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August 27, 2016

Parents, What Kind of Student are you Raising

Parents, What Kind of Student are you Raising
A New School Year – A New Focus for Success
William Jackson, M. Ed. Edward Waters College

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The new school year has arrived, parents are concerned
about the outward appearance of their children; rightly
so, children represent their respective families and
generational lineage (family history). No parent wants
their children to look scruffy especially the first several
weeks of school. The concerns of parents in their
dressing of their child or children is a representation
of the physical appearance that creates the initial
impressions that are temporary and quickly fleeting
during the school year.

Prevent Having A Tunsil Moment

The question:
Parents, What Kind of Student are you Raising??
thought provoking and  a serious discussion that
inquires parents preparing their children academically
for success in school. Parents have you encouraged
academic excellence using positive words and
positive expectations?
Parents have you purchased educational materials;
educational DVD’s, obtained library cards and
museum memberships? Learning occurs outside of
the school too and must be cultivated by parents
before school starts and during the academic year.

Parents are you talking too, not yelling at children about
your expectations for proper behavior and scholarly
participation (being a good student)? Parents need to
show that books are the gateways to new worlds and
new discoveries not just sports or entertainment.
Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author states,
“Children should be fascinated by books and encouraged
to read every day.” Ironically children of color and culture
are behind others and should not be, free educational
resources are available in communities.


During over 20 years as an educator I have heard
parents verbally threaten, demean, dress down,
embarrass and curse out their children as the new
school year approached. Parent’s excuses or reasons;
children need to know that they (parents) mean business.
Comments such as these shape and mold a child’s
mind. It potentially creates a personality that the
perception is they deserve to be beat, they deserve to
be yelled at and cursed at. These actions may reinforce
in a child’s mind that violence should be accepted and
maybe even welcomed in order to be a good student.
Children should be taught with love and patience that,
“there is value in books and libraries,” and love is
stronger than violence.
(African Voices 2009 – C.Achebe) so they can look
forward happily to reading and learning.


As a parent and educator, I urge parents to think about
and seriously consider two statements by two well-known
men. Both were parents and known for their wisdom in
their respective lives. Albert Einstein (1879-19550) stated,
”Way of thinking should be taught to all children, to be
tenacious in the way they think, to solve problems even
though they may take years.”
Einstein 2007, this is related to the patience of learning,
to the expectations of hard work and dedication to research.
It is important for parents to teach this to their children
through love, role modeling and patience.

Malcolm X (1925-1965) stated, “Education is the passport
to the future. Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for
it today.” Malcolm X promoted learning, he is known to
have read ferociously and regularly sharing his
knowledge and love of learning with his children, and
when applying it to why knowledge is important.
Malcolm X rationality can be applied to all cultures and colors.

Parents must train up their children the way they should
properly go, valuing education and doing good works in
their community.
Parents should ask themselves who would they want their
child to follow; who would they want their children to be
like, who should be their role models beyond athletes
and entertainers.
Parents need to be the first model for educational value,
parents think about the kind of child or children you are
raising and what are your expectations for them?
Do you want your children to be better than you in life:
do you want them to be better financially, educationally,
and socially? Education is the key.

Join PTA and School Advisory Council, attend school
board meetings and other events during the year so
you will understand why schools are run the way they
are. If your child is not struggling be a voice for those
that are, be a child advocate because all children will
eventually grow into adults and still affect the
climate of their and potentially  your community.

How your community, your city, and your state is
managed and run is based on the education of all
citizens. Your participation may mean the difference
between and educated and employed society that
equally contributes to the tax base or an under
educated, or uneducated  society that struggles to
provide resources and services that build and make
a city and community stronger.

Encourage reading, comprehension, literacy and life
long learning.

June 10, 2016

180 Day School Year What’s Your ‘Xcuse

180 Day School Year What’s Your ‘Xcuse
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College


“Education is the great engine of personal
development. It is through education that
the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor,
that a son of a mine worker can become the
head of the mine, that a child of farm workers
can become the president of a nation.”
Nelson Mandela

The school year is 180 days of
educational growth, clarity, maturity, engagement
and the realization that all students are valuable.
180 days of parent and teacher team work
and collaboration.

