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  • Understanding the WISC-V

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/10/2015

    This webinar will provide an overview of the WISC-V, the latest version of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. The differences between the WISC-V and its predecessor, the WISC-IV, will be described. New subtests and index scores will be described along with interpretative information.

    This webinar will provide an overview of the WISC-V, the latest version of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. The differences between the WISC-V and its predecessor, the WISC-IV, will be described. New subtests and index scores will be described along with interpretative information.

    Teri Solochek, Ph.D.

    Certified Educational Planner

    Teri Solochek, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of California. She is a Certified Educational Planner and Educational Consultant, providing services for over 35 years. While no longer practicing psychotherapy, she continues to have a testing practice along with her educational consulting company.

  • The Redesigned SAT & PSAT

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/08/2015

    Add an edge to your educational consulting practice with the most up-to-date information about SAT/ACT changes!

    Add an edge to your educational consulting practice with the most up-to-date information about SAT/ACT changes! Your students and their families will continue to rely on your experience and expertise when it comes to the significant, upcoming SAT and PSAT overhaul. Learn how these sweeping changes will impact your clients. Because the presentation highlights recent and upcoming changes to the ACT as well as the remarkable similarities between it and the redesigned SAT, you'll come away with the tools you need to better guide your students so that they become more savvy planners ― and create the most effective testing calendar for both SAT and ACT.

    Judi Robinovitz

    Certified Educational Planner

    Judi Robinovitz, a Florida-based Certified Educational Planner and IECA professional member, has been guiding students through their college planning for 30+ years. The founding owner of Score At The Top Learning Centers & Schools, a group of five SACS-accredited educational facilities in South Florida, Judi is highly regarded for her expertise in the test-prep industry. Overlapping with her early college-counseling years, Judi worked at Educational Testing Service and served as technical liaison to the College Board. She wrote the College Board's first SAT-prep software and strategy chapters of their original SAT-prep books. With the testing insights she gained there, Judi developed her own test-prep curriculum which she and her tutors follow to inspire thousands of students to achieve significant score gains every year.

  • Red Flags During The Intake Process: Identifying Students with Hidden Learning or Attentional Disorders

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/11/2015

    This webinar will help you identify those students who present as typical but may have significant learning and/or attentional issues.

    Good independent educational consultants (IECs) are charged with piecing together sometimes conflicting or vague information about your students, relying on testing, grades, teacher comments, and parent reporting. The issue is, how do you “surround the truth" to understand the academic profile of the student and ensure the college planning process is a success? When do you need to recommend that your student work with an IEC who specializes in placing LD students? This webinar will help you identify those students who present as typical but may have significant learning and/or attentional issues. We will discuss how to assess a student during an initial client/parent meeting, and how to identify “red flags" in a student's neuropsychological testing, PSAT/SAT tests, school grades, and teacher comments. The webinar will help IECs make sense of the information they have in order to ensure a successful college planning process.

    The webinar will focus on the following:
    • How to identify students who struggle with learning or attentional disorders; what should you observe when you first meet with a student? How can you conduct basic tests to assess a student's reading, writing, and organizational skills?
    • How to read neuropsychological testing to better understand a student's academic skills; why the narrative within an evaluation describing “errors" is vital to understanding a student's academic strengths and weaknesses; how to determine if new testing, or additional testing is needed, and how to work with clinicians to determine which tests are appropriate.
    • How to understand different reading and communication disorders, and their impact on a student's college placement and overall academic success.
    • How to interpret school transcripts and parent/teacher comments to understand a student's academic strengths and weaknesses.
    • How to talk with parents and students about your concerns and observations, and how to outline appropriate next steps when a student appears to have a significant learning and/or attentional challenge.
    • How to identify students who should be referred to an IEC who works primarily with students with learning and/or attentional challenges.

    Carol A. Kinlan

    IECA Presenter

    Carol A. Kinlan is a professional member of IECA. She has numerous years of independent school experience as a faculty member, consultant, and parent, and understands the complexities and nuances of the school and college planning process.

    In addition to expertise in traditional school and college placement, Carol has a comprehensive background in the identification, interpretation and school/college support options for language-based learning and non-verbal learning disorders, and executive function and attentional challenges. She has worked at The Institute for Learning and Development (ILD) in Lexington, Massachusetts, where she conducted neuropsychological assessments and tutored students with weaknesses in reading comprehension, written expression and executive function skills.

    As a frequent guest lecturer at parent and school groups, Carol speaks to middle and high school groups on the impact of executive function weaknesses in teenagers who are in demanding school environments. Carol holds a master's degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education's Mind, Brain and Education Department with a focus on neurocognitive studies. She also holds an MBA in marketing from Boston University and earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism at The University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

  • Awaken Your Inner Therapist: Counseling Insights for IECs

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/14/2015

    As IECs you play many roles with your clients: mediator, mentor, guide, cheerleader, and even therapist. At times a few key counseling techniques can help preserve your sanity and make you more effective with your more challenging clients.

