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  • Enhance Student Success and Wellbeing By Fostering Resilience and Healthy Coping

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/09/2016

    Educators cannot control all risk factors that impact students, but by increasing protective factors related to resilience we increase the opportunity for students to engage in confident coping in the face of adverse events leading to a healthier, happier, more successful college experience. The presenter will provide specific constructs that can be taught to help foster resilience. By building on the individual’s strengths, this resilience model takes a holistic approach to overcoming life’s challenges. Everyone can live a happier, healthier life when provided with the proper information and guidance to realize their resilience.

    Educators cannot control all risk factors that impact students, but by increasing protective factors related to resilience we increase the opportunity for students to engage in confident coping in the face of adverse events leading to a healthier, happier, more successful college experience. The presenter will provide specific constructs that can be taught to help foster resilience. By building on the individual's strengths, this resilience model takes a holistic approach to overcoming life's challenges. Everyone can live a happier, healthier life when provided with the proper information and guidance to realize their resilience.

    Delvina Miremadi-Baldino, Ph.D., Ed.M., CAPP

    Director of Research and Program Development at Life Advantages LLC

    Miremadi-Baldino is director of Research and Program Development at Life Advantages LLC, where she applies over ten years of experience specializing in resilience education and program development. Her extensive training in education and psychology (human development and positive psychology) places her at the forefront of promoting resilience. She has dedicated her career to being a change agent through education, research, and developing innovative tools to help increase resilience and improve the lives of adolescents and young adults. She received her EdM from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology; earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Simmons College, focusing her research on academic resilience in higher education; and recently completed her Certificate in Positive Psychology (CAPP).

    A special note of appreciation to our Sponsors, who have made possible the development of our webinar series through their generous support:

    Applerouth Tutoring Services Since 2001 has helped thousands of students attain the scores they needed to secure spots at their top-choice schools. With our cutting edge methods and best-in-class tutors, we have helped our students attain consistently outstanding score improvements.

    Fusion Academy is a revolutionary accredited private school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. We are a non-traditional community of learning that personalizes and customizes teaching methods and curriculum for middle and high school students.


  • What's New in The Common App

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The Common Application has long been a leader in the college application transaction--that point in time where students complete and submit an application. Now, with nearly 700 member colleges and a user base of over 1 million students and recommenders, the association is building on its 4-decade legacy by collaborating with educators, researchers, foundations, and like-minded organizations to expand educational opportunities for all students. Join this discussion to learn more about the improvements and enhancements planned for 2016-2017 and how you can use Common App's educational resources as a powerful, flexible advising tool.

    The Common Application has long been a leader in the college application transaction--that point in time where students complete and submit an application. Now, with nearly 700 member colleges and a user base of over 1 million students and recommenders, the association is building on its 4-decade legacy by collaborating with educators, researchers, foundations, and like-minded organizations to expand educational opportunities for all students. Join this discussion to learn more about the improvements and enhancements planned for 2016-2017 and how you can use Common App's educational resources as a powerful, flexible advising tool.

    Meredith Lombardi

    The Common Application

    Meredith Lombardi is the education outreach manager with The Common Application, where she engages with students and the counseling community to ensure Common App tools and resources are relevant and support college readiness initiatives. Prior to joining The Common App, Meredith worked as a high school counselor in Washington, DC and Georgia. Meredith holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Emory University and a master's degree in education from The University of Maryland, College Park.

    Scott Anderson

    The Common Application

    Scott Anderson is senior director for education and partnerships at The Common Application. He worked for nine years as a secondary school college counselor, and in the admission offices of Cornell University and Vassar College. He holds a BA in English from the University of Virginia and an MEd from the University of Vermont. Scott is a past chair of NACAC's Admission Practices Committee.

    Jenny Umhofer (Moderator)

    Moderator

    Jenny Umhofer, IECA Associate (CA)

    Jenny is the owner and founder of Colledge. A graduate of UCLA, she has worked in college admissions since 1996. She began her career in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, where she reviewed thousands of college applications. She also served as the assistant director of college admissions at Caltech and the associate director of college admissions at Scripps College. Jenny has been active in NACAC and serves as an assembly delegate member of WACAC. She produces and hosts the local NPR radio program Access College on KPFK in Los Angeles that provides the public with information about college admissions and better access to higher education.

