Beyond BookSmart empowers students to manage themselves effectively both in school and beyond by providing tools, strategies and mentoring that lead to a lifetime of success.
Beyond BookSmart will share its knowledge and skills so that all people can manage the complexities of a changing world with calm, a sense of purpose, and a sincere interest in helping others.
These days, most people struggle to keep up with the intense flow of information and multiple buckets they manage. We do too, at times! That’s why we have researched, compiled and created tools and strategies that allow us to be as effective as possible. In addition, we base our work on the well-established research of Dr. James Prochaska, who developed the Transtheoretical Model of Change, which shows that particular strategies are needed to help people at different stages in the change process. For example, we work differently with students when they are resistant to receiving coaching ("This is my parents' idea!!") than we do with students who are relatively interested in learning new skills for success in life.
Beyond BookSmart was founded by Massachusetts Distinguished Educator Michael Delman to teach students how to become more effective learners. From working in a wide range of situations, Mr. Delman concluded that the greatest difficulty for people was not so much the specific issue in front of them but the challenge of mastering themselves. With the addition of a Leadership Team that has both knowledge of and hands-on experience in K-12 schools, colleges, hospitals, and the workplace, Beyond BookSmart has created a unique and comprehensive approach to help students develop Executive Functioning skills that are critical skills for success and satisfaction in school, work, and nearly any other endeavor.
Skills for Success: Fostering Independence and Self-Management
Building Confidence so Students Become Their Own Coaches
Knowing that confidence cannot be given to someone, we provide both the push and the encouragement to help students achieve quick wins that build confidence and the willingness to invest greater effort. In doing so, students are typically forthcoming about their real priorities, and are in the mind frame to consider how life could be if they felt more capable and had better developed Executive Functioning skills to accomplish what might, at the beginning, seem far-fetched. Our Executive Function coaches work closely with students to determine the specific methods that will work for each student individually. At first, we show them how to take each step, framing mistakes as opportunities for learning and encouraging them to try again with a considerable amount of guidance. As they accomplish their initial objectives, we help students to reflect on what they did to succeed, building upon these achievements, so they feel ready to tackle the next challenge with greater confidence and independence. Over time, with repetition of process, they come to own the tools and strategies we have taught them. We gradually fade support from weekly coaching sessions to twice a month, then monthly. It's one of the most joyful moments of coaching when students have begun to become their own coaches.
We welcome the opportunity to teach your child skills for success and end the homework battles between you and your child.
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