My Quest To Teach

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women to outdated colonial thinking are fading away just as stereotypical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

April 14, 2017

“TIGERTALK Experience” 2017 at Edward Waters College

“TIGERTALK” Experience 2017 at Edward Waters College
by Prof William Jackson, Educational Technology,
Social Media and STEM
@wmjackson Twitter

“Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.”
Dionysius of Halicarnassus

The experience to speak in front of large groups should
always be provided to students in higher education.
Providing the opportunity to practice skills that will be
needed in business, corporate environments,
educational settings, the medical profession and even
in military experiences and service. The skill of speaking
is very important to  success in any career field.

Public speaking, corporate presentations, business
collaborations and even scientific conferences and
discussions relay on a certain level of intellectual
thought and engagement.
Higher education students, especially those attending
HBCUs need to have the exposure of sharing their
knowledge and experiences to others. There needs
to be a platform that they can express themselves
in several areas.

The first where they came from, the second where they
think they are going and third their destination. Each are
important because they are each learning experiences.
HBCU students need to understand that they will be
judged, measured, graded, scrutinized on their
professional successes and even the journey,
their articulation maybe based on how well
they speak and carry or present themselves.

“There are three things to aim at in public speaking:
first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject
into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the
heart of your audience.” Alexander Gregg

The disadvantage comes where many HBCU students
from their past have not had the opportunity to be
taught how to speak and share content in an environment
of structure and academics. Exposure to educational,
social and networking opportunities may have been
limited or not available.

HBCUs should have platforms of learning that engages
students in their skills of public speaking.
TEDX, TEDTALKS  and HBCUs like Edward Waters College
“TIGERTALKS” Experiences where students are provided
opportunities to speak and share content. Students at the
time may not appreciate or understand the
importance of these events, but they need to be prepared
and ready for the engagement.

“They may forget what you said, but they will
never forget how you made them feel.”
Carl W. Buechner

Contained in this blog are the links to students
attending Educational Technology, Social Media
and STEM course at Edward Waters College and links
to their “TIGERTALKS” Experience.  To date several
semesters of students have participated and students
have shared their hopes, dreams, aspirations and
plans for the PRESENT and the future. Because of these
experiences now those that continue will be prepared
to provide professional presentations at diverse venues.

Professor William Jackson and research specialist
Emma Kent of the Library Services Department of
EWC strives to create in each student a well-balanced
and practiced student with diverse skills they will use in
the real world of employment. The need for articulation,
timing, passion, confidence, and even research skills are
vital to build in students a foundation that will build
future success and achievement.

HBCUs will continue to face challenges no matter
what administration is in office, that is a fact, so the
best way to face any challenge is head-on and with a
plan that hard work, collaboration, teamwork, faith,
dedication and prayer will help continue to build a legacy
of success.

Looking at the recent Roland Martin discussion on HBCUs
and their proposed help from the new administration it is
seen that the last administration did not equally create
a financial cushion of support and acceptance. HBCU
institutions must continue to do more with less and build
the leaders this nation needs for the future to be
competitive and globally relevant.

Resources:
HBCU Leaders Meet With Trump And Pence
https://youtu.be/fcc00jNV8m8

EdCamp Branford April 22, 2017
http://edcampbranford.weebly.com/
WordCamp Jacksonville 2017
https://2017.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/speak/

 

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TIGERTALKS Experience 2017” Participants

Eric Odom “Anime:
https://youtu.be/RTb62nTUxiU

George Ford “Pangea” Land Mass
https://youtu.be/qv2jT0dyGGk

Tyler Mahla “Family Time”
https://youtu.be/wHdCxdDrsuI

Christopher Thomas “Sharing his Family”
https://youtu.be/-gE_49RcEPc

Teryn Ellis “Passion of Vblogging”
https://youtu.be/OimvIg-aYFs

Shemithia Fitzpatrick “Free Spirit Fashion”
https://youtu.be/W8YmDnYRs1k

Jon Gregory speaking at TEDxFSCJ 2016
https://youtu.be/JvvISTI0V2Q

Asha McPhaul
https://youtu.be/yuttN2VNhyA

Hurtis L. Wyche Jr.
https://youtu.be/Ox5W014ERqA

 

 

 

February 5, 2017

Who Writes Your Life Story HBCU Students?

