On September 15, 2012 the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Educators Voice Awards honored Yvette Jackson for “Education Policy/Researcher of the Year.”
Yvette’s passion is assisting educators in cultivating their confidence and competence to unlock the strengths and “innate giftedness” in all students. Her research in neuroscience, gifted education and the cognitive mediation theory of eminent cognitive psychologist, Dr. Reuven Feuerstein are the basis for her book, Pedagogy of ConfidenceÒ: Inspiring High Intellectual Performance in Urban Schools which received the 2012 ForeWord Reviews’ Silver Book Award. Her latest books include Fearless Leading: Transforming Urban Schools through Fearless Leadership and Unlocking Student Potential: How do I identify and activate student strengths? co-authored with Veronica McDermott.
Yvette was a teacher and has served New York City Public Schools as Director of Gifted Programs and Executive Director of Instruction and Professional Development. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, Visiting Scholar for the Panasonic Foundation and Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University’s Urban Superintendent’s Program, the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) at Stanford University and Thinking Schools International, UK.
Yvette is currently an adjunt professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She works with school districts to transform education through strengths-based High Operational PracticesÔof the Pedagogy of Confidence that integrate culture, language and cognition to engage and elicit the innate potential of ALL students.