Our virtual platform supports students with weak executive function and helps them achieve academic success. Academic stress is on the rise for both high school and college students. Research shows that more then 27% of teens experience extreme stress during their school year, and 1 in 4 college freshman do not make it past their first year.
Source: APA Stress in America Survey 2014; UCLA Survey 2014 – more then 150,000 college students
CoPilot takes a student’s assignments and breaks them down into manageable tasks based on their learning style and study preferences. Those tasks are scheduled onto their calendar and around their other commitments such as sports, work, etc. With a simple swipe on their mobile device, tasks are marked complete or rescheduled. Notifications keep students on top of things and ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.
Private Coaching from CoPilot Systems helps students stay on top of their academics. Most of our students report an improvement in grades in the very first semester; many report feeling more organized and less stress and overwhelmed.
With the help of their Coach, the student enters class schedule and coursework into the CoPilot application, along with a personal profile, weekly activities and events. Weekly check-in’s are scheduled with their coach to review upcoming homework and study times and track progress against academic goals.
CoPilot breaks the students assignments into manageable chunks and puts them in a daily task list they access from their mobile or laptop.
CoPilot systems teaches students effective time management and organizational skills that minimizing procrastination and improve overall study habits. With CoPilot nothing falls through the cracks.
We specialize in coaching juniors and seniors in high school, college freshman, student-athletes, working students and those with learning differences.
With the CoPilot Academic Coaching Program you’ll receive:
- 1 year Subscription to CoPilot web and mobile academic coaching tool
- Individualized syllabus entry
- One-on-One private coaching via phone, text or Skype
- Regular text reminders and check-ins throughout the semester
- Ongoing monitoring of task completion to keep students on track
For College Students: CoPilot imports a student’s syllabus and breaks assignments and homework into a set of daily tasks based on a profile that identifies the student’s learning style and study preferences. It then automatically populates the student’s calendar with tasks and study time around the students other outside activities. Notifications keep the student on track, and tasks remain on the to do list until they’re marked complete with a “swipe” so nothing falls through the cracks.
For Academic Coaches and Tutors: Coaches and tutors monitor student progress using CoPilot’s detailed Coach dashboard. CoPilot provides notifications for students who are falling behind by monitoring on-time completion of course work. The system can flag at-risk students early – even before they submit their first graded assignments or take midterm exams.
For Institutions: CoPilot is an educational technology platform based on behavioral science. CoPilot uses a series of predictive analytics to predict student outcomes, and alerts counselors and administrators of students who are falling behind and at risk for academic failure. Armed with this information, institutions can offer targeted intervention to get these students back on track.
What students are saying
“Reminders help me stay more focused. By checking off what I need to do on a daily basis, the feeling of being overwhelmed disappears.”Football Player, University of Southern California
“It keeps me on my toes! The reminders feel like a switch is flipped in my head to do the work.. It’s a rewarding feeling when I check off an assignment.”Student, University of Arizona
“I received an A- in my incomplete class and I don’t think that would have happened without CoPilot, the reminders were the push I needed. The program is an added support to what I am getting on campus. CoPilot came along at the right time for me.”Student, Menlo College
“It allows me to keep up with every assignment and provides me with adequate timing to complete the assignment. Love being able to reschedule and knowing if my time conflicts with other events. I have been waiting for an app like this!”Student, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
“Regardless if I chose to do the assignment during the time that CoPilot has it scheduled, it’s nice knowing all my assignments are there and I won’t forget.”Track & Field Runner, Duke University
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Taking Flight is an inspirational story of Carolyn Carpeneti and her son, whose weak executive function led him to the brink of college failure, Carolyn’s methodology defined a path that lead to his profound success. Taking Flight provides a deeper understanding into EF, is a narrative of a mother’s love, and provides insight and solutions, and affirms that “miracles” are possible for those who never give up.
Click here for additional information on Taking Flight
“I’m Applying for College but I Can’t Find my Backpack!”
Executive Function Development and Success
Executive function is a set of mental processes critical to success in college. While some students graduate high school with a high level of executive function – may don’t. Executive function helps us to plan, organize, strategize, pay attention to and remember details, and manage time and space. Click on the Learn More button for additional information about CoPilot CEO & Founder’s talks on Executive Function. Learn more
Founder / CEO
Carolyn’s career as an independent businesswoman began some two decades ago, when she founded Carolyn Carpeneti & Company, a firm specializing in fundraising, event planning and public relations for high-profile events and organizations, such as the 2000 San Francisco X-Games; a 5,000 person Women’s Conference she created (and coordinated) that attracted speakers such as Oprah Winfrey, Suze Orman and Madeleine Albright.
Carolyn also spent 10 years as an Executive Recruiter, specializing in placing C-level executives and helping them build exceptional leadership teams. Carolyn has worked with variety of consumer companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500.