Who Writes Your Life Story HBCU Students?
by Professor William Jackson
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach

Using the TEDx presentation to
encourage all HBCU students to live up
to their expectations and not to listen
to the stereotypes of others based on
color, gender and social-economic background.
Who writes your life story? | Hill Krishnan | TEDxCalPoly
https://youtu.be/OscDpHfrtog

Each HBCU student has a story to tell, an adventure
or a situation that allows each of us to share our
travels in a world of continuous change and adaptation.
The human spirit is sometimes defined by the actions and
in actions we take as we make the journey into and through
the challenges, chaos, confusion, storms and welcoming
calmness that we experience during the time we are on this
plane of life.
Students in my Educational Technology class are required
to manage a traditional blog, writing for several weeks
about their talents, passions, goals, likes and challenges.
Just as other classes for the past 4 years that have taken
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEM at Edward
Waters College. Those that are in the Department of
Education and Urban Studies are required to take this class,
but more and more students in other disciplines are seeing
the value of writing for their life.
Encouraging students to write can be challenging because
you have to show the reasons why they should do this and
how it can benefit them.
There needs to be tangible and connecting situations and
circumstances to show that writing can increase networking,
create a positive digital footprint and show the potential to
increase visibility in the job market and potential financial
benefits.

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Attending an HBCU there are benefits and some potential things
that can hold a person back. The term HBCU is not always
beneficial in the white corporate world because it may be
perceived as unskilled, ill-prepared, lower educational
achievement, minority, ghetto, inner-city and slow. These may
be some of the perceptions carried by labels and assumptions.
Labels can deny access to equitable educational access and even
the mental stereotypes that can affect performance in the classroom.
I share with my students to never let someone else’s expectations
define their life and their successes.
As a father of two college age young adults I have seen how low
expectations of teachers, friends and even the community affect
the self perceptions of children. When my children were in
elementary and middle I constantly encouraged them to read, to
think for themselves and not like the crowd, I took my kids to
conferences, workshops and other events that offered
exposure and learning. Why more Black families do not do this
there are many excuses.
Understanding diversity was important because my children had
to understand that this world, this nation is diverse and they
had to be able to cope with the integration and collaboration
of races. To many times people said I was raising my children like
they were white, but in actuality I was raising them to live in a
white world where mental toughness was necessary, having dreams,
goals and a mission in life made living valuable and being Black was
an asset not collateral damage.
Parents must always build up their children even if there are
challenges to their mental abilities, children can overcome and
compensate for many challenges if the parents do not have lower
expectations for success. Speak and breath life and a love for
learning. This is where to many African American families fall
short, living under the expectations of others that see them
as second class citizens, as potential criminals, welfare
recipients and even kids being in ESE and EBD classes not
Gifted and Talented classes.
The parent is the first educator and creates a foundation for
growth and development for a life-time. Parents create the
mental foundation for how their child will stand and deliver
energies that motivate and expand success or accept the mode of
below average living and relying on governmental
assistance.

HBCUs have a history of overcoming challenges and even
atrocities that are thrown at them because of the strong will
for success and rising like the Phoenix. If the parent assumes
their child cannot read past a certain level and mental comprehension
they deny their child the gifts of literature, reading, exposure
and even interactions that can open mental doors to expand the
horizons to be better then they currently are.
In my class I use TEDx Talks to show the similarities of cultural
and generational experiences to help students to understand
they do not have to live by others expectations and stereotypes.
They have options to experience and manage their life to be what
they want it to be by embracing learning and exposure to
new things in life.
Using a platform of blogging to step out away from the limitations
of people placed because they only only see color, zip codes or
area codes, student writing can take them globally any where in the
world because they can adapt their writing to embrace not just
the diversity of people, but the diversity of thought,
rationalization and the emotional connections that bring about
unity and respect.
Who writes your life story? | Hill Krishnan | TEDxCalPoly
https://youtu.be/OscDpHfrtog
Is a way for students at HBCUs to share in a story of
mental and emotional neglect and abuse. Even through
the hell of low expectations HBCU students can rise
to new heights and accomplish unbelieveable success.
HBCU students start to write your own story, never
allow anyone else to write your story, to cast you
into a category and try to keep you there.
It is a choice, a decision that you make.
Choose wisely what direction you will go, by your
decisions or by the decisions of others that only see
you based on ignorance, racism, prejudice and hate.
Listening to “Who writes your life story?” |
Hill Krishnan | TEDxCalPoly is a way to break free
of the pain and limitations of others.

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Resources:
Who Writes Your Life Story?
Hill Krishnan | TEDxCalPoly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OscDpHfrtog&t=424s

Real Talk Real Change by E3 Business Group
RTRC VIII: “We Are Women, Hear Us More!!”
https://eventium.io/events/1036938196421735/real-talk-real-change-viii

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