Great Minds Don’t Think Alike… Like Parachutes, Great Minds Work Best OPEN.

The CORE beliefs we use to guide our training and coaching:

  1. Executive Function Skills are more predictive of success than IQ or socioeconomic status.
  2. We are not born with executive functioning skills but develop them over time.
  3. All skills can be learned with consistent, meaningful practice.
  4. Learning happens through challenge when we balance struggles with supports.
  5. Developing EF Skills develops Social Emotional and Leadership Skills that are essential to student success both now and in the future.


Cara Thorpe founded Yellow Parachute Learning Partners in 1999, during her second year as a classroom teacher. She leaned in to her creative strengths help neurodiverse students discover learning on their own terms.

Cara began recruiting passionate educators to join her in 2004. Each YP Learning Coach specializes in their own unique teaching niché. The team links arms to train and coach on executive function and leadership skills.

Cara’s mission to transform learning became even more personal with the discovery that each of her children have neurodiverse needs. And, as Cara collected her list of degrees, certificates, and certifications, she was able to obtain her own ADHD, anxiety, and depression diagnoses as a 2e learner.

Her family’s personal struggles influenced Cara’s brain-based and advocacy research to help students, parents, and teachers gain more information about little-known executive function skills. This research has culminated in YP’s proprietary Quantum Jump curriculum.

Yellow Parachute recruits talented teachers, coaches, social workers, psychologists, and relationship-builders to serve our clients in a variety of ways. The team meets regularly as a professional coaching group to refine our coaching practices.

Yellow Parachute has partnered with the Anoka-Hennepin, Eastern Carver County Schools (District 112), and several local private schools to provide scholarshipped tutoring and after-school programming.


COACHING (TUTORING)Our Yellow Parachute Learning Coaches provide highly personalized “traditional” services for students in grades K-12 and college. We have tutors who specialize in all subjects and coaches who teach generalized skills such as time management, prioritizing, and study skills.

TEST PREP – Yellow Parachute’s ACT, SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) test preparation curriculum helps students prepare beyond the test. Students say they have become better overall test takers, strategic thinkers, and have improved time management and confidence in learning.

1:1 ADHD ACADEMIC & EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS TRAINING & COACHINGQuantum Jump helps clients unpack feelings of frustration, being stuck or unworthy, so they can see themselves as they really are: capable, worthy, and whole.

Yellow Parachute Quantum Jump coaches are specifically trained to understand how ADHD symptoms and Executive Function weaknesses become obstacles to learning and how to help students overcome them.