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We AreNew Frontiers In Learning

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Mission

The mission of New Frontiers in Learning is to provide the highest quality education and social support services to students with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and related learning differences through ongoing personalized programming designed to meet the needs of every student.

About us

We are a support program for high school and college students of all ability levels, including students diagnosed with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and related learning differences, as well as those who may simply benefit from some assistance developing time management, organizational, financial management, or related executive functioning skills. Our supports focus on the individual needs of each specific student in the program. We provide services in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as remotely via video conferencing. Our supports allow students to apply for and attend colleges based on their plan of study or personal campus preferences. We work collaboratively with the schools to assist students in learning how to access the supports available on their respective campuses, while providing the supplementary supports students need to be successful in the high school or college environment.

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Publications

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Our Approach

At New Frontiers in Learning, we strive to provide students with individualized coaching through authentic learning experiences that assist in the mastery of 5 critical skill areas.

It is important for students to have key foundational knowledge and skills to be able to comprehend text, write fluently, and perform basic math functions. Students develop such skills in collaboration with their individual coaches and use the backdrop of their academic responsibilities to develop these skills.

Coaching sessions include:

Executive functioning skills are the set of processes that manage, control, and regulate one’s other cognitive processes, and include such skills as inhibition, planning, organization, and working memory.

Students use their own assignments and responsibilities to build competence for survival in today's world. Executive functioning instruction focuses on skills such as organization, planning, prioritizing, self-monitoring, goal setting, and time management.

Sessions include:

Social communication is a set of verbal and nonverbal skills that one utilizes in order to navigate relationships in work, life, and academia.

Social communication skills are integral in students getting involved on campus, as well as developing relationships with fellow classmates and professors. Students learn how to be active listeners, stay on track in conversations, ask questions comfortably in class, know when to change the conversation path, know how to decline and initiate social invitations, develop interview skills, and discuss theirconcerns with peers.

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Self-advocacy is the ability to represent oneself, one’s views, and interests.

Students develop their ability to seek out appropriate supports and resources on campus when necessary, while receiving advocacy supports from their coaches.

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With coaching supports, students learn how develop various independence skills, such as self-monitoring, initiating tasks, coping with obstacles, etc.

Sessions include learning how to:

Academics

Academics

Executive Function

Executive Function

Social Communication

Social Communication

Self Advocacy

Self-Advocacy

Independence

Independence

Programs

New Frontiers in Learning offers individualized academic and social coaching and tutoring during the school year, winter and summer sessions for high school and college students. The New Frontiers "Summer in the City" program is a small group college readiness program that is focused around the development of executive functioning and social skills. Current high school students, students transitioning from high school to college, and current college students are all encouraged to apply!

The New Frontiers Program has been designed to provide individually customized academic and social support services to adolescents and young adults with challenges in academic learning, executive functioning, and social interaction. Services begin in ninth grade and continue through college and beyond. We offer academic tutoring, executive functioning coaching, guidance during the transition to college, college advisement, internship and career development support, social communication, and campus social engagement. The program is designed to supplement existing school services by addressing the whole young adult through authentic learning experiences. Individual sessions are offered throughout the academic school year.

Individually scheduled weekly one-on-one coaching sessions are offered to students taking summer and winter session courses. Students meet with their coaches between one and six hours a week. Coaches provide support for both high school and college level coursework.

Session Dates: Summer and winter session tutoring dates are subject to the institutions’ summer and winter session academic calendars.

Location: Students have the option of meeting with their coach at our 80 Broad Street location, or a place more convenient to the student's schedule.

Summer in the City days consist of meaningful social and cultural experiences tied to the development of executive functioning ability for life-long independence. Coaches are available in the mornings and afternoons to meet and bring students to Grand Central and Penn Station.

Mediated Discussion

Students participate in daily check-ins where staff and students are able to connect and reflect with how they are feeling each day, as well as review the upcoming activities, trips, etc. Students also use this time to participate in ice breaker activities and to share current events, both of which give students the opportunity to practice their interpersonal communication skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Reading and Writing at the College Level

This is a time for students to develop their listening and reading comprehension skills with the goal of being prepared for the demands of college level English, writing, and literature classes. Our students participate in a book club, where they read short stories written by well known, classic authors and new writers fresh on the literary scene. Our book club gives the students an opportunity to dig deeper into literature and develop their higher level text comprehension skills (i.e., story analysis, prediction, author's perspective, imagery, etc.) with a focus on critical and analytical thinking skills.

Using creative writing prompts, students also participate in creative writing activities. Students learn to brainstorm a topic to write about, outline their piece, revise and make final edits, critique a peer's work, and share their own work with a group of peers.

Building Executive Functioning

Executive functioning skills, such as time management, planning, and organization are addressed. Students learn how to use a calendar for a variety of different reasons, such as keeping track of classes, study times, extracurricular activities, etc. Students learn to use both traditional tools, as well as technology to organize their responsibilities and set reminders for important dates, meetings, etc. Students work alongside staff to plan attractions throughout the city, taking into account all important aspects, such as hours of operation, cost, and travel routes.

New York City Navigation and Exploration

Students learn navigation skills by helping to plan routes via subway and walking. Examples of activities include museums, parks and natural landmarks. Past visits have included: The Intrepid, The Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Jewish Heritage, The New York Aquarium, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 Memorial, sightseeing cruises, and many more!

New Frontiers in Learning's College Readiness Experience is a summer program for students that are interested in preparing for the rigors of college life. Students will build foundations and develop skills in the areas of academics, executive functioning, self-advocacy, campus/residential life, and independence. Students participate in small group activities and discussions to develop skills through a curriculum that focuses on preparing them for the transition to college and young adult life. Throughout each three week session, students will work on skills specific to being a successful college student

Full Academic & Social Support Services

Full Academic & Social Support Services

Summer/Winter Session

Summer/Winter Session

Summer In The City

Summer In The City

College Readiness Experience

College Readiness Experience

Meet Our Team

The New Frontiers team is committed to providing high quality support services that enable and empower young adults to meet the academic and social rigors of school and to prepare them for life-long success. Each member of our team is well versed in working with students with challenges in academic learning, executive functioning, and social interaction at the secondary and postsecondary levels. Each administrator holds a minimum of a Master’s degree in Special Education, as well as previous experience working with an adolescent and postsecondary population. Our coaches have, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree from a variety of highly accredited universities. The credentials of the New Frontiers staff include several publications, conference speaking engagements and workshops, special education teaching licensure, college teaching, and advanced certificates in autism spectrum disorders.

Admissions

Thank you for your interest in New Frontiers in Learning! The following are required for admission into the program:

1. Application: Interested candidates must submit a brief application which includes contact information, high school/college information, and academic and social interests, strengths, etc.

2. Transcripts: Applicants must submit transcripts from all high school and college institutions attended.

3. IEP: A copy of the applicant’s most recent IEP needs to be submitted.

4. Neuropsychological Evaluation: current evaluation (within the past 5 years) needs to be submitted. Results from an adult intelligence scale, such as the WAIS, should be included.

5. In-Person Meeting: All applicants will attend a "getting to know you" meeting where they will have the opportunity to learn more about the services offered.

2014 Enrollment Application

All application materials should be sent to:
Samantha Feinman
Director
New Frontiers in Learning
80 Broad Street, Suite 1702
New York, NY 10004

Please contact Samantha Feinman, Director, at sfeinman@nfil.net or (646) 558-0085 with any questions regarding the application process.

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