The William J. Watkins, Sr. Educational Institute, Inc. was established in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Baltimore, MD. We envision a just and civil world in which members of society are empowered with knowledge and skills that allow them the freedom to achieve their highest human potential. Our mission is to ensure that ALL children, especially those in under-served and under-resourced communities receive the best education possible.  Through our teacher training programs, scholarship fund and our instructional model we fulfill that mission.  Our theoretical approaches, research, and practices are used to impact educational practice and policy on the national, state and local levels. Through the achievement of our mission we enhance teaching and learning and help create a better world.

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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.


This paper is a reflection on my more than 30 years of working as a public school […]

By | June 23rd, 2017|Blog, Education|

Implementing a Culturally Responsive Practice Fall Workshop

We invite all Maryland educators to join us this fall in our Implementing a Culturally Responsive Practice professional development workshop. In this three day workshop you will gain the skills and knowledge needed to implement and develop as a culturally responsive educator. Participants will:

  • gain a thorough understanding of what culturally responsive pedagogy is as a methodology.
  • examine how culture […]
By | May 13th, 2016|CRP, Events|