As parents, we pride ourselves on getting our teenagers ready to take off and succeed on their own. We have placed them into schools with a similar hope that they will leave prepared with skills to make good choices and to adjust to new challenges. But is thatenough? There is no disagreement among experts that it takes more than just raw talent to succeed in school, a job, or in life. So what does it take? On today’s podcast, my dear friend, esteemed colleague, and college counseling expert Nancy Beane will discuss the nature of the relationship between the ‘noncognitive factors,’ often referred to as soft skills, and college readiness. She believes that the key to a solid start to adulthood is well-developed Executive Function.
About Nancy Beane
Nancy Beane grew up in Tennessee. She graduated with honors with a B.A. in History from Agnes Scott College, has an M.A.T. in History from UNC-Chapel Hill, and has an Ed.S. in Social Studies from Georgia State University. Counting her student teaching, she spent fifteen years in public schools at every grade level but eighth before moving to The Westminster Schools in 1989. There she taught history until 2015 and has done college counseling since 1992. Her fervent belief is that every person has the potential for a positive future, and she has always encouraged her students to take advantage of opportunities for growth and development while believing in themselves.
She has been actively involved in various professional organizations and is currently the President of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). She also served as President of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) from 2004 to 2005, was a member of the Board of Directors of NACAC from 2008-2011, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS) from 2012-2015. She has been actively involved with College Board and the Georgia Independent Colleges Association. She is an Associate Member of the Georgia Independent Counselors Association (GSCA) and an Affiliate Member of ASCA.
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