My Quest To Teach

January 27, 2017

What’s Next for Hidden Figures In The Future

What’s Next for Hidden Figures In  The Future
by William Jackson

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Congratulations to Latanya Richardson and her daughter
Taylor Richardson for the success of showing Hidden
Figures in Jacksonville, Florida to over 200 girls.
The awesome story of how African American women
helped NASA to put astronauts into space and bring
them back to earth.
Girls and women from around Jacksonville, Florida
attended representing groups and schools from
around the city. As a teacher I had the honor to bring
several students from Venetia Elementary School a
Medical Magnet STEM that teaches grade K to 5th 
and
a Lee High School student. My only regret is
that I could not bring more.

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The emotional and psychological inspiration of
this movie demands to ask what is next to keep
the seriousness and the historical value of this
movie moving forward. STEM and STEAM that
are being applied in the educational cultures of
schools is seen as not only career necessary, but
has scientific, business and commerce influences
in this country and on a global scale.
The movie brilliantly showed not just the struggles
of women in the NASA Space Program, but showed
the value and application of their education.
The reason why educational degrees are important,
the value of visiting the library to learn new things
and applying them to real world situations, and the
personal responsibility to prepare for the future.

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There were many scenes where the women were called
“computers” as their analytical abilities where recognized,
but only later were they respected after showing and
demanding equality through leadership opportunities and
promotions that were withheld only because of their color.
Working with many types of math and integrating
mathematical equations that sometimes had to be created.
This shows that girls and women have the skill sets and
analytical abilities to function in complex and STEAM
areas that demand creativity and innovation.

Hidden Figures addressed several civil rights issues in the
areas of political and educational equality that in some cases
are still being addressed for Black
s, Hispanics and others of
color,
the struggle still continues and there
have been many successes.

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Girls and women will take away many lessons from the
movie and see how history was changed not just by
protests, by going to school to earn advanced degrees,
learning the laws of the nation, how to speak properly
without using profanity, the importance of family unity
and support and setting goals that everyone works towards.

Another important key is to carry or act like there is
self-pride, cultural respect and intelligence.
 A key lesson
shared is that children  
learned early that education is
the ticket to a better life even when there are
struggles
and
challenges to be overcome.

Even seeing the implementation of “new” technologies
at the time when early computers where not as easy to
use, but there was continued learning in programming
languages that demanded studying and forward thinking.
The movement to gaining educational parity and equality
is a great value for boys and girls of color, this movie is
worth seeing again and applied to the learning initiatives
in all schools to allow students to see the why they
need to be serious about their education and the vision
for their dreams of success.

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Seeing the new IBM computers being used, but it
took a woman to learn the programming language to
make it work sends a message that women are as smart
and intelligent as men, even if those men are Black
or white.
There are no barriers than can stop girls and women
from gaining l
eadership skill-sets and applying the
intelligence to make positive and historical changes.
Parents, mothers, fathers, and grandparents if you
have not seen Hidden Figures take your children and
other children if possible to see this movie that not
only shows the historical application of education
and cultural  pride and respect, that gender is not
a liability
, color is not a curse, there is a blending of
historical successes and  global influence.

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Hidden Figures opens the mind’s eye that anything is
possible, t
hat dreams can be achieved, and intelligence
is Dope and Lit.
What is next is up to parents, schools, churches and
communities to support children, youth and teens.
Time will tell, graduations rates from high school
and college will tell and the growing number of girls
and boys of co
lor in  STEM careers will tell.

 

July 27, 2016

If You Think School Is Hard In America

If You Think School Is Hard In America
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College

The process of education is an evolving process
of continuous change, modification, and adaptation.
Rigor, differentiation, literacy, comprehension,
assessments and other terms that are used in the
process of educating children from birth to higher
education and beyond. Educators and parents
can become overwhelmed and confused in this
process of education as curriculum’s change.

This blog is influenced by the recent national
discussion on the need for an educated society
and how children are influenced and encouraged
to learn in the classrooms of this nation and
the application of STEM STEAM STREAM.

