About Everwood

Everwood is an educational consulting firm, specializing in providing educational enrichment and academic coaching to students in grades 6-12. Our clients are currently studying in schools in mainland China, international schools in Asia and Europe, or boarding schools in the US. A large part of our work consists of preparing students to apply to and attend a college or university abroad. We aim to help students achieve their fullest potential, in their own unique ways. As part of this mission, we are committed to helping them understand themselves as learners and identify programs that are good fits for them, in the most holistic sense.

Our Approach and Philosophy

As part of our coaching, we encourage all students to initiate projects that utilize their unique talents and resources to fill community needs. We engage them in thinking about social issues and brainstorming ideas, and we offer suggestions and support when they run into problems. In the context of this project-centered approach, our students develop flexibility, independence, and problem solving, communication & critical thinking skills -- competencies that matter the most to their future success in college and in life.

Each consultant in our practice works with no more than 10 students each year, to ensure the highest standard of counseling. We spend an average of 100 hours with each student, and the content of these hours is truly bespoke.

Services Offered

Educational advising 

Consultation tailored to the needs and goals of each student. Families can choose hourly appointments or a full advising package that renews annually. 

ESL Academic English reading and writing classes  

Students will get assessed into three levels of classes offered at Everwood. For students who do not fit into the three levels, we offer one-on-one tutoring sessions. Classes focus on vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension, making use of a literature-based curriculum, which previews the sort of instruction they will receive in boarding schools and colleges.

Everwood summer camp

Our week-long summer camp takes place on an organic farm just outside of Beijing. We combine guided reading activities with experiential learning on the farm to create a memorable summer experience.

 

Story About Our Founders

Wanning Ding,  Ed.M.

Wanning became an educator since she was a sophomore in college. While being trained at a teacher’s college in Beijing, she took on tutoring jobs and spent her weekends teaching students at their homes across Beijing. She was later involved with initiating a liberal arts college in Beijing which taught courses at the time not offered in Chinese universities to college students. 

After college, Wanning went on to pursue a Master of Education degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).  In Boston, she worked for The Laboratory of Adult Development at Massachusetts General Hospital and was involved in the research of The Grant Study. Joining an established educational consulting practice in Boston in 2014, Wanning began working in depth with college-bound students to prepare them for success in college. During this time, Wanning gained first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by Chinese nationals and new immigrant students. The various challenges they face in their journeys of achieving success in American colleges include: inadequate academic reading and writing abilities despite near perfect test scores, fear of speaking in class, hesitation to make cross-group friends outside the Chinese circle, and mental health issues, amongst many others. Witnessing these challenges faced by her students has inspired Wanning to come up with longer, more comprehensive educational programs to build specific competencies in these students. 

Since returning to China in 2017, Wanning founded Everwood Learning with her husband and work partner Xin Guo to provide comprehensive educational advising and academic enrichment programs to students. She is thrilled to offer her knowledge and experience of studying abroad to her students, and beyond that, she wants to help these students find their unique strengths and become valuable members of society. 

Wanning holds membership at the Independent Educational Consultant Association (‘IECA’) and Higher Education Consultant Association (‘HECA’). She frequently attends conferences of professional associations, travels to schools and colleges in North America and UK, and visits her students who are studying on these campuses.

Xin Guo,  MBA

Having worked for an acclaimed American advertising company for a short stint after graduation from college, Xin ventured to Turkey to work for a Turkish industrial valve business. At Ankara, Xin lived with young professionals from over 20 countries for two years. This experience made him realize that Chinese college students needed better education to embrace the challenges of 21st century. After returning to China, Xin and a Chinese professor co-founded and directed TopU College, a not-for-profit after school liberal arts college program that taught 760 college students in Beijing in two years. 

After relocating to the U.S. to unite with his then girlfriend, now wife Wanning, Xin completed a Master of Business Administration study at Babson College. Xin was selected as a featured speaker for the Babson Commencement, and delivered a powerful talk about failure. During his time at Babson, Xin continued to explore his interest in education through various projects. He served as a coach for the renowned CLTP – Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program at Babson. He also worked at Camps Kenwood and Evergreen in Wilmot, New Hampshire as the first Chinese staff member on their leadership team, and was interviewed by National Public Radio about his experience. He also led the curriculum development projects for IDEAS Camp in China. 

Xin founded Everwood Learning after graduation from Babson College. 

Xin holds membership at the Independent Educational Consultant Association (‘IECA’) and American Camp Association (‘ACA’). He frequently attends conferences of professional associations, travels to schools and colleges in North America and UK, and visits his students who are studying on these campuses.

 

Parent Engagement

Everwood Learning wants to help parents become better at educating their own children. We recognize that the unique challenge faced by this generation of Chinese parents is that the majority of them have not studied abroad or attended an international program when they were kids. Therefore, it’s very difficult for parents to understand and relate to what their child is going through. 

At Everwood, we put things in context for parents to understand the opportunities and challenges that come with educating their child in a western-style school. Through education salons and webinars for parents, official Wechat and Weibo account, and presentations done at our partner organizations, we promote the idea of families making informed educational decisions based on what’s best for their own child. Our aspiration is to encourage parents in China to break away from the culture of simply emulating what other families do with their own children. 

It takes a solid team – child, parents, educational consultant, teachers in school, the child’s sports coach or other mentors – to execute the plan to achieve good results. To this end, educators at Everwood are open to working closely with student’s family and engage in conversations about the student with other adults in a student’s life.

 
 
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