Yvette Jackson

CEO
National Urban Alliance

Expert: Yvette Jackson

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 is driven to provide and promote pedagogy that enables students who are disenfranchised and marginalized to demonstrate their strengths and innate intellectual potential. Changing this reality for these students to one in which this potential is believed in, valued and optimized has been Yvette’s calling for her entire career.

She has applied her research in neuroscience, gifted education, literacy, and the cognitive mediation theory of the eminent cognitive psychologist, Dr. Reuven Feuerstein to develop integrated processes that engage and elicit high intellectual performances from underachievers. This work is the basis for her book, Pedagogy of Confidence: Inspiring High Intellectual Performance in Urban Schools (Teachers College Press, 2011) which received the 2012 ForeWord Reviews’ Silver Book Award.

Her latest books, 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 and published by ASCD, feature her work in creating the environments for the Pedagogy of Confidence, and the resultant student strengths, to flourish.

Yvette was a teacher and has served New York City Public Schools as Director of Gifted Programs (developing the NYC Gifted Programs Framework) and Executive Director of Instruction and Professional Development (creating and implementing the Comprehensive Education Plan, designed to maximize the delivery of all core curriculum and support services in the Public Schools of New York City).

Yvette has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, founded at the College Board and Teachers College. She continues to work with school districts to customize and systemically deliver the collegial, strengths-based High Operational Practices of the Pedagogy of Confidence that integrate culture, language and cognition to engage and elicit the innate potential of ALL students (especially those who are disenfranchised and marginalized) for self-actualization and contributions to our world. Yvette has translated the concepts of the Pedagogy of Confidence into precepts for informing educational leadership required for transforming urban districts to optimize the learning success of the students whom they serve.

She applies this work into her syllabus as adjunct professor in the Urban Education Leadership Program (UELP) at Teachers College, Columbia University as well as in her roles as Visiting Scholar for the Panasonic Foundation, Escola Sesc de Ensino Medio in Rio De Janeiro, Brasil and Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University’s Urban Superintendent’s Program; the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) at Stanford University; the Feuerstein Institute, Israel, and Thinking Schools International, UK.

Yvette, a life-long teacher, is a lover and student of the arts. She studied dance at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance and enjoyed the dramatic arts through acting in television, theatre and film. She received a BA from Queens College CUNY with a double major in French and Education, and a MA in Curriculum Design, an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Educational Administration all from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her passion is assisting teachers in cultivating their confidence and competence to unlock the giftedness in all students.

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How to Help My Young Adult Find Their Purpose

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BODY <p>You’ve laid the groundwork. As young as elementary school you’ve likely asked your child, what do you want to be when you grow up? You may have had conversations about what your family values are, or your kid picked up these principles over the years. Now you have a young adult, who may be on a path to finding their purpose in life, or they may feel completely lost and unsure of what to do. Finding purpose can be a lifelong endeavor—something you may still be working through yourself! In <em>The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling in Life</em>, William Damon, director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence, defines purpose as “a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is at the same time meaningful to the self and consequential for the world beyond the self.” Based on the center’s research, Heather Malin, director of research, says the key time for purpose is the 18 – 23 age range. Here’s how you can play a supportive role in helping your kid find their purpose at this time.</p>
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6 Skills Needed for All Jobs Regardless of Field

