70th Annual Convention: LifeBound Pre-Conference

Academic Coaching: Promoting Motivation, Resilience and Accountability for Developmental Students

Thursday, February 23rd, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Research confirms that students who receive assistance in clarifying their aspirations and making commitments to the educational process have a greater chance for success (Karp, 2011). Academic coaching does just this by giving educators concrete tools to build personal, yet professional partnerships with students to assist with goal-setting, problem-solving, and decision-making that promotes success both in and out of college.

This workshop will begin by showing attendees how coaching can be used as a powerful tool to ignite the minds and hearts of students. Six fundamental coaching skills will be introduced through role plays that demonstrate how coaching taps into students’ intrinsic motivation, clarifies purpose, and builds resilience. Participants will experience first-hand how coaching tools can be used to help students make powerful mental connections that inform their mindsets and approaches to learning.

In addition, coaching helps developmental students improve their critical thinking and personal accountability by engaging them in deeper thinking practices. Various coaching scenarios will be role-played, and kinesthetic activities introduced, that illustrate how coaching promotes problem-solving skills, the generation of ideas, and commitments for action plans that are aligned to concrete goals.

Participants will leave the session with an understanding of how to:

    • Listen and observe students at a deeper level.
    • Ask powerful questions that promote critical thinking and reflection.
    • Help students create a vision for their futures.
    • Hold students accountable and challenge them to be their best.
    • Use personal stories and case studies to help students create habits for success.

Online Registration

Trainers: Sarah Lyman Kravits & Russ Hodges

Sarah Kravits is an author and educator, training faculty and students in the area of college success for over eighteen years. She is a co-author on the Keys to Success series published by Pearson Education, and has given workshops and seminars on student success topics at a host of colleges around the country. In addition, Sarah has been a LifeBound trainer and academic coach for over five years. She was a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia, received her Master’s from Catholic University, and currently teaches the New Student Seminar at Montclair State University.

Russ Hodges, Associate Professor, Texas State University, teaches courses in the master’s and doctoral program in developmental education and an undergraduate course in student success. He has served as chair of the Council of Learning Assistances and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA) and president of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). He is an active scholar with many articles, chapters, and three books, which include Academic Transformation: The Road to College Success (with Sellers and Dochen, 2015, Pearson), CRLA’s Handbook for Training Peer Tutors and Mentors (with Agee, 2012, Cengage Learning), and Teaching Study Strategies in Developmental Education (with Simpson and Stahl, 2012, Bedford St Martin’s). He has conducted over 200 presentations for postsecondary professional development. Russ has received many awards for his scholarship, teaching, and service including National Fellow of CLADEA.


  • Maysville Community & Technical College, KY
    I cannot wait to coach instead of always advising! Our students will like it too!
  • Leeward Community College, HI
    This is one of the most useful trainings that I can implement right away!
    Great specific examples of things we can do with students to help them realize solutions to their own problems and actuate their plan.
    LifeBound has given our campus a gift.