education is applied to
careers and the changing of the mental and relevancy of what
is learned when applied in real life.

The FIRST LEGO LEAGUE, is the dream of Mark McCombs,
“I teach people how to build robots and to do what they used
to think was impossible.” Mark McCombs is the visionary of the
FIRST LEGO League competitions going on at middle and high
schools across the state of Florida . This creates dynamic
opportunities for team building in youth, teens and young adults.

Engineering, building and coding of robotics that are involved
in competitions and can be applied to real world or off world
future exploration. Women are playing key roles in these areas,
looking at the recent Hidden Figures movie that careers in NASA
and other aerospace, inner space, space travel and applied careers
are the keys for generational success academically and culturally.

STEM, STEAM and STREAM are not just acronyms to decipher
they are Real, Relevant and Ready to help youth, teens and young
adults reach their dreams and beyond. Parents check your child’s
school to see if they have a STEM or STEAM curriculum that builds
your child to reach beyond their potential and abilities. Never put
limits on the learning of your children or you will limit their
abilities to take care of themselves and their children.
Generations depend on the advancements of the children now.
If your children do not know how to aim, how will they aim
high for success?
Resources:
Jacksonville Public Library:
http://jaxpubliclibrary.org/

 

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April 19, 2017

Investing in Women Is Always A Good Thing

 

 

Investing in Women
Is Always A Good Thing

by William Jackson
Edited by Terri Drummond
“Xplosion” – Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Conference for women by women
that focuses on holistic
empowerment. “A Breakthrough to a New You”
The terms Black Girls Rock, Black Girls are Dope, Black Girls are Lit,
Girls Rock and Girls Rule, the growing motto for girls and women of color,
culture and diversity represents the increases girls and women have about
their personal and collective power and influence.
The list of motto, inspirational quotes, digital high fives and
even fist bumps continues to grow representing the magic, momentum,
and mystery of women.

“I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me,
bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate
and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.”
Amy Poehler, actress

The changing dynamic of societal influence has allowed the dopeness
and intellectual blessing that women possess to be shared, celebrated,
and provided doors of opportunities to be smashed open. “A Breakthrough
to a New You,” is appropriate and powerful as a holistic approach to
empowerment.
The glass ceilings put in place by those that do not have the best
interests of girls and women and even those that still want to confine
women to outdated colonial thinking are fading away just as stereotypical
thinking is lost to history.

Bias against women is evaporating because the limited thinking of men trying
to keep women in “their place” has died and the fueling of intellectual
fire, creativity, innovation is growing faster because of the access to
educational, business, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Self-awareness is a beautiful thing, self determination is a powerful
ability and cultivating collaborations allow women to explore new
opportunities of growth and liberty.

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules,
and build a life you’re proud to live.” Anne Sweeney, Walt Disney

Gone is the era where women are tolerated, seen as second class citizens
and lower level partners. Because of educational opportunties, exposure
to new industries, access to finances and open global commerce women
are game changers not just locally in their communities, they have
national and international access to resources that where unheard of
just decades before.

Women are changing the dynamic of entrepreneurial development, there
are more women who are changing the definition of success because
more women understand the importance and value of independent thinking
and casting away the fears of failure. The greater fear is that of not
trying at all. Holistically women apply their faith, their intellegence,
their knowledge the willingness to collaborate and build professional
business networks. This builds into dynamically holistic engagement
and unity. Professional Learning Networks and Professional Learning
Communities help build the abilities of women to become thought
leaders, innovators and smart creatives as business leaders and
entrepreurial role models.

“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life,
but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the
next moment.” Oprah Winfrey

Invitations are extended to women that want to be involved and connected
in the “Xplosion” of knowlede, experience, passion and unity. Stated
eloquently by W.E.B. Dubois, “There is no force equal to a women
determined to rise.”