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BODY <p>You have likely heard about “soft skills” before. But what are they? Sometimes referred to as “21<sup>st</sup>-century skills,” “interpersonal skills,” or “applied skills,” they are the skills that are non-technical or specific to a certain job. They are the skills that help you think, communicate with people, and reflect on your experiences. Basically, your young adult needs them to thrive in the workforce. Career coach Jane Horowitz says the basis of her coaching practice is “hire for attitude, train for skills,” and she sees will and drive as being the greatest determinants of young adults getting hired.</p> <p>“We hear it time and time again, it’s the soft skills,” says Terri Tchorzynski, 2017 National School Counselor of the Year. “That’s what allows you to keep the job. Employers can hire our students and train them, but if they don't have the soft skills, it's really hard for them to stay employed."</p> <p>According to the Harvard University “<a href="http://www.gse.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011-1.pdf">Pathways to Prosperity Project</a>” study in 2011, U.S. employers are increasingly seeing students graduate from college unequipped to survive in the 21st century workforce. Specifically, they are “deficient” in skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and communication. Bruce Tulgan, founder and CEO of <a href="http://rainmakerthinking.com/">Rainmaker Thinking</a> and expert and author on young people in the workplace, has been tracking the generational change in the workplace since 1993. According to Tulgan (and many other experts and employers), there is a <a href="http://rainmakerthinking.com/assets/uploads/2016/06/Gen-Shift-White-Paper-2016_June.2016.pdf">gap</a> in soft skills from previous generations to the generation entering the workforce today. <a href="https://www.naceweb.org/about-us/press/class-2015-skills-qualities-employers-want.aspx">Employers want</a> certain skills in their employees, regardless of the field. And not only do employers want these skills, but employment and wages have increased in most occupations that require higher social or analytical skills (<a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/13/jobs-requiring-preparation-social-skills-or-both-expected-to-grow-most/">like communication, management, or leaderships skills</a>), according to <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/06/key-findings-about-the-american-workforce-and-the-changing-job-market/">Pew Research</a>. Most workers understand this too; according to <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2016/10/06/the-state-of-american-jobs/st_2016-10-06_jobs-55/">Pew Research</a>, workers say softs skills are more important than technical skills in order to do their jobs.</p> <p>The value of these soft skills can be considered good news! No matter what students study in school or what path they take after high school, they can work to learn these skills to help them be successful in the workplace. These are the six skills your young adult will need no matter what their career path:</p>
BODYES <p>Seguramente has escuchado hablar sobre las “habilidades sociales” pero ¿qué son? A veces se las llama “habilidades para el siglo 21”, “habilidades interpersonales” o “habilidades aplicadas”. Se trata de aquellas habilidades que no son de índole técnica o que son específicas para un trabajo en particular. Son las habilidades que te ayudan a pensar, a comunicarte con la gente y a reflexionar sobre tus experiencias. Básicamente, tu hijo las necesita para desarrollarse en el mundo laboral. La orientadora Jane Horowitz explica que el lema que transmite a sus consultantes es “contratar según la actitud, capacitar para dar habilidades”, y considera que la voluntad y la motivación son los factores determinantes al momento de contratar jóvenes adultos.</p> <p>“Escuchamos constantemente que todo se reduce a las habilidades sociales”, dice Terri Tchorzynski, Consejera Escolar Nacional del Año 2017. “Eso es lo que te permite conservar el trabajo. Los empleadores pueden contratar y capacitar a nuestros hijos, pero si ellos no cuentan con habilidades sociales será muy difícil para ellos mantener su puesto de trabajo”.</p> <p>Según un estudio realizado en 2011 por la Universidad de Harvard, “<a href="http://www.gse.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011-1.pdf">Pathways to Prosperity Project (Proyecto Caminos hacia la Prosperidad)</a>“, los empleadores estadounidenses ven con cada vez más frecuencia que los estudiantes se gradúan de la universidad pero no cuentan con las herramientas necesarias para sobrevivir en el mundo laboral del siglo 21. Más específicamente, carecen de habilidades tales como pensamiento crítico, solución de problemas, creatividad y comunicación. Bruce Tulgan, fundador y Director ejecutivo de <a href="http://rainmakerthinking.com/">Rainmaker Thinking</a>, y autor de publicaciones sobre los jóvenes en el lugar de trabajo ha estado llevando un registro de los cambios generacionales en el mundo laboral desde 1993. Según Tulgan (y muchos otros expertos y empleadores), existe una <a href="http://rainmakerthinking.com/assets/uploads/2016/06/Gen-Shift-White-Paper-2016_June.2016.pdf">brecha</a> de habilidades sociales entre las generaciones anteriores y la generación que ingresa al mundo laboral actual. <a href="https://www.naceweb.org/about-us/press/class-2015-skills-qualities-employers-want.aspx">Los empleadores buscan</a> que sus empleados cuenten con ciertas habilidades, independientemente del área de trabajo. Y según <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/06/key-findings-about-the-american-workforce-and-the-changing-job-market/">Pew Research</a>, no solo los empleadores buscan estas habilidades, sino que también ha aumentado la demanda y los salarios en la mayoría de los trabajos que requieren de habilidades sociales o analíticas más elevadas (<a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/13/jobs-requiring-preparation-social-skills-or-both-expected-to-grow-most/">como por ejemplo habilidades de comunicación, gestión o liderazgo</a>). La mayoría de los trabajadores también comprende esto, y según <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2016/10/06/the-state-of-american-jobs/st_2016-10-06_jobs-55/">Pew Research</a>, los trabajadores dicen que para hacer su trabajo las habilidades sociales son más importantes que las habilidades técnicas.</p> <p>Podemos decir entonces que es una buena noticia que se de tanta importancia a las habilidades sociales. No importa lo que los niños estudien en la escuela o qué decidan hacer al terminar la escuela secundaria, pueden aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades que les serán útiles en su futuro lugar de trabajo. Estas son las seis habilidades que un joven adulto necesitará, no importa la profesión que elija.</p>
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