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Author, Educator Jenifer Fox Speaks on Child Strengths
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Author, Educator Jenifer Fox Speaks on Child Strengths

 

Prominent educator Jenifer Fox will talk about identifying and encouraging children’s strengths¬—and how those strengths can create success—at a public event Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the Lodge at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Fox, author the acclaimed book "Your Child’s Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them" (2008, Penguin Group, Inc.), created a strengths-based teaching philosophy designed to bolster a child’s self-esteem, creativity and adaptability.

“My message is about helping children discover their unique purpose in life,” Fox explained. “Too many teachers and parents believe the way to a young person's success is through academic achievement. However, achievement is empty if people don't get excited by learning.

“The real question parents and teachers should be asking is, “How can I spark my children’s strengths and passions so they get plugged into learning and therefore life?”

Fox, an international, award-winning author and speaker, as well as leader of the Strengths Movement, is now Head of School at The Clariden School in Southlake, Texas.

“Instead of focusing on weaknesses, Fox submits that children do far better when the focus is on their strengths,” said a review in “Publishers Weekly” following the publication of her first book. “Childhood is for ‘creative dreaming,’ not preparation for standardized tests.

“Fox identifies three types of strengths: activity, learning and relationship strengths, and helps parents guide their children toward self-discovery, explaining that true strengths include not only what a child is good at, but what she enjoys and makes her feel strong.”

The best-selling author’s new book, "The Differentiated Instruction Book of Lists, is available this month from Jossey-Bass, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons. The book is the “definitive reference for DI for teachers in grades K-12,” according to the publisher.

Jenifer Fox holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two master’s degrees: an M.A. in English from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English, and an M.Ed. in school administration from Harvard University.The Sept. 13 event is sponsored by The Galloway School, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, The Schenck School, St. Martin’s Episcopal School, and The Walker School. No reservations are necessary to attend, and the presentation is free and open to the public.

Peachtree Presbyterian Church is located at 3417 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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