Rise women rise!!!!!
For more information:
Email: info@xplosion2017.com
Phone: 904 479 6638

October 15, 2016

Black Girl Magic Tell Your Story

Black Girl Magic Tell Your Story
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College @wmjackson

 

This is the age
for women of color
and culture to be
engaged with technology
locally, but thinking globally.
This is what I teach
my students in my Educational Technology,
Social Media and STEM class at Edward Waters
College. They all matter in the grand scheme
of this developing nation.

The ability to tell a story is not limited
to simplistic writing or blogging, the new
move is towards “Mobile Film Making” and
“Mobile Microblogging,” and “Video Blogging.”
The use of phones, tablets and even watches
has opened new doors for using mobile devices
to allow women of color and culture to be
filmmakers, creating documentaries and
sharing the growth of women of all colors
and cultures their journey’s
implementing technology.

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The integration of digital devices that are
mobile provides the opportunity to present
stories in real time and with unprecedented
accuracy. Not using props, make believe
backgrounds or even deadpan musical play-overs
and sound effects. Girls and Women of color
are discovering their creativity with mobile
technology and throwing away fears to embrace
innovation and encourage new creative ideas.

In the recent article shared with me by my
dear friend Tiffany Duhart (@asktdn), an
original Black Girl Magic sister, before
there was a Black Girl Magic, she shared the
article “Using Mobile Film Making to Tell
Stories,” 4/20/16 in Black Enterprise
Mobile by Kali Wilder.

Matthew Cherry an independent film maker
has created critically acclaimed movies
using his iPhone6s. His intent is to
inspire people especially youth, teens
and young adults to use tech in a positive
way by integrating mobile technology to help
tell their stories and implementing Social
Media to broadcast. Girls and women
of color are becoming influential innovators
and even thought leaders in applying technology
to real world applications.

“It doesn’t matter about the camera you
shoot on it’s all about the story.”
Kali Wilder
Technology provides a unique opportunity
for people of color and culture especially
young people to tell their stories on a global
and interactive platform. Interactivity
provides immediate feedback and draws the
attention of the intended audiences.
Social Media provides platforms that encourage
the creation of dynamic and original content.
Vblogging, Microblogging, Podcasting, and
other platforms for the most part are free
and easily accessible on phones and tablets.
Content Creation is King…………..

Cherry points out that artist can use those
platforms to support levels of engagement.
There is an awesome networking potential for
women of color that allows for increased
exposure to issues that affect them. The
movement building great momentum of
#BlackGirlMagic is cross generational and
allows girls and women to network and share
intellectual resources, talents and abilities.
Girls are no longer afraid of technology
because they see their creativity,
they express a passion that boys in many
cases do not possess.

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Educational Technology at
Edward Waters College

In my Educational Technology and Social Media
course, blogging is a foundation for learning,
as technology advances people of color must
advance as well when integrating and being
creators of content not just consumers. Blogging
allows for reading, comprehensible growth and
allowing boys and girls to find their skill-sets
because not everyone is a coder, is not a developer,
but has their skill-sets that can be enhanced and
magnified when tech is properly applied.

Educational Technology in many schools has
diverse instructional directions and applications,
the goal for my curriculum is to make sure students
are exposed to and utilize platforms to teach
them to create their Brand and Market themselves.
I hope to inspire both young men and women to think
strategically. Each person, especially Black Girl Magic
girls and women need to be the CEO’s of themselves.

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Natalie McGriff – Moxie Girl
Black Girl Magic

Being the CEO’s of themselves means they have to
chart their course, define their Brand(s) and how
to effectively Market themselves beyond local
visibility to global awareness and integration
in the diversity of technology. Examples come in
the form of Melissa James – Founder and CEO of
The Tech Connection and Sherrell Dorsey – Founder
of ThePLUG both can be heard on the program
Blacks In Technology
https://www.blacksintechnology.net/
Their Brands represent them so must be based on
a solid foundation that others can connect too and
relate too.

The tools are there, right at the finger tips
literally so why not integrate them in creating
positive content that gives women of color with
Black Girl Magic a chance to tell their stories
and enhance their hustle.

