- What services does My Learning Springboard offer?
- What types of educators are associated with My Learning Springboard?
- What is the role of our leadership team?
- What should I expect when I initially contact My Learning Springboard?
- How will I choose the right tutor for my child?
- How will I know if my child is making progress?
- Where will the tutoring sessions take place?
- How long is a session?
- How often do tutors meet with students?
- What is the session rate?
- Is there a cancellation policy?
What services does My Learning Springboard offer?
Under the leadership of Brad Hoffman and Faya Hoffman — a husband-and-wife team and both Board Certified Educational Planners and Learning Specialists — My Learning Springboard is a multidisciplinary educational consulting company and learning concierge® service offering admissions consulting and school planning, private tutoring, and test preparation at every level from nursery through college, including specialized school placements for students with learning disabilities and therapeutic school settings for students with emotional challenges. We partner with each family to provide an integrated and meaningful experience, which often includes collaboration with school faculty and related service professionals. Through our unique structure and individualized approach, we offer a wide range of services to students, families, and schools. We see learning as a lifelong journey and our goal is to help students of all ages enjoy the ride, build confidence, and achieve success.
In addition to their years of classroom teaching experience and consultation with both families and schools, Brad Hoffman and Faya Hoffman are both Board Certified Educational Planners (AICEP) and Professional Members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) with specialty designations in mainstream (day and boarding schools), specialized (learning disabilities), and therapeutic school placements. They are also members of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), The Enrollment Management Association (formerly SSATB), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), the Association of Educational Therapists (AET), the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). My Learning Springboard is a member organization of the Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISER). Services are available across New York City, Washington, DC, and Palm Beach. We also work with students across the globe via Skype and other collaborative platforms.
What types of educators are associated with My Learning Springboard?
My Learning Springboard’s faculty includes top-notch early childhood educators, elementary educators, secondary educators, and professors from private, public, and charter schools as well as colleges and universities. Our faculty also includes reading specialists, math specialists, learning specialists and special educators as well as test preparation specialists and enrichment teachers. Our faculty is involved in leading professional development, writing curriculum, presenting at conferences, and pursuing their own continuous learning and professional growth. We are passionate, reflective professionals committed to a collaborative approach with families, schools, and other professionals.
What is the role of our leadership team?
Our leadership team works directly with our faculty, families, and schools to develop, manage, and implement customized learning programs for our students. Brad Hoffman, Faya Hoffman, and Laurie Gross partner with each family to develop a program plan, set goals, and provide instructional coaching in addition to educational consulting and school planning. They often attend school meetings, IEP meetings, and parent-teacher conferences as well as planning meetings with psychologists or other professionals. They facilitate case management and collaboration with any stakeholders per a family’s preference.
What should I expect when I initially contact My Learning Springboard?
Brad Hoffman, Faya Hoffman, or Laurie Gross will schedule a complimentary, 30-minute consultation by phone to learn more about your goals as well as gather an educational history. This initial consultation allows us to match students and families with appropriate experts and to inform recommendations and a customized plan.
How will I choose the right tutor for my child?
Brad Hoffman, Faya Hoffman, and Laurie Gross facilitates the selection process. We present families with options based on parent and student input about subject matter needs, grade level, school environment, learning style preferences, learning differences, gender preferences, scheduling parameters, and tutoring location.
How will I know if my child is making progress?
We track progress in a variety of ways, including tutors’ anecdotal notes and informal assessments, classroom teacher feedback, student performance on schoolwork, assessments, and standardized tests, and parent and student feedback. As part of our holistic view of education and success, we are concerned with a child’s social and emotional development and, therefore, also carefully monitor a student’s motivation, confidence, independence, and executive function skills. Brad Hoffman, Faya Hoffman, and Laurie Gross are deeply involved with each case and work with tutors and colleagues to monitor instruction and student progress. Parents maintain decision-making about shared communication with outside professionals and schools.
Where will the tutoring sessions take place?
Tutoring sessions generally take place in students’ homes. In some cases, particularly for adult learners, sessions take place at a public location, such as a cafe, library, or bookstore. A few of our tutors maintain office spaces or art studios. Practice standardized tests typically take place at our office in Tribeca.
How long is a session?
A typical tutoring session is an hour and includes debriefing with parents. Test preparation sessions are typically 1.5-2 hours. Sessions can be extended or scheduled for longer blocks in which case the session is prorated to the quarter hour.
How often do tutors meet with students?
The frequency of sessions depends on a student’s individual needs and learning goals. We may work with students anywhere from once a week to daily.
What is the session rate?
Session rates start at $150 per hour and are inclusive of our leadership team’s ongoing partnership and instructional support.
Is there a cancellation policy?
Yes, we kindly ask our families to respect our 24-hour cancellation policy to avoid a session charge.