I wanted to reference the education of students
globally and the educational support of parents
of color and culture nationwide in America.
Parents need to accept their responsibility for the
educational success of their children and to be
involved with the educational process especially
reading and math.
This is NOT to say parents are not involved,
this is in reference to those that make excuses
for not attending parent/teacher conferences,
eating lunch at least once in the school year with
their kids and will not return teacher phone calls
or notes for parental support with disruptive and
struggling students.

Teachers need parental support and parents
need to be actively involved in schools from Pre-K
to High School. As another school year starts thus
the fashion extravaganza will begin. Everyone
wants to look good the first week, but what of
the 175 remaining days of academic rigor and work?

This nation provides a FREE education, supported
by tax dollars. There have been educational
think-tanks, educational committees, and focus
groups that assess and monitor how students are
educated. The universal ideology is that education
is important to the economic welfare of the
people of the United States of America no
matter the color or culture. All children need to
be educated to survive.
“This country needs an educated workforce
to compete globally.” Diverse Education
http://diverseeducation.com/article/11325/

One important fact that cannot be ruled out,
eliminated or downplayed is that in this country
education is important. Nowhere else in the world is
there an educational system like the United
States of America. The foundation is based
on parents being the “First Educator” for their
children. The importance of parents is stated as:
“Parenting involves taking responsibility seriously,
taking advantage of every opportunity to enhance
children’s learning, and providing children with
challenges that contribute to growth and development.”
Parents As First Teachers, Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.

Parental responsibility is to teach basic
foundational skills and reinforce these with
children before they start school. As an
educator of over 20 years and Teacher of the
Year in my district, I want to share
with parents that interaction with children
and the experiences that are provided can
guide children’s growth and development.

Children should be taken to the library
to build respect in the empowerment of
reading and literacy, they will appreciate
reading when they see their parents excited
about reading.
Children taken to the museum they will
appreciate culture, diversity and historical
connections that they are part of a global
community of humanity.  Children taken
to science centers they will appreciate
science and technology, understand why
STEM and STEAM are valuable to them.

There is work that needs to be done to
educate children and it starts at home. No
matter the educational level of parents, all
parents want the best for their children, but
sometimes need guidance and help.

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Resources:
Scholarships to continue education.
Ashley Hill
Twitter @prepforcollege
Host of #CollegeChat
Web http://www.collegeprepready.com/

Black Male Achievement
http://ebm.e.foundationcenter.org/c/tag/hBXj47hB8ixY9B9P$S8AAAAAANr/

GetConnectDad – @GetConnectDad – #GetConnectDAD

Parents As First Teachers
http://www.idra.org/IDRA_Newsletter/April_2005_Self_
Renewing_Schools_Reading_and_Literacy/Parents_As_First_Teachers/

April 28, 2016

What I Learned from Bar Camp at #OrlandoTech Week

What I Learned from Bar Camp at #OrlandoTech Week
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Teacher of the Year 2015 – 2016
Venetia Elementary School
Duval County Public Schools

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Participating in my first #OrlandoTech Week was
a fun, exciting, awesome and overwhelming experience,
even though I have been involved in technology for
quite a few years there is always an excitement
meeting people with diverse skills related to
technology that are not in the education field.
The beauty is that what I learn I can share with
my students in Duval County Public Schools and
with my students in my Educational Technology
and Social Media class at Edward Waters College.

Being engaged with industry leaders, creators, developers
and programmers allowed me to learn that there are
many diverse areas in the expanding fields of technology
and tech integration.
The faces of the people in fields of web development,
programming, coding and other fields have changed
from representing a single culture to one of
beautiful and dynamic cultural diversity and gender
inclusion.

Although more needs to be done, this will only
happen when boys and girls of color, culture and
diversity continue to earn degrees and certificates
in the diverse fields of technology. The passion must
come from parents to create the vision that their
children of color, culture and diversity can be successful
in all areas of STEM – Science Technology Engineering
Mathematics (Medicine), not only participate, but
contribute as well.

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Teachers must never exclude students from learning
about STEM, STEAM, STREAM, CSTEAM and STEM2,
they should make learning fun and most importantly
relevant as to “WHY” they need to be involved.
Technology is no longer a field that you jump into
because you like it, there are specific fields of work
and very specific skill-sets to manage and employ
specific applications to perform specific functions
or a purpose.
Education is vital because of the intricate and integrated
applications where programs, Apps and tools are integrated
onto platforms that help to solve problems.

