My Quest To Teach

March 29, 2019

Jax Book Fest and Authors RoundTable 

Jax Book Fest and Authors RoundTable
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Volunteering with Authors RoundTable

Building Authors and Integrating Tech
Many graduates of HBCU institutions are either planning
to publish a book or have and working on multiple titles.
This information is for those in and near Jacksonville, Florida.

A paradigm of digital innovation and literary craftsmanship
is happening on the Northwest quadrant of Jacksonville.
Empowering authors with the knowledge to adapt diverse
technologies to the writing process. It is not enough to just
write and publish a book, authors must manage their Brand,
find their Niche and manage their content on Social Media
platforms using tools and Apps to bring awareness to their
works.

Integration of Social Media platforms, tools, and resources
to build Brands and create Niches is a tool-set many authors
are learning and integrating. It is not enough to just write a
book, authors need to market their Brand.

Since its inception Authors RoundTable has been providing
guest speakers the opportunity to share their knowledge,
tips/tricks and innovative literary creativity to empower and
motivate others.
The growing fellowship of men and women, boys and girls
of diverse cultural backgrounds share in a brother and
sisterhood of literary accomplishment. The goal of writing
a book or books that expresses their passions, interests,
desires and excitement for reading.
Held at the Jacksonville Public Library – Highlands Branch
on the third Tuesday of each month. The gatherings are
informative, energetic, inspiring, friendly and fun.

The building of personal and professional self-esteem
and providing help in writing, publishing, graphic design,
promotion, e-books, technology and other areas that
make the writing and publishing process daunting.
Every author is unique, the common thread of being a
published author is shared as a common goal.

Events like the Jax Book Fest show the fun and engagement
of writing and the community it has built in Jacksonville.
Blogging as well has been accepted and welcomed into the
publishing arena because many people do not have the time
to sit down with a book, but will read blogs, e-books and
listen online from the free resources that the library has to
offer with interactive literature.

The Jacksonville Public Library has 21 library locations across
the city, this shows the respect for literature and understanding
for a growing community that sees education as the means for
improvement and economic elevation and stability.  Students
in the schools have access to state of the art resources to help
them graduate and obtain higher educational degrees with
learning outside of the classroom to supplement classroom
instruction.

Jacksonville Public Library is one of the largest library systems
nationally and each branch caters to youth, teens and  young
adults.
Resources like the Authors RoundTable is just one of many
resources that encourage writers to express their talents on
diverse platforms and come out to learn from each other.

The bonding and fellowship gained continues to help the goal
of writers to accomplish the goal of being published and
embracing the chore of promoting themselves, building their
Brands and creating a Niche.

All are invited that have a dream and a goal of being published
and need help with tech. Social Media assistance provide by
Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life LLC, Twitter @lovebuiltlife,
AC Vasquez, Indie Author Instagram: @author_acvazquez
William Jackson, My Quest to Teach, Twitter @wmjackson
is a graduate of South Carolina State University 1987

For more information to attend or sponsor a meeting:
Authors RoundTable authorsroundtable@gmail.com
Jacksonville Public Library
Highlands Public Library
http://jaxpubliclibrary.org/
(904) 630-BOOK

 

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October 14, 2018

Happy 2nd Anniversary “Authors Roundtable” Authors are Invited

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Happy 2nd Anniversary “Authors RoundTable” All Authors are Invited

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6 pm – 8 pm
Happy Anniversary Authors Roundtable!

We are excited to announce our 2nd Year at the Highlands
Library on Dunn Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida.
Some of the best and talented Authors, Poets, Screen Play
Writers, Bloggers, Podcasters and more, all genres emerge
once a month to support each other and other Authors
attending. Students from elementary, middle, high school
and even higher education are welcomed to attend and
contribute.
Increasing our knowledge about the industry and the
writing and publishing process. Help is available.

Authors are learning that in some capacities they must
be able to manage their Social Media digital footprints
to share their Brands to diverse audiences. If they are
unsure, they are contracting with business people that
are knowledgeable like William Jackson and Aida Correa.
Social Media can be overwhelming, confusing and entering
into unknown territories can cause more problems if you’re
not sure who to rely on.

