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Taylor Richardson Receives Historic White House Invites

Taylor Richardson Receives Historic White House Invites

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Taylor Richardson Receives Historic White House Invites
by William Jackson, M.Ed
Inspired by Taylor Richardson, student at the Bolles School
Literacy Advocate and Aspiring Astronaut

Taylor Richardson is on the move to achieve her dreams of
becoming an astronaut and traveling to Mars. She is not the
only one, there is a national movement by girls and women to
be the first to safely travel to the red planet, explore its’
mysteries and return home safely.
The difference is Taylor is a resident of Jacksonville, Florida
just several hours way from the home of space travel central,
Kennedy Space Center located in central Florida.
In just the 7th grade, a student at The Bolles School, her
academics are preparing her for the rigors and challenges of
higher education, building a foundation in the areas of STEM
and STEAM where future careers are linked to.
Taylor is sometimes referred to as an Agent of STEAM, Part of
the Mars Generation, and AstroStarBright on Twitter
https://twitter.com/LatonjaR seen with her mother.
In order for these dreams to turn to realities requires a lot
of community work, networking, community support and a love
for STEAM and STEM.

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Taylor and her mother have been working to achieve this
dream since Taylor as a young child started dreaming of space flight.
They have been blessed to be noticed by the White House on
several opportunities and have been invited to events like the
“2016 United State of Women: The Movement”
http://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/
and the recent “Hidden Figures” celebration attended by
politicians, actors, community activists, astronauts, scientists
and educators.
https://twitter.com/HiddenFigures both in Washington, D.C.
Hosted by the White House with presentations from First Lady
Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama.

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The struggle is real for the single mother that has strategically
guided and managed Taylors journey, but the rewards are awesome
for Taylor to achieve her goals that allow her to be a mentor
to younger girls that are learning about STEM and
those interested in expanding their knowledge through reading.
Taylor, a shy and soft spoken young lady puts aside herself and
speaks to youth teens and young adults about careers that are not
out of their reach. That girls of color and culture are valuable and
carry within them a magic that they can harness to achieve anything
they want to. There is no glass ceiling just the stars to reach
for. Taylor inspires boys not just girls by letting them known that
kids of color can be astronauts, scientists, engineers and that other
careers are open to them not just sports and entertainment.

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This is seen when Taylor and her mom are invited to events
from the Governor in 2016 when receiving honors for volunteering
in the community, promoting literacy and being a member of the Girl
Scouts and participating in Journey Into Womanhood an initiative
to provide mentorship to inner city girls and women in Jacksonville,
Florida.
Taylor and her mom were sent invitations to attend the event
highlighting the 2017 movie Hidden Figures recognizing the
history of space exploration and how African American women were
pivitol in the success of space travel because of their mathematics
knowledge. This historic event featured the stories of African American
women who have made significant contributions to human space flight,
space science, and innovation, but who have not often had their
stories told. There are thousands of African American, Latino and
many others of culture that have not received their just recognition
that contributed to the success of the space program, NASA and other
scientific success stories.

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Events like these help to elevate Taylor and inspires her to continue
to work hard to achieve her goals and even lift up other girls and even
boys to see they can achieve great things no matter their
backgrounds and challenges.
The movie Hidden Figures is a fantastic story written by
Margot Lee Shetterly http://www.hiddenfigures.com/bio/
The story of Hidden Figures
http://margotleeshetterly.com/hidden-figures-nasas-african-american-computers/
Taylor is just one of thousands of girls and young ladies that have
astronomical dreams. As her mother states, “it takes a village to
raise astronauts.” This is a testimony that collectively we need
to support children of color and culture to help them contribute
to the growth of our nation and provide praise and resources to make
sure they grow and share their knowledge for those following behind them.

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Wm Jackson
Parent, Blogger, Educator, Speaker
Blogging at My Quest To Teach
http://MyQuestToTeach.WordPress.com

 

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EWC and DCPS Student to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

EWC and DCPS Student to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

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EWC and DCPS Students to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

The opportunity to speak at a TEDx event is a great
honor and an awesome opportunity to share learning
that changes the paradigm of the intellectualism of teens
and young adults when talking about technology and applying
tech to influence changes in society.
TEDxFSCJ has been ongoing, providing great content
for discussions and actual application.

The national and global discussions provided by
diverse speakers enable those selected to share
their experiences, knowledge and passion in diverse
disciplines in fields such as medicine, science,
technology, religion, politics and engaging in the
area of thought leadership, unexplored creativity and
innovation.