    A special note of appreciation to our Sponsors, who have made possible the development of our webinar series through their generous support:

    Applerouth Tutoring Services Since 2001 has helped thousands of students attain the scores they needed to secure spots at their top-choice schools. With our cutting edge methods and best-in-class tutors, we have helped our students attain consistently outstanding score improvements.

    Fusion Academy is a revolutionary accredited private school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. We are a non-traditional community of learning that personalizes and customizes teaching methods and curriculum for middle and high school students.


  • Significant Shifting Sands: The Coalition and Common Application

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/12/2016

    The introduction of the Coalition College Application and major changes to the Common Application have significantly shifted the sands of the application landscape of 2016. Examining the purpose, the participant colleges, the application and how it compares to the Common Application, the presenters will discuss the shifting sands and give tips for guiding college advisors to firm ground in 2016.

    The introduction of the Coalition College Application and major changes to the Common Application have significantly shifted the sands of the application landscape of 2016. Examining the purpose, the participant colleges, the application and how it compares to the Common Application, the presenters will discuss the shifting sands and give tips for guiding college advisors to firm ground in 2016.

    Learning objectives: We will cover the following topics:

    • Who belongs to the Coalition? Review of the membership by several different criteria.
    • What is the Coalition application?
    • What is difference between the Common Application and the Coalition application?
    • Which application should students use?

    Cyndy McDonald, MA/PPS, IECA (CA)

    GuidedPath

    Cyndy is first and foremost an educator. She has over 20 years of experience in college counseling. She has served as a consultant for the Fresno County Office of Education, training teachers, administrators and counselor in a six county region on college planning, access, financial aid, and careers. She is a leader in several professional organizations. Cyndy is also an entrepreneur; in 2005 she founded MyCCA.net, which became GuidedPath in 2012, an online college counseling platform.

    Rebecca Joseph, PhD, IECA (CA)

    Cal State LA

    Rebecca has been an IEC for the past 15 years and is also a tenured professor at Cal State LA, where she trains urban teachers and works with first generation college students. Currently a 2016 Unsung Hero of LA County for her work and service, she believes all students should have the option of a college education and does everything she can to help students, communities, and schools. She is an expert in college admissions, especially essays, and gives workshops around the country. She works with private clients and shepherds them through their college readiness journeys. She is also the founder and creator of All College Application Essays, the only app with college application requirements for more than 800 colleges.

    A special note of appreciation to our Sponsors, who have made possible the development of our webinar series through their generous support:

    Applerouth Tutoring Services Since 2001 has helped thousands of students attain the scores they needed to secure spots at their top-choice schools. With our cutting edge methods and best-in-class tutors, we have helped our students attain consistently outstanding score improvements.

    Fusion Academy is a revolutionary accredited private school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. We are a non-traditional community of learning that personalizes and customizes teaching methods and curriculum for middle and high school students.


  • Working with Chinese Clients the IECA Way

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/14/2016

    There is a growing need among IECs and our school/college partners to grasp the implications and ramifications of the overwhelming presence of Chinese candidates we are presently experiencing. We are struggling to manage the sheer number of applicants and make appropriate decisions which are fair and equitable both to these students and to our institutions. Regardless of where we might be in our understanding of this phenomenon, it is upon us and we must have answers.

    There is a growing need among IECs and our school/college partners to grasp the implications and ramifications of the overwhelming presence of Chinese candidates we are presently experiencing. We are struggling to manage the sheer number of applicants and make appropriate decisions which are fair and equitable both to these students and to our institutions. Regardless of where we might be in our understanding of this phenomenon, it is upon us and we must have answers. It is imperative that we open and maintain conversations with those who work with and support these students and their families; that they comprehend the necessity of ethical independent educational consulting. Either we insist categorically on principles of good practice or we and our work will be marginalized by those whose methods and values do not equate to or respect those we so fervently espouse.

    The webinar will address this information and much more:

    • A brief overview of the Chinese system of education: elementary, middle school, high school, and college
    • The requirements/examinations necessary to advance through the various grade levels
    • The imbalance between the sheer numbers of those who seek places in elite schools and what presently exists countrywide
    • What's coming in the next 10 to 20 yearsWhat is the perceived role and charge for IECA

    Dr. Mei Xue

    Associate Professor of Operations Management, Carroll School of Boston College

    Dr. Xue is an associate (tenured) professor of Operations Management at the Carroll School of Boston College. She holds a PhD in Applied Economics and Management Sciences from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the founder and president of 3WYC, an internet education technology company founded in Delaware and headquartered in Shenzhen, China. The company's underlying principle is to provide proper, ethical guidance to Chinese students wishing to further their educational careers in the US. For that reason, 3WYC from its inception has adopted and adhered to IECA's Principles of Good Practice. It is the company's mission to establish and promote these same principles as the standard and only acceptable practice for any educational consultancy or agency operating either in China and/or serving Chinese clients.

