Yvette Jackson, EdD, is a former teacher who served New York City Public Schools as director of gifted programs and executive director of instructional and professional development.
She is passionate about assisting educators in cultivating their confidence and competence to unlock the giftedness in all students. She is driven to provide and promote pedagogy that enables students who are disenfranchised and marginalized to demonstrate their strengths and innate intellectual potential.
Dr. Jackson is an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York and senior scholar for the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education. She was previously a visiting lecturer at Harvard University’s Urban Superintendents Program, the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education at Stanford University, the Feuerstein Institute, and Thinking Schools International. In 2012, the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International honored Dr. Jackson with its Educators’ Voice Awards for education policy/researcher of the year.
Dr. Jackson 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 students who are underachieving.
Dr. Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, City of New York, with a double major in French and education. She also earned a master’s degree in curriculum design, a master’s degree in education, and a doctorate of education in educational administration, all from Teachers College, Columbia University.