Editors, Publishers, Social Media Experts, Marketing
and Public Speaking Professionals, and other support
professionals have shared with the Roundtable.
Sharing successes, challenges, failures, resources and
financial services. Guiding peers around the challenges
that have been faced by others and providing guidelines
and strategies so mistakes are not repeated by others.

Authors are Jacksonville’s most hidden treasures. The
literary world is great in Jacksonville and surround areas,
support is there and available. The networking has been
invaluable, and we could not have done it without you that
are participating each month at the Authors RoundTable.

If you have participated in the past send or share your
favorite photo to
authorsroundtable@gmail.com for our digital collection.

Heartfelt thanks to Marshelle Berry, Regional Manager,
Kelly Strickland, Librarian, Susan Arthur, Librarian,
and Pat Morrison, Branch Supervisor
Our Roundtable Facilitators, Roy & Arvita Glenn and
Ari Turner, All-around support.

Special Guests Speakers will be presenting on:
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, 6 pm to 8pm
William Jackson (My Quest To Teach), blogger, speaker,
WordCamp advocate, educator and social media trainer.
Aida Correa, LoveBuiltLife, Inc. artist, poet, web
developer, educator, traveling artist and WordCamp speaker
and AC Vazquez, Indie Author
Will be speaking.

Join us in a celebratory cake eating and toast for
two great years and for many more years to come.

The Authors Roundtable
authorsroundtable@gmail.com
Highlands Library – Dunn Ave
Jacksonville, Florida

 

 

August 15, 2018

Reading is Fundamentally Fun

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Reading is Fundamentally Fun and Powerful
by William (Coach) Jackson and
Nancy (Fancy Nancy) Rentz (Media Specialists)

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.
One of these is roots; the other, wings.” Hodding Carter

The celebration of reading is special, storybooks ranging from the
Cat In The Hat, High School Musical, Clifford The Big Red Dog,
Naruto, Star Wars, Captain Under Pants, Spiderman, Billy Goat Gruff,
Skippy John Jones, Ramona Quimby and other novels opens doors
to imagination for youth, teens and young adults.

Grades Pre-K to fifth should be reading,  experience the joy,
excitement, engagement and imagination gained from reading
diverse books. All learning embraces reading that opens doors to the
imagination as a lifelong value and direct impact on future success
academically and career choices.
Reading has the inclusiveness of all ages even infants in the  celebration
of literature. Involving the community that brings about change in
mentalities and values.

Community involvement is critical to the success of all students,
they must have reading mentors and role models. Parents should
be seen reading, newspapers, novels, comic books, the Bible and
diverse literature. Children will copy what they see the adults in
theirs lives do.

The libraries in and out of schools are a parade through the
neighborhoods and provide an opportunity for the community
to see great successes in literature. Books are the key to sparking
imagination, dreams and looking up to see what is never
impossible or implausible.

Mrs. Nancy Rentz AKA Fancy Nancy encourages reading and the
beauty of language development for children.  Encourages parents
to promote reading at home. Reading embeds in youthful minds
that they are capable of graduating high school and attending
colleges, vocational education and even owning their own businesses.
Children need to see their parents, relatives and friends reading
to see themselves as readers.

This takes the term, “It takes a village to raise leaders” to a new
level of accountability because readers are leaders.
“Reading is Fundamental” to the success of all students, from infant
to toddlers, to elementary ages, to rising middle school students
of graduating high school students. National and district reading
scores have shown that early success in reading leads to academic
success from elementary school to high school and influences
higher education and career success.

Students that are reading on grade level are more likely to graduate
high school and enroll in college. Learning is continuous,
comprehensive and can be made fun.
Students should be taught to take advantage of every moment to learn,
to apply their learning and encourage their peers to read and learn.

Looking at the joy and excitement of the written word.
The pure desire to become great readers and given the opportunity
to show what they (students) know when time comes to begin
the process of graduating, finding internships, scholarships or
start careers.