In 2014, Carolyn founded CoPilot, by far most her ambitious, meaningful and satisfying endeavor which was inspired by her son, and the successful journey they made together. In 2011, after gaining admission into the college of his dreams, he nearly flunked out – not for lack of desire or intellect, but because he lacked the organizational and time management skills so vital for success. Carolyn built a system that lead to her son’s turnaround and ultimate success (a thriving senior, with a 3.0+ GPA), and the success of several other college students that she coached on the side. After four years of working directly with college students and educational experts, CoPilot was launched. As Founder and CEO of CoPilot, Carolyn’s mission is to build a technology and coaching platform that provides every student the tools that they need to reach their full potential. Her first book, Taking Flight – Mastering Executive Function was released April 2016. For additional information: http://www.carolyncarpeneti.com
Carolyn lives in Mill Valley, California. She enjoys travel, running, and most of all spending every possible moment with her two children.
Co-Founder / COO
Kate Purmal is the co-founder and COO of CoPilot Systems, an educational software start-up. She also serves as an advisor and business coach to CEOs and entrepreneurs. In her most recent corporate role, Kate served as Senior Vice President of Digital Content at SanDisk.
An expert in launching successful new companies, Kate was co-founder and CEO of the software joint venture U3 (merged with SanDisk in 2007), co-founder of Liquid Machines (acquired by Check Point Software Technologies in 2010), and member of the founding management team at Palm, Inc (acquired by US Robotics in 1995).
Kate has consulted for dozens of start-ups and more than twenty large companies including Intuit, Hewlett-Packard, Handspring, Palm Inc., CBS, Verifone, and Clorox. She has also held senior roles in marketing, product marketing, business development, sales, and engineering at Interleaf, Grid Systems, and Computer Associates.
Kate is a frequent speaker for professional organizations and business schools including Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Business, UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Professional Business Women’s Conference, the Texas Women’s Conference, and DEMO.
She was voted one of San Jose Business Journal’s Most Influential Women in Business, and has won two DEMOgod awards. Kate has been named to the Top 25 Women Redefining Success and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Working Mother, Working Woman, and the San Jose Business Journal.
Manager, Client Services
Joining CoPilot Systems marks the third time in her professional career Meredith MacNeill has teamed up to work with Carolyn Carpeneti. At CoPilot, she will be overseeing all Client Services.
Straight from Chico State, Meredith got her start with Carolyn Carpeneti & Company where she spent 6-years working on high profile special events and political fundraising. From there she moved on to manage non-deal roadshows for the investment bank, Thomas Weisel Partners and then as a marketing specialist overseeing trade shows for the enterprise-search software firm Autonomy. Meredith and Carolyn were reunited at Bialla & Associates, an Executive Search Consultant firm specializing in C-Level placement. For 8-years, Meredith was their Research and Operations Manager.
An avid community volunteer, Meredith served on the Board of Directors for The Princess Project, a non-profit organization providing prom dresses to high school girls who could not otherwise afford them. Meredith lives in the heart of San Francisco and is a passionate Giants fan who delights in talking pitching rotations and batting averages.
Former CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction; UC Board of Regents
During his two terms as State Superintendent of Public Instruction and twenty years as both a state Senator and Assembly Member, Jack O’Connell focused on closing the achievement gap and preparing students for a rapidly changing global economy by holding high standards for all students. He remains a strong supporter and facilitator of partnerships between schools, businesses, communities, and philanthropies in order to engage all students with challenging, real-world education experiences. Prior to becoming a founding Partner of Capitol Advisors Group, Jack served as the Chief Education Officer at School Innovations & Advocacy. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton and a secondary teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. As a former high school teacher and author of the legislation creating the California High School Exit Exam, he led a comprehensive effort to increase rigor and improve student achievement in California high schools.
Partner, Alsop Louie Partners
Stewart Alsop is a partner in Alsop Louie Partners a venture capital firm. He was a general partner with New Enterprise Associates in Menlo Park, California. He was an editor-in-chief and executive vice-president of InfoWorld a weekly magazine for information-technology professionals. Stewart previously founded Industry Publishing Company, which published a fortnightly newsletter for computer industry insiders and produced the Agenda and Demo conferences for executives of companies in the computer industry. Before 1985, Stewart served in several editorial positions at business and trade magazines, including Inc. Stewart received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Occidental College.
Co-Founder / Consultant, Provo & Associates, expert on attention & learning
Diane Provo has a BA degree in Psychology and an MS degree in Education, with an emphasis in Special Education. Since 1970, Diane has taught special education classes in both public and private schools, coordinated special education programs for Head Start, taught graduate school at Dominican College and consulted on a regular basis for the Institute for Learning Difficulties in San Rafael, California. Diane creates and develops comprehensive programs for children with Autism and PPD. This includes selecting and prioritizing appropriate interventions as well as supervising and consulting with school-based and home-based programs. She is currently certified with the Scientific Learning Corporation and is able to administer a computerized language development program called Fast ForWord. This is an integrated, software-based program which builds the language skills necessary for communication in everyday life.