Our Coaches: Backgrounds and Training that Families Trust
Superior Qualifications and Training
At Beyond BookSmart, all of our coaches have Master’s Degrees or higher and have rich and varied backgrounds. Most are current or former special education teachers, speech and language pathologists, classroom teachers or school psychologists. All have experience working one-to-one with students.
Our coaches understand the importance of trust when working with children. Prior to being hired, all coaches undergo extensive background checks, multiple interviews, and a written assessment. Our coaches are trained experts in Executive Functioning and how to best meet the unique needs of students with ADHD, as well as students with a variety of different learning styles and challenges. After our highly selective hiring process, coaches complete rigorous proprietary training and exams. They gain extensive knowledge of Executive Functioning and access to our growing database of over 375 of the most effective apps, tools and strategies. These resources are indexed according to specific Executive Function skills and can be applied to a variety of academic tasks. Our coaches also engage in ongoing professional development, during which they fine tune their academic coaching strategies and their knowledge of the newest tools available to them.
In addition, our coaches are trained in an evidence-based model of behavior change whereby the coaches learn to identify a student’s mindset. Once a coach understands a student's mindset, the coach is better able to apply those tools and techniques that are tailored specifically to the student’s identified needs and that are geared toward the student’s long-term success and independence.
The Value of 1:1 Coaching
The ability to work 1:1 with your child is an essential element of coaching, so we make sure that our coaches have the interpersonal skills necessary to be successful with your child. By working with your child online or in-person at home, rather than in an office, coaches are able to see students in their own workspace where they work most comfortably, and engage with them effectively. Unlike parents and teachers, our coaches don’t assign grades or consequences based on a student’s behavior. Students value this unique relationship which allows them to connect with their coaches, who remain supportive and empathetic to the child’s mindset and circumstances. We provide this face-to-face support online via Skype or in-person, when appropriate due to location or the student’s preference for flexibility in scheduling.
Find out how Executive Function coaching can benefit your child.