Date: Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Page: http://www.learncentral.org/event/106901
Jenifer Fox is an international award-winning author and speaker and a recognized leader of the Strengths Movement within our educational system, for parents and organizations that serve youth.
“The necessary changes in our educational system," she claims, "are not coming from our schools, they are incubating in corporate America, and when these changes hit our marketplace, they will transform the broken system." Ms. Fox bases her claims on her lifetime experience working with young people and states that if we are to do one thing that will truly prepare children to face the future with confidence and success, it is to develop their strengths.
Her message is straightforward. Education as we know it today is heading toward obsolescence. In order for young people to be successful in the future, they will need to know what energizes them, what keeps their interests, what their contribution is going to be and what they have to offer to relationships with others. Developing your strengths will be as important as understanding technology.
In addition to speaking to parents and teachers about children, Jenifer is an innovative CEO with an expertise in turnaround leadership. This expertise allows her to speak with authority on social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leadership, strategic philanthropy and the impact educational trends will have on our society. Currently a columnist for the Huffington Post, Fox has published numerous articles on education and adolescent development. She has 10 years as a teacher and 15 as a school principal. Jenifer holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two Masters Degrees: an MA from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English and an M.Ed. from Harvard University. She resides in Franklin, Tennessee.
From a review of Your Child's Strengths by Megan Howard in Klingbrief: "In her book, Jenifer Fox advocates for a strengths revolution, providing pointed research and practical advice for those who wish to move past a deficit model in our interactions with children. Drawing upon 25 years of experience in independent and public schools, Fox examines the weakness habit and myths about adolescent rebellion. In addition, she explains that guided-self discovery can allow children to not only identify their strengths but begin to use them in activities, learning, and relationships. The “five why approach,” a questioning process which initiates the examination and expression of underlying reasons for seemingly simple preferences, is one of the many exercises found in the appendix of the book. Your Child’s Strengths serves as a powerful guide for educators and parents who believe in mining strengths and developing growth mindsets in children of all ages."