    Lloyd Paradiso

    Founding Member, IECA

    Lloyd Paradiso, IECA (PA) is a founding member and past president of IECA, has been an IECA member from 1976 to 1989 and again from 1998 until present. He is a former teacher, coach, administrator, and department head at the secondary level and a college adjunct professor. He earned a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College and a master's degree from Middlebury College; completed the course work and written examinations for a doctorate in educational administration and psychological services at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education; and is a Certified Educational Planner. He is a member of NACAC, PACAC, SACAC International ACAC (formerly OACAC), SSATB, and TABS.

    A special note of appreciation to our Sponsors, who have made possible the development of our webinar series through their generous support:

    Applerouth Tutoring Services Since 2001 has helped thousands of students attain the scores they needed to secure spots at their top-choice schools. With our cutting edge methods and best-in-class tutors, we have helped our students attain consistently outstanding score improvements.

    Fusion Academy is a revolutionary accredited private school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. We are a non-traditional community of learning that personalizes and customizes teaching methods and curriculum for middle and high school students.


  • Disabilities & Accommodations in the Modern Day University: Who is attending and how do we accommodate?

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/10/2016

    This webinar will take an educational approach to discussing the different requirements, expectations, treatments and responsibilities that a student will face during and after the transition.

    Transitioning can be overwhelming for most students and their families. Add a diagnosed disability and the transition can become one filled with anxiety and fear of the unknown. Understanding the difference between high school and college settings when it comes to accommodations can be confusing and potentially even frustrating. This webinar will take an educational approach to discussing the different requirements, expectations, treatments and responsibilities that a student will face during and after the transition.

    Webinar Objectives
    • Learn the difference between secondary and postsecondary governing laws regarding disabilities
    • Establish who can identify in postsecondary educational systems
    • Understand the differing roles and responsibilities of the student, faculty, ADA coordinator, and parents
    • Discover the difference between accommodations and modifications at the postsecondary level
    • Gain an understanding of the (generalized) process of gaining accommodations at the postsecondary level
    • Learn the types of services that are available on most campuses to assist with a wide variety of invisible vs. visible disabilities.

    Stacey Hearn

    ADA Specialist, Lynn University

    Stacey Hearn has spent more than a decade assisting students and their families with the transition to postsecondary educational institutions. She is Lynn University's ADA specialist, an adjunct professor with the College of Arts & Sciences, and a senior academic coach and speaker. Hearn has provided presentations on coaching, ADA, and the transition to a university setting. She has also presented at Noel Levitz and ACO web series, The Stimulus Driven Brain podcast series, CHADD, and Lynn University's annual faculty development sessions. Hearn holds an MS in Psychology, an MEd, and is a Board Certified Coach. She is an active member in the ACO, CHADD, ICF, the Edge Foundation, and the ACA.

    A special note of appreciation to our Sponsors, who have made possible the development of our webinar series through their generous support:

    Applerouth Tutoring Services Since 2001 has helped thousands of students attain the scores they needed to secure spots at their top-choice schools. With our cutting edge methods and best-in-class tutors, we have helped our students attain consistently outstanding score improvements.

    Fusion Academy is a revolutionary accredited private school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. We are a non-traditional community of learning that personalizes and customizes teaching methods and curriculum for middle and high school students.


  • Test Prep for Students with Learning Differences

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/12/2016

    This webinar will cover study tips and test prep strategies for middle and high school students who have learning disabilities or other special needs. Mr. Avila will focus on students ultimately gearing up for standardized tests such the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT.

    This webinar will cover study tips and test prep strategies for middle and high school students who have learning disabilities or other special needs. Mr. Avila will focus on students ultimately gearing up for standardized tests such the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT.

    Alexis Avila

    MS Counseling Psychology

    Alexis is a certified PreK-12 guidance counselor and fulltime private tutor who founded Prepped & Polished, a Boston-based tutoring service that offers in-person and online tutoring and test preparation for students of all ages.

