My Quest To Teach

August 15, 2018

Reading is Fundamentally Fun

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Reading is Fundamentally Fun and Powerful
by William (Coach) Jackson and
Nancy (Fancy Nancy) Rentz (Media Specialists)

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.
One of these is roots; the other, wings.” Hodding Carter

The celebration of reading is special, storybooks ranging from the
Cat In The Hat, High School Musical, Clifford The Big Red Dog,
Naruto, Star Wars, Captain Under Pants, Spiderman, Billy Goat Gruff,
Skippy John Jones, Ramona Quimby and other novels opens doors
to imagination for youth, teens and young adults.

Grades Pre-K to fifth should be reading,  experience the joy,
excitement, engagement and imagination gained from reading
diverse books. All learning embraces reading that opens doors to the
imagination as a lifelong value and direct impact on future success
academically and career choices.
Reading has the inclusiveness of all ages even infants in the  celebration
of literature. Involving the community that brings about change in
mentalities and values.

Community involvement is critical to the success of all students,
they must have reading mentors and role models. Parents should
be seen reading, newspapers, novels, comic books, the Bible and
diverse literature. Children will copy what they see the adults in
theirs lives do.

The libraries in and out of schools are a parade through the
neighborhoods and provide an opportunity for the community
to see great successes in literature. Books are the key to sparking
imagination, dreams and looking up to see what is never
impossible or implausible.

Mrs. Nancy Rentz AKA Fancy Nancy encourages reading and the
beauty of language development for children.  Encourages parents
to promote reading at home. Reading embeds in youthful minds
that they are capable of graduating high school and attending
colleges, vocational education and even owning their own businesses.
Children need to see their parents, relatives and friends reading
to see themselves as readers.

This takes the term, “It takes a village to raise leaders” to a new
level of accountability because readers are leaders.
“Reading is Fundamental” to the success of all students, from infant
to toddlers, to elementary ages, to rising middle school students
of graduating high school students. National and district reading
scores have shown that early success in reading leads to academic
success from elementary school to high school and influences
higher education and career success.

Students that are reading on grade level are more likely to graduate
high school and enroll in college. Learning is continuous,
comprehensive and can be made fun.
Students should be taught to take advantage of every moment to learn,
to apply their learning and encourage their peers to read and learn.

Looking at the joy and excitement of the written word.
The pure desire to become great readers and given the opportunity
to show what they (students) know when time comes to begin
the process of graduating, finding internships, scholarships or
start careers.

Reading is Fundamental to not just academic success, but career
and economic success and stability.

William Jackson, M.Ed.
Teacher DCPS

 

 

 

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January 31, 2018

The Book Deserts of Underserved Communities

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The Book Deserts of Underserved Communities

by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson and @latinapheonix

There are deserts that span vast distances around the world.
They lack the resources to support the diversity of life seen in
places that have sufficient environmental conditions that allow
for growth of foliage allowing animals to live, survive and thrive.

The definition of a desert by Wikipedia is:
“A desert is a barren area of landscape where little precipitation
occurs and consequently living conditions are hostile for plant
and animal life.” The application of this definition in many ways
can be applied to under-served communities across this nation
that suffer from lack of educational
materials promoting reading.

Even though there are books in schools, libraries and community
centers conditions may not be motivating for children in
under-served communities.
Looking at the Twitter tags #BookDeserts #BookDesert
#ReadingDeserts there is a serious discussion promoting literacy
in communities. When there are children that love to read it can
be challenging to find materials that excite them and their passion
to learn about the areas they love.

Stated by Derrick Young (Mahogany Books in Washington, D.C.)
about book deserts, “A book desert isn’t a community-created
situation.”
Derek Young states, “It’s because other people have decided not
to invest into these communities. It’s not because these
communities aren’t readers.”

As an educator and two children attending universities I
understand that education is an investment that has long term
applications, people living in distressed areas are on survival
mode and not seeing long term events because they are surviving
from day to day. Aida a mother and grandmother understands
the value and importance of reading. She taught her children
that reading is a foundation to educational success.

As an inner city Title 1 teacher over 20 years I have seen students
attention directed to just living, not worrying about where the
next book will be coming from.
So books may not be available to inspire reading. Studies in 2015
and 2016 have shown that book deserts exist when there is a rise
in income segregation, lack of infrastructure investment or
financial stability is affected by job loss, incarceration and even
when a school receives a failing grade on state assessments
and funds are cut.

Negatively impacting a family’s and community’s capability to
provide reading material. The focus changes and diminishes the
chances of academic success. The impact on adults is big as well,
children do not see their parents reading the newspaper or
books so they do not have role models or engagement to talk
about the news and current events.

Even neighborhood libraries face challenges because their
materials maybe old, outdated and not culturally relevant.
If a child does not see themselves in a book they may not
want to read it if there is no previous exposure.
Jacksonville Public Libraries often work within communities
to provide resources and materials that broaden the vision
of children and create a welcoming environment for Black,
Latina, White, Asian, etc. There are still some parents that do
not access the resources because of their lack
of reading skills or past experiences.

