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January 25, 2019

What Is Metrotown in A Day In Jacksonville Florida

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What Is Metrotown in A Day In Jacksonville Florida
William Jackson, M.Ed. and Aida Correa
Facilitator with Metrotown and OneJax
Teens recognized as community leaders through their
volunteering in the Jacksonville community were invited
to the JSCA/Nelson Mandela Youth Ambassadors and
4-H Metrotown In A Day.
The Metrotown In A Day (MIAD) is a unique
opportunity to participate in a one day diversity leadership
program which explores the ways teens and  young adults
view the community around them. The teens and young
adults attend public, private, charter and home schooling
in Jacksonville, Florida.
Metrotown welcomes young people without any bias,
stereotypes or prejudice and engages them in discussion
about their community.
The diversity of the students allows for diversity in age,
gender, culture and community that truly represents
the community that the students may and may not live in.
Exposure is key for the acceptance of diversity of
people, ideas, religions and life styles.
Metrotown-In-A-Day, an experiential teen diversity program
specially designed for future leaders to elevate levels of
awareness and understanding, thus bridging gaps across
differences. The interactive leadership program includes
a day-long concentrated adaptation of Metrotown Institute,
which is a four-day OneJax program for high school
students held each summer that promotes respect and
understanding across the differences of race, religion,
sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic
status and ability.
During the workshops, students will participate in group
experiences/activities, facilitated discussion sessions and
individual reflection. Metrotown is a powerful experience
that lights a spark and impacts all.
Those selected will come together to explore diversity
for living successfully in an increasingly diverse and
interdependent world. The ability to work, live and grow
in rapidly growing diverse communities is important.
The world is a global community that requires building
professional and personal learning networks and
engaged future community members in
our young people.
At Metrotown In A Day, students explore their personal
values, perceptions and even biases and learned stereotypes.
They are encouraged to voice their opinions, views, challenges,
triumphs in a nurturing, encouraging and welcoming
environment.
This enables dialogue not to change minds, but to provide
a chance to build tolerance, understanding and
acceptance. Respectful and non-judgemental dialogue is
important to see others view points and
understand how these were developed. Understanding
the community a young person lives in helps build a
stronger community and acceptance.
There are opportunities to experience a variety of
perspectives on diversity issues, multicultural
communication, and unconscious biases.
Participants create strategies for living and working
with a multitude of differences.
The goal of Metrotown In A Day is to promote respect
and understanding among all people. This goal is
achieved through small group discussions and
workshops, creative and artistic expression, recreation,
outdoor experiences and personal reflection on our
diverse community.
For more information about
Metrotown In  A Day or other programs contact:
Deidre Lane
Director of Youth Programs
OneJax Institute
(904)-620-1529
onejax.lane@unf.edu

 

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January 11, 2019

Teach for America Uses “RaceCards” to Guide Training

It is great working with such passionate and professional educators,
community activist, community stakeholders and parents.
School and community partnerships make a big difference when
working hard to provide equitable classrooms and schools.
William Jackson, M.Ed.
31 years of professional educational service.
#MyQuestToTeach

Teach for America Uses “RaceCards” to Guide Training

Teach for America Uses “RaceCards” to Guide Training
Wm Jackson, M.Ed

Duval County Public School educators along with OneJax
and Black Educators Rock facilitators partnered together
to facilitate a Teach For America workshop exploring the
intricacies of race, identity, and teaching in classrooms
across lines of difference. The team of facilitators utilized
the “Race Cards” initiative developed by 904ward, a
kitchen table approach to having conversations
on race and identity with across community lines.

TFA educators receive regularly scheduled training to
improve their teaching abilities to assist them to meet the
needs of their diverse classrooms within the schools of DCPS.
Professional Development in education is a key component
to build and develop competent, confident and capable
educators.
The growth in the diversity of classrooms
across Jacksonville, Florida shows that teachers need to
be supported to address multiple issues that distract
students and create learning challenges in schools
and classrooms.

Pictured are educators and facilitators in the discussion
of race, bias and stereotypes that students may face in
classrooms of Duval County Public Schools and using
the “Race Cards” resource to guide the discussions
and help students understand and cope with these
sensitive issues that create questions about their place
in society.

Training’s like these set a foundation of professional
development that builds professional learning communities
and professional learning networks.

Continued training’s like this empower teachers with
the necessary knowledge and skill-sets to be able to
addressing issues that are on the minds of students.
OneJax facilitators, William Jackson a 31 year educator
with DCPS, national and international blogger and
Aida Correa a business owner, artist and parent.
Each have participated and facilitated similar discussions
with MetroTown In A Day with high school students and
worked with New Town Success Zone, Authors RoundTable,
EdCamp educational conferences and with the international
conference Preventing Crime in the Black Community annual
conference with the Florida State Attorneys Office.

Training’s like these set a foundation to show the value
of professional development that builds professional learning
communities (PLC) and professional learning networks
(PLN) among teachers and provides avenues for continued
support and resources.

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Shown in the photo from left to right:
William Jackson (OneJax), Cris Benavides (Ribault),
Joelle Butler (Dupont), Amanda Chappell (Ribault),
Anthony Alves (Ribault), Tracy Oliver (Black Educators Rock),
Aida Correa (OneJax), Stephanie Keck (Jefferson County),
Chris Williams (City Year Staff), (Nakia Lee (GOCA),
Katlyn Econom (Ribault), Erin Riebel (YWLA),
Roel Escamilla (Clay County), John Grab (TFA Staff)
Sharetta McBride (Hyde Grove)

January 4, 2019

What is Metrotown-In-A-Day? MIAD

Filed under: Education,MetroTown — William Jackson @ 10:45
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What is Metrotown-In-A-Day? MIAD

Metrotown-In-A-Day is an interactive experiential
learning lab. Selected delegates will come together
to explore options for living successfully in an
increasingly diverse and interdependent world.
At Metrotown-In-A-Day, students explore their
personal values and perceptions. Delegates also
experience a variety of perspectives on diversity
issues, multicultural communication, and unconscious
biases. Participants create strategies for these event
living and working with a multitude of differences.

The goal of Metrotown-In-A-Day is to promote respect
and understanding among all people. This goal is
achieved through small group discussions and workshops,
creative and artistic expression, recreation, outdoor
experiences and personal reflection on our diverse
community. Be prepared! When you’ve completed
Metrotown-In-A-Day, you’ll see the world through
different eyes and you will have made a lasting
and positive difference in your own life, and in
the lives of your friends.

As a volunteer of Metrotown In A Day events and the
longer Metrotown In A Week are great opportunities
for teens to learn about the value of diversity in
culture, thinking, gender and that differences are
strengths.

When young people attend and participate in a
Metrotown event they have the opportunity to
meet others of similar age, but different on so
many levels.

Photos are from Metrotown In A Day at Ponte Vedra
High School in Jacksonville, Florida

 

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