10 Reasons to Choose Beyond BookSmart
Beyond BookSmart supports struggling students, providing them with tools and strategies for academic and lifelong success. Whether a child has learning differences, has been diagnosed with ADHD, or is simply overwhelmed by a demanding workload, our coaches promote and strengthen a broad range of critical Executive Function skills. These skills include: organization, time management, focus, planning, prioritization, reflection and many others — all skills that students use throughout their academic careers and lives.
Why are we are so effective?
1) Superior Qualifications
Our Executive Function coaches have Master’s degrees or beyond. Most are current or former special education teachers, speech and language pathologists, classroom teachers or school psychologists, and they all have experience working one-to-one with students. Our coaches participate in comprehensive training developed by our in-house Professional Development Team. We provide ongoing opportunities to our coaches to expand their expertise and continue to refine their coaching practices.
2) Extensive Preparation
We apprise ourselves on your child’s challenges through reviewing any supporting documentation you can provide prior to meeting with you and your child for the intake. During the intake process, we interview you and your child to learn more about your child’s challenges. We determine coaching priorities, discuss expectations and how we measure improvement, and answer any of your questions. After the Intake Coordinator gathers all of the necessary information, we carefully choose the best coach for your child. Your child’s coach then reviews that information and plans out the goals and approach for the first coaching session based on the research we’ve done.
3) Strong Relationships
The Executive Function coach is first and foremost an educator who strives to guide and support each student in his or her effort to succeed in school and beyond. Educators ourselves, we know that to be successful in our work, our students need a strong relationship with their coach. We therefore work hard to ensure a good student-coach match.
4) Consistent Communication
We believe in communicating with you on a regular basis to keep you updated on your child’s progress. We have developed a secure, online portal for parents to check on student priorities, as well as track which tools and strategies were introduced or discussed in coaching sessions. While we empower students to self-advocate, we are available to attend school meetings to support families and with your consent, we welcome communication and collaboration with other professionals (your child's teacher, psychologist, psychiatrist, or his/her school psychologist, for example) on how best to meet your child’s academic needs.
5) Customized Coaching
We develop a personalized coaching plan for each student based on that student’s challenges and priorities. We take into account his or her readiness to tackle each of these challenges and develop a plan based on our constantly expanding knowledge of the most effective apps, tools, and academic success strategies. Our coaches get to know your child’s interests and motivational triggers and incorporate these into coaching sessions as well. We customize our coaching to each individual student and have a structured and field-tested system that drives our personalized approach.
6) Breadth and Depth of Expertise
Through over 10 years of research, Beyond BookSmart has developed a database of over 375 of the most effective apps, tools and strategies that are indexed according to specific Executive Function skills. All of our coaches are well versed in how best to use these in the most effective way for their students based on their mindsets.
7) A Behavioral Coaching Model
Beyond BookSmart pioneered the method of varying an academic coach's strategic approach to a student based on that student’s mindset. Our model is based on the Transtheoretical Model of Change (Prochaska, 1979; Prochaska, Velicer, DiClemente, & Fava, 1988). This model has been adopted by numerous organizations worldwide due to its efficacy in helping people overcome resistance to change. It views change as a process and supports your child’s progression through specific stages (or mindsets) necessary to achieving substantial and meaningful change. Based on that, our academic coaches are not only able to support students who are prepared to take action, but also those who are not yet ready to change their behavior.
8) Exceptional Supervision and Professional Support
As coaches and leaders, we are constantly reflecting on what works and what doesn’t work so that we continue to improve our Executive Function coaching practice. Not only do our educators benefit from extensive and ongoing training provided by Beyond BookSmart, but unlike a single practitioner coach, our coaches are supervised by a senior level Executive Function coach. Supervision provides both 1:1 mentoring support to coaches as well as opportunities to work together as a team to consult about challenging issues that may arise during coaching sessions. In addition, our highly qualified Leadership Team is readily accessible to our staff.
9) Convenience and Comfort
With Beyond BookSmart, you will not need to drive to an office to receive Executive Function coaching. Our coaches work 1:1 with your child, face-to-face online or in your home, which is both convenient and effective. Whether online or in-person, we work with students in their workspace, helping them learn to manage distractions and to organize their space while teaching them critical academic strategies for long-term success.
We recognize that you are sharing personal information, and we respect and protect your records and information. Any documentation you share is only shared with the coach, the intake coordinator, and our Operations Manager to help us match your child to an Executive Function coach that's the best fit based on your child's academic challenges, priorities and goals.
Find out how Executive Function coaching can benefit your child.