Note: I’m full for summer and fall 2020, but I have a fantastic online program to help your child, click here to learn more.
“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 A, CA
“ShineOn Educational Solutions” is my Executive Function Coaching practice for struggling Middle School, High School or College students. I have a practice in Boulder, CO, and also do online 1:1 coaching for students anywhere in the world.
1. Are we ready for coaching?
Coaching is not quick, easy or cheap. It requires commitment from the student and parent. If you are actively involved in your child’s learning and development, and your child wants change, 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 mindsets, systems & skills, but they need to develop new habits, which takes patience and persistence. Parents and students both must participate in order to get results. Coaching may be right for you if…
- You’re not looking for a quick fix. You’re willing to take persistent action and put forth time and effort.
- You’re actively involved in your child’s life and you’re willing to participate in this process.
- You want honest and clear feedback from me, even if it’s hard to hear.
“I am so in awe of how you relate to the kids.” – Christine C.
2. Who is Coaching for?
- Middle school, high school and college students.
- Students who struggle with Executive Function.
- Struggling, overwhelmed, unhappy or frustrated students who need tools for school and life.
- Students with low grades.
- Students who don’t get their work done or turned in on time, who have a lot of missing work, late work, zeroes, makeup work, etc.
- Students who don’t know how to study, do homework, 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, ASD.
- Gifted and Talented Twice Exceptional (2e) students (most of my students are 2e).
- Students with IEPs, 504s, RTIs.
- Students who feel unsuccessful.
- Outside-the-box thinkers & learners.
- Students who need to learn how to manage school so they can become successful as adults.
3. Why you should not hire me?
I do things differently, and I’m not right for everyone. Here are some things you should know:
- Effective coaching is not quick, cheap or easy. You get what you pay for and the process takes effort and time.
- I only work with involved parents. I’m not here to “fix” a child. I’m here to coach your child to learn strategies that will help him or her 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 relationships with their children.
- I will be honest and transparent with you, and I don’t sugar coat things. 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 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 your child feel more successful, happier and healthier? Are we helping them get the skills to build a better future?
- Standardized tests cause more harm than good, and are often 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 both typically driven by “big money.” 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, rather than 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 my truth about helping your child.
4. What are the benefits of coaching?
- Students feel happier and more successful
- Parents worry less and feel more confident that their child can build a great life
- Learn to work smarter not harder
- Less stress, more fun, more laughter
- Improved relationships
- Greater emotional well-being
- Supportive reminders and encouragement
- Have a brighter future
- Build the habits that successful students need
- Improved Executive Function
- Have tools to overcome resistance, avoidance and procrastination
- Better organized
- Manage time better; know how to plan
- Study skills: navigate homework, studying, projects and tests more effectively
- Increased responsibility and independence
- Turn in high-quality work on time
- Enjoy learning more
- Improved academic performance and better grades
- 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, self-awareness, more reflective, introspective)
- Improved emotional regulation
- Improved critical thinking skills
- Greater ability to tap into deeper levels of creativity
- Develop better social-emotional skills
- 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 than 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
5. Executive Function Coaching is my passion
For me, there’s nothing better than helping a struggling student turn it around.
I like 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 more positive mindset. It’s about helping students become happier and more successful. For my definition of “success,” I don’t 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 coaching, empowering struggling students to experience greater success and happiness. I do this by meeting academic needs with a critical twist. Academic needs are addressed in conjunction with executive function and social, emotional and lifestyle needs (sleep, nutrition, exercise). It’s a holistic approach that attacks the problem from many angles.
This requires robust programming and a mix of 1:1 coaching, home visits, parent coaching, school visits, school communication, and anything else that’s needed to create 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.
My goal: 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 and thus create a better future for themselves.
6. Coaching programs
- Boulder Middle & High School student coaching click here. Unfortunately, I cannot take more students right now.
- Online Middle & High School 1:1 coaching (outside of the Boulder area). Unfortunately, I cannot take more students right now. However, each semester I run a small group through my UGYG program.
- Boulder College student coaching – Unfortunately, I cannot take more students right now. If you are still interested in learning more, click here for the College Coaching page.
- Online College coaching (outside of Boulder) – Unfortunately, I cannot take on any more 1:1 students now. Online only works if the college student really wants help.
- Custom- Some clients want something completely different, so we create a customized program. Unfortunately, I cannot take on more clients right now.
*Financial help may be available for those in need.
Parents, a quick summary
You need insights and solutions that make a difference for your child. Period. Since 2010, I’ve been working with countless families to help struggling students turn around their educational experience. I also have 12 years of prior teaching experience, a Masters degree in Gifted Education and much more.
Usually, students have been through a lot by the time they get to me (tutors, programs, therapists, testing, etc.), and they are often skeptical. But quickly, we begin to see a transformation and this is powerful.
A lot of programs have fancy data, utopian stock photos and other marketing tools that can feel inauthentic. That stuff doesn’t impress me, because change takes time, energy and expertise. It’s never quick and easy, and it never looks like stock photos.
I don’t care what the test scores say. I don’t care what grade cards say. I care about the intangibles that matter. I care that you and your child feel happier and more successful and that your child is gaining skills that will help his or her future.
My approach is non-traditional and unconventional. I take a holistic look at what’s going on, because the challenges your child faces are complex and interrelated. It’s critical to ask the right questions so you can stop spinning your wheels and pinpoint the strategies that move the needle and make the difference.
My mission is to empower students to get on a new trajectory, to cross a threshold so that your child can navigate education independently and learn to stand on their own two feet in life.