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How to manage expectations about summer learning
How to manage expectations about summer learning
Learning How to Learn Parenting Personalized Learning

How to manage expectations about summer learning

To my fellow parents, I’m about to save you from your own expectations about summer learning. At this point in May, summer feels l...
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How 'Personalized Learning' Became Dirty Words
How 'Personalized Learning' Became Dirty Words
Personalized Learning

How 'Personalized Learning' Became Dirty Words

And How YP Is Cleaning Them Up When I mention “personalized learning,” to my ACT students eyes roll, jaws clench, gum snaps, arms ...
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“My teacher hates me.” What it means and how to deal
“My teacher hates me.” What it means and how to deal
Personalized Learning

“My teacher hates me.” What it means and how to deal

“There’s nothing really that great about being cool. Cool is, by definition, self-protection.”  - Brené Brown I heard it again thi...
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Learning Coaches Change Lives
Learning Coaches Change Lives
Personalized Learning

Learning Coaches Change Lives

When our self-images get warped , we need relationships—the vision and kindness of caring friends and mentors—to correct them. I’v...
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One Family’s (Almost) Decade With Yellow Parachute
One Family’s (Almost) Decade With Yellow Parachute
Personalized Learning Test Prep

One Family’s (Almost) Decade With Yellow Parachute

You may recall our friend and professional organizer Suzanne van Dyck from our post on letting go of the clutter in your life. Suz...
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What Exactly Does Yellow Parachute Do? (Almost) Everything
What Exactly Does Yellow Parachute Do? (Almost) Everything
Teaching Stress & Anxiety Reading & Literacy Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills Middle School Math Learning How to Learn Test Prep College Search Process High School Executive Functioning Skills Essays & Writing Elementary School ADHD

What Exactly Does Yellow Parachute Do? (Almost) Everything

We spend a great deal of time telling you the how and why or our teaching, what inspires us, and how we hope to inspire our studen...
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How Do We Implement Individualized Learning?
How Do We Implement Individualized Learning?
Personalized Learning

How Do We Implement Individualized Learning?

This May, I had the pleasure and privilege to take part in the Bush Foundation’s Individualized Learning Conference .  I was moved...
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On Teaching Our Kids How to Fail
On Teaching Our Kids How to Fail
Personalized Learning Learning How to Learn

On Teaching Our Kids How to Fail

Yesterday, one of my students came to our session almost in tears. She struggles with grammar, and lately, the teacher had been as...
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Coach Spotlight: Susan Bloom, Test Prep Beyond the Scores
Coach Spotlight: Susan Bloom, Test Prep Beyond the Scores
Test Prep Personalized Learning

Coach Spotlight: Susan Bloom, Test Prep Beyond the Scores

Maybe Susan Bloom has always been “good at school.” Her impressive academic credentials suggest as much—a BA in political science ...
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The Domino Effect: How Math Tutoring Multiplied my Son's Successes
The Domino Effect: How Math Tutoring Multiplied my Son's Successes
Personalized Learning Parenting Math

The Domino Effect: How Math Tutoring Multiplied my Son's Successes

We talk a lot about the transformative power of reciprocity between a student and tutor (learning coach!). It’s something we belie...
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Calling in the Jump Squad Part 1: Eight Signs You Need a Tutor
Calling in the Jump Squad Part 1: Eight Signs You Need a Tutor
Stress & Anxiety Parenting Personalized Learning

Calling in the Jump Squad Part 1: Eight Signs You Need a Tutor

Your kid works diligently at a certain subject but becomes increasingly frustrated as it fails to click . You gear yourself up for...
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Change your life in 30 seconds or less with Habit Gal Sara Brand
Change your life in 30 seconds or less with Habit Gal Sara Brand
Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills

Change your life in 30 seconds or less with Habit Gal Sara Brand

Come New Years, the summer, the weekend, we make our lists—we will use the fresh start, the extra time, the good weather to exerci...
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Learning Coach Gabriela Grosshans, inspired by neuroscience, pancakes
Learning Coach Gabriela Grosshans, inspired by neuroscience, pancakes
Personalized Learning Math Stress & Anxiety Learning How to Learn