People of color and culture have access to tools,
platforms, digital devices to share their
diversity in their SoLoMo journeys.
Girls and women of Black Girl Magic, must understand
their digital presence is influenced and influences
their So-cial interactions for future opportunities
to grow, their Lo-cal exposure to be seen by people
to help them move in the direction they want to go
locally and globally, and the power of Mo-bile
technology engages video and instant development
and sharing. SoLoMo

Social engagements Local involvement in their
communities and applying their use of Mobile
devices that integrate technologies that is
growing more and more intuitive in learning
what the user wants to do. Black Girl Magic is
growing, but must be able to expand the direction
and even services to inspire and continue
engagement.

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Taylor Richardson = Black Girl Magic

Girls and women of color and culture are advised
to READ, network and share resources to help them grow.
They must be creators of content, designers of digital
devices and Apps to make a difference and a change
in the perceptions created about them by others.
BGM is moving past a movement, it is maturing into a
sentient being for girls and women of color.

Telling a story is the core to sharing information,
to the exchange of ideas and values. For centuries
people of color and culture have used storytelling to
tell their stories. The dynamic must change when sharing
information, it must begin to be interactive and
engaging to reach the youth that are changing the world.
Black Girl Magic opens new opportunities for growth
with video to allow girls and women of color and
culture to leap over those that are
not supporting their growth and smashing
the glass ceilings above them.

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Resources:
Black Enterprise Mobile
Matthew Cherry on Twitter
@matthewcherry
“Using Mobile Film Making
to Tell Stories,” 4/20/16
in Black Enterprise Mobile
story by Kali Wilder

#BITTechTalk Ep. #101
Sherrell Dorsey – Founder of ThePLUG
https://www.blacksintechnology.net/bittechtalk-ep-101-w-sherrell-dorsey-founder-theplug/

Blacks In Technology
https://www.blacksintechnology.net/

 

June 13, 2016

Why We Need To Support All Girls Like Natalie and Taylor

Why We Need To Support All Girls Like #MoxieGirl and #AgentofSTEAM
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
@wmjackson – Parent, Educator, Blogger, Speaker

Moxie Girl and The Astronaut
Moxie Girl and Agent of STEAM

“Black girls need to know that they matter.
They need to see examples of success, leadership,
achievement, sisterhood, compassion,
humanitarianism, in abundance so that they
can gain confidence in their ability to become
their best and greatest selves.”
Black Girls Rock Inc.
Founder Beverly Bond

The upcoming gathering of girls and women in the
United State of Women
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFyd0H0tpes,
to be held in Washington D.C. on
Monday, June 13th 2016 shows that girls and
women can accomplish great things
in their communities, their cities, in their
schools, churches and across this nation.
The growing presence of girls and women
in STEM / STEAM related careers is expanding
girls and women opportunities to influence
the greater good of their professions and opening
doors for other girls and women to enter into
nontraditional careers.

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Taylor Richardson
JIW, Girl Scout, STEAM Agent
Community Activist, Future Astronaut

That perceivable “Glass Ceiling” has shattered
in millions of shards representing the
challenges that girls and women have
faced and continue to overcome.
This event will highlight the accomplishments,
challenges, excellence, intellect and intelligence
of girls and women.
Lead by First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey,
Black  Girls Rock Inc. Founder Beverly Bond
and others accomplished women in their professions
ranging from education, technology, medicine,
science, politics, religion and the diverse careers
and entrepreneurial endeavors that girls and women
are involved in. Expanding their intellectual diversity
to show girls and women it is cool to be creative,
intellectual and an innovator in their
passions.

