My Quest To Teach

February 6, 2017

My Hidden Figures Reflection

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Taylor and students from Venetia Elementary and Lee High School

My Hidden Figures Reflection
By: Breyonna Fox,
Blogging Intern with My Quest To Teach
Jacksonville, Florida
My first thought when I finished watching Hidden
Figures was, “Wow, they actually did all of those
things, like they accomplished their goals.” I thought
this was very inspirational, because back then it was
very hard for other races besides Caucasians, to do
the things they wanted and love. In the movie there
is a part when Mary Jackson’s husband even doubts
her accomplishing her dreams, showing how
un-motivated people were and how many dreams
were simply crushed and forgotten.

Then there was Dorothy Vaughn who wanted to be
a supervisor for her group of women who are highly
skilled with computers. She wanted to move on with
her dreams when she realized Katherine and Mary
was moving up with theirs. NASA wouldn’t make
her a supervisor though, she worked hard and even
acted like a supervisor to her group of woman. Then
one day she got a huge offer, but she would only do
it if her girls were with her as well. So they allowed it.
She finally became a supervisor. She is the first
African American woman to supervise a staff
at the West Area Computers Division. Another part
in the movie shows when she took her sons to the
library to get some books to help her out with work,
they ended up getting kicked out, just because
Dorothy needed the book, but the library was whites’
only.

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It was upsetting to see how she couldn’t check
out the book and then the security guard pushed
her sons out as well. Then when she got on the
bus she still had the book on her and when her
sons asked why and she said she pays taxes
and those taxes help the library out. I know
Dorothy is a very witty and strong person. She
stayed determined in what she believed in and
knew she could accomplish her goals, she didn’t
leave her girls and moved them up with her.

Mary Jackson, wanted to become an engineer,
in the beginning she had doubts about it. She
was talking about it with her co-worker and she
said how impossible it felt, her co-workers told
her she could do it, because they were already
doing the impossible. I thought about what she
said and how she had hope that Mary could
accomplish her goals. It showed me even when
things feel impossible, they aren’t. She even
went to court to fight for what she wanted and
got night classes at University, an all-white
school! That was amazing. I really loved that part,
because that filled so much hope in Mary and
made her believe more in herself that she could
accomplish a lot more things after that, Mary
Jackson became the first female African
American NASA engineer. Mary is a sassy, brave
and determined for what she fights for.
Last, but not least was Katherine Goble,
she was strongly skilled in mathematics and
had an analytical mind. She got a new assignment
by Al Harrison, so she had to move to a new
part of the company.

When she was getting escorted, the woman told her,
“you will be the first black person here. Don’t make
me regret choosing you. Most people only last a few
days, so don’t get used to it.” Then when Katherine
entered everyone stared at her. Her co-workers were
rude towards her as well. She went to grab some
coffee and everyone was staring at her. She
immediately felt uncomfortable and sat down and
sipped her coffee slowly. After that incident they
got a second coffee maker and it said “colored”,
she went to use it, it was empty, sending a message.

This showed me how even though Katherine
accomplished her goals, there will always be people
trying to bring her down. Then she got upset and
explained to Harrison how rude everyone was acting
towards her and how she never got pearls and how
no one wants to use the same coffee maker as her,
since earlier she was always in the bathroom and he
would ask where she went. Then the next day he
tore down the “whites only” bathroom and the
“colored” signs and he said, “no whites or colored,
we’re all the same here.” That showed me how
Al Harrison really cared about Katherine as an
employee and he didn’t care about skin color.

Then when Katherine got engaged, her co-workers
got her a pearl necklace, which was Harrison’s ideas
too, which she wore to her wedding. Then later on in
the movie, when John Glenn was going to orbit
around earth, he said he only trusted Katherine with
her calculations and with his safety, he knew she
was brilliant and he only trusted her not the computer
machine. He was right too, he had trouble up in space,
but he got back safe.

Katherine played a huge roll in John Glenn’s journey
and Apollo space program landing a man on the moon.
In 2015, Katherine received National Medal of Freedom
from President Obama.

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Breyonna Fox, blogger

This movie showed me that anything you set your mind
to you can accomplish. You just have to stay determined
and full of courage. This movie is very inspiring and
does prove to other women and girls they can do things
even when they feel it’s out of their reach.
Edited by Prof. William Jackson  #MyQuestToTeach

Resources dedicated to women
TEDxFSCJ Salon: Lift as We Climb:
Women Race and Politics
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
FSCJ – Downton Campus
Auditorium A-1068
http://www.tedxfscj.com/events/

Real Talk Real Change
We Are Women Hear Us More..
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Riverside North – 2711 Edison Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida
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January 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Choice, STEM and Your Child’s Dreams
William Jackson, M.Edu
#MyQuestToTeach @wmjackson

The world is changing rapidly, the incorporation of technology
increases with the development of robotics, drones, virtual reality,
driverless cars, coding and web development. Students cannot
rely on outdated educational standards that do not keep up with
the changes in careers and industry standards, space
development and even climate changes.

