Jenifer Fox, Head of the Purnell School in Pottersville, New Jersey has set out to bring together schools, businesses and community influencers across the United States to form a grassroots coalition to push for legislation that mandates schools focus on developing student strengths. Pictured above in NYC with Marcus Buckingham, Iris Chen from Teach for America, Janet Schijns-CEO, The JS Group, Peter Baglieri– VP of Global Alliances at EMC, Gigi Georges, PR, Glover Park Group.
In March, Jenifer brought her message to hundreds of people in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, D.C., Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, Dallas and Houston. Joining business thought- leader Marcus Buckingham on his book tour, Jenifer spoke to audiences in each city asking them to join her in the revolution to change the United States school system. Fox is a twenty-five year school veteran who has developed the award Affinities Program and implemented it at the Purnell School, a girl’s school. The Affinities Program is a four year curriculum designed to help students understand what they feel most energized doing. After developing this program, Jenifer met business guru Marcus Buckingham and found that others in the world were also trying to gather people together around discovering strengths. When Jenifer showed Mr. Buckingham what she was doing at the school he came to visit and found a unique program that is not yet implemented in any other schools. The Affinities Program is an original, organic approach for young people to develop their strengths using hands-on, interdisciplinary activities. Given the success of the program, Fox is convinced that America’s schools need to change and stop the sole focus on remediation of weakness and standardized tests at the expense of nurturing a child’s passion. Jenifer cannot do this alone. Send her your email and show her you support her. She will use those emails to petition lawmakers.