Note: Unfortunately I cannot take on more clients this semester, fall 2017. If you want to be on the wait list or are looking for a smaller custom program in the Santa Monica, CA area I may be able to arrange something. If you want to set up a free Meet & Greet to discuss, feel free to email me here.
About: This page is about ShineOn Educational Solutions, my Educational Coaching/ Executive Function Coaching practice for 2e and struggling students.
“The most impressive attribute of Seth is his steadfast dedication. He has never given up on our daughter, even when she has become overwhelmed and wanted to give up. He has taught her to believe in herself. She is now graduating and will walk in the December ceremony. Seth will be with us at the graduation and share the pride that we all feel. She could not have done it without him.” – Bonnie Aurbach, Los Angeles, CA
1. Who is Educational Coaching for?
- Students who struggle with Executive Function
- Struggling, unhappy or frustrated students who need tools for school and life
- Middle school, high school and college/graduate students
- Students who don’t get their work done or turned in on time
- Students who don’t know how to study or how to “do school”
- The “Organizationally Challenged”
- Students who struggle with focus, attention or concentration
- “Unmotivated” students who procrastinate or are labeled as “lazy”
- Students who struggle with time management
- Students who have been told they “aren’t meeting their potential”
- Students who can’t start, are avoidant of school work and resistant to help
- Students with social-emotional challenges and sensitivity
- “Underachievers” and “At-Risk” Students
- ADHD/ADD, Dyslexia, Processing disorders, Sensory issues, Asperger’s
- Gifted and Talented Twice Exceptional (2E) students (most of my students are 2E)
- Students with IEPs, 504s, RTIs
- Students that feel unsuccessful
- Outside-the-Box thinkers & learners
- Students who need to learn how to manage school so they can be successful as adults
2. Why you should not hire me
I do things a bit differently here and I’m not right for everyone. Here are some things you should know before moving on:
- Effective coaching is not cheap or easy. You get what you pay for and it takes a lot of effort.
- I only work with involved parents. I’m not here to “fix” a child, I’m here to coach them to learn strategies that will help them navigate school and life. It’s not a magic bullet and it doesn’t work for uninvolved parents who don’t have time to invest in the coaching process or in their relationships with their children.
- I will be honest and transparent with you and I don’t sugar coat things much. If you hire me, I’m assuming you want honest feedback, even if it’s hard to hear.
- I fully believe in education, but I don’t believe in everything that goes on in schools. In fact, there are a lot of things that I don’t agree with because they are remnants of an antiquated system and an educational culture that’s in desperate need of improvement. “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way that they have been told to” -Alan Keightley
- Letter grades are wildly inadequate and should be replaced by authentic forms of assessment that give families useful insights into the growth and needs of their students. This should have happened decades ago. Grades certainly improve with my coaching, but that’s not the purpose. The purpose of coaching is to help kids build skills to be successful, happy and healthy now and in their future. Therefore, the “metric” I’m most interested in is this: Does the child feel more successful, happier and healthier?
- Standardized tests cause way more harm than good and are misused and misunderstood. They are a necessary evil and that’s the only reason I care about them or help kids navigate them.
- Public and private education are typically driven by money. In other words, decisions are often influenced by people who profit from the system rather than educators, parents and students who make up the system. Textbook, testing, curriculum and other companies perpetuate a false narrative about the best ways to educate our children in order to maximize profits, not to do what’s best for kids.
- I’m fun with my students and families. I do not create a sterile, academic environment. My “professionalism” isn’t based on conforming to traditional standards, it’s based on connecting with students authentically and caring about them personally. My relationship with students and families is personal and genuine.
- I’m not going to BS you, I’m going to give you the truth about helping your child.
3. Benefits of coaching
- Students feel happier and more successful
- Build the habits that successful students need
- Improved Executive Function
- Better organized
- Manage time better
- Study skills: effectively navigate homework, studying, projects and tests
- Increased responsibility and independence
- Turn in high quality work on time
- Improved academic performance
- Dramatic increase in confidence and self-esteem
- Develop tools, strategies and systems specific to learning styles and preferences
- Develop metacognition (better understanding of oneself as a learner)
- Improved emotional regulation
- Enjoy learning more
- Improve critical thinking skills and tap into deeper levels of creativity
- Develop better social-emotional skills and healthier relationships
- Create lifestyle changes to positively affect learning
“Before working with Seth I was studying for most of the day, every day, with little results to reflect my effort. As my second semester at CU was ending I felt I wasn’t cut out for school and was debating dropping out of college. Fortunately my mother convinced me to work with Seth and give school 1 more shot. I’m glad. The difference is undeniable and the study skills, priceless. From time management to study space dedication/set up, as well as study techniques that commit the information to memory over time rather then cramming 3 days before an exam. My stress decreased drastically, I was able to enjoy life and do well in school, my GPA improved from a 2.4 to a 3.6 the first semester. Now I enjoy the school experience!” -Nick Bitzer, CU Student
4. Coaching is my passion
For me, there’s nothing better than helping a struggling student turn it around.
I coach students students who struggle with homework, studying, grades, planners, organization, motivation, time management, self-advocacy, etc.. I love the challenge of working with complex learners and helping them see how awesome they are, discover their strengths, get their stress in check, and develop a positive mindset. It’s about helping students become happier and more successful. (For my definition of “success” I don’t much care about grades or test scores… I care about my students’ happiness and well-being. Grades just happen to go up as a byproduct.)
So what do I do exactly? I provide educational coaching, empowering struggling students to experience greater success and happiness. I do this by meeting academic needs with a critical twist: they’re addressed in conjunction with executive function, social, emotional and lifestyle needs (sleep, nutrition, exercise.) In other words, it’s a holistic approach. This requires robust programming to have a mix of 1:1 coaching, home visits, parent coaching, school visits, school communication, and anything else that’s needed to create real change.
I help students develop the specific systems necessary to overcome their unique challenges. With extensive experience addressing extraordinarily diverse learning needs of outside-the-box thinkers, coaching is personalized to help individuals shine.
I work with students of all ages, elementary through graduate school. I sometimes coach adults as well. My goal with all clients is to reach a point where they do not need my coaching because they can independently navigate their educational experience.
5. Are we ready for coaching?
Coaching is not a quick fix. It requires a commitment from the student and parent. If you are actively involved in your child’s learning & development, then coaching may be right for you. My intention is to help students create substantial changes so they can be successful and happy in school and life. Not only do students need to learn new skills, but they need to develop new habits, which takes time, patience and persistence. Parents and students both must participate in making changes in order to create solutions and to put new skills into practice. If you are willing put forth this effort and you want honest and clear feedback then you may be ready.
6. Arrange a Free Meet & Greet
If you want to see if my coaching is right for you and your child, contact me and we’ll have a Meet & Greet.
- What: The M&G is an informal 30-45 minute meetup, so you can decide if this is right for you. It’s free, no obligation, no games, no pressure. It’s a chance for me to understand your situation and for you to see if my services are a fit.
- Where: It takes place in person (if you are in the Santa Monica vicinity) or via skype.
- Who: I meet with any parties that you want to attend: student, one parent, 2 parents, guardians, or anyone else that should be there.
- Note: It is up to you to decide if you want your child to be at the initial Meet & Greet. Sometimes the child is resistant to help of any sort (often teenagers) and a game plan needs to be made just to bring up the topic of coaching. I’m happy to give my thoughts specific to your situation.
“I am so in awe of how you relate to the kids.” – Christine C.