Yvette Jackson, Ed.D


Yvette Jackson, Ed.D is the author of The Pedagogy of Confidence: Inspiring High Intellectual Performance in Urban Schools which received the 2012 ForeWord Reviews’ Silver Book Award. She is internationally recognized for her work in assessing and eliciting the innate learning potential of disenfranchised urban students. Dr. Jackson is an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Stanford University and Rutgers University.  She serves as an advisor to the Dean of Education for American University and the United Way of New York City.. Dr. Jackson currently serves as the Senior Scholar for the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, founded at the College Board and Teachers College, Columbia University. She works with school district superintendents, administrators, teachers, and students across the United States and internationally to engage and apply an assets-focused equity consciousness to create environments of belonging, value, agency and investment that affirm belief in the innate desire and potential of ALL students for transcendence. Yvette formerly served as Senior Scholar for the Panasonic Foundation and the Director of Gifted Programs, Director of Professional Development and Executive Director of Instruction and Professional Development for the New York City Department of Education. Yvette has been published in numerous books and educational journals. She has co-authored Aim High, Achieve More: How to Transform Urban Schools Through Fearless Leadership and Unlocking Student Potential: How Do I Identify and Activate Student Strengths for ASCD with Veronica McDermott. Her latest book, Mindfulness Practices: Cultivating Heart Centered Communities Where Students Focus and Flourish, was co-authored by Christine Mason and Michele Rivers-Murphy.