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.

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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.

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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
conferences.

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

Resources:

The Alphabet of Fatherhood
http://thyblackman.com/2016/09/03/the-alphabet-of-fatherhood-can-be-awesome/

The role of being a father
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTdmfBeWlKU

Change the Discussion on Black Fathers
http://www.quirkybrownlove.com/2015/05/change-discussion-on-black-fathers.html

GetConnectDAD @GetConnectDad

Dad 2.0 Summit @dad2summit

Daddydaddydaddy @daddydaddydadus

Melanin Bloggers @MelaninBloggers

The Father Effect @thefathereffect

Dad Summit
https://twitter.com/dad2summit

New Fathers Chronicles on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZoaoWgTo61BNTquePdHGu

 

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August 14, 2016

Women of Color and Culture -Making History Making Noise in the Olympics

Women of Color and Culture -Making History Making Noise in the Olympics

‏@BritniDWrites
@EBONYMag;
“This win hopefully brings
hope and change to some
of the issues going on.”

#BeingABlackGirlIsLit esp. in #RIO

When was the last time African Americans,
Haitians, Hispanics, and other people of
color and culture were brought together
and celebrated their diversity?

When President Obama was sworn in as the
First African American President people
cheered and celebrated. They celebrated
being Black, they celebrated being
Brown, they celebrated being African.
They celebrated their color and culture.
When Mayor Alvin Brown was elected the
first African American Mayor of Jacksonville,
Florida African Americans celebrated.


EBONY MAGAZINE
‏@EBONYMag
“While cheering on
#SimoneManuel,
can’t forget that
racism kept Blacks
from learning to swim”

History is being made by women of color
and culture and heritage, they made not
just Olympic history, they have made history
that will span time and space. Parents will
name their daughters every imaginable
combination and some will even try to name
their sons as well.

This is not an exaggeration because people
will talk about where they were, who they
were with and how inspired they were when
our women of color and culture won gold,
silver and bronze. Tears flowed, hugs were
given, cultural pride that was thought
lost swelling.

This is not only a time to celebrate, but
a time to teach and re-awaken the need for
homes of color and culture to teach their
children about their heritage. To celebrate
the melanin in their skin, to celebrate
their hair as Natalie Griffin does in
#MoxieGirl to embrace their shades of
greatness and beauty that they have.


Girls and boys
can celebrate
because they do
matter, they can
make a change
and they are

powerful in great ways. Their
color is not a disability, but an opportunity
to re-awaken in them their drive and desire
for success and celebrate the elders that
sacrificed their very lives so we can rise
beyond our wildest expectations and continue
to rise, breaking class ceilings that
are put in place by people that fear people
of color and culture for their untapped
talents and abilities.
The opportunity to smash mirrors of self
doubt, self hate, and low self esteem.

“Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal
woman, That’s me.” M. Angelou


Rise, rise, rise
and continue
to rise, not
just in sports,
but in academics.
Don’t let the

celebrations stop here, continue them
as schools start. Celebrate academic
achievements as well.
Thank you to my sister T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh
‏@tkeyahcrystal – http://www.tkeyah.com/
#DeltaSigmaTheta
for showing these great images that I use
in this blog to bring attention to
these wonderfully talented Olympic women.

Mass media has too many times painted
a picture that women of color are second
class to others of lighter european
complexion, they are not as intelligent
or as talented. These Olympics and other
events not just sports in nature have
shown that women of color and culture
are talented, intelligent, creative,
innovative and powerful.

“This is for
all who… will
come after
who believe
they can’t do it.”
Simone Manuel

This is the perfect
opportunity to
make sure our
toddlers, children,

youth, teens,
and young to adult women know that they
are loved, supported and appreciated.
What more motivation than to share the
triumphs of our Olympians to celebrate
their accomplishments through the
sacrifices of hard work, dedication,
discipline, commitment and professionalism.

It takes a village to make sure our
innovators and smart creatives are
growing in the direction they need
to be. People of color and culture
we can celebrate today, but the future
we need to make sure our children of
color and culture are celebrated for
their academic accomplishments
through all levels of education.

Teachers need
to have these
images in their
classrooms to
motivate all
their  children,
especially their
children of color
and culture to
motivate them,

to inspire them and to ignite them
in body and spirit. Imagine how
our students could excel if they have
the support like these Olympians,
imagine if our young creatives are
cheered for their academic successes
during the 180 days of instruction.
Imagine our children that struggle
and have IEP’s are given the support
and attention as the athletes we
celebrate. IMAGINE…..

Building Olympians takes determination,
it takes sacrifice, it takes having
a dream and a support system. Parents
of color and culture need to learn
from these lessons and importantly
apply them to their children as the
school year begins. Work with
teachers as coaches work with their
athletes.

