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Best Selling Author & Keynote Speaker

Jenifer Fox is one of the world’s leading authorities on transformational educational models applying student strengths, the Maker’s Movement, project-based learning and Human Centered Design. Her bestselling book, Your Child’s Strengths (Viking/Penguin), offers breakthrough thinking about children’s innate strengths, the current problems with our school system and practical advice for assuring success.

The Differentiated Instruction Book of Lists, (Jossey-Bass) is a trusted reference for reaching all the different kinds of learners in your school.

Fox is also a sought after speaker, and thought-leader who speaks to schools, educational organizations, juvenile justice programs, parenting groups, associations and companies about why and how schools must change, The Maker’s Movement, The School Garden Movement and project based learning using Human Centered Design. Her talks can address the academic successes that come from applied learning, shaping school culture, trust as a competency necessary for innovation, positive psychology, how to transform the current education model, learning disabilities and the future of education. Her speaking topics are customized to the audiences’ needs and her fees are based on a sliding fee schedule.

With 30 years as a practicing educator, Ms Fox holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Arts degree from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and a Master of Education from Harvard University.

Endorsements

Your Child's Strengths

Marcus Buckingham, bestselling author of ;Now Discover Your Strengths

“Jenifer Fox’s understanding of strengths development in children is refreshingly original. She has extraordinary insight into the minds of young people and an unshakeable belief in their potential. She provides a compellingly convincing argument for changing the way we approach young people a clear roadmap for their educational success.”

Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of A Whole New Mind and Drive

“With this important book, Jenifer Fox expands the strengths revolution to our children. Your Child’s Strengths is a smart and useful guide for any parent — full of great exercises that will change the way your kids think about themselves and their future.”

Patrick F. Bassett, President, National Association of Independent Schools

Your Child’s Strengths is a tonic for the regret one feels for all the children burdened by a school and world preoccupied by weaknesses rather than strengths. Countless compelling stories illustrate vividly the theme, that focusing on children’s strengths is the roadmap for all parents and teachers to give what we inherently wish to provide: a means for children to find their own path. The Strengths Inventory and Affinities Program curriculum in the Appendix offer a remarkably practical means to start down the path and are worth a read by themselves, but then you would miss the journey of revelation the book evokes.”

Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., co-author of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

Your Child’s Strengths contains clear, interesting, step-by-step techniques for identifying and utilizing children’s cognitive and emotional strengths — an excellent starting point for any parent, teacher, or student who wants to take the more effective step of focusing on assets rather than liabilities. The wisdom contained in this remarkable volume will be a godsend, not only for those who are just beginning to try to understand a child’s learning style but also for those already battered by a misguided an educational system.”

Christopher Peterson, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan and author of A Primer in Positive Psychology

“Jenifer Fox has vision, passion, intelligence, and experience. All show in Your Child’s Strengths, which contains a wealth of practical ideas for parents and educators who want to encourage among children the strengths that make possible the good life.”

Michael Riera, author of Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You, and How To Hear What They’re Really Saying

Your Child’s Strengths puts in plain view what has been in front of us all along – that education and character development always do best to first identify and deepen strengths, rather than to first (and too often exclusively) focus on deficit and weaknesses. Fox’s approach is more interesting, more effective, and ultimately more humane.”

Jonathan Mooney, author of The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal and Learning Outside the Lines

“When I was labeled ‘learning disabled,’ the educational system tried everything to fix me, from giving me purple-colored reading glasses to putting me through hundreds of hours of remediation. Through all these efforts to fix what was supposedly wrong with me, my strengths, gifts, and talents were not simply neglected or ignored, but negated. Jenifer Fox has taken a groundbreaking and important stand against the standardized deficit and remediation education that dominates the lives of millions of students. Philosophical yet extremely practical, innovative yet grounded in solid research on effective pedagogy, Your Child’s Strengths is a must read for any student, parent and educator.”

The Differentiated Instruction Book of Lists

Edward Hallowell, M.D. author of Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood to Adulthood and Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

“This is a brilliant, innovative, enormously practical, and hugely important work. Where positive psychology and strength-based philosophies usually stumble, this book soars, namely, in practical application. If teachers and parents would all read this and implement its suggestions, our broken educational system would be fixed in no time. Truly, this book could change the world.”

Chris Brogan, New York Times Bestselling author of Google+ For Business: How Google’s Social Network Changes Everything

“It was quite a while before I could talk about The Differentiated Instruction Book of Lists (J-B Ed: Reach and Teach), because I found myself reading, pausing, thinking about the information, and then kind of spinning off into a lot of directions:

This book is also perfect for teachers looking to rediscover their passion for their calling.

This book is also excellent for parents, especially if your kid is the square peg in the round hole.

This book is great for you, if you teach/educate/speak.

This book is just kind of interesting, if you look back at how YOU were taught.”

Contact Jenifer at jeniferfox08@gmail.com or 848-702-6686 if you are interested in scheduling a speaking event, workshop, interview or for publishing rights.

Sample of Past Speaking Events

  • More than 100 independent and public schools (both to faculty and Parents’ Associations)
  • Willow Creek Spark-up Youth Conference, South Barrington, IL (Keynote)
  • Microsoft Corp, Seattle, WA (Keynote)
  • The Gap Foundation, San Francisco, CA (Keynote)
  • The National Association of Independent School Business Officers (Keynote)
  • The Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, Manchester, NH (Keynote)
  • TedX, Traverse City, MI
  • TedX, Dallas, TX
  • Alliance of Medical Professionals, Durham, NC (Keynote)
  • Yahoo Headquarters, San Francisco, CA (Keynote)
  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Design Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA
  • Fairfax County Public Schools Annual Administrators Conference, Fairfax, VA (Keynote)
  • Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB) Annual Conference, Washington, DC (Keynote)
  • Diamonds in the Rough Twice Gifted Conference, Baltimore, MD (Keynote)
  • Best Buy Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (Keynote)
  • Town Hall, Seattle, WA (Keynote)
  • Southeast Delco Public School District, Delco, PA (Keynote)
  • Beeville Public School District, Beeville, TX (Keynote)

Best Selling Author & Keynote Speaker

Jenifer Fox is one of the world’s leading authorities on strengths based education, and how schools and parents can cultivate strengths in children.

Leader of the Strengths Movement in Schools

Since 2007, Jenifer has led a movement in changing how schools view student success. Her programs have reached students throughout the world.

Founding Visionary of The Delta School

Recognizing that the strengths approach is difficult to implement in traditional schools, Jenifer has developed a unique and innovative model to support a culture of student development and success.

Champion for the Maker's Movement

In 2015, Jenifer opened a 6500 sq foot Maker’s Space at The Delta School, putting the Maker’s Movement at the center of the project development and strengths discovery curriculum.

Consultant & Facilitator

Want to work with Jenifer Fox? She has a broad and deep skill set with over three decades of work in school innovation and advancement.

Creator of Projects Using Human Centered Design

Need help creating projects that are truly interdisciplinary, meet standards and excite students? Jenifer is an expert in this area and leads these projects at The Delta School.

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