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Bar Camps, WordCamps, EdCamps are great professional
development resources and unparalleled networking
opportunities. The exposure to people, products and
services helps me to improve my teaching and how to
integrate and incorporate into dynamic lessons for students
in elementary education and higher education. The resources
to inspire, encourage and motivate students to envision
that their life journeys can move into fields that are
diverse as the technology that is being developed and
integrated into everyday life.

Speaking at Bar Camp lifted my confidence level because
the focus is on “content” to inspire and motivate your
peers. Peers that don’t look like you, but are excited
just as you are to learn from you. Peers that do not
see your color, they do not worry about your culture,
but want to gain an understanding of how to improve their
abilities, skills and thinking. Taking themselves to a
higher level because of your contribution and passion
for what you know.

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I’m always fascinated and excited to share what I have
learned and continue to learn not just as an educator
but as a speaker, community activist and user of
diverse technologies that can be applied to education,
ministry, mentoring youth, teens and young adults.
The words, “be part of something bigger than you are,”
has new meaning when you attend a Bar Camp, WordCamp,
EdCamp, Florida Blogging Conference, Blogging While
Brown Conference, and the growing online learning
opportunities through twitter like #EduMatch, #EduColor
and others.

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These 25 items are what I learned from Bar Camp
during #OrlandoTech Week in Orlando, Florida.

1. Diversity is important in technology careers. The
increase of diverse backgrounds, cultural upbringing,
and even gender provides fresh ideas to solve new
and continuing issues that we face in the world.
2. Timing is still important, you must be at the
right place at the right time to make a difference.
Show up and show out.
3. Never doubt your ability to inspire others no matter
what your educational background is, you always can
inspire others.
4. Never doubt the power to collaboration. Embrace
opportunities to work with others in difference fields.
5. Always respect the knowledge, creativity and
innovation of developers, programmers and designers.
6. If your in the field of technology it is important
to learn the language so you can communicate
effectively and speak with knowledge.
7. Network your ass off when the opportunity presents
itself. Being successful means getting involved, getting
active and sharing your Brand.
8. Volunteer your knowledge to the youth so you can
encourage another generation.
9. Respect your competition because they make you
better.
10. Get to conferences, workshops, seminars early.
The early bird gets the worm and new job or contract.

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11. Everyone has SWAG, you just have to discover it
and apply it.
12. Always have business cards at the ready and make
sure they represent your Brand.
13. Develop your elevator speech, a 30 second speech
can change your world and someone else.
14. Attend as many conferences, workshops, and seminars
as possible. The more you know the more you grow, the
more you go the more people know your name and abilities.
The  more you go and grow the more you can speak and
contribute.
15. Plan to attend Bar Camps, EdCamps, WordCamps to
share and apply cross disciplinary information. Your
skill level should be as diverse as your ability to talk
the talk and walk the walk.
16. Get there early for the best T-shirts, coffee and
snacks and volunteer to help setup.
17. Learn something new, you always have a new resource
that may help you expand your Brand and resources.
18.Take the opportunity to speak and share your knowledge
as a speaker. You can create a stir in 30 to 50 seconds
by sharing the right knowledge at the right time.
19. Understand if your an introvert or extrovert so you can
use those to your advantage.
20. Create and post content at least once a week and
diversify with your Brand. SEO will build your web
presence the more you post on diverse platforms.

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21. Keep your CV – curriculum vitae and resume current.
22. Use Instagram, Rebel mouse, and Tumblr to tell your
story when you can. If your African American integrate
being a BLERD and NERD when you can.
23. Never underestimate the power of the # hashtag. Use
it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to connect with
other Brands that share similar interests.
24. Never under estimate or under value women and
people of color and culture in technology. Nobody likes
a bully, racist, bigot or idiot.
25. Be kind, be courteous, be humble, be authentic.

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Conclusion:
Inspire children, youth, teens, young adults and
even the elderly, they all can contribute. There are
growing children businesses, where children and
youth have dynamic ideas to be entrepreneurs.
To build a Brand based on being authentic and
not afraid to dream big, work hard and expand
into new territories.

Francita V Williams – https://youtu.be/_qZ2mhgYRgg
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