TEDTALKS and TEDx are different entities, the
opportunity to share information and establish
connections are powerful. Selection is highly
respected and offers the chance to grow intellectually
because of the platform of engagement and collaboration
on multiple levels. TEDx are independently run
discussions.

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Johnathan Gregory a student at Edward Waters College
majoring in  Elementary Education and a proud member
of “Call Me Mister” program and Elisha Taylor a student
attending  Kirby Smith Middle School are both provided
the honor of being presenters at the upcoming
TEDxFSCJ Salon.

Each showing leadership abilities in their academic,
community service and application of the use and
integration of technology.

Mr. Gregory is not just a student at the historic
Edward Waters College, the oldest HBCU in Florida,
he is employed with TEAM UP at Pickett Elementary
School where he is involved in teaching, mentoring
and helping to build young minds for the future.
He has participated in several tech conferences in
Florida sharing his growing experience and skills
as a future educator and thought leader.
EdCampNABSE (Tampa, Florida,)  “TIGERTALKS
Experience” at Edward Waters College (Jacksonville,
Florida), WordCamp Conference (Philadelphia, Pa)
and other tech conferences.
Mr. Gregory is a proud graduate of The Bolles School
and attended Duval County Public Schools in his
elementary and middle school years.

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Elisha Taylor III an honor student at Kirby Smith
Middle, a Magnet School focusing on
STEM – Science Technology Engineering Mathematics.

Mr. Taylor has participated in several technology
conferences as well and attended TEDxFSCJ. Gaining
experience in speaking about and applying his
passion for technology that he has gained from school
and attending conferences like Florida Heritage
Book Festival (St. Augustine, Fl), EdCampMagic
(Orlando, Fl), WordCamp (Jacksonville, Fl.) and
technology Meetups.
Mr. Taylor is influenced by the speaking and presentation
abilities by his father the Senior Minister of Northbound
Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mr. Gregory and Mr. Taylor are
mentored by educator , blogger and professor
William Jackson a teacher with Duval County Public
Schools and professor at the historic Edward Waters College.
Prof. Jackson a blogger and speaker himself travels
nationally to tech conferences and involved in his
community.
Professor Jackson takes students on field trips
encouraging them to not only attend, but to
contribute to the discussions at conferences,
workshops and meetups. Learning, contributing and
applying the integration of technology as students
grow in knowledge and abilities.

This creates changes from teacher centered to student
centered learning and providing increased hands-on
opportunities for collaboration and application
to real world experiences and future careers.
TEDxFSCJ Salon theme is
“Our Digital Leaders of Tomorrow”
http://tedxfcsj.com

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Resources:
Jon Gregory:
Instagram @indo_jon
Twitter @Indo__Jon
William Jackson:
Twitter @wmjackson
Instagram
@williamdjackson
Dr. Jose Lepervanche
Twitter
@DrLepervanche
Instagram
@drlepervanche
Florida State College
Twitter
@TEDxFSCJ

Web
tedxfscj.com

 

October is Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month



Bully Prevention Month kicked
off on Saturday, October 1.

The Center for Disease Control
states that students who
are bullied are more likely to
experience low self-esteem
and isolation, perform poorly
in school, have fewer friends
in school, have a negative

view of school, and experience
physical symptoms (such as headaches, stomachaches, or
problems sleeping) including mental health issues
(depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety).

Find out more about preventing bullying and regarding
Bully Prevention Month by visiting DCPS Bullying
Prevention webpage and resources provided by
My Quest To Teach



Resources:
Duval County
Public Schools

Bullying Prevention Links
http://www.duvalschools.org/Page/17231

Duval County Public School
Links and Resources
http://www.duvalschools.org/Page/10321

The Official Anti-Bullying Video Collaboration
with Responsible ARTistry & Cut-n-Edge Cartoons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhWY9nYTGgc

Whitehouse Conference on Bullying
http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/03/10/obama.bullying/index.html

Stop Bullying
http://www.stopbullying.gov/

Stop Bullying with My Quest To Teach Video
https://www.youtube.com/embed/60aqeRc7d8I

Prevent Bullying session at:
Arlington Country Day School
Jacksonville, Florida

The Empowerment of Attending FlBlogCon 2016

The Empowerment of Attending FlBlogCon 2016

Updated 11:00 9/23/16

The Empowerment of Attending FlBlogCon 2016
William Jackson, M.Ed. @wmjackson
Instructor Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida
#Educational Technology and Social Media and STEAM
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

Growing into an Editor – Publisher – Writer – Content Creator
Thought Leader – Video Blogger – Fashion Blogger
Daddy or Mommy Blogger – Intellectual – Author – Developer
and all around Geek and Blerd takes more than a desire to be
famous or infamous.