The profession of education is not just 180 days
for teachers nor for students:
it expands across weeks and months.
Professional educators and administrators understand
that the process of teaching is built on a foundation
that uses accumulated data from formative and
summative assessments throughout the school year.
These assessments measure, track, gauge and create
a trail of learning that is progressive and representative
of the abilities of students to grow and excel academically.
AYP – Annual Yearly Progress is important because
it justifiably shows that children are learning or if
there are challenges.

Parents should ask to see their child’s test scores to
understand how their children are progressing through
the school year. Communication is very important for
the success of the student. All parents should have a
parent teacher conference to make sure they are sure
they understand their children’s learning.

A parent’s personal educational level is an important
predictor of children’s educational and behavioral
outcomes. If a parent loves learning their children
will model their parents. Parents must not wait for
the school year to encourage learning it must be
every day.
A parent can set the foundation of a child’s future
by their emphasis on the value of learning and
importance they place on reading, literacy and

Stated on “The Role of Parents”
“we (parents) are our children’s learning models.
Our attitudes about education can inspire theirs and
show them how to take charge of their own educational
journey.” What more important role can a parent play
than “teaching” their children to love learning?

Another school year is almost over and parents know if
their children will be promoted or retained. 180 day
school year and every parent should know before the
end of the school year their child’s academic status.
There is no Xcuse why parents do not know……

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember.
Involve me and I’ll understand.” Confucius


These tips are a guide to help parents, help their children
embrace learning. To love learning and build a culture in
their homes for learning. Parents need to be involved
in their child’s learning 365…

  1. Parents be a role model for learning.
    Parents are their children’s first teacher.
    A parents responsibility both moral and ethical is to show
    how school can extend the learning you began together at
    home, and how exciting and meaningful this learning can be.
    2. Parents pay attention to what your child loves.
    Find out what your child’s interests are and build on them.
    This will show the parent how your child likes to learn.
    Their learning style…………
    3. Parents learn how your child learns.
    Children use a combination of modalities to learn:
    visually, tactile, and auditory.
    Parents learn how your child learns so you can meet their
    learning styles.
    4. Parents set aside time to read together.
    Parents read aloud regularly even to your older kids and
    allow them to read to you. Reading early creates a platform
    to share literacy and creates higher levels of comprehension
    if what is read is discussed. Start a reading club in your
    home, community and even in your child’s school.
    5. Parents connect what your child learns to everyday life.

    Allow learning to reflect real life situations. Whether
    shopping, traveling, and exploring your world of learning
    can come along as being fun. The skills of mathematics,
    reading, social studies and even science can be discovered.
    6. Parents help your child take charge of their learning.
    Parents help your child have ownership of their learning.
    Allow them time to choose what they want to read and
    how they want to learn. Use available resources like
    the library and museums. Allow children to celebrate
    successes and learn from failures.
    7. Parents keep TV, Technology and Social Media to a minimum.
    These interactive entertainment sources can be distractions
    and hindrances to learning.
     Watching TV diminishes creativity,
    imagination and learning exploration depending on the
    programming and theme of what you are watching.
    Use toys, books and even crafts to create a learning center
    instead of TV and Technology.
    8. Parents learn something new yourself.
    Parents if you share your love for learning your children
    love to learn. Demonstrate your willingness to learn new
    things and even if you struggle this is good for growth.
    Showing how to overcome adversity and learning challenges.

    180 Days School Year What’s Your ‘Xcuse is important to
    take advantage of each day for your children. You can never
    get the day or that opportunity back. 180 day school year to
    gain the knowledge you need to be promoted each year.
    There should be no excuses.


April 21, 2016

What Do You Do Before High School Graduation??

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What Do You Do Before High School Graduation?
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach

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These suggestions are to help parents, grandparents
and guardians as graduation for their children
becomes a reality for high school seniors.
Graduation is a great accomplishment and
the end to an educational journey from Day Care
to High School. Before this momentous occasion
parents need to make sure all the i’s are dotted
and t’s crossed to make a smooth closure to a
continuing journey. These are just a few suggestions
from my experiences as a parent and teacher in
elementary education and higher education.

