Foreword by: Reuven Feuerstein
Publication Date: April 14, 2011
In her new book, Yvette Jackson shows educators how to focus on students’ strengths to inspire learning and high intellectual performance. Jackson asserts that the myth that the route to increasing achievement by focusing on weaknesses (promoted by policies such as NCLB) has blinded us to the strengths and intellectual potential of urban students—devaluing the motivation, initiative, and confidence of dedicated educators to search for and optimize this potential. The Pedagogy of Confidence dispels this myth and provides practical approaches for rekindling educators’ belief in their ability to inspire the vast capacity of their urban students.
Yvette Jackson is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, founded at the College Board and Teachers College, Columbia University. She is internationally recognized for her work in assessing the learning potential of disenfranchised urban students. Yvette Jackson is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
“What Dr. Jackson proposes here is truly a remedy to ensure that students, no matter where they come from, and no matter where they go to school, have the ability to attain their innate intellectual potential.”
“Should be read by every educator and policymaker truly interested in closing the achievement gap."
—Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University
“This book will become the ‘Rosetta Stone’ of urban education."
—Joseph S. Renzulli, The University of Connecticut
“For urban educators who want to know how to be effective in teaching and developing strong relationships with their students.”
—Pedro A. Noguera, New York University
“The very in-depth elaboration of psychological, educational, and social concepts Dr. Jackson presents creates a large and ingenious inventory of pedagogical tools to promote the goals of achievement and upward mobility for those students who depend on teachers to make this possible.”
—From the Foreword by Reuven Feuerstein, Chairman and Founder, ICELP, Jerusalem, Israel
“ The Pedagogy of Confidence renews our hope for schools as homes for the fullest development of the mind, classrooms as engaging, mediative environments, and all learners as having the propensity for continued, lifelong intellectual growth.”
—Arthur L. Costa, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento
2011 ForeWord Magazine Silver Book of the Year Award in Education