David Kucher provides Executive Functions and Learning Coaching at The Southfield Center, as well as collaboration on the development and implementation of learning products and professional development at The Southfield Center. With advanced degrees in education and writing from Rutgers University and Montclair State University, as well as current certificates in ADHD Coaching, Executive Functions Coaching, Critical Friends Groups, Academic Diversity, and Design Thinking, David enjoys collaborating with the rest of the Learning Services Department, as well as other disciplines at The Southfield Center.
- Design, Develop, and Deliver Meaningful Minutes Educational Guidelines (Book, Professional Development Courses, and Website)
- Design, Develop, and Deliver Meaningful Minutes Professional Development to Schools and Organizations
- Create Meaningful Minutes Learning Differentiation and Enrichment Guidance to Schools and Organizations
- Consult with Public and Private Special Education Departments
- Guide Scope and Sequence of Educational Programs
- Develop Curriculum Guides for the Southfield Community
- Manage Learning and Subject-Specific Tutoring Coaches
- Provide 1:1 Executive Function Coaching and Curricular Support to Students
The overall goal of all-learning coaching: student self-awareness, process experimentation, and ultimate independence. My work with a student always starts with the question, “What currently works?” The next step is to identify what doesn’t work. Experimentation then informs our work together. For example, I ask questions such as, “How do you study for vocabulary tests?” “How do you approach a math assessment?” “When you read, how do you take notes? Retain information?” Each meeting with the student contains an hour of: revisit what we know works; revisit current work in executive functions skills; identify curriculum that needs to be completed; use the curriculum to work on the executive functions skills; discuss process and progress. While the homework or test preparation most often guides the hour, the executive functions curriculum encapsulates the hour. Students who gain self-awareness and change process find independence.
“The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained and he only holds the key to his own secret.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson