On Tour 9/12/21-10/20/21 “ Taking Flight: The Guide to College for Diverse Learners and Non-Traditional Students” by Perry LaRoque, PhD

Release Date: September 2021

About The Book:

Taking Flight is the essential guide to college that provides practical information and strategies for the millions of diverse learners, nontraditional students, and people with disabilities who attend college every year.

Through humor, stories, and frank advice, Taking Flight addresses everything an aspiring college student needs to know on their journey through college. Written by Perry LaRoque, Ph, D., a former college professor, an expert in the field of diverse learning, and founder of Mansfield Hall, Taking Flight provides an insider’s perspective to overcoming the complex college system and the pragmatic skills needed to be successful.

Taking Flight:

• Explores the concept of learning and how it relates to the unique college

environment

• Challenges students to focus on their strengths and embrace their differences

• Unravels college for students and provides strategies for making the system

work for them

• Provides valuable tips, insights, and tactics for achieving success in all aspects

of college

• Empowers students to believe in their ability to be successful in college

Taking Flight was written for students who learn differently, have disabilities,

or are overwhelmed by the prospects of a complex college landscape, but is also

a must-read guide for parents, educators, and support professionals. Currently

only 20% of diverse learners who start college actually graduate. This statistic can

change with the right support and requisite knowledge, and Taking Flight is that

first step toward graduation. https://perrylaroque.com/

About The Author:

Dr. Perry LaRoque is the founder and president of Mansfield Hall, an innovative residential college support program for diverse learners. He earned his doctorate in special education from the University of Wisconsin and has served in a variety of leadership roles serving at-risk youth and people with disabilities. Before returning for his doctoral work, Dr. LaRoque worked in an assisted-living care facility for adults with intellectual disabilities and taught special education in several public schools.

Upon returning for his doctoral studies, he continued his service in the field and served as a teacher and mental health specialist in a children’s residential psychiatric program at Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI. Dr. LaRoque is also the co-founder of the College STEPS Program, a non-profit with a mission of providing post-secondary education to students with development disabilities in various locations across the East Coast.

Dr. LaRoque has served as an Adjunct Professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and University of New Hampshire and as an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Potsdam. He is published in several major education journals for his work on educating students with disabilities and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. LaRoque also served on the Vermont Special Education Advisory Council, which is an appointed position by the Governor. Most recently, he was an Associate Professor and the Special Education Program Director at Johnson State College in Vermont, where he was instrumental in creating the first dual-certification Elementary Education program in Vermont and also started the Think College Program at Johnson State College.

Book Blurbs: 

Filled with sage wisdom and guidance on virtually every aspect of the experience; from choosing the right program to finding and utilizing support and accommodations, to achieving success—both academically and socially.  – Jason Katims, Creator and Executive Producer of the NBC Series PARENTHOOD (Foreword)

This book is useful for youth with disabilities, their families, and educators because it teaches them in a practical, enlightening way that they can break down these barriers in their own lives. —Alix Generous, TED Talk My Inner Life

Bloggers On Tour:

Sept. 12th- American Lit Teacher https://instagram.com/americanlitteacher

Sept. 13th – Eli Loves Books 16 https://instagram.com/elilovesbooks16

Sept. 15th- ML Book Love https://instagram.com/mlbooklove

Sept. 15th -My Book And Plants https://instagram.com/mybooksandplants

Sept. 21st- Joannas Bookshelf https://instagram.com/joannasbookshelf

Sept. 27th – Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

Oct. 1st – -Books Love And Understanding https://instagram.com/booksloveandunderstanding

Oct. 1st- Rajivs Reviews https://instagram.com/rajivsreviews

Oct. 2nd – Subakka Bookstuff https://instagram.com/subakka.bookstuff

Oct. 4th – Reading With Remy https://instagram.com/readingwithremy

Oct. 5th – Nurse Bookie https://instagram.com/nurse_bookie

Oct.17th – Geaux Get Lit https://instagram.com/geauxgetlit

Oct. 20th – We Break For Books https://instagram.com/webreakforbooks

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