In Jacksonville, Florida there are book stores “Chamblin”
that have books bursting out of the walls to be purchased
and can even be returned in exchange at a lower cost for
other books. Teachers can even have accounts setup for
their classrooms so students can purchase books and the
teacher can pay for all or part of the book.

In this digital age where information sharing, collaboration
and knowledge based application is important. Reading
is an essential skill that transcends generations, genders,
lifestyles and cultures. Communities of color
sometimes lack the educational investments necessary to
inspire children, youth, teens and young adults to read,
but parents do guide their children to educational success
and movement, parents are the first role models by
modeling.

Too often the societal perception and even the media has
the idea that people in challenged or poor neighborhoods
don’t care about the achievement of their children. This is
further from the truth, parents in under-served
neighborhoods want the best for their children, because
of circumstances in finances, educational lacking, and other
social issues do not have the means to provide proper and
lasting resources.

Book stores like “Chamblin” and Jacksonville Public Libraries
fill the gap in book deserts so long as there is proper investment
and a vision for growth and success to meet the needs of
diverse communities.

Parents make 2018 the year for engagement with your
children to get them to enjoy reading. Make it a part of your
and their life every day…
Over 200 Books for and about People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
https://youtu.be/Uo6UDfrJgqk

Resources:
Twitter: #bookdeserts #bookdesert
Book Deserts
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/book-deserts-leave-low-income-neighborhoods-thirsty-reading-material-n833356
Chamblin Book Store – http://chamblinbookmine.com/default.aspx
Facebook for Chamblin Book Store
https://www.facebook.com/chamblinbookmine/
Jacksonville Public Library Twitter – https://twitter.com/jaxlibray
Jacksonville Public Library Online – http://www.jacksonvillelibrary.com
Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library – http://fjpl.info
San Marco Bookstore
@SanMarcoBooks – Twitter
Jacksonville, FL
http://sanmarcobookstore.com

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/

 

August 29, 2016

Donald Trump to Black People – You’re Poor and Uneducated

Donald Trump to Black People – You’re Poor and Uneducated
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Father, Blogger, Educator,
Community Activist

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Shoutout to my friends at:
BG Bookclub @bg_bookclub
Black Girls Book Club bgbcuk@gmail.com
United Kingdom
Support literacy globally

Prove Donald Trump wrong
Over 200 Books for and about
People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson
#MyQuestToTeach
https://youtu.be/Uo6UDfrJgqk

The words of Donald Trump cut deep, psychological
blood was shed with comments that defied reason
and respect to people of color and culture.
If Donald Trump wanted to get votes from people of
color and culture he sure did it the wrong way. In his
mind how would he think that he would be received
when he made comments about the schools children
of color and culture attend, how did he think people
of color and culture would receive his comments
about being poor and who advised him that this
platform would gain him respect and get
more votes? If that is want he wanted?

This shows that Donald Trump is so disconnected
and out of touch he has no clue or he is a brilliant
creator of propaganda. The mentality of his is
potentially that people of color and culture have
no cognitive development. They are still someone’s
property like slavery.
The audacity of him to think to ask about the
options that people of color and culture have
pertaining to their political, economic and
educational stability and strength.

But wait……………………

Are these not the same issues people of color and
culture continue to fight with, are these the same
issues we protest about, are these the same issues
that we brought attention to Presidents for decades?
What is the difference today in this electoral process?
The truth in some capacity is that people of color and
culture are still struggling with the
educational process of this country, people of color
and culture are still fighting for political significance
and people of color and culture are still demanding
economic parity even if they do not have the same
foundation of economic stability and generational
economic application for the next generation.

Maybe the words of Donald Trump hurt because
in too many cases people of color and culture are
suffering from the exact issues that Trump is
throwing because those we elected in the past
have not made what people perceive are significant
changes. He hit a psychological and emotional
nerve, but was he right?

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Education is the KEY!!!

If people of color and culture want better schools
attend PTA meetings, if people of color and
culture want better schools they need to check to
make sure their children are prepared for school
with the right materials and attitude. If people of
color and culture want their children to gain success
then parents need to visit the schools, volunteer,
go on field trips, check classroom workbooks to
make sure homework and other work is done.
Talk with teachers, not at them and accept their
professionalism to help children of color and
culture be successful.

Sometimes when someone throws salt on a wound,
the hurt signifies there are situations of reality
and brokenness that are being either ignored or
denied in the mind. How many others feel this way
that are white, Asian and even African American?”
How many others have the impression that people
of color and culture are suffering, but enjoy their
suffering to the point where they are
comfortable in it?

Change only comes when a person is sick and
tire of being sick and tired. Change comes only
when a mother or father is tired of struggling and
goes back to school, change only comes when
parents are proactive with their children’s
learning and take them to the library during the week
or the weekends to read and study. Change comes
in when parents decide it is time to expose their
children to diversity and go to the museums around
their cities and get involved in their communities.

Donald Trump stirred up a hornet’s nest by criticism,
but he had to get his information from someplace
that possesses some truth. Why are people of color
and culture not attending school board meetings,
why are they not attending parent teacher meetings,
why are they not taking their children to the libraries
to encourage reading, writing and arithmetic and
receiving free tutoring for struggling children?
Why is the only option for children of color that
are struggling in school Special Education
programs and medicine?

