10 + 2 Reasons to be an Academic Coach
Coaching responds to Multi-Dimensional Needs
Stand alone interventions, such as tutoring, may be insufficient for students with multidimensonal needs. Stand-alone interventions, such a tutoring, may be insufficient for students with multidimensional needs. For these students, a comprehensive combination of rigorous coursework along with counseling, ongoing assessment, financial aid, and other supports may be necessary, especially to keep struggling students and students with disabilities on track for high school graduation and post-secondary success.
Coaching as an Intervention is an Adaptive Strategy
Approaches to coaching can be delivered in three formats: individual, group, or integrated into an entire program as the means of the intervention. Coaching experiences can be aligned to events, such as coordinating “Integrity Day” for FAFSA completion or in groups to coach focused skills prior to major changes (skills-based pre-matriculation institutes). It is adaptable as it can also be used to design leadership development and healthy relationships interventions.
Retention for College Success
In a study of personal coaching services to first-year and transfer students, students who had attended at least seven (7) coaching sessions had an improved retention rate of 93%, compared to 69% of those who attended one session.
Improves Test Scores
In a study that compared private and public schools and compared individually coached groups at 10 schools (matched with un-coached groups), statistically significant differences were always found for the test scores of un-coached groups.
Coaching builds resiliency, or strategies that help even in the future
Coaching shifts locus of control, builds personal capacity, and develops strategies for problem solving and goal pursuit. These attributes build resilience - the ability to overcome adversity and set-backs. Further, it expands concentration, which results in increase flow.
Research indicates that coaching has a significant impact on college entrance examinations and an impact on admissions.
The evidence on the development of mental toughness suggests that while some mental toughness is simply inherited, an inestimable amount can undoubtedly be caught (socialized) and taught (coached). Based on experiences in sports and business settings, coaching is related to the area of clear thinking and robust self-confidence (though thinking); and in resilient confidence, independence, self-reflection, and competitiveness with oneself as well as others (tough character), both as requisite skills for performance.
Talent Development Approach for High School Students
Improving academic performance with a coach is the result of a talent development framework that includes: 1) the student’s assessment data, 2) a determination of the student’s ability to benefit from coaching and student’s motivation to improve, and 3) an action plan to teach the techniques needed to improve academic performance. This strategy seeks to align their academic portfolio to ensure college admission in support of their future career aspirations.
Cost Effective Solution
Coach training programs range in costs, and those leading to certification costs more. Programs that are comparable in quality and duration in 2013 range from $4,596 to $6,495. This program is established at $2,750 for masterful instruction and resources, and is therefore budget friendly.
Designed for Educational Environments and Outcomes
This coaching program is evidence based and designed for college access and college support professionals. It meets the rigorous standards of a national certification body: The Center for Credentialing and Education.
The program costs is an allowable cost for grant funded programs!!!
§200.472 Training and education costs. The cost of training and education provided for employee development is allowable.
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