“Using WordPress To Share Your Voice and Address Social Issues”

William Jackson, M.Ed. Speaking at WP Y'All

“Using WordPress To Share Your Voice and Address Social Issues”
Instructor: William Jackson, M.Ed.

William Jackson, M.Ed
William Jackson, M.Ed

There is a growing need for content creators from diverse backgrounds
to tell their stories. To share their experiences and to encourage
the need and acceptance for diversity and using the ability to speak,
write, teach and deliver transformative content. Having a seat at the
table means the ability to effect change and collaborate with others
that have similar goals, missions and visions.

These stories are from the diverse backgrounds of men and women,
culturally diverse backgrounds, gender neutral to gender specific.
Youth, teens and young adults, American, African, Central American
and European, a global community of content creators.

In this iThemes webinar, educator and blogger William Jackson will explain
how to use WordPress as a platform to encourage the acceptance and tolerance
of the human story, and share your voice.

Thanks to Nathan Ingram of https://iThemes.com/
Provided by Nathan Ingram from iThemes
“Using WordPress To Share Your Voice and Address Social Issues”

During COVID19 Words of Advice to New Teachers


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During COVID19 Words of Advice to New Teachers 

William Jackson, M.Ed.
Educational Professional for 32 years
Speaker, Volunteer, Organizer, Blogger
Teacher for WordCamp and KidsCamp conferences
United States, Canada, Central America, Africa
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There are always blessings for learning no matter what
situations and circumstances you are in as an educator.
We are taught to look for learning opportunities all
around us to share with our students and engage them
in seeing how wonderful all learning is. How knowledge
can build on itself and allow our eyes, ears and senses
to embrace our environments to inspire our passion for

Every child, every child has the right to receive an
education to that prepares them to be the future
leaders, creatives, innovators, dreamers and thought
leaders the world will need. As can be seen with COVID19
medical professionals, educators, artists, innovators
and others that are thought leaders and dreamers their
skills are needed to save lives.

Transitioning to online educators and digital creators
of educational content teachers have to look past the
perceived limits of teaching online and discover
the opportunities to embrace and integrate learning on
multiple digital platforms, even in-person learning look
to the potential in your teaching to save lives through
your experiences.

Using our educational content to fit on digital
devices from phones (android or apple), to tablets,
to laptops, to desktops to even watches. Our content
must be able to go anywhere to provide learning.
Using Slack, TEAMS, YouTube, Zoom and other software
flexibility is important because our students still
learn differently and seek our guidance, love, discipline
and knowledge to overcome multiple challenges. Do not
assume your students get this at home, they look to
teachers to save the world and to keep them safe. This is
a fact so understand your responsibility as a professional.

We knew online learning this was coming!! From all the
studies, the research, the workshops, the seminars
there was always the knowledge that traditional educational
methods would be forever changed and teaching would
move more and more to digital platforms. We were just
slow embracing this in public education. Colleges and
universities in many cases already were implementing
online and distance learning models. Things in public
education are sometimes slow to adapt and implement
change. Sometimes they are thrown at us by others in
leadership that have political agendas, unrealistic ideas
of what really happens in a classroom and use education
as their political scape-goat and platform for self-deprication.

Even in SciFi programs like Star Trek, Deep Space Nine
and others we would see glimpses of learning by children,
teens and even adults learning on devices. Technology has
shown us another way to reach our children, our youth,
our teens and young adults. Parents must buy into this as
well or there will be struggles and challenges. Teachers
must educate students, parents and families to the values
multiple ways of learning and student engagement.

Wash Your Hands Clean Your House
Wash Your Hands Clean Your House

The movie The Matrix had direct cerebral connections
where Neo and Trinity would request an “upload” and
they would learn a new skill and new knowledge to
perform a task. These concepts are not too far away
because if we see it in a movie or on television there is
ongoing research to make this a reality. The consideration
must be though of just because we can (potentially)
do this should we?

Life and education go hand in hand. There is always
change and teachers need to be able to adapt not just
to the environmental situations of their classrooms,
but adapt to the emotional and psychological changes
happening to their students. Many school districts have
provided Mental Health Training to teachers already, but
the challenges of isolation, social distancing and
lack of diverse human contact will be felt when schools
return to traditional learning patterns. Teachers must
be ready to meet their students needs and even their
own children.

There will be psychological scars, emotional damages,
mental disconnections and slight learning delays so
differentiated instruction and other strategies will have
to be used. Teachers do not have all the answers to
servicing their students, they are not Superman or
Superwoman, know your limits as well and seek help
when necessary.

