Celebrating ACE’s 10th Anniversary

ACE’s Ten-Year Celebration On March 26, 2022, ACE (Accelerated College Experiences) celebrated its tenth anniversary by honoring two team members, Sherryann Sylvestre, our Curriculum Designer and Senior ACE Coach, and Derek Washington, Senior ACE Coach and trainer. Sherryann and Derek have been with ACE from the beginning. The celebration included remarks from ACE alumni returning…

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Moses Landrum
ACE Coach

As Moses reflects on the numerous conversations with youth and families, he is reminded of his partnering with these clients to contribute to a strong capacity to view their concerns, challenges and contribute insight into new paths of growth and change. Moses has served Boston Public Schools as a clinician, consultant, and collaborator of services…

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Montgomery (Monty) Thomas
ACE Coach

Monty knows that successful students become successful adults. As a Career Strategist at Suffolk University, he strives to build relationships, mentor, and develop experiences. As the Associate Director for Alumni and Graduate Career Strategy, Monty advises mid-career alums and graduate students in their career development and strategy. He engages in career assessment conversations and panel discussions…

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Marcela Owen
ACE Coach

Marcela is passionate about coaching and encouraging others to become the best version of themselves. Marcela’s career started in the corporate sector with over 20 years of banking and treasury management experience. In her corporate space, her most favorite part of her role was to mentor and coach consultants, her peers, and new hires. A…

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Mariano Humphrey
ACE Coach

Mariano Humphrey is the Specialized Program Director at Community Academy Alternative High School for the Boston Public Schools. He works collaboratively with students, teachers, and families to integrate the principles of applied behavior analysis and social-emotional intervention strategies across the day for all students and in all school settings. He is a socio-educational and psychological…

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Overcoming the Resistance to Fail by

Overcoming Resistance to Failure How does an ACE Coach keep students from failing? They don’t! They help them acknowledge the failure and recover by engaging the Growth Mindset to improve (Dweck, 2006). There is a delicate balance between an ACE Coach guiding from the side and students taking responsibility and holding themselves accountable for their…

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The Fight for Equity and Social Justice

Be Part of the Change

How the Four Pillars Prepare ACE Students in the Fight for Equity and Social Justice I founded ACE because I understood preparedness was making a visible difference in the approach entering college and the inevitable outcomes.Students whose parents had the resources to provide tutoring or attend specialized summer courses for remedial math and science to…

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Self-Advocate
[Communication]

A yellow note with words “SELF ADVOCATE”

Self-advocacy is referred to as the ability to articulate one’s needs and make informed decisions about the supports necessary to meet those needs (Strodden, as cited in Test et al., 2005). As an ACE Pillar, Self-Advocate is the ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate, or assert one’s own interests, desires, needs, and rights. The goal…

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Self-Correct
[feedback and resources]

Success

To “self-correct” is to correct itself when things begin to go wrong, without outside help. (English Dictionary) As an ACE Pillar, Self-Correct is adjusting to or correcting mistakes to develop oneself, based on an analysis of one’s results and effort. Utilizing feedback from others to correct one’s mistakes. Feedback: The transmission of evaluative or corrective information about an action,…

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Self-Direct
[Action Oriented]

A vector image of aiming for success

In its broadest meaning, self-directed learning describes a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, choosing and implementing appropriate learning. As an ACE Pillar, to self-direct means sustaining a laser focus on the…

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