During COVID19 Words of Advice to HBCU Graduates Entering Educational Careers
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Educational Professional for 32 years
Teacher for WordCamp and KidsCamp Conferences
United States, Canada, Central America, Africa
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As an educational professional of 32 years and a graduate
of South Carolina State University. My parents were
both graduates of HBCUs. Mother (Delaware State College),
father (Delaware State College) and grandparents
were dedicated educators.
They always encouraged giving back in the form of wisdom,
prayers, encouragement and helping of educators establish
foundations for their careers as educators. Not just as a teacher,
but they emphasized because of our influence in our communities
and across generations we have a responsibility to teach no
matter the situations and circumstances.
COVID19 is just such a situation that educators are thrust
into to apply educational creativity, innovation and plain old
common sense when teaching in uncharted waters of digital
There are always opportunities for teaching no matter what
situation teachers are in. Teachers are taught to look for
learning opportunities all around them to share with students
and engage them in seeing how powerful all learning is.
How knowledge can build on itself and allow students to
grow to embrace knowledge to inspire passions for continued
Every child has the right to receive an education that prepares
them to be the future leaders, creatives, innovators, dreamers
and thought leaders the world will need. HBCU institutions still
apply an old school mentality that every child can learn when
treated with respect, dignity, love and the family is included in
the learning process.
As can be seen with COVID19 medical professionals, medical
educators, and technology innovators are needed to save lives.
Educators have transitioned to online and discovering the
opportunities to embrace and integrate learning
on multiple digital platforms.
Using educational content to fit on digital devices from phones,
to tablets, to laptops, to desktops to even watches educators
can guide students to new career options never thought of before.
This is another reason why HBCU students need to attend tech
conferences like WordCamp, Florida Blogging and Technology
Conference, Bar Camp and EdCamp conferences.
Teachers are putting learning content on Slack, TEAMS, YouTube,
Zoom and other software because students learn
differently and speak their language of learning. HBCU institutions
are changing the way they teach so their graduates are prepared
when they enter into their careers to teach in the communities
they will be in.
As a proud HBCU graduate and a HBCU instructor at the historic
HBCU Edward Waters College where I taught for NASA in teacher
preparation in the 90’s and joined the faculty from 2004 to 2017
teaching Educational Technology, Social Media, STEAM and
I applied what my HBCU instilled in me to be a global thinker, a
digital innovator and how my skills and abilities can help my
community and the youth, teens and young adult in
I was taught that all students are intelligent, smart, creative and
innovative, they have the great potential to be influencers,
business owners, entrepreneurs, the smart creatives and
innovators that their communities will need in the future.
HBCU students in education departments are still being
taught these ideas by their instructors.
Online learning was coming!! COVID19 created a thrust
that shows HBCU institutions are still viable, influential
and needed. The works of HBCU teachers
is important because their energies and knowledge are
important to keep up with new ways of teaching and how
to apply ways students are learning and
HBCU institutions have phenomenal knowledge from their
instructors that are teaching traditional ways and with
digital tools and platforms that match the learning styles
of their students.
HBCU teachers are a foundation of knowledge that
can help students see and apply growth. The growth
to the value and importance of education for the
COVID19 has demanded that we work together to support
educational innovators that shows teachers of color and
culture, that are graduates of HBCU institutions across
the nation will be prepared for the classrooms of the
21st century and address the learning of youth, teens
and young adults in the classrooms of America.
I encourage the graduating teachers of HBCUs to grow
in your passion to make a difference in your communities,
your cities and your chosen honored careers as educators.
Embrace your diversity because you do make a difference in each
of your students lives. When students of color and culture see you,
many times they see themselves in successful professional careers.
Your presence, your actions, your words, your passion and dedication
are shared over the generations of
your future students.
The presence of COVID19 should not stop you from
being the best teacher you can be either online or
in the traditional classroom setting. Historically
HBCU students are faced with challenges that
strengthen their resolve to be the best they can
be with modern tools or old. As I have heard from
several instructors, “teach teacher teach, to
empower our children to be successful and
influential in the world.”
William Jackson is a graduate of
South Carolina State University.
He was also a student – athlete
that participated in track and field.
William ran the open 400m, 400m
intermediate hurdles where he was
ranked nationally and held several
He also ran several relay races.
William has taught for 32 years in
elementary and higher education.
He has spoken at local educational
conferences and has broadened his
platform to speak nationally and
internationally in Canada, Central America
and across the United States.
Elementary Physical and Health Education Teacher
William is also a speaker at KidsCamp
Conferences across the United States,
Canada and Central America
Speaker, Teacher, Organizer