My Quest To Teach

July 4, 2016

How Do You Change African American Communities Part II

How Do You Change African American Communities Part II
The connections to change a community…………

1. African Americans must build psychological
weapons to fight tyranny. Physical weapons do
not allow for systemic growth and improvement
through generations.

2. African Americans must build schools in
their communities no matter who attends them.
African Americans must volunteer like whites and
Asians do, if your not employed put your time to
good use and do positive things in the
community and volunteering in the schools.

3. African Americans must remember that President
Obama is the President of the United States of
America and African Americans are not the only
ones that put him in office. They need to colloborate
with others to make changes.

4. African Americans need to recognize their
intellectuals along with their athletes and
entertainers. Intellectual students (the Blerds,
Nerds, and Geeks) will make changes that influence
economics, commerce and involved in STEAM.

5. African Americans must not be content with
just owning things. They must work to build
businesses, they must support their innovators
and their creators in their children.

6. African Americans must believe in equal
educational value for both girls and boys.
More women are starting businesses, hiring from
their neighborhoods and providing employment
opportunities.

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7. African Americans must honor and seek advise
from their elders as they did decades ago.
To face economic and societal challenges with
plans of community collaboration,
development, working with law enforcement
and building employment skills.

8. African Americans must value community
dialogues that includes all religious beliefs
and lifestyles. The scope is to improve their
communities and unify. Colorism and inner
racism must stop.

9. African Americans must not allow mediocrity
from their children. They must have high and
realistic expectations from their children
in education and volunteering in the community.

10. African Americans must hold their city
council members accountable, to be seen and
active in the communities they serve. They
should not be seen just for media shots and
sound bytes. They should be seen more during
non re-election years letting their works
speak for them when elections do come around.

11. African Americans must be involved, active,
engaged in their communities, schools and
churches. African Americans must attend PTA
meetings, SAC -school advisory council meetings,
school board meetings and even community
law enforcement meetings.

12. African Americans should not allow anyone
to keep them from learning and growing
academically. Churches should be offering
tutoring services in reading, math and science.

13.African Americans must read diverse
literature especially from other African
Americans and Africans. There should be
community book talks, political discussions
and STEAM seminars for kids and teens.

16. African American children should focus on
what they can do, not what they cannot do.
Parents need to embrace their children’s
abilities, talents, skills and dreams and guide
them to success.

17. African American fathers should show love
to their sons and spend time with their children.
They need to be building relationships and
developing compassion, empathy, sincerity,
and humility.

18. African American parents must choose to
sacrifice for their kids and spend monies on
books, literature and other learning
opportunities.

19. African Americans must change the culture
of fear in their communities. There needs to
be a focus on unity and equality within their
own communities.

20. African Americans need to leverage their
talented ones, to be able to write community
grants to provide educational chances and
not keep all resources to themselves.

21. African American religious centers
should combine for the benefit of their
communities not just their individual
churches.

“The choices of today will affect the
opportunities of tomorrow.”
William Jackson

March 12, 2016

Introducing the Black Superheroes

Reader Theater Group
Conjure Con – Orlando, Florida 2016

Young Minds Building Success Charities, Inc.
The Stetson Kennedy Foundation

Young Minds Building Success
&
The Stetson Kennedy Foundation
Present
Stetson Kennedy Legacy:
“Introducing the Black Superheroes”

The Black Superheroes
*Roy Sold His Car to God
*Uncle Monday
*Big Mama was a Superhero Too
*Nine Second Man
*John The Conqueror
*Princess Kitaka
*Turpentine Sam
*Abada the Warrior
*Mama Duck
*Daddy Mention

Introducing

Performers:
Tangela Floyd
Executive Director for Young Minds Building Success
Author of “Can I Speak,” “Eve of a New Nation,” and “Jump Manya”
Tangela is a poet, storyteller, and lecturer. She excels in creativity
and innovative thinking in an artistic media.

Ari Turner
Business entrepreneur, spoken word artist and fan of the Arts.
Her youthful energy is invigorating and infectious and her
professionalism defies her youthful appearance.

Aida Correa
A Brooklyn, New York native of Puerto Rican descent, her passion
and cultural diversity is to empower individuals from all walks of
life through her paintings and poetry.

Roxann Hilbert
Has appeared in several Stage Aurora plays and displays an artistic
maturity that displays confidence and patience. Having appeared in
To Kill A Mockingbird, Frathouse, and The Wiz her theatrical experiences
brings a theatrical dynamic to Reader Theater.
William Jackson
A teacher with Duval County Public Schools and Edward Waters
College. He is the 2015 – 2016 Teacher of the Year with Venetia
Elementary School. William is usually handling the Social Media
platforms, photos and PowerPoint/Music transitions during
Reader Theater, he performs when needed.

Elisha Taylor
Student with Duval County Public Schools, he is an “Agent of
STEAM” who loves technology and comic books. Elisha maybe
a future reader using his youthful exuberance and growing
theatrical abilities.