Learning Coach Gabriela Grosshans, inspired by neuroscience, pancakes

As a Yellow Parachute Learning Coach , Gabriela tutors math, science, and Spanish, including ACT, SAT subject tests, and IB and AP...
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Jump With Me? Reciprocity, Mentorship, and Unlearning the Naturalness Bias
Jump With Me? Reciprocity, Mentorship, and Unlearning the Naturalness Bias
ADHD Personalized Learning

Jump With Me? Reciprocity, Mentorship, and Unlearning the Naturalness Bias

As an educator with a deep desire to help struggling students and their families, I used to imagine myself as a rescue worker para...
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Living As You Leap: How To Succeed Outside The System
Living As You Leap: How To Succeed Outside The System
Personalized Learning

Living As You Leap: How To Succeed Outside The System

Yellow Parachute sprung from my desire to give every kid access to the education that he or she deserved. And true “access” meant ...
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From Pool to Parachute: How I Found My Purpose And How You Can Find Yours
From Pool to Parachute: How I Found My Purpose And How You Can Find Yours
Personalized Learning

From Pool to Parachute: How I Found My Purpose And How You Can Find Yours

Yellow Parachute’s mission is to inspire each individual to discover her or his unique gifts and use them to serve others—in short...
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How My Son’s ADHD Helped Me Stand Up To My Perfectionism
How My Son’s ADHD Helped Me Stand Up To My Perfectionism
Personalized Learning Learning How to Learn Parenting Executive Functioning Skills ADHD

How My Son’s ADHD Helped Me Stand Up To My Perfectionism

I wear a lot of different hats: educator, CEO, daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend. Sometimes I feel like I’m wearing all these...
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Making It Stick Part III: How To Get Teachers and Parents Off Your Back And On Your Side
Making It Stick Part III: How To Get Teachers and Parents Off Your Back And On Your Side
Teaching Stress & Anxiety Personalized Learning Learning How to Learn Parenting Executive Functioning Skills

Making It Stick Part III: How To Get Teachers and Parents Off Your Back And On Your Side

In 2018, we’re launching a new learning-to-learn curriculum, based on the latest research from educational and clinical psychologi...
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Making It Stick Part II: What We’ve Been Getting Wrong About Learning
Making It Stick Part II: What We’ve Been Getting Wrong About Learning
Teaching Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills Executive Functioning Skills

Making It Stick Part II: What We’ve Been Getting Wrong About Learning

In 2018, we’re launching a new learning-to-learn curriculum, based on the latest research from educational and clinical psychologi...
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“Making It Stick” Part I: Why Kids Are Their Own Worst Critics
“Making It Stick” Part I: Why Kids Are Their Own Worst Critics
Executive Functioning Skills Personalized Learning

“Making It Stick” Part I: Why Kids Are Their Own Worst Critics

In 2018, we’re launching a new learning-to-learn curriculum, based on the latest research from educational and clinical psychologi...
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How To Enjoy The Game Without Knowing The Rules: Mentorship Matters
How To Enjoy The Game Without Knowing The Rules: Mentorship Matters
Teaching Personalized Learning

How To Enjoy The Game Without Knowing The Rules: Mentorship Matters

The first time I saw a baseball game, I sat shoulder-to-shoulder with my grandfather on my parents’ couch, while men on TV swung b...
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Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy
Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy
Teaching Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn ADHD Executive Functioning Skills

Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy

It’s not easy to recognize learning disabilities in our kids. To the untrained eye , disorders like ADD or ADHD might look like la...
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Can You Teach Your Kids To Be Gritty?
Can You Teach Your Kids To Be Gritty?
Teaching Parenting Personalized Learning

Can You Teach Your Kids To Be Gritty?

Once, on my birthday, a friend gave me a pot full of dirt and spiky green blobs. "It's a cactus," she said, when I asked about lig...
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Welcome to Yellow Parachute
Welcome to Yellow Parachute
Personalized Learning Parenting

Welcome to Yellow Parachute

Dear Parents, Educators, and Yellow Parachute Families, As we ease into autumn and refresh our routines, I want to extend a warm w...
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