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Natalie McGriff, Author, Speaker, Writer
Community Activist

As a parent and educator I hope this encourages
all girls of color and culture in Jacksonville,
Florida to excel academically and athletically.
Embracing their Nerdiness, Blerdiness, Geekiness,
and STEAMiness (Science Technology Engineering
Arts Mathematics  (Medicine).
Parents have a continued responsibility to encourage
their children to be engaged in learning every day.
Parents that have a struggling child in reading, math,
language arts and other academic areas will be held
accountable if their child is not successful in school,
their children are potentially being setup for under
employment, unemployment, and being left behind
economically and socially if they are unwilling to
work with educators to see that their children put
forth the effort to succeed and understand
the value of education.

This past school year should be an indication to
parents that if their daughter is not where they
are supposed to be academically and socially there
should be interventions during the summer to
prepare for the next school year. There are great
role models in  athletics and entertainment, but
there should be increased recognition
of the academic achievements and community
volunteering by our girls and women of color
and culture.

This blog shares the continued successes of
Natalie McGriff and Taylor Richardson and their
mothers who have been invited to Washington, D.C.
for their academic and community accomplishments.
To participate in this wonderful gathering of girls
and women that are accomplishing great things in
their communities, their schools, in their
churches and across this great nation.
“United State of Women”
http://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/

14 reasons why we need to support all girls like
#MoxieGirl and #AgentofSTEAM

  1. They are positive role models for girls and young women
    in their communities, in their city, in their state and nationally.
  2. Mainstream media does not always depict girls and women
    of color and culture in a positive light as they should. They
    are too often shown in poverty and uneducated.
  3. They give back to their community in examples of improving
    literacy, importance of reading, the value of comprehension
    and career choices in STEAM, STEM, STREAM, CSTEM
    STEM2 for girls and young women of color and culture.
  4. They are students in public education and are successful
    academically and in social behaviors.
  5. They experience the same challenges girls of color and
    culture experience every day related to hair, skin tones,
    language, economics and academics, they can relate to
    their sisters of color and culture in their struggles.
  6. They have mothers that are very supportive and sacrifice
    daily for their children’s success.
  7. They still experience “haters,” those that are jealous, and
    lost in low self-esteem, but still strive forward for success
    and providing positive self-esteem and cultural respect
    and value.

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  8. They work to balance their academic lives by keeping
    school first.
  9. They continue to be humble in their accomplishments.
  10. Their participation in the media is a positive representation
    not only of being girls of color, but girls of intelligence and
  11. Their successes can be shared with boys of color and
    culture too inspire them as well.
  12. Their mothers keep life “real” about who they are and how
    the world may see them as well.
  13. They understand the importance of “sisterhood” and how
    girls of color and culture are sometimes targets of criticism,
    low expectations and culturally challenged.

    14. Their mothers show other mothers they should understand
    the commitment needed to help their children grow beyond
    their current levels of knowledge, ability and skill level.

The community should encourage all girls and boys of color
and culture to embrace their talents, skills and abilities.
Parents of color and culture need to reinforce that they have
a responsibility to lift each other up and not to hate on, gossip,
disrespect, negatively talk about those that are opening doors
that other girls and boys of color and culture can walk through.

Support Natalie and Taylor as they travel to
“The United State of Women” in Washington, D.C.
Monday, June 13th

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Resources:
Michelle Obama announces United State of Women
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqwmQ_3bjR8

The United State of Women
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFyd0H0tpes

Status of Women
http://statusofwomendata.org/

The United State of Women
http://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/

The United State of Women
https://www.facebook.com/TheUnitedStateofWomen/

Latonya S Richardson
https://www.facebook.com/latonja.richardson

Taylor Richardson meets Mae Jemison
http://www.womenyoushouldknow.net/12-year-old-aspires-to-be-first-african-american-woman-to-go-to-mars-meets-her-idol-dr-mae-jemison/

Angie Nixon
https://www.facebook.com/angienixon

The Adventures of Moxie Girl
https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl/

The Adventures of Moxie Girl
http://moxiemcgriff.com/

Natalie McGriff
https://www.facebook.com/Natalie-McGriff-556625327834907/

8 Year Old Author Invited to Whitehouse
http://rickeysmileymorningshow.com/1684863/8-year-old-author-invited-to-white-house/

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