The opportunities available for those who have the desire to
grow into their passions of blogging. The possibilities  are
endless and unlimited to share content with like minded people.
The power of blogging allows the writer to connect with others
that share their passions, goals and mission to build relationships
and create communities, either digital or real.

There is potential power in creating digital content that can build a
Brand and establish a person’s Niche. Being empowered with a
passion to create content must be followed by a plan to share and
eventually market that content.

Many people are learning how to be a journalist in dynamic areas
they are passionate about. In my Educational Technology and Social
Media class at Edward Waters College students blog each week on
what they are passionate about. They are reinforcing their writing
skills and building their literacy skills, reading abilities and increasing
their collaboration opportunities.

In the educational environment it is important to understand that
writing can build skills that can be used in business, commerce and
finance. Learning why writing is important and how to apply writing
abilities are vital to success in many careers. Students in HBCUs
or Historically Black Colleges and Universities are learning that
applying the skill of writing is allowing them opportunities in fields
not thought of before.

Blogging is not exclusive to writing: Tumblr, Instagram, Microblogging
on Twitter, Podcasting and even Vblogging or video blogging with
YouTube or Vimeo. The content is the glue that bonds the reader to
the creator and creates a relationship based on supply and demand.
Supplying content demanded by the readers.

Students from Edward Waters College will be attending
for the first time the FlBlogCon. Provided a unique opportunity
that will be engaging, interactive, eye opening and
transformative in how they see the integration of technology outside
of college and education.
Edward Waters College http://www.ewc.edu/

Areas discussed in Educational Technology:
Niche…  Topics… Passion… Blogging Calendar…
Shareable Content… Analytics…. Quality or Quantity…
Domain Name…. Develop Your Brand… Uniqueness…
What is your mission for Your Blog….


Choosing your Niche…..
what is your area of expertise?
who is your target audience?
what is your skill set that you can promote?
what training do you need to solidify and expand
your knowledge?
do you need further education?
do you need certifications?
do you need to attend conferences, workshops and summits?

The process of becoming a successful blogger seems
daunting sometimes, but is necessary to separate
from the pack that seems to imitate, immolate, copy
and simulate others. To separate yourself from the
pack it is important to be authentic and unique.
What do you have to offer that others do not?

Choose your Topics:
what do you want to write about?
what is your background knowledge?
what do you want to accomplish ?
who do you want to connect with?
what are your associations?
are you involved in your community?
do you volunteer?

Do you show your Passion:
Topics are vast and unending, but what are you
knowledgeable about and passionate about?
When people talk to you, you should not have to
tell them your passions, they should see it in
your eyes, mannerisms, your expressions and your
behaviors online and off.

Create a Blogging Calendar:
how often are you going to blog?
when do you want your posts to be published?
when are you able to sit down and write?
do you need to do research?
are you going to integrate video?
are you going to expand to a Podcast, Facebook Life,
Periscope or other Social Media platform?

Make Your Content Shareable:
how can people access your content in SoLoMo
environments (Social Local Mobile) and on what devices?
what connections do you implement to allow readers to share?
do you optimize your photos and images for size and type?
do you encourage sharing?
sharing is caring?

Analyze your Analytics:
take the time to study your data…
apply the information to expanding your blog in
diverse markets…
what does the data say about who your visitors are?
where are they coming from?
which tool meets your needs the best for which demographic?

Quality or Quantity:
when is it best to work on a blog?
when is it best to post a blog?
how many do you write at a time?
you should always go for quality not quantity
take the time to write, re-write and edit

Get your own Domain Name:
this is your address, your personal site for
posting content that represents you.
your domain name is part of your Brand so choose carefully

Develop Your Brand:
what are you known for?
what do you want people to learn from you?
your Brand is your promise for quality content

Uniqueness:
people look for unique content that they
can identify with and follow….
what do you have to offer in unique content?
build your followers…

What is your mission for Your Blog:
you have to determine the direction of your
blogging..
do you have a style?
do you have a growing relationship with readers?
are you being published someplace?
are you planning to make money or do you want
to provide just information ?

