Eps 262: Supporting Our Teen’s Pathway to Higher Education with Dr. Pamela Ellis


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My guest today is Pamela Ellis. 

In her more than 20 years working in education research and as a financial executive in the private sector, Pamela Ellis—The Education Doctor® has emerged as a leading authority on what it takes for students to thrive in education and, thereby, in life.

Her work supports parents find the school where their children can thrive—the one that feels like home.

Takeaways from the show:


  • Struggles parents are going through with supporting kids for college

  • Myths about getting into college

  • ACT and SAT myths 

  • Looking for a college that fits with you

  • How soon parents of college bound kids should be making moves for their future

  • Benefits of taking a gap year

  • Breaking down what to think about as your kids move through each year of high school

  • Reading for pleasure

  • Understanding scholarships

Where to find Pamela:

Real Ballers Read | Pamela’s Website | FaceBook | Instagram

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Joyful Courage to me is confidence. That’s what’s key and that’s why I can do what I do with so much energy and smiling and having that Joyful Courage, it’s the confidence.

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Parenting for the Season You’re In – MIDDLE SCHOOL AND BEYOND

I am super excited to announce that there is a BRAND NEW LIVE CLASS happening for parents of Middle Schoolers and BEYOND in March!

Each week will be a live session with me, where I will deliver content and facilitate learning, followed by time for parent hot seats – time for parents to share their real and relevant challenges and get laser sharp coaching from me!  AND, each week participants will get a downloadable guide as well as a companion audio meditation to use to stay connected to what they are working to integrate into their relationships with their adolescent.

Some of what we will cover includes:

  • Being with the roller coaster of the teen years

  • Recognize where we are adding to our kids discouragement, and how to step back into relationship

  • Communication tools that build resilience and connection

  • How kindness and firmness looks the same, and different as our kids get older

  • Being the parent you want to be

School, screens, peers, attitude – all of what you learn during the Seasons course will support you showing up to the challenges of THIS season in a way that aligns with your values.

Here’s what parents said about the Seasons course: 

“In these uncertain times I needed the grounding I get from Positive Discipline. Casey does a brilliant job of teaching the core concepts and guiding you through the challenges of putting them into practice. This program is for everyone. If you are familiar with Positive Discipline it’s a fantastic refresher. If you are new to Positive Discipline this will be a game-changer for your family. Your time and money will be very well spent. ”

— Mama Sarah

“I loved learning what draws us closer to our children and what pushes our children away. I know this stuff, however it was good to have it in a list that so clearly gave me visuals for how those actions show up in my life.”

— Mama Kimberly

Head over to www.joyfulcourage.com/seasons to find out more.



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