    A special note of appreciation to our Sponsors, who have made possible the development of our webinar series through their generous support:

    Applerouth Tutoring Services Since 2001 has helped thousands of students attain the scores they needed to secure spots at their top-choice schools. With our cutting edge methods and best-in-class tutors, we have helped our students attain consistently outstanding score improvements.

    Fusion Academy is a revolutionary accredited private school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. We are a non-traditional community of learning that personalizes and customizes teaching methods and curriculum for middle and high school students.


  • Insight into the Underperforming Student

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/08/2016

    This webinar will explore the most common cognitive reasons for underperformance and potential identification options. Specific suggestions will be provided for learning strategies to support the student to reach his or her potential.

    Educators often notice a differential between a student's perceived potential and the actual academic performance. It is the educator's goal to understand how to effectively remediate difficulties to enable the student to succeed. Often times there are discrete cognitive skills that impede a student's ability to learn efficiently. This webinar will explore the most common cognitive reasons for underperformance and potential identification options. Specific suggestions will be provided for learning strategies to support the student to reach his or her potential.

    In this context, cognitive skills include processing speed, executive functions, complex reasoning and episodic memory.

    Dr. Wendy Matthews

    Clinical Psychologist

    Dr. Wendy Matthews is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years in private practice in Princeton, NJ. She specializes in children and adolescent therapy and psychoeducational evaluations. Wendy received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, with postdoctoral work at Harvard University. She is the author of a book on children's sex-role development and numerous scientific papers dealing with child development, developmental disabilities, and child abuse and neglect. She has taught extensively at schools such as The New School for Social Research, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers; The State University of New Jersey; and Princeton University.

    Nancy Weinstein

    Founder and CEO, Mindprint Learning

    Nancy Weinstein is the Founder and CEO of Mindprint Learning, an educational technology company specializing in cognitive solutions for children ages eight through college. Prior to Mindprint, Nancy had industry experience at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Disney Corporate Strategic Planning and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Nancy has a BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    A special note of appreciation to our Sponsors, who have made possible the development of our webinar series through their generous support:

    Applerouth Tutoring Services Since 2001 has helped thousands of students attain the scores they needed to secure spots at their top-choice schools. With our cutting edge methods and best-in-class tutors, we have helped our students attain consistently outstanding score improvements.

    Fusion Academy is a revolutionary accredited private school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. We are a non-traditional community of learning that personalizes and customizes teaching methods and curriculum for middle and high school students.


  • The North American Boarding Initiative

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/09/2016

    In this webinar, TABS Executive Director, Pete Upham, and TABS Director of Member Relations, Andy Hirt, will update attendees on the initiative and answer questions. They will also address how the plan can—and will—endeavor to engage the IECA consultant community of schools consultants.

    The North American Boarding Initiative (NABI) is an exciting step forward for the boarding schools industry. A first for independent schools, NABI is a collective action of close to 270 TABS schools in the US and Canada, to raise awareness, and ultimately domestic boarding enrollment. Through work in four core dimensions (market research, branding, communication, and events, grassroots activations, and school innovation and improvement), NABI addresses the decline in domestic boarding amongst TABS schools in a diverse, comprehensive, strategic fashion over a period of five years. The key goal? Growing domestic boarding by 2,000 students in five years. In this webinar, TABS Executive Director, Pete Upham, and TABS Director of Member Relations, Andy Hirt, will update attendees on the initiative and answer questions. They will also address how the plan can—and will—endeavor to engage the IECA consultant community of schools consultants.

    Peter W. Upham

    Executive Director, TABS

    Pete has been Executive Director of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) since 2007. Earlier in his career, Pete spent thirteen years in boarding school administration and teaching, the last six as Assistant Head of School at Asheville School in North Carolina. Before his appointment at TABS, Pete was the owner and principal of CWJ Consulting, assisting schools, educational organizations, and non-profits in strategy, advancement, and planning. Pete was educated at Hotchkiss School. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar and National Merit Scholar, and earned his MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently completing a doctorate. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.