Tommy Bridgewater
Audio Equipment Specialist

Producers are:
Tangela Floyd, Sandra Parks, (widow of Stetson Kennedy)
and Nancy McLucas

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Performing at Florida State College Jacksonville 2016
Rahman Johnson, Ari Turner, Tangela Floyd,
Roxann Hilbert, Aida Correa, Earl Kitchings
William Jackson, Social Media, PowerPoint and Music Transition

Resources:
The Stetson Kennedy Foundation
http://www.stetsonkennedy.com
Young Minds Building Success Charities
http://www.ymbsc.org
904 635-6167

Video of Reader Theater at Conjure Con in Orlando, Florida
Tangela Floyd, Ari Turner, Aida Correa, Roxann Hilbert
William Jackson, Elisha Taylor: Videographer

Video of Reader Theater at Florida State College Jacksonville
Performers: Tangela Floyd, Ari Turner, Aida Correa, Roxann Hilbert
Rahman Johnson, Earl Kitchings
William Jackson, Social Media, PowerPoint and Music Transition
https://fscj.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Black+Super+Heroes+21616.mpeg/1_4ig8rt9c

YouTube Videos of Reader Theater
The Black Superheroes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mxILfeNaNE
Introduction of Reader Theater – October 2, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mxILfeNaNE

Reading and explanation of Anne Frank’s novel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGF1YvyOnaA
What does banned books say
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQkRjQta5mM
The Before Email: Reader Theater – Readers of the Evening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob8tjRQuOJk
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CXzxHKDrl4
Readers Theater performing at Hope Chapel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl9lAe_obwg

Media Moments:
Folio Weekly
http://folioweekly.com/speaking-the-black-superheroes,13262
eu Jacksonville
http://eujacksonville.com/2015/07/14/stetson-kennedy-legacy-black-superheroes/
Reader Theater Celebrates Poetry Month
http://thyblackman.com/2015/04/20/readers-theater-celebrates-poetry-month/
Do You Believe In Black Superheroes
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/do-you-believe-in-black-superheroes/
Readers Theater puts the ‘super’ in African-American folklore heroes
http://jacksonville.com/current/mandarin-st-johns/2015-07-23/story/readers-theater-puts-super-african-american-folklore
Readers Theater Celebrates Poetry Month
http://thyblackman.com/2015/04/20/readers-theater-celebrates-poetry-month/

Group SuperHeros
Performing at Jacksonville Public Library 2015


Sandra Parker (widow of Stetson Kennedy) and William Jackson


Performance at Jacksonville Public Library 2015

 

 

March 3, 2016

Teachers Why Do You Blog???

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Presentation from the first Florida Blogging Conference for Educators
proud and honored to be invited to be one of the first presenters for this
historic conference for educators.

Presentation provided by William Jackson @wmjackson

Speaking to educators about the importance of engagement, passion, and the
interactivity of blogging to engage children in learning.

Wm Jackson, M.Edu
Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida

Duval County Pubic Schools
Jacksonville, Florida
Teacher of the Year for Venetia Elementary School

November 13, 2015

Social Media Presentation at The Bridge

On Tuesday November 10th 2015 I presented a #SocialMedia presentation to
The Bridge of Northeast Florida.
The audience ranged from elementary to high school students and later their parents.
The discussion was to bring awareness to the benefits, dangers and challenges of #SocialMedia
for youth, teens and young adults.
This is a part of my SWAG in Social Media Curriculum that I use when I speak at conferences,
workshops, seminars and churches.

I try to emphasis as I state several times that what youth, teens and young adults
post, in many cases is permanent and may hurt them later in life when applying for
Internships, scholarships, and starting a career. Social Media posts can also build
a personal Brand, by sharing knowledge, creativity, innovative ideas and
collaborative opportunities in the community or even the church.

Higher educational institutions and even the military have searched Social Media
sites to determine many attributes of potential employees and the current workforce.
Their mental, emotional and even family stability will influence work production and
their relationships at work. This may predict future struggles or successes depending
on they dynamics of the persons support system.

The every day pressures of life on people can be seen on Facebook,
read in Twitter and seen in Instagram photos and on videos posted on
SnapChat, Vine, and now Periscope.
Social Media is not the place to put your personal history and personal
challenges.
Parents are the role models for their children and should be able to talk
to their children openly and honestly about the dangers and benefits
of Social Media. Parents should set realistic and flexible expectations and
rules for accessing Social Media sites, Smartphone and other digital device
usage.
Youth, teens and young adults should be taught not to share what goes on
in their home with the world, the world will not love them and respect them
like their families will. The world can be a dangerous and unforgiving place.

Law enforcement is even viewing Social Media sites to
help solve crimes, predict crimes and protect potential
victims of crime. The use of Social Media has become
the digital windows that the world can look into a person’s
life and follow them.

As I start each of my presentations: “Your cell phone can
be your best friend or worse enemy, by the content that
you post online.” Wm Jackson

I hope this information is beneficial to parents, youth,
teens, young adults and even professionals. If there
are questions or requests for speaking engagements
please contact me at: williamderekjackson@gmail.com

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YouTube Video of Presentation

Video taken by students attending this workshop. They had an opportunity to be involved and engaged
in the workshop to help build connections.

Additional Interviews and Speaking Engagements
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/radio-interviews/

Saturday, November 14th 2015
Eatonville Branch Library
Orlando, Florida

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