Virtual Learning Series

Our Virtual Learning Series is a free informational webinar series built on more than 30 years of experience working exclusively with students who learn differently. Each topic is designed to help parents and educators understand the unique challenges facing students entering college with learning differences and equip you with key strategies to support these students on their journey.

Founded in 1989 by parents seeking a better option for students who learn differently, Beacon College was the first in the nation accredited to award bachelor degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities and ADHD. The College has grown significantly over the years, but one thing that hasn’t changed is its commitment to student success. Beacon continues to add research-based programming designed to support students who learn differently on their journey to college success. The Virtual Learning Series is available for free to all, with the goal of supporting students and families looking for proactive college transition planning.

The 2021-22 series has concluded, but all previous sessions recordings are available to access below. If you are looking for a different resource or recording, you can browse our complete online repository here.

If you would like to provide feedback on these resources or recommend a learning series topic, please contact us at admissions@beaconcollege.edu.

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PREVENTING SKILL REGRESSION

Apr. 2022

This session explores strategies for students who learn differently to prevent skill regression during the summer months between high school graduation and arrival at college.

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COLLEGE READINESS BENCHMARKS

Mar. 2022

What does it mean to be “college-ready”? This live webinar explores clear benchmarks to evaluate holistic readiness for college, and provides practical steps students can take to adjust to college life.

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NAVIGATING FINANCIAL AID

Feb. 2022

Learn about financial aid and scholarship options and considerations for students who learn differently, including how to utilize the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

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MENTAL HEALTH & COLLEGE

Jan. 2022

Explore how to evaluate mental health services at colleges before enrolling, and learn strategies to address college student mental health needs during the transition and pivotal first year.

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HOW TO DETERMINE COLLEGE FIT

Dec. 2021

Learn how to rank services based on the intensity and depth of resources at colleges, plus key questions to ask to ensure your support needs will be met at your college of choice.

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TRANSITIONING FROM IDEA TO ADA

Nov. 2021

Learn more about how policies change when students move from high school to college, and take away key tips for accessing and utilizing accommodations in a traditional college environment.

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IMPROVING STUDENT PERSISTENCE

Oct. 2021

Explore factors that prevent students from succeeding in college and learn strategies that teachers, parents, and students can employ to improve student persistence & retention.

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ENSURING A SUCCESSFUL IEP

Apr. 2021

This session will help you understand your rights and make the most of final IEP meetings or transitional conferences with secondary schools as it pertains to planning, evaluations, and support.

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THE PARENT & STUDENT DYNAMIC

Mar. 2021

This session designed for educational professionals reviews the family systems of students who learn differently and provides key strategies to improve partnerships with families.

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COLLEGE SEARCH DURING COVID

Jan. 2021

This session provides you with key tips to evaluate college marketing materials and shares essential questions families should consider when exploring colleges during the age of COVID.

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