    As IECs you play many roles with your clients: mediator, mentor, guide, cheerleader, and even therapist. At times a few key counseling techniques can help preserve your sanity and make you more effective with your more challenging clients. Let's discuss some simple, yet powerful interventions you can bring to your practice: reading family systems, attending to your clients using a variety of informational channels, preserving healthy boundaries, spotting parental projections, and honoring the developmental needs of your students. We'll examine some key insights from Adlerian, Cognitive Behavioral, and Hakomi therapy and leave you with specific interventions to bring to your practice.

    Jed Applerouth

    Founder and CEO, Applerouth Tutoring Services

    Jed Applerouth is a teacher and an educational innovator. A Nationally Certified Counselor with a PhD in Educational Psychology, Jed has researched student cognition, memory, motivation, and learning strategies to enhance the pedagogical strategies of Applerouth Tutoring Services. Jed is also a trained artist. He has found a way to merge his counseling and educational insights, visual talents, and whimsical sense of humor into a highly effective and original method for teaching academic subjects and preparing students for college and grad school admissions tests. Jed continually seeks new ways to improve the methods and materials of ATS, researching the most innovative pedagogical strategies to keep his tutors on the cutting edge of the education industry. No stranger to assessments, Jed scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT and a super-scored 36 on the ACT.

  • College Poor No More

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/09/2015

    College students are often poor. Attendees will learn savings tips in this webinar to help their students avoid common money shortages and teach them how to get the most out of the dollars they have. Valuable advice will be given for students on how to budget, cut costs, and be frugal while still having fun.

    College students are often poor. Attendees will learn savings tips in this webinar to help their students avoid common money shortages and teach them how to get the most out of the dollars they have. Valuable advice will be given for students on how to budget, cut costs, and be frugal while still having fun.

    Michelle Perry Higgins

    California Financial Advisors

    Michelle Perry Higgins is a financial planner and Principal of California Financial Advisors in San Ramon, California. She is also a best-selling author and a frequent public speaker on retirement planning, investments, wealth management, college education funding, estate planning and insurance. She advises executive professionals into retirement and her passion for finance has helped hundreds of individuals better understand the process of investing and fiscal planning.

    Michelle was ranked in the Top 50 Women-Owned RIAs in 2013, Top 25 Women RIAs in 2012 and 2014, and a Top 40 Under 40 by WealthManagement.com. She has appeared on CNBC and CBS, quoted in Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, The Los Angeles Times, Examiner.com, and is a Wall Street Journal Expert Panelist.

    Michelle is the author of three books: College Poor No More; The Everything Binder; and Stocks, Bonds & Soccer Moms (all available in the IECA Bookstore).

    She graduated from Saint Mary's College with a concentration in business administration and economics. Michelle is a member of the Saint Mary's College Women's Leadership Council, as it is her passion to give back by mentoring young women and helping to raise scholarship funds.

  • The Better College Essay

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/12/2015

    This webinar is for new and seasoned independent educational consultants who want to learn more about mentoring students with college admissions essays.

    This webinar is for new and seasoned independent educational consultants who want to learn more about mentoring students with college admissions essays. Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Stone, she will share research on adolescent social cognition and its relationship to the writing of the autobiographical narrative, as well as providing tips and techniques for working with students of all ability levels. If you've become overwhelmed by the variety of essays students are asked to write, are worried about helping "too much," or would like to learn more about helping students get to a wonderful final draft, please join in.

    Dr. Elizabeth Stone

    Executive Director, Campanile College Counseling, Inc.

    Dr. Stone is the executive director of Campanile College Counseling, Inc., a comprehensive educational consulting program based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving students across the U.S. and internationally. Campanile works with students of all ages and abilities, and their parents, with a focus on school counseling and college admission. She holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from U.C. Berkeley, teaches in the U.C. Berkeley Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning, and is an IECA Professional member. She received the IECA Foundation's Irving Katz Memorial Award for community service in 2011. She has published widely on higher education and is the author of "The Better College Essay: Fitting in and Standing Out" (Wintergreen Orchard House, 2014).

  • Serving the Needs of Homeschooled Students

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/09/2014

    Attendees will learn tips on how to help homeschooled families navigate the college admissions process.

    Attendees will learn tips on how to help homeschooled families navigate the college admissions process.

    Barbara Rapaport

    IECA Presenter

    Barbara Rapaport is an independent educational consultant based in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. She has mentored homeschooling families for over 20 years, including homeschooling her own children through high school. In 2002, she co-founded E-cubed: Experience, Explore, Educate teen homeschool group, and continues to mentor teen leaders as they create and implement group activities. Barbara lectures locally on Homeschooling through High School and the College Admissions Process for Homeschoolers.

    She serves on the advisory boards of the New Jersey Homeschool Association and the Princeton Learning Cooperative, a center that helps teenagers live and learn without school by supporting them as they create personalized educations based on their interests, abilities and goals. For the past nine years, Barbara has coached a team of high school homeschoolers in New Jersey's Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition.

    Barbara holds a B.A. in American Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University and the Post Graduate Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA.