The dynamic engagement of educational initiatives in STEM
and STEAM will train and teach children for the future. To
empower them to be the problem solvers and innovators of the
future. Children must be prepared for careers not even available
currently and be able to solve complex problems that will challenge
day to day life. Children in today’s schools must develop into
thought leaders and smart creatives.
Many teachers are building the intellectual abilities of youth, teens
and young adults that are even dreaming of being entrepreneurs,
the future business and commerce leaders that communities and
cities need to provide investment and reinvestment to build
stronger infrastructures that depend on stable economic growth
and educational diversity.

 

 

 

 

STEAM and STEM initiatives are
being provided by the growth
and integration of academic
elements being taught in schools
in Jacksonville, Florida. Because
technology has advanced it is
important for the engagement
of tools to be fused into educational
initiatives like
STEM / STEAM / STREAM / CSTREAM and STEM2.

STEM does not start in high or middle school, it starts in elementary
programs, after school programs and clubs. These start the fire for
cognitive exploration and the enjoyment of discovery.
Each has a powerful effect in the world helping to solve problems
that affect human survival. The infusion of science, technology,
reading, engineering, arts, math and in some cases medicine are
found in careers that need knowledge workers that are critical
thinkers and higher order problem solvers.
The educational goal, to engage the whole child and foster high
achievement.

 

 

 

 

 

It is important that parents
attend the School Choice Expo
to be held Saturday, January 21st 2017
in Jacksonville, Florida so they can
make educational decisions for the future
of their children and the growth of the
community. As the saying goes
a growing community needs a strong educational community.
The blending of STEM and STEAM skills combined with educational
instruction requires students to engage in creative application, critical
and higher order thinking that supports collaborative and cooperative
learning. Learning that pushes and challenges thinking and new
ideas, bringing about success that is transferable in advanced
areas of civic application in citizenship.

As a past STEAM teacher and current Educational Technology,
Social Media and STEM instructor at Edward Waters College and
elementary education teacher at a Magnet Medical STEM school
parents should look at their children’s education as the ultimate
investment.

STEAM is complimentary with
21st artistic, scientific and technological century
skills that parents need to understand and
know how to apply to future careers for their
children. Children have dreams, but must be
prepared with the best possible
educational access and be able to apply that
education with real world experience. What
better way than through a quality education
in Duval County Public Schools….

The importance of these expanding areas can be seen in the
National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts,
and the U.S. Department of Education. Collaborations such as
these are to make sure current and future models of learning
prepare students to be the skilled knowledge collaborators and thought
leaders this nation needs to lead in the 21st 22nd and 23rd centuries.

Duval County Public Schools provides and continues to build on a
progressive model of visionary and futuristic empowerment for students
that are also representative of a diverse student body that represents
the global presence that is expanding. We are not an island of the
United States of America, but a representation of the success of
diversity and tolerance in educational opportunities.

The question has changed from should we incorporate STEM and
STEAM education, to how can schools more efficiently and effectively
incorporate this model?? Many schools already are and creating great
success stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 School Choice Expo
When:
Saturday, January 21, 2017  |  11 a.m. to 3 p.m
Where:
Prime Osborn Convention Center
1000 Water Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Cost:
Admission and parking are free!
About:
Duval County Public Schools’ annual 2017 School
Choice Expo will feature an array of educational
options for the 2017-2018 school year, reflecting
the district’s initiatives for all schools and programs.
The expo will offer attendees a chance to learn about
programs throughout elementary, middle and high
schools. Many of the district’s programs are designed
to hone a child’s special interest, talent, gift or skill to
maximize their opportunity for success.
Attendance:
Expected attendance will be around 16,000
The event showcases magnet programs, career academies, charter
schools, high school acceleration programs and neighborhood
schools for all grade levels. Teachers, principals and students
from every school will be on hand to talk with parents and
students about their academic offerings.
Vendors:
Vendors supportive of education will also have exhibits.

Resources about STEM and STEAM
Links to STEAM Information
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/steam/

DCPS Magnet Office
http://www.duvalschools.org/Page/19164

Helpful Reminder for Parents
http://www.duvalschools.org/Page/7313

Tomorrows STEM Careers
https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2014/spring/art01.pdf

Careers for Graduates
https://www.nsf.gov/nsb/sei/edTool/data/workforce-03.html

 

 

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September 28, 2016

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dads Take Your Child to School Day
by William Jackson, M.Edu.
Instructor with Edward Waters College
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach
Daddy Blogger – Community Activist – Educator
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The Florida Department of Education initiative:
Dads Take Your Child to School Day! The Department
of Family and Community Engagement is partnering on
this initiative. This event is similar to the Million Father
March that was held on the first day of school nationally.