Florida Blogging Conference should help you
answer these questions and more. Figure out
ahead of time what sessions you want to attend
and how you are going to apply the knowledge
you gain.
Attendance is powerful, but the application of
what you learn at FlBlogCon is transformational.

 

 

Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child

Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child

Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
#MyQuestToTeach

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This is a new school year and Donald Trump has
made very demeaning comments, he has “challenged”
people of color and culture in their behaviors, actions
and raising their families. He has said people of color
and culture are poor, uneducated and unemployable.

The best way to battle this is through educating
our children and future generations. Reading,
literacy, comprehension and a love of learning
are valuable to children of color and culture.
Having parents that are involved and engaged
just as equally important.

I’m sharing a list of books that I hope are
encouraging and worth sharing.
The books selected inspire, challenge, confuse and
stimulate the minds and hearts of parents raising boys
in this society. Encourage reading in your home,
encourage academics in your home and encourage
positive behaviors and working to success.

Please share this list with others that are working hard
in raising youth, teens and young adults to be men.

These are just resources, I do not personally endorse
any just providing a resource for help as a teacher
and a parent.

There are no pictures because I hope you and your
children will be inspired to research them together to
find the best fit for them to read. Not every book
fits every child, but there are books for every child.

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Books……………
Mixed Me! October 6, 2015
by Taye Diggs (Author), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)

Chocolate Me! October 6, 2015
by Taye Diggs  (Author), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)

A Black Parent’s Handbook to Educating Your Children
(Outside of the Classroom) by Baruti K. Kafele

A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington

Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful
African American Males by Freeman A. Hrabowski,
Kenneth I. Maton, and Geoffrey L. Greif

Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine
to Foie Gras by Jeff Henderson

How to Get Out of Debt: Get an a Credit Rating for
Free Using the System I’ve Used Successfully With
Thousands of Clients by Harrine Freeman

Kill Them Before They Grow: Misdiagnosis of African
American Boys in American Classrooms
by Michael Porter

Letters to Young Brothers by Hill Harper

Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled
Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League
by Paula Penn-Nabrit

Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education
by Jawanza Kunjufu

Raising Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of
Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson

Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths
of Boyhood by William Pollack and Mary Pipher

Saving Our Sons by Marita Golden

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Marvelous Me: Inside and Out (All about Me)
September 1, 2002 by Lisa Bullard  (Author),
Brandon Reibeling (Illustrator)

Daddy Calls Me Man (Richard Jackson Books
(Orchard) September 1, 2000
by Angela Johnson  (Author), Rhonda Mitchell
(Illustrator)

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from
the Underground Railroad Hardcover
January 1, 2007 by Ellen Levine  (Author),
Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to
Become Malcolm X Hardcover
January 7, 2014 by Ilyasah Shabazz  (Author),
AG Ford (Illustrator)

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I Love My Hair! Board book
November, 2003 by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
(Author)

I Like Myself! Hardcover  May 1, 2004
by Karen Beaumont  (Author),
David Catrow (Illustrator)

Single Mamahood: Advice and Wisdom for the
African-American Single Mother by Kelly Williams

Stickin’ To, Watchin’ Over, and Gettin’ With:
An African American Parent’s Guide to Discipline
by Howard Stevenson, Gwendolyn Davis &
Saburah Abdul-Kabir

Strength for Their Journey:
5 Essential Disciplines African-American
Parents Must Teach Their Children and Teens
by Robert L. Johnson & Paulette Stanford

Tapping the Power Within:
A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women
by Iyanla Vanzant

The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life
by Kevin Powell

The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive
and Reconnect with Their Fathers by Sampson
Davis, Rameck Hunt & George Jenkins

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise
and Fulfill a Dream by Sampson Davis,
George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Remeck Hunt

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The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

The Single Mom’s Little Book of Wisdom
by Cassandra Mack

The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to Rearing
Healthy Black Boys by Raymond Winbush

Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living
and Loving by Iyanla Vanzant

Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril
by Kevin Merida

Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting
by Terrie Williams

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing
Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving
Young Men by Leonard Sax

Boys into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage
Sons by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Pamela A. Toussaint,
and A. J. Franklin

101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know
by LaMarr Darnell Shields

Over 200 Books for and about
People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson
#MyQuestToTeach