MSD of Wayne Township

Professional Day 2021

This event was Live-Streamed on Wayne Equity YouTube Channel for Wayne Learns 2021 on November 2, 2021.

The recording can still be accessed by clicking the links below:

M.S.D. Wayne Township Professional Learning Day 2021 Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker for this event:

Dr. Yvette Jackson

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Yvette Jackson, Ed.D.

Yvette Jackson is driven to provide and promote pedagogy that supports educators in fulfilling their potential as committed, “gifted” teachers and administrators who elicit the innate potential for high intellectual performances and personal contributions from ALL their students. It is this drive that made her winner of the 2019 GlobalMindEd Inclusive Leader Award. She is the author of The Pedagogy of Confidence: Inspiring High Intellectual Performance in Urban Schools which received the 2012 ForeWord Reviews’ Silver Book Award and is internationally recognized for her research in gifted education, cognitive and neuroscience for eliciting high intellectual performances and self-determination from underachievers. On September 15, 2012, the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Educators Voice Awards honored Yvette for “Education Policy/Researcher of the Year.”

Yvette, a life-long teacher, received a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College City University of New York with a double major in French and Education. Her Master of Arts in Curriculum Design, an Education Masters and Doctor of Education in Educational Administration are all from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and serves as the Senior Scholar for the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education. She has been an elementary teacher and middle and high school coach, a visiting lecturer at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, and Rutgers University. She formerly served as 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. She has also served as Senior Scholar for the Panasonic Foundation and consultant to the Deans of Education at American University and St. Thomas University in Minneapolis.

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 books, Mindfulness Practices: Cultivating Heart Centered Communities Where Students Focus and Flourish and Mindful School Communities: The Five C's of Nurturing Heart Centered Learning were co-authored by Christine Mason and Michele Rivers-Murphy.

Yvette’s mission is to rekindle in educators the passion and beliefs that led them to choose education as their career. She is driven to provide and promote pedagogy that supports educators in fulfilling their potential as committed, “gifted” teachers and administrators.