The Teen Years and Beyond

...Parenting Adolescents and Planning for College

Our lunchtime seminars will help you develop the parenting style that best meets your teen's needs, and provide you with a wealth of information and practical suggestions to navigate through these exciting but challenging life experiences.

Screenagers—A Film and Discussion About Growing Up in the Digital Age

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Filmmaker – Delaney Ruston, M.D.; Documentary Filmmaker and Primary Care Physician

Are you watching kids scroll through life with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average child spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time wasted and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In Screenagers, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, we welcome you to discover surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists in this extraordinary and timely film.

Planning for College: Maximizing Your Child’s Success

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Presenter – Christine Kenyon, M.A.; Senior Manager, Educational Counseling, College Coach

High school is the critical time to help maximize your student’s potential for success in college admissions. With close to 4,000 options, complexity in admissions is at an unprecedented high. Key topics covered include:

  • How colleges evaluate applications
  • Planning the ideal high school academic program
  • Putting together a strong college list
  • Tips for choosing a topic and crafting a strong essay
  • Valuable ideas for a successful application
  • Suggestions for avoiding some common application pitfalls
  • How to narrow options and select the best college match for your child

Personalized one-on-one consultations with a College Coach Expert on the topic of Planning for College will be available the following days on campus:

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017
  • Friday, October 6, 2017

Paying for College

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Presenter – Shannon Vasconcelos, M.A.; Senior Manager, College Finance, College Coach

While students are working diligently to get into college, parents—and some students—are facing the daunting question of how much college will cost. This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the various resources and strategies families use to cover college expenses. Families will learn:

  • Where financial assistance comes from and how to maximize eligibility
  • How aid eligibility is determined and tricky caveats hidden in the fine print
  • The most effective way to appeal the initial financial aid award or negotiate for more funds
  • Effective strategies to employ when spending assets on college tuition
  • Key considerations when selecting the right education loan

Personalized one-on-one consultations with a College Coach Expert on the topic of Paying for College will be available the following days on campus:

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Student Loan Repayment Strategies

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Presenter – Jeanne Mahan, M.S.; Senior Manager, College Finance, College Coach

Student loan debt has an overwhelming impact on the lives of graduates and parents alike. This workshop will examine ways in which graduates and parents can manage education debt and guide borrowers’ successful transition from college to repayment. Attendees will learn:

  • How to identify repayment responsibilities for each loan
  • Methods for reducing monthly payments 
  • Strategies for identifying cash flow that can be used to prepay education debt 
  • Ways to avoid becoming delinquent and defaulting on education debt, even during times of personal economic hardship 
  • The best resources for managing and maintaining a repayment strategy

Personalized one-on-one consultations with a College Coach Expert on the topic of Student Loan Repayment Strategies will be available the following days on campus:

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017

Helping Your Anxious or Depressed Child (Webinar)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter – Tamar Gordon, Ph.D.; Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Are you worried that your child is anxious, depressed, or otherwise experiencing symptoms related to academic stress, social pressure, or other challenges of childhood? This webinar will help you recognize the signs and will offer a range of options for helping your child.

Special Education and Life After High School (Webinar)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter – Carolyn Romano, J.D.; Special Education Practice Leader, torchlight

Is your teenager on an Individualized Education Program (IEP)? Are you concerned about life after high school? Join this webinar to learn about the transition-planning process. Then, gather strategies for ensuring that your child is headed for a successful, independent life after high school.

Navigating Financial Aid Applications (Webinar)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter – Shannon Vasconcelos, M.A.; Senior Manager, College Finance, College Coach 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE® are the two primary financial aid applications required by many colleges and universities. This session is designed for parents of the Class of 2018 and will:

  • Provide an overview of the entire application process
  • Compare and contrast the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE®
  • Offer tips to make the process of completing the forms more efficient and less stressful

All About IEPs (Webinar)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter – Carolyn Romano, J.D.; Special Education Practice Leader, torchlight

Under federal law, eligible children with disabilities have a right to special education and related services to meet their unique needs. This webinar will help you understand both the process for developing and creating your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and your role in ensuring your child’s success in school.

When School is Hard - Learning, Attention and Organizational Issues (Webinar)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter – Lori Day, M.Ed.; Educational Psychologist and Consultant with Lori Day Consulting

Is your child struggling in school? Do you suspect this isn’t just a case of your child’s needing to “try harder?” This webinar will help you understand the learning, attention, and organizational issues that can affect your child’s school experience, as well as the strategies and resources that are available to assist.