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Jenifer Fox
Jenifer Fox, M.Ed. is an international award-winning author, public speaker and a recognized leader of the Strengths Movement within our educational system, for parents and organizations that serve youth.

Her book, Your Child's Strengths, Discover Them, (Viking/Penguin, 2009) with a foreword by Marcus Buckingham is published in North America and internationally in countries such as Poland, China, Korea, Japan and Bali. Jenifer Fox also appears on the DVD, Go Put Your Strengths to Work with Marcus Buckingham. (PBS, 2007)

Fox emerges with a revolutionary, fresh new perspective on the future of education when she says, “The necessary changes in our educational system 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“. Jenifer creates cutting edge strengths curriculum for youth utilizing technology and integrated media. Ms. Fox bases her claims on her lifetime experience working with young people (25 years, with 13 as a school principal) 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.

Jenifer Fox has made dozens of live and taped appearances on television. She has been interviewed on radio and pod-casts, and featured in magazines and newspapers and has published numerous articles on education and adolescent development.

Working with a grant from the Best Buy Foundation, Jenifer is also currently implementing her strengths-based curriculum in public schools in the country.

Jenifer Fox 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 the New York metropolitan area. Contact:

Entries by Jenifer Fox

'Being a Stepmother Is Nothing Like I Thought It Would Be'

(18) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 7:39 PM

When people ask me if I have children of my own, I usually answer with an apologetic, "no." My brain then floods with a string of excuses from which I choose my next sentences depending on my listener's facial expression.

"I am an educator, so I have hundreds of children."...

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Race, Race, Race. Win, Win, Win

(5) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 10:00 AM

Last night's speech sent me racing back to the 1980s where the rhetoric around education was much the same as we heard this week in the State of the Union. I remember the 1980s. I had a Cabbage Patch Kid. Remember Cabbage Patch Kids? In 1983, there was such a...

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Students Need Things We Don't Teach

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 4:55 PM

In December of 2006, The New Commission on the Skills of the American Work Force issued a challenge to the United States educational system in their publication "Tough Choices or Tough Times (TCTT)." Among other things, this report calls for a radical change in our educational system in order to...

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Students Know What Makes a Good School (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 11:49 AM

Urban Academy, located in Midtown Manhattan is a public school. As their tag line says, it's a small school with big ideas.

The building is old, but feels like home with comfy albeit old couches and cozy student gathering places. The teachers skip teaching to the test...

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Education and the Midterm Elections

(13) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 3:21 PM

All aboard... next stop, midterm elections!

I've just boarded the education train. I heard that immediately after the stop at the midterms, we're headed away from the confusing, angry land of partisan debate to the wide-open territory of bipartisan dialog! How promising -- the two things I've waited years...

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The Cult of Personality

(11) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 2:47 AM

I can appreciate Michelle Rhee's desire to make waves in the teaching arena. Good teachers deserve better than we give them and the bad ones... err... off with their heads!? -- Umm --

The tactics, the cult of personality, and the metaphorical loaded assault rifle got in...

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Why do you Teach?

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 2:01 AM

Teaching isn't rocket science -- it's harder.

What does it take to be an excellent teacher? It takes a wide variety of skills, emotional maturity and higher order thinking skills to be an effective teacher. It takes patience, lots of it.

How many people do you know who...

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Strengths Movement Can Revitalize Schools

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 1:19 PM

Imagine waking up one day and having everyone you encounter understand the ways in which you are unique and extraordinary. What if everyone viewed the things you did as needed contributions, and rather than looking for what is wrong with you, people pointed out what is right with you? If...

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Our Time has Come: Hope, Change and Superman

(10) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 10:38 AM

Education Nation.

Wow, suddenly that tag is everywhere. Hallelujah. It seems as though educators have been waiting forever to have our day in the news. Our time has finally come. So why do I feel so anxious?

It's because the neglected topic of education is at its center...

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Education, What are we Talking About?

(31) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 11:49 AM

Many people today are unaware that most schools do not operate with a standardized curriculum that is tied to a particular educational philosophy. Most schools' teaching and learning methods are in fact a hodge-podge of educational theories, with teachers recreating the teaching methods used by their teachers. Of course, there...

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Back to School Tips for Parents

(7) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 1:14 PM

Although most of the country is still sweltering in the throes of summer heat, young people across the nation are thinking about new school supplies and what to wear on that anticipated first day of classes.

A new year means a new start and here are some strengths tips that...

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Standardized Testing: How to Stop the Testing Trend

(13) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 1:18 PM

Learning has arguably slowed across the United States as teachers and students have taken up number 3 pencils to take standardized tests. Standardized test scores have the power to make or break a child. Most parents and almost every teacher knows the process of standardized testing in our schools is...

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Teaching Relationships

(4) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 6:21 PM

What do schools need to teach high school students? We are on the cusp of a great global educational change and the question we need to keep asking is not what do high school students need to learn, (they need to learn a lot of things) but what...

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Who Are Your Facebook Friends?

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2009 | 6:08 PM

"I'm in a board meeting having a miscarriage..." That's the opening statement of the tweet that took only a few hours to move from the so-called "private" sphere of Ms. Penelope Trunk's 20,000 followers on Twitter to CNN News. In addition to the shocking content, one reason the infamous miscarriage...

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The War at Home: Let's Fix U.S. Schools Before Exporting Them

(8) Comments | Posted October 31, 2009 | 11:23 AM

In the October 28th, 2009 Opinion column in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof advocated that building schools in Afghanistan would be a better use of U.S. resources than spending money on the deployment of more troops. He wrote,

"Dispatching more troops to Afghanistan would be a monumental bet and...

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The One Thing That Will Truly Impact Our Future

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2009 | 6:35 PM

Education will continue to be a topic of concern as we try and assess what went wrong with our economy. We can focus on all kinds of ways to measure achievement in a misguided attempt to "catch up with" other countries around the world who test better than we do,...

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Does Education Matter?

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 11:22 AM

I almost missed in the news that Ted Sizer, one of America's most influential progressive educators, former Dean of the Harvard Graduate School Education and the founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools, died. I almost missed this important news because to most people in this country, neither his...

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The Drama Of The Adopted Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2009 | 3:00 PM

As the former head of two high schools for girls, I know that this is the time of year when many parents begin wondering what is going on with their teenage daughters. I used to get a lot of calls from parents asking, "What is that school doing to my...

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Parent-Teacher Conferences, a Time to Celebrate Strengths

(4) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 11:33 PM

It's parent-teacher conference time and you arranged your schedule three weeks in advance to attend. If you are like most parents, you feel a certain amount of anxiety around this event. You attend hoping there won't be any surprises and that you won't discover that your child is experiencing any...

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The High Cost of a Brand Name College

(10) Comments | Posted September 28, 2009 | 11:04 AM

Applying to college and getting into a "good school" has become an intensely competitive process during which many children are so fixated on getting in, they don't fully consider why it is they are even going to college. Anxiety around college admission seems to be the driving force trapping parents...

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