Independence

Education, Empowerment, and Community: The Women of Mansfield Hall

On Saturday, March 25th, a group of 16 women gathered in the Mansfield Hall cafe in leggings and athletic wear.  Donuts from Dunkin, combined with the promise of punching and kicking out some stress or anger, served as adequate motivation for a morning event – even on the weekend. As a community (students, fellows, interns,… Read more »

If Only College Were As Easy As Calculus: The Only Three Questions That Should Be On A College Entrance Exam

SAT’s, ACT’s, AP Courses, AP Subject Exams, test prep, causes and effects of the Russian Revolution, pythagorean theorems and quadratic equations, mitosis, and Newton’s three laws.  Fully fill in the bubble.  Triple-check the answer sheet.  Re-write the entrance essay – again. This is what we generally think of when it comes to college preparation, and… Read more »

A Rally Cry for Diverse Learners Heading to College

Rise Up My Fellow Jackhammers and Set Your Sights on the Stairs that Rise Before You. The commencement of a new college year is upon us and the call to those who challenge the paradigm of these institutions is louder now than it ever has been. I call upon you, my fellow jackhammer, to rise… Read more »

Goal Setting for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome

Why goal setting takes time. Because it is a risk. Because it means saying out loud (at least to ourselves, but probably to others) that we want to change, grow, and build new skills. This takes courage. This takes hard work. This is vulnerable. We might falter, or flail, or possibly even fail. And failure… Read more »

In Defense of The Much-Maligned Helicopter Parent – And What Comes Next

The term “Helicopter Parent” was coined in the late 1960’s by Dr. Haim Ginott, who quoted a student describing his mother, who “hovers over me like a helicopter…”  Although in light use through the late 1990’s, the term’s usage gained momentum in the early 2000’s as a new generation of technology-connected young adults, raised in… Read more »

College Support Programs for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome: The Services Cliff

College Support Programs for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome: High School, The Services Cliff, The Buffet Approach, And How To Find the Help You Need In College In November of 1975 then President Gerald Ford signed into law the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which dictates that all public schools (K-12) provide all students “a… Read more »

College Support Program: Getting Ready for the Fall at Mansfield Hall

Walking home from dinner last week, after enjoying a beautiful evening on Church St., in downtown Burlington, I overheard someone say that it was the first night that the sun went down before 8pm, and yesterday I saw my first yellow leaf of the season.  No doubt about it: summer is slowly coming to a… Read more »