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Aim High, Achieve More

by Yvette Jackson and Veronica McDermott

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About the Authors

Yvette Jackson is internationally recognized for her work in assessing and capitalizing on the learning potential of disenfranchised students and is a leading expert in the cognitive mediation theory of Dr. Reuven Feuerstein. Her research in cognitive development and the impact of neurobiology and culture on intellectual development, learning, and achievement is reflected in her book The Pedagogy of Confidence: Inspiring High Intellectual Performances in Urban Schools, published by Teachers College Press.

As director of gifted programs for New York City Public Schools, Dr. Jackson designed the New York City Gifted Programs Framework. She later served as the executive director of instruction and professional development for the New York City Public Schools. She currently serves as chief executive officer of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, founded at the College Board and Teachers College, Columbia University. She works with school districts to customize and deliver systemic approaches to reversing underachievement, engaging and accelerating student learning, and eliciting high intellectual performances. She has been a visiting presenter at Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford Universities in the United States; the Feuerstein Institute in Israel; the Conference of ANEIS (Associação Nacional para o Estudo e Intervenção na Sobredotação) in Portugal; and Thinking Schools International in the United Kingdom. She may be reached at

Veronica McDermott received her BA and MA in English from SUNY Stony Brook, earned a Professional Diploma in Administration from Long Island University, and completed her doctoral work at New York University. She began her career in the public schools of Long Island, New York, in 1970 and has worked in numerous educational roles ever since, including superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, principal, district director, dean, and classroom teacher. She has taught, presented, and consulted for school districts, colleges and universities, and national and international organizations, and she has written for many national and local publications.

Dr. McDermott continues to focus her efforts on school transformation, social justice, and equity through her work as regional director with the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education. She is a frequent contributor and faculty member at conferences and workshops dedicated to the role of leaders and leadership teams in school transformation. Her most recent articles were published in ASCD Express ("Student Radio: Magnifying Voices, Preparing a Future," 2010) and, with Yvette Jackson, in Educational Leadership ("Fearless Leading," 2009). She may be reached at


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