Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLD): A Primer

By Melody O’Neil In part one of the five-part series, What Is a Language-Based Learning Disability?, Bob Broudo talks about the early awareness of and research into Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLDs). This is part two. Part three will discuss remediation, four early intervention, and five a day-in-the-life of a family with children with LBLD. Language-Based Learning Disabilities…

The Voices of Students Like Me

By Natalie Tamburello When you think about social movements that you learned about growing up, what do you remember? What do you see in your mind’s eye? For a moment, reflect on your experience when you learned about the civil rights movement. Were you sitting at your desk in a darkened history classroom, watching Dr. King…

The Importance of Purposeful Play in Early Education

By Melissa Davidson Every time you see a child playing superheroes, digging in the sand, or chasing a classmate at recess, they are playing with purpose. To a casual observer, it may seem like they are just having fun and being kids. But it all has value and meaning to a child. “Purposeful play” can…

Beyond Gold Stars: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation in Struggling Readers

By Abigail McFee Every summer, struggling readers in first through fourth grade participate in Tufts University’s Summer Reading Program for a month of remediation—and empowerment. Some skip through the door, seemingly filled with mirth at the idea of their alternative “summer camp.” Others are hesitant. They have just been told that the skill that presents them…

PRESCHOOL DAYDREAMING, LIFELONG LEARNING

Submitted by Dana Allara, Parent Coach and Founder of Personalized Parenting The theme music to the preschool years is a seemingly never-ending chorus of “Why Mommy? Why? Mommy, why?” Young children are passionate explorers who seek out understanding and revel in the wonders of their world—they are intrinsically motivated and love learning. What can preschool…

DEBATE = EMPOWERMENT

Submitted by Caleb Koufman, faculty member at Landmark High School When most people imagine the extracurriculars offered at a school for students with language-based learning disabilities​, such as dyslexia​, debate club is usually not among them. Just like any presumptions about their disabilities, though, students ​where I work as a teacher ​proved this one wrong,…

DANCING IN THE RAIN

Submitted by Amy Ruocco, Landmark School parent We are all faced with challenges in life, but how successfully we navigate through those challenges largely depends on how capable we view ourselves to be. Dyslexic children learn fairly early on that their peers are able to conquer tasks that are seemingly insurmountable to them. Even the…

THE TEACHING BRAIN

Submitted by Vanessa Rodriguez, Doctoral Candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of the The Teaching Brain: The Evolutionary Trait at the Heart of Education We’ve been hearing long, loud, and numerous complaints about the state of education and the need for radical reform of our educational system. We’ve heard about the…

LIFE AFTER LANDMARK

Submitted by Stephanie Johnston, parent of a former Landmark School student All parents worry, but parents of children who learn differently worry a lot more.  From the time our son started school we worried.  There were vague worries: why isn’t he able to learn, respond promptly, organize himself, etc… There were specific worries: will he…

ASKING FOR HELP

Submitted by Nicole Subik, Learning Specialist at Villanova University’s Learning Support Services Why is it that many of us view asking for help as a sign of failure? If you are traveling from Point A to Point B and stop to ask for directions along the way, does that mean that you failed? Didn’t you make…

AN EMPTY SEAT AT THE TABLE

Submitted by Rick Lavoie, Author, Lecturer, Consultant Preparing Your Child (and You) for Transition to College For thirty years, I served as an administrator of residential schools for Special Needs students. One of my responsibilities was designing the Autumn Arrival Day…the day that parents dropped their kids off at school. I shudder to think of…

31 DAYS OF KINDNESS

Submitted by Brandi-Lin Ebersole, Landmark High School Faculty Photography and videography by Ebersole Photography School is a place we learn facts, methods, and grow our skills. When a teacher sits down to write a lesson she thinks, “how am I going to get them to understand my subject matter?”, “What tools can I use to…