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What’s Next for Hidden Figures In  The Future

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.

TEDxFSCJ – Vaccinating the Future

TEDxFSCJ – Vaccinating the Future

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TEDxFSCJ – Vaccinating the Future

Applying STEM – STEAM – STREAM Initiatives
Florida State College at Jacksonville—Deerwood Center

Recent advances in vaccine research have laid the
groundwork for addressing many of the key public
health issues of the 21st century.
Yet vaccines have also proved a source of popular
misunderstanding, and ever-new outbreaks of
infectious disease challenge researchers and
practitioners alike to keep pace with a globally
interconnected health environment. Taken from
FSCJ web site.

Jacksonville is a
diversified community
with people traveling
from all over the world
and its schools one of
the most diversified
schools systems in
the nation.

Addressing the issues of managing
the health and welfare of
TEDxFSCJ will host a salon exploring the critical role vaccines
play in promoting public health.  The evening will include a
panel discussion with Dr. Keith Knutson, a leading cancer
researcher at the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Pauline Rolle, the Medical
Director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County.

Co-hosted by FSCJ professors Dr. Dianne Fair and
Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay, the salon will provide insight
into how a vaccine is brought to market, how vaccines are tested
for safety, the challenges of getting vaccines to the public, and
new hope for using vaccines to fight cancer.  Join the conversation
with cutting-edge researchers and dedicated public health
workers, committed to growing healthy communities.

Panelists

Dr. Pauline J. Rolle, M.D.
Dr. Pauline Rolle is the Medical
Director for theFlorida Department
of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval).
She is Board Certified in Pediatrics
and Public Health.
A native of Miami, she is a graduate
of Fisk University and Meharry
Medical College in Nashville, and
she completed her Pediatric residency
training at the University
of Florida Health Science Center in
Jacksonville.
Before joining the Department of Health in 2003, she was a
community pediatrician at West Jacksonville Family Health
Center. As Medical Director,  Dr. Rolle oversees the clinical,
dental, pharmacy and behavioral health programs
for DOH-Duval.

Dr. Keith l. Knutson, Ph.D.
Dr. Keith L. Knutson is Professor in the Department
of Immunology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and
Director, Mayo Clinic Florida Cancer Research Program.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in
1995 and completed two post-doctoral fellowships in
immunology, one at the University of British Columbia
and the other at the University of Washington.
Dr. Knutson’s research focuses on the immunology and
immunotherapy of breast and ovarian cancers, and he
is currently a member of the Tumor Microenvironment
Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review at the
National Institutes of Health, a member of the Integration
Panel of Department of Defense’s Ovarian Cancer
Research Program, and a Susan G. Komen Scholar.

Panel hosts

Dr. Dianne Fair, Ph.D.
Dr. Fair is a professor of natural sciences at Florida
State College at Jacksonville. Since 1986, she has taught
biology and chemistry in its various forms from
elementary to middle school, high school to
college. Dr. Fair earned her baccalaureate degrees in
biology and in chemistry from Jacksonville University
and her doctorate in biological sciences/microbiology
from Florida State University. Her primary academic
interests stem from her dissertation on soil microbial
ecology.

Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay, Ph.D.
Dr. Norman-McKay, a biological sciences professor
at Florida State College at Jacksonville, earned her
doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.
During her postdoctoral training, she specialized in
microbiology and immunology, with a primary focus
studying the role of viruses in cancer.
In addition to her 13 years teaching at the collegiate
level, she has experience as an administrator of STEM
programs and is a signed author with Pearson for her
own Microbiology textbook.
Dr. Norman-McKay is especially interested in
enhancing the quality of STEM education and in
promoting the recruitment,
retention, and success of students in these areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Choice, STEM and Your Child’s Dreams

School Choice, STEM and Your Child’s Dreams

 

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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21st Century Educator

21st Century Educator in Public Education

Facilitating Learning

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UNF Engineering Expo

UNF Engineering Expo

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HBCU Bloggers What Does It Take in 2017

HBCU Bloggers What Does It Take in 2017

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Attending WordPress WordCamp in
Philadelphia #WordCampUS

