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The Pedagogy of Confidence: Inspiring High Intellectual Performance in Urban Schools Hardcover – March 25, 2011
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''At its most basic, Jackson's Pedagogy of Confidence refuses to concede that schools--and districts--can simply write off entire groups of students because of their skin color or economic background...What Dr. Jackson proposes here is truly a remedy to ensure that students, no matter where they come from, and no matter where they go to school, have the ability to attain their innate intellectual potential.''' --Education Update
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Yvette Jackson is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, founded at the College Board and Teachers College, Columbia University. She is internationally recognized for her work in assessing the learning potential of disenfranchised urban students. Yvette Jackson is available for select readings and lectures.
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To fully grasp the importance of these ideas, one will need to deal with some different assumptions about students and learning. For instance, Debilitating conditions that restrict learning must be dealt with in explicit ways and contextualizing instruction will help to build students' confidence in their ability to learn new content.
Clearly, Dr. Jackson's book has raised a sweeping challenge to all those who desire to make a difference in the lives of students. If we take into account the things she shares with us about our power to impact the learning and teaching process the hope of moving all students to higher intellectual performance can be realized.