By Jane Taylor | September 29, 2020 | Coaching and Support
Category: Coaching and Support
By Jane Taylor | September 9, 2020 | Coaching and Support
We are delighted to report the success of our Summer Cohort! During this extraordinary time, we achieved a simultaneous in-person and virtual four-week program in one of the most resilient cities in the country. And our students got what they needed. Our program ended up being exactly what our students are about to experience as they start school within the next several days.
When we originally envisioned the Cohort in December of 2019, we scoured the academic landscape for outstanding college-readiness models that would help students who learning differently.
Pattern disruption has long been a recognized method for creating positive change. The Socrates character in Dan Millman’s Way of the Peaceful Warrior puts it this way: “You have many habits that weaken you. The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
As humans, we are all creatures of habit – we drink coffee in the mornings,» Read more about: Using Disruption to Create Positive Change »
By Jane Taylor | August 3, 2020 | Coaching and Support
Self-advocacy is the key to getting accommodations in college. In high school, most students with learning differences are accustomed to having services come to them, in fact this approach in mandated by law. In college, this model is flipped on its head. Students are on their own. The U.S. Depart of Education spells it out this way, “Students in institutions of postsecondary education are responsible for notifying institution staff of their disability should they need academic adjustments.» Read more about: Need Accommodations? Get Self-Advocacy. »
Resilience is the ability to adapt and thrive despite adversity. We all need it. The pandemic has been a global demonstration of our need for resilience. Those businesses and organizations that have adapted to the unprecedented difficulties we all face are more likely to survive those difficulties; some of them will even thrive. On a smaller, more personal scale, the cultivation and development of resilience is one of the primary predictors of college success.
According to psychologist,» Read more about: Building Resilience: How do we do it? »
By Jane Taylor | July 21, 2020 | Coaching and Support
As the fall semester approaches, our Summer Cohort is underway, and our phones and video chats are busy. Parents want to know what distinguishes Focus Collegiate from other organizations that support college students with learning differences. Simply put, our biggest differentiator is Boundless Support. We provide comprehensive, relational, integrated, boundless support.
No one can truly predict how much time or support an individual student will need at any given time. There is no recipe or construct to ‘fix’ an approach or behavior.» Read more about: Boundless Support: What does it really mean? »
By Jane Taylor | July 13, 2020 | Coaching and Support
We are pleased to welcome Shawna Graichen to Summer Cohort, our four-week college-readiness experience July 18-August 15. As Student Skills Specialists, Shawna’s focus is student self-care emphasizing essential life skills in a college setting. She will provide daily direct support to Focus Collegiate students in the areas of organizational and life-skills building based on individual strengths and student-defined goals.
Shawna is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist who after gaining her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Simmons University discovered her preference for working with people over working with cells.» Read more about: Focus Collegiate Welcomes Student Skills Specialist Shawna Graichen to its Summer Cohort »
By Jane Taylor | May 5, 2020 | Coaching and Support
Lockdown and distance learning are teaching us a fundamentally different way of having a relationship. Like our students, we’ve had to be flexible. Life online requires greater focus and diligence, but by sticking to our approach of being very intentional about the time we spend with our students, we have been able to keep our relationships healthy and productive.» Read more about: Resonant Relationships in the Viral Age »
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