  • College, Learning Disabilities

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/11/2014

    This webinar will be helpful for parents and professionals working with students with ASD who are considering college, as well as students with ASD preparing to go to college or already attending college.

    More and more students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or learning differences are able to attend college. This webinar is based on the presenter's bestseller, "Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome: A Parent's Guide to Student Success." She discusses strategies for preparing the student for the transition to college; the importance of self-advocacy and self-disclosure in the college setting; the supports that a student may need while in college; and the importance of learning functional skills to be as independent as possible.

    This webinar will be helpful for parents and professionals working with students with ASD who are considering college, as well as students with ASD preparing to go to college or already attending college.

    Learning objectives:
    1. Learn how parents and professionals can help prepare the student with ASD for the transition to college.
    2. Learn about the importance of self-advocacy in college.
    3. Learn what supports are available in the college setting and how the student can access those supports.
    4. Learn about common difficulties for students with ASD in the college setting.

    Ann Palmer

    Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD)

    Ann Palmer is the parent of a 31-year-old son with autism. She is a faculty member at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and is the former director of advocacy and chapter support for the Autism Society of North Carolina. She was the parent support coordinator for Division TEACCH for 14 years, developing and coordinating a parent mentor program that served more than 800 families in North Carolina. Ann is also the author of: "Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum: Unexpected Lessons We've Learned," co-authored with Maureen Morrell, "A Friend's and Relative's Guide to Supporting the Family with Autism: How Can I Help?" and co-authored "Families of Children with Autism: What Educational Professionals Should Know." Ann has presented internationally and in the U.S. including the Autism Society of America National Conference, the Kate Welling Disability Lecture Series, the TACCLD Annual Conference, the MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome Annual Conference, and the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) Annual Conference.

  • Nail Your College Essay

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/10/2014

    This webinar will share the techniques and materials used to help students “nail their college essay.” The technique being presented has worked to widen students’ views and encourage them to write the kinds of stories, in their own voices, that can sometimes make the difference in having an admission’s officer truly see who they are. A student will be part of the webinar to interact in the process as it is discussed and demonstrated.

    This webinar will share the techniques and materials used to help students “nail their college essay." The technique being presented has worked to widen students' views and encourage them to write the kinds of stories, in their own voices, that can sometimes make the difference in having an admission's officer truly see who they are. A student will be part of the webinar to interact in the process as it is discussed and demonstrated.

    Objectives of this webinar are, using the Socratic method, to have IECs:
    • Understand the nature of a college essay;
    • Guide a student to find his or her voice, and his or her own story;
    • Learn techniques to help a student through different stages of the development process;
    • Help a student find a “so what" purposeful ending;
    • Become a supportive, eager audience for the essay.

    Jan Rooker

    IECA, (CT)

    Jan Rooker, IECA (CT) has worked as an independent educational consultant for 15 years and has helped hundreds of students successfully navigated the college essay process.
    She published “Nail Your College Essay” in 2009. Jan earned a B.A. in English from Cornell University; an M.A. in Education from Stanford University; and an M.Ed. in Psychology from Columbia University.

  • Beyond Financial Aid: Funding Strategies for Non-Need Based Families

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/08/2014

    Maximizing a family’s financial resources is a critical part of the college decision process. Every April families face the reality of the college acceptance and the financial aid award. With college costs increasing and many college financial options available, families are looking for clarity on the best ways to pay for their child’s education. Attendees will learn the answers to the college cost saving options available for all client families, particularly non-need based clients. This presentation will bring personal financial interest to the college decision.

    Maximizing a family's financial resources is a critical part of the college decision process. Every April families face the reality of the college acceptance and the financial aid award. With college costs increasing and many college financial options available, families are looking for clarity on the best ways to pay for their child's education. Attendees will learn the answers to the college cost saving options available for all client families, particularly non-need based clients. This presentation will bring personal financial interest to the college decision.

    Fred Amrein

    IECA Presenter

    Fred Amrein is a fee-only financial advisor with expertise in college funding, and is the founder of collegeaffordability.com. His knowledge of personal financial strategies and the entire financial aid process allows him to answer the questions that the college financial aid officers cannot. Fred brings unique and independent insight to college saving plans, educational tax strategies, and alternative financing expertise that help families lower their cost of education. In addition to college funding, Fred can provide student loan repayment and loan forgiveness solutions that graduates face once they complete their education. His comprehensive process helps families understand the financial outcome of their specific college decision.

    Allynwood Academy is an accredited, nonsectarian boarding school for students in grades 9 – 12 that builds on the 35-year tradition of The Family Foundation School in providing exceptional college preparatory education with individualized platforms of therapeutic support and independence.

    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.


    CollegeWebLD is a searchable database that allows educational consultants, school counselors, prospective students and parents to view, search, and compare the disability support services available at U.S. colleges and universities. We have asked all of the right questions, so you can make the right decision.

    Hillside School is committed to providing structured, supportive, and challenging academic opportunities for young adolescent boys, both traditional learners and those with learning differences, in preparation for secondary school.