School Open House invitations are coming out,
many parents will tell their children they are not going
because they do not want to. How many parents will
tell their children if they act up in school they will beat
the crap out of them instead of being part of the
educational support system and being proactive? How
many parents will look at teachers as a threat instead
of a support system to help their children achieve
more than they currently have?

Poverty in many communities have the faces of people
of color and culture, but the effort to get out of poverty
seems to be lacking in too many cases. Refugees come
to this country of opportunity to make a difference.
Refugees take advantage of the libraries, the resources,
the networking, and the engagement of community
events and even cultural events that bring people
together to lift each other up with networking and sharing.

The process is not complex, it requires planning,
it requires determination, it requires discipline and
it requires a willingness to sacrifice time, energy
and even putting people out of your life that are
holding you back.
Change your mentality and your vision.

Maybe Donald Trump did people of color and culture
a favor by making those comments. Maybe it is time
for people of color and culture to change their
mentalities and their goals in life. To create their
own businesses, to improve their community schools,
to create generational wealth.

The word “Challenge” use to mean something, it
had fire, it was a call to make a change. How many
people of color and culture will accept this “Challenge”
of Donald Trump too improve themselves?

Parents, encourage your children to read, read, read,
read, study, study, study, comprehend, comprehend
and improve themselves. What kind of legacy will
you leave with your children?

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Here is an extensive list of books about people of
color and culture and by people of color and culture.
Share with your children, I challenge parents and
their children to read as many as possible and prove
Donald Trump wrong!!!!
What have you got to loose????

Over 200 Books for and about
People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson
#MyQuestToTeach
https://youtu.be/Uo6UDfrJgqk

August 29, 2015

African American Parents Empower Your Child with Reading

African American Parents Empower Your Child with Reading
William Jackson, M.Edu – Edward Waters College

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs
to the people who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

The school year brings new opportunities for academic success and
excellence. Each year provides 180 days of learning that can build a
student each year in preparation for higher education, vocational
school, military service or other educational opportunities.
Public education is a foundation for greater learning and the
development of a child’s mind in critical and higher order thinking.

Having over 25 years of public educational service and higher
educational teaching I have seen the power of education expanding
opportunities for African Americans if there is consistent parental
involvement, the travesty and truth is too many parents are not
encouraging their children in reading and literacy. When are more
African American parents going to grow tired of hearing that African
American children are the lowest readers, struggle with literacy and
have low comprehension skills? There must be a point where parents
grow sick and tired of being at the bottom and creeping up and down.
Education can empower children for dynamic and successful
careers or the lack of education can place a child as unemployable,
under employed or not employable.

There are developing careers that will allow a child to witness the
genetic structure of the human DNA and research cures for cancers
or birth defects, the future ability to travel to Mars and planets beyond,
explore the deepest oceans, live and work in the international space
station, develop cures for illnesses that have killed millions globally,
feed people in desserts and other careers in STEM, STEAM, STREAM
just to name a few.

As I have blogged previously: “the engagement of technology allows
African American children and children of color to expand their intellectual
and creative abilities beyond sports, entertainment and the stereotypical
elements that society deems appropriate for African American children.”
Parents must set the stage to encourage reading and literacy to grow
and strengthen comprehension.

The world has embraced technology to a point that toddlers are attracted
to the shiny screens of tablets and Smartphones. This is an automatic
affinity to the engagement of technology and empowerment that
technology can provide; every opportunity parents should incorporate
reading and comprehension skills. Games are for entertainment, fun and
enjoyment, learning can have an awesome effect if parents would direct
their children to educational sites online instead of foolery.

“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the
rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” Malcolm X
More African American youth, teens and young adults need to
have this philosophy and thirst for knowledge. Parents set the
educational platforms at infancy by reading to their children,
introducing them to books and learning materials.
The critical part of any successful educational endeavor is
the involvement of parents. Critical to valuing education, the
empowerment of learning and the direction of continued
educational success are from parents and their collaboration
with teachers and schools. Technology has opened up a new
period of educational and social evolution. Parents must be
willing to be involved and put their children in situations
of academic and technical growth.
Parents need to understand their part and get involved in
their child’s education. If they do not more cities will close
schools just as in Philadelphia, Chicago and other cities of the
past years.

Many schools closed will be in African American neighborhoods
where parents are not involved, seem to not care about working with
teachers and allow their children’s educational opportunities to
be destroyed. If African Americans are silent about their educational
thirst they will be ignored and moved from sight, allowed to wither
away by intellectual dehydration, a slow death of unemployment,
lack of community re-investments, dying economic opportunities.

The words by Malcolm X ring true even in the 21st century,
“People don’t realize how a man’s (woman’s) whole life can
be changed by one book.” Malcolm X

Encouraging your child to read is not always a game, it needs to
be planned, engaged and active in the home.

Reading Resources
Photo Listing of African American Nonfiction Books
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/Books/story
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