HBCU Bloggers What Does It Take in 2017
Updated 2017
by Prof. William Jackson
Edward Waters College
Educational Technology and Social Media

Ideas from a Blogger, Influencer, Speaker,
Thought Leader, Presenter and Educator

What does it take to be a blogger and social media
influencer? The ability to create content and share
on Social Media platforms is a process to influence
thinking, decisions and actions of readers. To
develop a personal Brand that exemplifies the
spirit of HBCUs. Students need the exposure and the
opportunity to network with those in the industries
they are interested in. To become serious in their
quest for success and growth.
Exposure is important and networking is vital
to being seen digitally and socially.

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Provided by Prof. Jackson
1. Write as if the world is going to view your content
and provide feedback. When people read your blogs
they should understand your passion and the direction
you are going.
2. When blogging take the time to read, review, rewrite,
and revise what you have written. Grammar and spelling
count a great deal.
3. Reflection is important, it is vital to think on your
writings and consider your desired end result, what is
your mission and vision for your content?
4. Embrace the diversity of the world, it expands your
ability to connect and engage with the diversity of your
audience. Your blogs should be able to reach out to
diverse audiences and make a connection.
5. Attend conferences that allow for sharing of ideas
and concepts. No blogger is an island to themselves.
6. When writing remember your building relationships
with others. This is important to establish connectivity
and validity.
7. Read writers that you respect and admire, this
inspires your creativity and literary growth.
8. Storytelling paints a picture, so use words that
encourage the imagination and inspire consistent
content development. Be careful of using cultural
or street language, think about the audience and their
interests.
9. When writing understand that writing is a process,
the more you write the better you get.
10. Don’t be afraid to submit your blogs to newspapers
to be published. You never know who will publish your
works. Even if you are rejected 100 times 101 might be
the one that gets you an awesome gig.
11. Keep your passion and excitement about your writing,
it is an extension of who you are.
12. Write for enjoyment and a purpose.
13. Your writing is an important part of who you are,
what you are growing into and how to expand your voice.
14. HBCU students continue to grow in your field, you may
start off in a tradition blog, be willing to
incorporate Microblogging, Podcasting, Vblogging and
other technologies that reach diverse audiences.
15. Never doubt your ability to grow beyond where you are.
16. Don’t blog when you are emotional, your judgement will
be blurred.
17. Never use your blog to spread racism, profanity,
prejudice, hate, sexism or involve in Sexting. This will
damage your Brand and your reputation.
18. Be careful of who you associate with, this may influence
future internships and scholarships.
19. Never let random people take your picture, they can be
used later against you.
20. Freedom of speech is a constitutional right until you
slander, accuse, threaten and demean others.
21. Be careful and protect your intellectual property, don’t
use company or school based hardware/software to store
blogs, videos or photos.

A blogger is a life-long journey and should be a life
long adventure.

There Are More Hidden Figures Around Us

There Are More Hidden Figures Around Us

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Dr. Mae Jamison and Taylor Richardson

There Are More Hidden Figures Around Us
by Prof. William Jackson @wmjackson
Edward Waters College

“I’m just amazed at the shoulders that I’m standing
on to allow me to work to achieve my dreams.”
Taylor Richardson, attending “Hidden Figures”
premiere at the White House 2016

Dedicated to the past Hidden Figures that allowed
girls and boys to embrace STEM – STEAM – STREAM
and grasp new opportunities to fulfill dreams from the
depths of the sea, to the height of the clouds to the
deepest of space.
The movie ”Hidden Figures” 2016 is inspiring thousands
of girls and women to eliminate the fear of learning,
to understand the fun of exploration, embrace artistic
creativity, develop themselves as “thought leaders” and
“smart creatives.” To understand that it is ok to be smart,
gifted, talented and special. The perceived glass ceiling of
career limitations has been shattered by the flames of
curiosity to explore not just the limitations of earth’s
atmosphere and her seas, but has moved into the air less,
weightless and limitless expanse of space and time.