The Olympics
is more than
a feel good
opportunity it
is a window to

what children of color and culture can
accomplish if given support and not
judged, mocked, ridiculed. Children
of color and cultures accomplishments
are not based on zip code, area code
and if they receive free or
reduced lunch. That should not
matter, only that they are capable and able.

Begin to look at all our children of
color and culture as Olympians,
treat them as winners and cover
them in prayer.


Resources
used for this blog:

Black Olympians to Watch
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/black-olympians-watch-rio-2016-competitions-n622401

Senior Digital Editor @EBONYMag
https://twitter.com/BritniDWrites

Simone Manuel – #SimoneManuel
@simone_manuel

Simone Biles – #SimoneBiles
@Simone_Biles

Gabby Douglas – #GabbyDouglas

Black Girl Magic – #BlackGirlMagic

Naomy Grand’Pierre
@NaomyHope
First Haitian Olympic Swimmer

HaitianAmerican ‏- @HACSONET
Team Haiti #TeamHaiti

Being A Black Girl Is Lit
#BeingABlackGirlIsLit

Delta Sigma Theta
#DeltaSigmaTheta

BlackGirlGeeks – @BlackGirlGeeks

BlackGirlMagic – #BlackGirlMagic

Ibtihaj Muhammad Verified
@IbtihajMuhammad

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July 27, 2016

If You Think School Is Hard In America

If You Think School Is Hard In America
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College

The process of education is an evolving process
of continuous change, modification, and adaptation.
Rigor, differentiation, literacy, comprehension,
assessments and other terms that are used in the
process of educating children from birth to higher
education and beyond. Educators and parents
can become overwhelmed and confused in this
process of education as curriculum’s change.

This blog is influenced by the recent national
discussion on the need for an educated society
and how children are influenced and encouraged
to learn in the classrooms of this nation and
the application of STEM STEAM STREAM.

I wanted to reference the education of students
globally and the educational support of parents
of color and culture nationwide in America.
Parents need to accept their responsibility for the
educational success of their children and to be
involved with the educational process especially
reading and math.
This is NOT to say parents are not involved,
this is in reference to those that make excuses
for not attending parent/teacher conferences,
eating lunch at least once in the school year with
their kids and will not return teacher phone calls
or notes for parental support with disruptive and
struggling students.

Teachers need parental support and parents
need to be actively involved in schools from Pre-K
to High School. As another school year starts thus
the fashion extravaganza will begin. Everyone
wants to look good the first week, but what of
the 175 remaining days of academic rigor and work?

This nation provides a FREE education, supported
by tax dollars. There have been educational
think-tanks, educational committees, and focus
groups that assess and monitor how students are
educated. The universal ideology is that education
is important to the economic welfare of the
people of the United States of America no
matter the color or culture. All children need to
be educated to survive.
“This country needs an educated workforce
to compete globally.” Diverse Education
http://diverseeducation.com/article/11325/

One important fact that cannot be ruled out,
eliminated or downplayed is that in this country
education is important. Nowhere else in the world is
there an educational system like the United
States of America. The foundation is based
on parents being the “First Educator” for their
children. The importance of parents is stated as:
“Parenting involves taking responsibility seriously,
taking advantage of every opportunity to enhance
children’s learning, and providing children with
challenges that contribute to growth and development.”
Parents As First Teachers, Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.

Parental responsibility is to teach basic
foundational skills and reinforce these with
children before they start school. As an
educator of over 20 years and Teacher of the
Year in my district, I want to share
with parents that interaction with children
and the experiences that are provided can
guide children’s growth and development.

Children should be taken to the library
to build respect in the empowerment of
reading and literacy, they will appreciate
reading when they see their parents excited
about reading.
Children taken to the museum they will
appreciate culture, diversity and historical
connections that they are part of a global
community of humanity.  Children taken
to science centers they will appreciate
science and technology, understand why
STEM and STEAM are valuable to them.

There is work that needs to be done to
educate children and it starts at home. No
matter the educational level of parents, all
parents want the best for their children, but
sometimes need guidance and help.

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Resources:
Scholarships to continue education.
Ashley Hill
Twitter @prepforcollege
Host of #CollegeChat
Web http://www.collegeprepready.com/

Black Male Achievement
http://ebm.e.foundationcenter.org/c/tag/hBXj47hB8ixY9B9P$S8AAAAAANr/

GetConnectDad – @GetConnectDad – #GetConnectDAD

Parents As First Teachers
http://www.idra.org/IDRA_Newsletter/April_2005_Self_
Renewing_Schools_Reading_and_Literacy/Parents_As_First_Teachers/

July 20, 2016

Call Me Mister: A Brighter Future for Male Teachers

Call Me Mister: A Brighter Future for Male Teachers
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
Call Me Mister Instructor and Advisor
“Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!!”

Video via
William Jackson
william.jackson@ewc.edu

If the embed does not work
here is the link to the video.
Call Me Mister
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fglK5KUyMwM

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