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.
In the spring of 2017 a cohort of ten Baltimore City Public Schools educators completed our Implementing a Culturally Responsive Practice Training. The three training sessions were held on Saturdays between March and May. The cohort was made up of educators from a variety of backgrounds and instructional levels. The level of experience of the participants ranged from [...]
During the 2015-16 school year, the William J. Watkins, Sr. Educational Institute partnered with Southwest Academy (Baltimore County, MD) to conduct our year long Cultivating a Culturally Responsive Practice teacher training. We worked with a core group of teachers from across a variety of disciplines to assist in their growth as culturally responsive practitioners. The training consisted of [...]
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 [...]