As part of  this initiative, fathers are asked to show their child
that they value and support their education by bringing them
to school on Wednesday, September 28th and that they
commit to being involved in their learning throughout the year.

This is a great opportunity to increase parental engagement,
especially among fathers, for the entire 2016-17 school year.
Last year, fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers,
uncles, cousins, big brothers, male caregivers, mentors and
family friends all showed their support for students across
the state through their participation. The excitement for
many students is continuing to blossom and the work
continues for academic growth and success. Fathers are
very important in the process of education, helping in laying
a foundation for the importance of maturing academically
and socially. Being a father requires continuous giving,
generosity, kindness, compassion, empathy, love and
dedication to another life besides their own.

Education is a life-long process that is influenced by
parental priorities and influence.

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“Fathers can and do change the world one child
at a time.” William Jackson, M.Edu.

These are suggestions from a father, educator, and
community activist to encourage fathers to
participate and be engaged in the educational
process of their children from early childhood to
higher education.

1. Fathers respect your child’s teacher(s)

One way to support education is to model respect for
teachers and administrators. Fathers speak more by
their actions than words, so visit schools and praise
teachers and administrators.
2. Fathers spend time in the school
Even though it might be tough to visit schools at
least once a month it makes a world of difference
in a child’s behavior and academic success. Spending
time means sacrificing a lunch time, overtime or
buddy time. The rewards are great, just look in
your child’s eyes and see.
3. Fathers listen to teachers not talk at them
Sometimes it is more valuable to listen than to speak.
Fathers must trust teachers to tell them the truth about
their children even if the truth hurts or challenges
making changes to discipline, doing homework,
requiring tutors or not participating in sports or after
school activities. The priority of school is education.
4. Fathers discipline with Love
Many of us have humorous stories of being disciplined
when we were of youthful vigor and energy. We
understood later we were wrong in some of our actions
and choices and that discipline was done with love.
So fathers must continue to have love in their hearts
and minds and discipline fairly and with love.
5. Fathers are Role Models
Fathers are the first role models, even when we don’t
think our kids are watching, they are and other kids do
too. So our actions speak louder than words. We can’t
say “do as I say and not do as I do” because we
send the wrong messages and set our actions and
words up to be hypocritical and without meaning.
6. Fathers are Teachers
When a father teaches it is by his actions not always
by his words. The first teacher should be the child’s
parents. They establish the foundation for future success.
Even if not a great student in school fathers can teach
their children from their mistakes to help their children
to be better academically and socially.

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7. Fathers  should share meals
A great time to share is when eating together. This is a
relaxing time to joke, share, encourage, engage in fun
conversation. Sharing meals should not be serious times,
but memorable ones starting with prayer.
Communication should be two ways that encourage the
kids to ask questions too.
8. Fathers Read to their Children
When my children where toddlers until middle school
their mother and I read to them at various times  during
the day and when it was bed time. This created an
atmosphere where reading was fun. When
they were able to we allowed them to read to us. Even
though we divorced I still read to my children to keep
the consistency and fun of it. Fathers that are not strong
readers should read to their level and build as their
children build. Learning together should not be an
embarrassment it should be a cooperative effort to
show comprehension and literacy are vital.
9. Fathers Show Affection
Fathers cannot afford to be “hard” and unemotional,
this creates unstable emotional behaviors in children
that cause confusion and conflicting emotions for
stability and expression. Fathers have to model love,
proper affection, sensitivity, common sense,
compassion, tenderness. These are what children
need to learn to function in society.
10. Fathers Job is Never Done
At the time of this writing 2016 both my children
are in college, working, driving and in some
capacity they are still dependent on me. Fathering
is a lifelong responsibility even when children are
maturing into adults themselves. Fathers are the
cushions, the barriers that God has placed to make
the world less scary, less threatening and less
depressing when the challenges of life attack
our children.

Children need to know that daddy will be there
not just for money, but for encouragement, advice,
praise, love, prayers and sometimes just a silent
shoulder to listen and arms for reassuring hugs.
Fathers you must decide what kind of father you
want to be, it is a choice and personal decision.
Don’t try to be like any other father but who you
are. Don’t be fake, foolish or fraud, your children
will see right through you.
It is ok to be scared, nervous and apprehensive,
no one has all the answers, you have more life
experiences than your children so use that to
build on as a foundation of support and love.

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Resources:
“The Talk” with your kids:
http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/09/05/345891814/whats-your-take-on-nprthetalk  how to make sure your  child comes home.

 

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