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The emergence of STEM – Science Technology Engineering
Math is looking good to girls and women as careers explode
in diversity in the embracing of girls and women into areas
at one time exclusively open to men, white men.
The irony of “Hidden Figures” is that research has proven
that women are more analytical and able to comprehend
and apply mathematics skills faster than men. They are more
detailed oriented and specific about applying learning to
real world situations.

African Americans and others of color have been involved
with most if not all space agencies, this involvement is not
just as custodians, cooks, maintenance and other support
personnel. These positions are important, they help the
people do the jobs they to do and service this country.
The other aspect is not just as service personnel, but the
intellectual abilities that allow for NASA and other agencies
to meet with success and build a legacy through the
intelligence of everyone that contributes. People of color
have always and will continue to contribute, they have not
received the recognition they deserve.

STEM / STEAM are the hottest sectors in the U.S. job market
and has grown to international levels. Even before it became
a commonly used word the elements of STEM have been
important. Because of movies like “Hidden Figures” and others
doors of imagination and dreams are growing for girls,
women, boys and men of color and culture.

STEM does not start in high school or higher education, it
starts in elementary education labs, classrooms and weekend
competitions and events. It starts in after school programs and
new curriculum’s that teachers have a passion to apply new
and exciting ways to engage students that were once thought
slow or different, but were actually higher order and critical
thinkers, just bored with cookie cutter teaching strategies
dated from the 1950s and 1970s. Today’s students need to
be engaged and active learners.

When I taught STEAM at an elementary Magnet it is important
that learning is relevant and students can apply their past
learning to new learning and integrate it to everyday life.
If students are not engaged mentally, actively involved, have
hands on activities and allowed to explore environments there
are lost opportunities to build the excitement to allow future
scientists, mathematicians, engineers, innovators and even
technical expertise in computers and robotics.

Many people still do not realize that STEAM and STEM run the
U.S. economy, look at the growth of careers that not only require
a college degree, but certifications. “The future of the economy
is in STEM,” says James Brown, the executive director
of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, D.C. Even
President and Mrs. Obama have encourage STEM education
through grants and national programs.

Parents must understand as well that their children’s employment
are influenced by STEM. Employment in occupations related to
STEM science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is
projected to grow to more than 9 million jobs by 2022
nationally and internationally. Children now may now have to
find jobs in the U.S. and have to travel overseas, they must be
prepared to keep this nation competitive.

U.S. relationships with the world are important because if the
U.S. does not have friendly relationships globally then research
opportunities, international collaborations, joint projects and even
educational research will be at jeopardy. We cannot afford to be
secluded because the world is diversified in economic and social
diversity.
Students should be asking what their STEM futures are and how is
their current educational instruction preparing them for the future?
Parents should be asking are their children being prepared to be
employed or setup to be under or un – employed.

“One of the things that I’ve been focused on as President is how
we create an all-hands-on-deck approach to science, technology,
engineering, and math… We need to make this a priority to train
an army of new teachers in these subject areas, and to make sure
that all of us as a country are lifting up these subjects for the
respect that they deserve.”
President Barack Obama, Third Annual White House Science Fair,
April 2013

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Events like the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE by Mark Douglas McCombs
are foundations to engage youth, teens and young adults into
robotics, programming, design, innovation and as developers.
There are hundreds if not thousands of “Hidden Figures” in homes,
schools, communities, cites and this nation. They should be
encouraged, mentored and provided role models to spread their
wings to take flight to be unHidden…

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Parents your child may be the scientist to discover a cure for cancer,
diabetes, heart disease; your child may be the next deep sea
explorer or engineer to develop light speed, force fields or even
new fuels to power the world. Uncover the hidden talent in your child
by supporting their education, their thirst for exploration and their
gifted abilities.

Resouces:
Statistics uses data from Occupational Employment Statistics
https://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2017/science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics-stem-occupations-past-present-and-future/home.htm

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
http://www.firstinspires.org/

Jacksonville Florida FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
https://www.facebook.com/markdmccombs

The Office of Science and Technology Policy
https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/women

Hidden Figures – Taraji P. Henson
https://m.facebook.com/amightygirl/posts/1222453677790943:0