Yvette Jackson Wins Prestigious Book of the Year Award

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The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education's CEO wins the 2011 ForeWord Magazine Silver Book of the Year Award in the education category for her latest book, “Pedagogy of Confidence.”

Teaching teachers to believe in their students’ abilities to exceed expectations is where we find the promise of true education reform,

The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA) announced today that its CEO, Yvette Jackson, has won the 2011 ForeWord Magazine Silver Book of the Year Award in the education category for her latest book, “Pedagogy of Confidence.”

The award was presented June 23, 2012, during a ceremony at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Anaheim, Calif. Winning books were chosen as the best independently published works of 2011 and were selected by a panel of librarian and bookseller judges. The judges chose more than 200 winners in 54 categories, including autobiographies and memoir, poetry, family and relationships, philosophy and travel.

As CEO of the National Urban Alliance, Jackson oversees a national nonprofit organization focused on improving the achievement of students in underachieving schools through innovative student-focused interventions and advocacy. An internationally known lecturer on education policy and neuroscience, Jackson is also the former executive director of instruction and professional development for New York City Public Schools.

“Teaching teachers to believe in their students’ abilities to exceed expectations is where we find the promise of true education reform,” Jackson says. “Given the proper motivation and resources, all students can succeed at the highest levels possible.”

In “Pedagogy of Confidence,” 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 student weaknesses 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.

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Based in Syosset, N.Y., and founded in 1989 at Teachers College, Columbia University, the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education provides student-focused professional development, advocacy and organizational guidance to expand and accelerate student achievement. NUA works with teachers, school administrators and communities to identify strengths in order to leverage the needs of students and break down barriers to achievement and transform schools.

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