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2019 – 2020 Kamau Imani Parker-Morrison Teaching Scholarship Winner!

  Congratulations to Kayla Fointno, the winner of the inaugural award of the Kamau Imani Parker-Morrison Scholarship competition. Kayla is a senior at North Carolina A&T State University. Kayla will be graduating in December of 2019. She has a 3.52 GPA and is on the Dean's List. Kayla refers to a teacher she had in the fourth grade, Mrs. Anderson, [...]

July 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Education, Fundraising, Newsletter|0 Comments

Kamau Imani Parker-Morrison Scholarship

The William J. Watkins, Sr. Educational Institute (a 501c3 non-profit organization) has launched the Kamau Imani Parker-Morrison scholarship in memory of its namesake. Kamau was a passionate and committed special education teacher at Ascend Middle School in Brooklyn, New York. Cancer took his life way too early in his career. During his tenure at Ascend he was an outstanding special [...]

January 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Education|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Challenges of Teaching African American History in US Public Schools: Reflections on 30 Years of Teaching

This post is based on a roundtable discussion I participated in at the 2015 African Heritage Studies Association Conference in New York City, NY. My oldest son, Akil Parker, was also a member of that panel speaking on his experience as a math teacher. Introduction This paper is a reflection on my more than 30 years of working as a [...]

“Cultivating” Culturally Responsive Teachers at Southwest Academy

Through a generous donation to The William J. Watkins, Sr. Educational Institute, Inc. we have partnered with Southwest Academy Middle School in Baltimore County to provide seven teachers with our year long "Cultivating a Culturally Responsive Practice" teacher training. Our philosophy that the most important relationship as regards student success is that between the teacher and student. Principal Karen Barnes [...]

“Colored Teachers for the Colored Schools:” The Fight for African American Teachers in Baltimore City (Part 2)

New Black Leadership By the middle of the 1880’s there was a shift in Baltimore’s African American leadership. The Republican hold on the black community was beginning to be reexamined. African Americans questioned the propriety of supporting candidates who only used their support to get into office and once elected did not follow through on their campaign promises. Also, the [...]