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1. Make sure you obtain the most recent high
school “official” transcript(s) to mail to colleges
or potential employers. Many organizations and
schools require a transcript to see if
academically students are “qualified” to be
eligible. If an “official” one is not ready ask for
an “unofficial” transcript until the “official”
one can be sent.

2. Make sure you have current and up to date
medical and dental records. Even after graduating
from high school students are still dependent
on their parents for certain medical information.
Parents must understand “their” graduate is not
an adult yet, they are still maturing, learning
and growing. There is some information and
documentation only parents can obtain until
children are 21.

3. Make sure there are boundaries and expectations
on behaviors, actions, and even chores in the
home for the soon to be graduates. There should
be mutual understanding on everyone’s duties and
responsibilities and always respect. Stop telling
your child they are “grown” until they are out
of your house.

4. Talk to your child’s teacher(s) about consistent
communication so projects, homework and assignments
are kept current and get completed. Do not take the
words, “I got this,” as being responsible and accountable
by your child. Remember your personal urgency and
priority is not a priority for everyone else if you miss
deadlines and due dates.

5. Make any hair, nail or beauty appointments
months ahead to avoid the rush and chaos.
Have your monies available and get receipts
for all services and jobs.

6. Remind your child of the two institutions that
want their attendance:
Correctional (Prison) and Instructional (Higher
Education) and to make wise decisions.

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7. Check your child’s academic (Cumulative) folder
for items that may delay graduation or entrance
into college, trade school or the military. You
have a right to see their records and ask questions
and if not provided seek an attorney for help as a
last resort.
Check for discipline referrals, changed grades,
teacher notes, etc. All documentation is important.

8. Make sure all deposits and fees are paid in
full before graduation. Check for lost books, needed
forms and other items that should be completed.
Do not trust your child unless they show they
are responsible and then consider the source!!!

9. Know what your child’s GPA is, weighted or
unweighted and if they have all their credits.

10. Make sure your child takes the SAT and the ACT
several times. Many schools only require one, but
better safe than sorry. If your child is attending
and HBCU check about further tests they will
have to take the week before school starts.

11. Check on Bright Futures scholarship information.
This can contribute to monies for school

12. Many HBCU’s accept ACT scores and SAT. Use whichever
gives you a better chance of getting into college
and this may affect monies.

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13. Work on your child’s Marketable skills to
help them network and build their Brand.

14. Set Academic, Professional, Monetary and Career
goals now so your child will have a flexible plan.

15. Have your child volunteer consistently, stay
involved in your community, and church. Volunteer
hours can still help with networking and build
marketable skills to use later.

16. Search online and inquire with local
businesses about summer internships paid and
unpaid. Your time is valuable so unpaid is
important also.

17. Join local business organizations like
Chamber of Commerce to gain
marketable skills and get a jump on career goals.

18. Participate in church events and activities
helps build your resume or CV curriculum vitae.

19. Take college tours over the summer, visiting
schools to make sure you are familiar
with college or even the military.

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20. Social Media entries; post positive content,
pictures, text and video. Your
e-Reputation and e-Personalities tell a story
about you. Social Media content will define you
and may be your first representation of you
to others.

21. Register with LinkedIn to start networking
and connecting. There is an NEW LinkedIn for

22. Continue to research educational options
and inquire even now about Masters and
Doctorial programs.

23. Make sure you and your child understand
what type of diploma they will have. It is
painful to expect a High School Diploma and
receive a Certificate of Attendance,
an ESE Diploma or others.

24. On Social Media unfriend and even block
those that are openly using drugs, weapons
and involved in criminal actions.
You may be “guilty by association” with them.

25. Have a “real” Social Security card, and
Birth Certificate, and if necessary a
Visa to travel abroad.

26. Check with your local police department
to make sure there are no records of
mistaken criminal activity from someone
impersonating you or looks like you.

27. Financial Aid and Scholarship
Information can be found online.
@prepforcollege (Twitter) #CollegeChat,

27. Google and Hashtag yourself to
“see” what is online about yourself to be
prepared for questions.

Be careful with unprotected sex, illegal
drugs and last minute booty calls,
drug binges and other stuff that can
cost you a scholarship or your life.
There are too many young people that
almost “made it” and have died or
been arrested by bad decisions at the
last minute.