    Andrew Hirt

    Director of Member Relations, TABS

    A career admission pro, Andy joined the TABS team in 2013 as the association's first Director of Member Relations. Prior to TABS, Andy served as Director of Admission at Brooks School (MA) and Asheville School (NC). A proud graduate of nearby Christchurch School (VA), Andy received his BA in English from Wittenberg University (OH) and is presently earning his Master's degree at Wesleyan University (CT). He lives in Asheville with his wife, Ali, and son, Brody.

    A special note of appreciation to our Sponsors, who have made possible the development of our webinar series through their generous support:

    Applerouth Tutoring Services Since 2001 has helped thousands of students attain the scores they needed to secure spots at their top-choice schools. With our cutting edge methods and best-in-class tutors, we have helped our students attain consistently outstanding score improvements.

    Fusion Academy is a revolutionary accredited private school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. We are a non-traditional community of learning that personalizes and customizes teaching methods and curriculum for middle and high school students.


  • Small Changes, Big Results: Improve Your Essay Process in the Off-Season

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/12/2016

    Wow Writing Workshop CEO Susan Knoppow, a national authority on the college essay and a trusted advisor to IECs, school counselors, and English teachers, will discuss these and other crucial issues and show you how to proactively address them. No gimmicks. No cookie-cutter solutions. She will share tip sheets and guidelines to help you evaluate your practice now, so you can make small but substantial changes before you hit the busy season.

    Your practice is unique, and your clientele is unique. But you and other IECs around the country face similar challenges in the essay-coaching process, regardless of your level of experience or confidence:

    • Students feel confused about buzzwords like passion, leadership, initiative and authenticity. They say they have nothing to write because nothing significant or unique has ever happened to them.
    • Well-meaning adults (including parents and English teachers) offer students confusing or incorrect advice, undoing weeks of hard work and undermining your expertise.
    • Students fall in love with their essays too soon, and either can't or won't revise, leading to frustration and anxiety for everyone involved.
    • Students put so much time and effort into their personal statements, they slack off on supplemental essays and miss important opportunities to stand out.

    Wow Writing Workshop CEO Susan Knoppow, a national authority on the college essay and a trusted advisor to IECs, school counselors, and English teachers, will discuss these and other crucial issues and show you how to proactively address them. No gimmicks. No cookie-cutter solutions. She will share tip sheets and guidelines to help you evaluate your practice now, so you can make small but substantial changes before you hit the busy season.

    Susan Knoppow

    CEO, Wow Writing Workshop

    Susan Knoppow can turn the most daunting writing challenge into a series of simple steps. In addition to guiding students through the college-essay writing process herself, she conducts workshops for independent educational consultants, school counselors and English teachers to help them work more effectively with their own students. An accomplished speechwriter, instructional designer, and copywriter, Susan understands audiences as diverse as worried parents, grant review committees and corporate stakeholders, having worked with a range of manufacturers, health care organizations, small businesses and nonprofits over the last 25 years. She is a published poet and essayist with a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan and an MFA in writing from Vermont College.

    A special note of appreciation to our Sponsors, who have made possible the development of our webinar series through their generous support:

    Applerouth Tutoring Services Since 2001 has helped thousands of students attain the scores they needed to secure spots at their top-choice schools. With our cutting edge methods and best-in-class tutors, we have helped our students attain consistently outstanding score improvements.

    Fusion Academy is a revolutionary accredited private school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. We are a non-traditional community of learning that personalizes and customizes teaching methods and curriculum for middle and high school students.


  • The Latest Trends in Independent Educational Consulting

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/08/2015

    Mark will discuss the latest trends of independent educational consulting, the results of IECA's 2015 state of the profession survey, and our most recent strategic planning survey.

    Mark will discuss the latest trends of independent educational consulting, the results of IECA's 2015 state of the profession survey, and our most recent strategic planning survey.

    Mark Sklarow

    Chief Executive Officer, IECA

    Mark Sklarow has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Educational Association for over 20 years. During that time he is credited with raising standards, increasing services and educational programming, and with dramatic growth in membership and public awareness of the profession. He holds a BA and an MA in Political Marketing and Educational Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia. Early in his career he taught political science and other social science at the collegiate and high school level. Mark came to Washington, DC as Program Director, then Acting Executive Director of Presidential Classroom, a national civic education organization. He has also served as director of Creative Response and City at Peace, programs which promoted cultural understanding and non-violence. Outside of IECA, Mark has served as President of the Board of his synagogue, and has two daughters with his wife, Mindy. He is a frequent writer, blogger, and presenter on education issues.