YVETTE JACKSON is internationally recognized for her work in assessing and actualizing the learning potential of disenfranchised urban students. Changing this reality for these students to one in which their intellectual potential is believed in, valued, and optimized has been Dr. Jackson’s calling for her entire career. She has applied her research in neuroscience, gifted education, literacy, and the cognitive mediation theory of Dr. Reuven Feuerstein to develop integrated processes that engage and elicit high intellectual performance from underachievers. She designed the New York City Board of Education’s Gifted Programs Framework when she served as Director of Gifted Programs. As New York City’s Executive Director of Instruction and Professional Development, she led the creation and implementation of the Comprehensive Education Plan, which maximized the delivery of all core curriculum and support services in the Public Schools of New York City.
Dr. Jackson currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of 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 country to customize and deliver systemic approaches that enable students to demonstrate high intellectual performance. She created the Pedagogy of Confidence, whose principles and practices enable educators to accelerate the intellectual development and academic achievement of the students they serve.
Dr. Jackson has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and she served as a member of ASCD’s Differentiated Instruction Cadre. She is a keynote presenter at national and international conferences. She has been published in numerous educational journals.
Dr. Jackson received a B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York with a double major in Education and French. She was awarded a M.A. in Curriculum, an Ed.M. in Educational Administration, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.