Unfortunately school administrations are different,  so
be sure to have a teacher(s) to talk to, vent to, confide
in and bounce ideas off of.  Have access to mental
counselors for yourself and even family counselors so
your professional stresses will not dramatically affect
your household and family responsibilities.

New teachers should stay encouraged in their profession
and understand that even in an online environment they
are still making a difference. Use these opportunities to
continue to reach out to your students and embrace their
minds with the great potential for learning online.
This is not a setback, but a setup for their future as
digital teachers in multi-faceted and learning opportunities
that will assist new teachers in building Professional
and Personal Learning Communities and Networks.

Students now see that many of them will be working from
home, they will be engaged in collaborative learning,
they will see the diversity of learning with other
students of different genders, ideologies, religious
beliefs, socio-economic backgrounds and with wealth
of having or the struggles of not having.

Education is one of, if not the only career where teachers
teach all students with love, respect, impartiality,
acceptance of diversity and a blindness to the lack
of what all children should have, but do not have. The
family structure is not perfect, nothing in life is, but our
actions, decisions, successes and even failures define
us and either help us grow if we allow it, or if we chose
to drown ourselves in our defeats.

The works of new teachers is important because their
energies are important to keep up with energetic youth.
New teachers are needed as seasoned teachers share their
knowledge with them as they retire. New teachers are needed
so that they can see the struggles of their peer parents that
are parenting new generations of children and support parents
with knowledge and resources. New teachers are needed because
they are better to understand students that are closer to them
in age, gender and generation.

Even during times such as these it is always important
to understand that we are not experts in everything,
but collectively as educational professionals we have
access to phenomenal knowledge that we all share together
to make us better educators. Motivating us to be better
mentors for our students and even their families.

About the body and the virus
About the body and the virus

We influence more families now because parents, children,
families and the community are looking for our leadership
for a bit of normalcy and stability. Teachers are a
foundation of knowledge that will help all our students
and even influence the growth and embracing of families
to the value and importance of education for the whole
family not just one or two children. There was a time
that educators where held in high praise and esteem,
maybe these situations will build teachers back up to
past levels and respect and education will gain new
levels of dignity.

Teachers have become part of all our students families
because we are involve in text chats, video chats, YouTube
videos. Sharing knowledge from our own personal experiences.
COVID19 has demanded that we work together to support
educational innovators that will potentially continue
to teach online or have hybrid classes in the future.

New teachers are primed for the future of educational
change, adaptation, revolution and evolution to service
the changes COVID19 has thrust upon us. I encourage
new teachers to grow in your passions to make a difference
in your communities, your cities and your chosen careers.
You do make a difference in each of your students lives.

Create My Voice - Chip Edwards
Create My Voice – Chip Edwards

Embrace new technologies that inspire student
engagement. Learn about the effective use of
TEAMS, take professional development courses
that prepare you for the future. Join groups that
support your growth, your learning and maturity
as a professional.  Document each day successes,
challenges and even perceived failure.
Join the PTA, the teachers union and other groups
that support your efforts of building a foundation
for the future.
Think about financial security and create a savings
plan and retirement plan. Prepare as much as
possible for all your opportunities for a wonderful
future as a teacher.
Always remember to have a mentor(s) teacher to
learn from and grow from. The future is yours to
create. After 33 years I still love being a professional
educator that is engaged in my community, my
neighborhood, my city and even on international

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Black Talk Radio 2009 Interview of William Jackson Black and Technology

Scotty Reed is the Host of Black Talk Radio
Blog Talk Radio January 2009
With the advent of new media technology, African Americans have a new tool to empower, inform and educate themselves yet many only use these tools for entertainment.
Blacks must be able to use and apply technologies to help in obtaining
educational successes, obtain new career fields that help build economic
stability and growth and create and share content that is authentic and
empowering for each generation.
Blacks must start to think past sports and entertainment and learn HTML,
Coding, Productivity Skills, Graphic Design, Development of Web Sites,
E-commerce and other areas that allow for leadership, creativity and
Join Black Talk Radio member and my guest William Jackson, M.Ed to discuss the question “Can African American’s Afford Not To Blog?”.
Can African Americans Afford Not To Blog 


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Summer Reading for Black Children

Summer Reading for Black Children
28 Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child