Reading is Fundamental to not just academic success, but career
and economic success and stability.

William Jackson, M.Ed.
Teacher DCPS

 

 

 

April 24, 2017

When You Educate Women You Educate Generations

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When You Educate Women You Educate Generations
by William Jackson, #MyQuestToTeach
STEM and STEAM Advocate

The goal of education is not to just educate that specific
person, it is a goal to educate generations that come
afterwards. Establishing education as a foundation to
achieve success can be seen when families continue to
send their children to higher educational institutions,
vocational school and even military service to work
towards a level of degree in the service of their country.

The past decade has seen an increase in careers that
require technical skill, certificates and diplomas. At the
forefront are women that see these as stable careers
to raise a family and have access to the benefits
that they may not have had from their parents. Families
of color are beginning to encourage their children to
think out of the cultural box and aim for the stars,
the seas and medical professions that explore
the inner spaces of the human bodies.

STEM, STEAM, STREAM are seen as the gateways
to achieving the American Dream and dreams that
are deferred because of social-economic situations.
The increase in mentoring groups is exposing
girls and young women to careers not thought
of that require higher order thinking, problem
solving, critical thinking, thought leadership,
creativity and out of the box developmental
abilities that foresee future challenges that
may threaten humanity on local, national
or international levels.

When you educate a mother your educating a generation
because mothers will continue to open the minds of her
children and her children’s children. Fathers provide
the support systems and help build foundations. The
recent Markerspace presentation at the Jacksonville
Public Library “STEAM INTO STEM” brought together
women in Jacksonville, Florida that show the diversity
of parenting, careers, business applications, educational
levels and entrepreneurialism.

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Jax Markerspace panelists:
Shawanna Brooks, the hostesses, Akia Uwanda, Latonja Richardson,
Princess S. Rashid, and Angie Nixon. Each woman involved in
Jacksonville as community activist, business leaders and have
children in the schools systems of Jacksonville either public
or private.
The aspirations are the same for academic success, the goal of
graduating their children from high school and attending higher
education is similar, but the roads to achievements are
diverse and different. Each women are successful in their own
ways, are unified in their goals for their children to be better
educated and have better access to the resources that are open
in today with the integration and implementation of technologies
that involve STEAM INTO STEM.

Trans-formative statements: “The biggest danger of unemployment
today is not of immigration it is the advancements of technology
in robotics,” made by Princess S. Rashid a Physicist, educator,
parent and Artist. This shows that science can embrace the Arts,
there is coexistence.  The blending of STEAM and building a
relationship with careers comes into place when Angie Nixon
and Latonjay Richardson comment that the holistic approach
to education comes to play that children will not change if they
continue to be limited by their environments. The value of
exposure and relevance is real when education is applied to
careers and the changing of the mental and relevancy of what
is learned when applied in real life.

The FIRST LEGO LEAGUE, is the dream of Mark McCombs,
“I teach people how to build robots and to do what they used
to think was impossible.” Mark McCombs is the visionary of the
FIRST LEGO League competitions going on at middle and high
schools across the state of Florida . This creates dynamic
opportunities for team building in youth, teens and young adults.

Engineering, building and coding of robotics that are involved
in competitions and can be applied to real world or off world
future exploration. Women are playing key roles in these areas,
looking at the recent Hidden Figures movie that careers in NASA
and other aerospace, inner space, space travel and applied careers
are the keys for generational success academically and culturally.

STEM, STEAM and STREAM are not just acronyms to decipher
they are Real, Relevant and Ready to help youth, teens and young
adults reach their dreams and beyond. Parents check your child’s
school to see if they have a STEM or STEAM curriculum that builds
your child to reach beyond their potential and abilities. Never put
limits on the learning of your children or you will limit their
abilities to take care of themselves and their children.
Generations depend on the advancements of the children now.
If your children do not know how to aim, how will they aim
high for success?
Resources:
Jacksonville Public Library:
http://jaxpubliclibrary.org/

 

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