Focus on your child's strengths

March 11, 2008 5:33:14 PM PDT
Help your child thrive in school and in life. Joining us with some helpful advice was the author of Your Child's Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them, Jenifer Fox.

About Jenifer Fox:
Jenifer Fox M.Ed. is the president of the Purnell School, author of the critically acclaimed book, Your Child's Strengths, the award-winning, groundbreaking strengths-based curriculum, The Affinities Program and the leader of the Strengths Movement in Schools.

With 25 years of experience as a teacher and an administrator in a wide variety of pre-collegiate settings: public and independent schools, day and boarding schools, religiously affiliated, single-sex and coed schools, international and American schools, Jenifer Fox has set out to lead The Strengths Movement in Schools, an international educational movement aimed at transforming the K-12 system from one that focuses on the deficits and weaknesses of children to one that celebrates strengths.

A struggling student in high school, Jenifer overcame her challenges through devoting her energies to discovering her strengths. She 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

Ms. Fox has written numerous articles and presented workshops throughout the country on the topic of school reform, teaching struggling students, parenting, and building on strengths to realize human potential. Jenifer's experience as an actor and a writer make her an engaging and compelling storyteller and speaker.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jenifer has lived and taught in Breckenridge and Denver, Colorado, San Francisco's East Bay, Izmir, Turkey, Nairobi, Kenya, Bradenton, Florida and in the New York metropolitan area. As an independent school administrator, her specialty is in "turn-around" businesses where she is able to leverage the strengths of an organization to change it from an institution in a struggling weakened state to one that thrives both culturally and financially on its strengths.

Jenifer lives in New Jersey at the Purnell School with her husband and two dogs.