Where We Get Our Best Ideas

When and where do you get your best ideas? Lin-Manuel Miranda got the initial ideas for his musical after reading Ron Chernow’s landmark biography ‘Hamilton’ on vacation. For me, ideas come during a walk or bike ride – sometimes in …

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My New Book Around College Admissions

Greetings! It’s starting to feel real. Erasing the Finish Line: The New Blueprint for Success Beyond Grades and College Admission, the book where I share stories of former students, current students, and the work I’ve done in schools, has a …

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21 reflections on 21 years

Greetings! It strikes me that November 2022 marks 21 years of Green Ivy Educational Consulting (no, I can’t quite believe it either!). In a time of constant change, I remain so grateful for this work and for our incredible staff. Over the …

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Conversations and Resources for Horrific Tragedy

Our hearts are broken by news of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. This senseless violence can be impossible to comprehend, and it can feel impossible to put feelings into words. Children and teens may have …

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Seeing Signs of Burnout – In Kids and Adults

Greetings! Yesterday, I received a call from a parent whose daughter was a freshman in college, and had decided she wanted to transfer. I shared how my office has received more requests from students wanting to transfer colleges than any other …

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3 Powerful Questions to Re-Set the School Year

The idea of having a new start, fresh slate can be so invigorating, and yet, this start to the semester has been, admittedly, a bit rocky. The latest surges have pushed many parents (and educators!) to next level stress. In our …

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A Little Holiday Cheer

Greetings! Last week, I had lunch with an old friend I hadn’t seen since early 2020 … And now, here we were, having lunch before she started a whirlwind 36 hours work trip before flying back to her family on …

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