September 14, 2013

STOP Bullying Before The School Year Starts

No Bullying

No Bullying

STOP Bullying
Before the
School Year

The effort to Stop Bullying
has increased over the years
as more children, youth and teens
understand that they
have a right not to be bullied,
to feel safe in their schools,
communities, churches and homes.

Youth and teens are learning that
it is OK to notify their parents, teachers
and administrators at school that

they are being harassed, tormented and
embarrassed by other
students, Bullying is not fun, it is not a “rite of passage.”
Bullying is a violation of  Human Rights.

The stigma of snitching about Bullying is disappearing
because more parents are seeing from the attempted
suicides and suicides of a growing number of young
people that bullying is violating youth and teens
Human Rights, the rights to a life of happiness and
security. Teachers and administrators have learned that
they have an ethical and moral responsibility as educators
to take Bullying seriously because their involvement
may keep a young person from killing themselves.
No action by educators and administrators can
create an atmosphere of fear, helplessness and despair.

Youth like the 12-year-old Polk, Florida girl that committed
suicide, she was bullied online by more than a dozen girls.
Polk County investigators stated the girl was despondent
after hate messages about her where posted online.
Polk County Florida Sheriff Grady Judd stated that the
young  lady, “was absolutely terrorized on Social Media.”

The threats and harassment on Social Media platforms,
Cyberbullying is increasing that the CDC refers
to it as “Electronic Aggression.”
There are too many youth that feel scared at school,
freighted because they feel alone and helpless, “Electronic
Aggression” is a terrorist act that is creating terror, fear,
and even contributes to PTSS/D
Post Traumatic Stress  Syndrome or Disorder

There maybe conflicting statistics and data may not
show the exact numbers, Bullying, Cyberbullying,
Harassment and Teasing are real issues that should be
and need to be addressed because youth are dying.
The Center for Disease Control has shown data that
Bullying and Suicide are beyond frightening for youth.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young
people resulting in 4,400 deaths per year according to
CDC data and numbers are increasing.

Efforts such as anonymous reporting of Bullying is
provided by school districts, access to Social Media to
report Bullying is available, in public schools there is a
phone number that parents and students can use to
report suspected and potential Bullying and remain

New laws have been passed that address physical and
Cyber-bullying in an effort to protect students at school
and home.
Cyberbullying/Cyberstalking is now a felony if a person
is found to guilty and convicted of these actions.
Community cooperation and collaboration has created
partnerships, strengthened the bonds between community
organizations and schools. Even religious organizations are
vested in teaching and preaching about the dangers of Bullying
and Cyberbullying.

 Human Rights

Human Rights

The LGBT community has
experienced Bullying actions
individually and collectively
in their communities,
those in our LGBT
community are contributing
and proud citizens of cities
across this nation.

No one should be exposed to,
endangered with and threatened

by any type or method of Bullying that degrades and demeans a person
and violates their human and civil rights.

As a parent, educator, blogger and speaker on Bullying
and Cyberbullying I encourage all
communities to support STOP Bullying Now.

So serious is this issue, churches are having conferences,
lectures, workshops and seminars so youth, teens, and
young adults understand the prevention, consequences
and legal issues that can result.

I’m proud to be speaking at the Lectureship to over
500 youth and teens about the seriousness of
Bullying, Harassment, Violence,  and Threatening
behaviors that have transitioned to #SociaMedia

Churches are even involved like the Churches of Christ

Southeastern Lectureship of the
Churches of Christ.

Need a Bullying Presentation – Check out my past speaking engagements.

Resources on Bullying and Cyberbullying
a. Bullying Will Not Destroy Me
b. Florida Department of Education
c. Stop Bullying
d. Bullying Laws In Florida
e. Deaths from Bullying
f. No Super Heroes for Bullies
g. Bullying An Explanation

#Bullying   #Cyberbullying
peak to a school representative; Teachers, Administrators or
Guidance Counselors, they are there to help.

Wm Jackson, Speaker and Presenter

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