Me explaining S dataDr. Ryan B. Jackson is currently an assistant principal in an inner-city high school located in Nashville, TN. Before serving in a leadership role, Jackson was a high school English teacher, where he started his school’s first AP Lang & Comp program and revived a student-centered, student-produced school newspaper.

Jackson’s tenure in education has sent him as far as China to exchange leadership philosophies as part of Vanderbilt University and Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Principal Leaders Academy of Nashville (PLAN).

Furthermore, Jackson is the creator of the Competitive Teaching Model (CTM), a socio-emotional based teaching strategy that positively impacts students’ perceived sense of belonging and its correlation to student achievement. This model formed the basis for Jackson’s successful TED Talk, A redheaded stepchild’s journey from underdog to advocate.

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  1. How does this teaching strategy positively impact/apply to students with special needs? I live everyday trying to educate my child with Downs Syndrome. How do I apply your Competitive Teaching Model (CTM) to another true underdog? His true sense of belonging is tested every day.

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    • Dennis, your question sits at the top of education’s moral imperative and one of the key reasons I created the CTM. Inclusion rests at the heart of the CTM, where each student’s progress directly correlates to the success of the whole and the mantra “A rising tide lifts all boats…” is exemplified through personalized feedback with collective, synergetic success. Ultimately, the CTM offers all students an opportunity to be a part of an academic team, experiencing the invaluable effects of goal-setting, collaboration and risk-taking. Finally, the model hinges upon teaching students empathy — a trait too often taken for granted in schools yet not an innate emotion.

      Hope this provides some clarity and would be honored to discuss further.


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