Reading Books is Lit
Reading Books is Lit

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

  1. A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington
  2. Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful
    African American Males
    by Freeman A. Hrabowski,
    Kenneth I. Maton, and Geoffrey L. Greif
  3. Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine
    to Foie Gras
    by Jeff Henderson
  4. 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
  5. Kill Them Before They Grow: Misdiagnosis of
    African American Boys in American Classrooms

    by Michael Porter
  6. Letters to Young Brothers by Hill Harper
  7. Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled
    Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League

    by Paula Penn-Nabrit
  8. Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education
    by Jawanza Kunjufu
  9. Raising Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu
  10. Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
    by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
  11. Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood
    by William Pollack and Mary Pipher
  12. Saving Our Sons by Marita Golden
  13. Single Mamahood: Advice and Wisdom for the
    African-American Single Mother
    by Kelly Williams
  14. Stickin’ To, Watchin’ Over, and Gettin’ With: An African
    American Parent’s Guide to Discipline

    by Howard Stevenson, Gwendolyn Davis & Saburah Abdul-Kabir
  15. Strength for Their Journey: 5 Essential Disciplines
    African-American Parents Must Teach Their Children and Teens
    by Robert L. Johnson & Paulette Stanford
  16. Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment
    for Women
    by Iyanla Vanzant
  17. The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life
    by Kevin Powell
  18. The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive and
    Reconnect with Their Fathers
    by Sampson Davis,
    Rameck Hunt & George Jenkins
  19. The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and
    Fulfill a Dream
    by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins,
    Rameck Hunt, and Remeck Hunt
  20. The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
  21. The Single Mom’s Little Book of Wisdom
    by Cassandra Mack
  22. The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to Rearing
    Healthy Black Boys
    by Raymond Winbush
  23. Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living
    and Loving
    by Iyanla Vanzant
  24. Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and
    by Kevin Merida
  25. Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting
    by Terrie Williams
  26. Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing
    Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving
    Young Men
    by Leonard Sax
  27. Boys into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage
    by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Pamela A. Toussaint,
    and A. J. Franklin
  28. 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know
    by LaMarr Darnell Shields
  29.  Come On People: On the Path from Victims to
    by Bill Cosby


DCPS Students Continue Learning Through Virtual Summer Camp


DCPS Students Continue Learning Through Virtual Summer Camp
William Jackson, M.Ed. My Quest to Teach


Having the opportunity to speak to youth, teens and young
adults is a wonderful experience especially when speaking
to them about different areas of technology addressing
Sexting and Cyber-bullying.

It was a great pleasure teaching virtually to students of
Duval County Public Schools “Cyber-bullying and Sexting
Can Destroy Your Future,” as one of the sessions for the
Virtual Summer Camp.

Baptist Health supports Communities in Schools’ virtual
summer camp with wonderful sessions covering Depression,
COVID-19 Trauma/Social and Emotional Impact and other
areas. Baptist Health is always interested in the health of
community youth, teens and young adults.

Community in Schools Virtual Summer Camp was a wonderful
opportunity as a teacher and advocate of STREAM to speak
to students from Duval County Public Schools middle and high
schools about their digital content, being accountable with their
social media postings and how cyber-bullying and sexting can
destroy their future even before it can begins.


As a teacher of 32 years being able to judge how you’re doing
comes when youth let you know. Love the comments that are
received, Dykisha stated, “Preach!” as I shared that they
(students) are their Brands. They must guard their Brands
against self-destruction and mis-interpretation.

Their actions, behaviors words have influence in their lives.
Technology has opened opportunities to be influential in both
positive and negative ways. Especially during the pandemic
where youth, teens and young adults are isolated in their
homes and lacking physical contact with friends, social media
is the go to source of connection on digital platforms.

Students even in middle school need to know that their digital
devices can be their best friend (BFF) or their worst enemy by
the content they post on platforms like Twitter, Instagram,
TikTok, Tumblr and other sites. Parents need to understand
they will be held accountable for what their children do if they
are paying for the cell phones and their children are minors.
During the presentation students where asked what they learned
and students like Cortney stated: “I learned that my branding
is important and jobs will look at the things that I post. I also
learned that there are other ways to deal with cyber-bullying
then just ignoring.”

Asking students how they would deal with cyber-bullying and
getting advice from them is key to involving them in the decision
making process where they learn from, and teach each other.
There were other presenters addressing higher education,
business etiquette, time and personal management.

Members of the Pan-Hellenic (Greek) organizations participated
sharing the community works that Greek orgs provide and
the importance of sisterhood and brotherhood. The
combination of age levels, grade levels and exposure to
professionals of careers is important even in virtual
learning because comments like this from Ashlee:
“I learned that no matter what even if you delete (content)
your service provider still has that information or proof If
there is an issue that can be investigated about
cyber-bullying or sexting.

MaryAnn (adult online chaperone) provided great feedback
to several students: “Cortney & Ashlee, those are both
really good take-aways!” Stating that the CIS Jax program is
preparing them for beyond high school and providing career
skills to be successful in life. More virtual learning will be
held in the future making virtual learning the new normal in
the era of the pandemic.

Virtual Teacher
Virtual Teacher

Communities In Schools Jax – https://cisjax.org/