New Guidelines, Standardized Test Accommodations

Submitted by Janet Thibeau For years, students with disabilities have been denied accommodations when taking the LSAT exam, even when they’ve submitted the proper paperwork. This year, that’s changed, and not just for the LSAT, but for all national standardized tests. This ruling has far-reaching implications for any student who will be taking a standardized test…

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR KIDS WITH DYSLEXIA

Submitted by: Senator Barbara L’Italien, State Senator for Andover, Dracut, Lawrence, & Tewksbury Children with dyslexia often go without the essential support they need in order to succeed in our traditional public schools. Although research shows that when students with dyslexia get the method of instruction early in their educational careers they frequently become very successful students,…

MAKING TIME TO CREATE CHANGE

MAKING TIME TO CREATE CHANGE – DECODING DYSLEXIA MA Submitted by: Nicole Mitsakis, Landmark Parent and DD-MA Co-Founder & Director of Operations  “You have to do the right thing… You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”             …

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Submitted by: Mark Drago, faculty member at Landmark High School There is an old Staples back to school commercial where the dad skips down the aisle and his kids trudge behind him as the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays in the background. A totally different portrayal of the start of…

KEEPING MATHEMATICS ACCESSIBLE TO All STUDENTS

    Submitted by: Mark Drago –  Article as seen in Young Teachers Collective.   I know this is an article about mathematics education, but let me start with a poem: Zimmer’s Head Thudding Against the Blackboard By Paul Zimmer At the blackboard I had missed Five number problems in a row, And was about to foul…

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN EXECUTIVE FUNCTION AND SOCIAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Submitted by: Linda Gross, M.A., CCC-SLP – Landmark High School Speech-Language Pathologist/Consultant and Landmark Outreach Program Adjunct Faculty Much has been written and discussed in recent years about Executive Function (EF) challenges faced by students diagnosed with a language-based learning disability (LBLD). Also in the forefront are conversations amongst educators, speech/language pathologists (SLPs), and neuropsychologists…

MEDITATION IS HAPPENING IN SCHOOL

Submitted by: Amy Ballin, LICSW, PH.D. Landmark School In college, I first tried meditation with the hope that it would ease my stress. I went to a workshop and learned how to meditate.  It seemed easy enough.  I understood that all I had to do was repeat a word or phrase over and over again in my…

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR VANESSA RODRIGUEZ

Submitted by: Jessie Voigts, PhD, publisher, WanderingEducators, founder, Teen Travel Blogging Program, co-founder, WritingWalkingWomen. Dr. Jessie Voigts from Wandering Educators recently reviewed Landmark360 expert blogger Vanessa Rodriguez’s latest release, “The Teaching Brain: An Evolutionary Trait at the Heart of Education”. Below you will find a brief review and interview with the author. “Let me tell you…

Disability Discrimination

Submitted by: Angela M. Timpone is a certified educational advocate serving Vermont and Massachusetts and founder of Camp Kaleidoscope, a camp for families with children with autism.  Last fall, while I watched the Norwich University football team win 19–9 against Gallaudet University, I overheard words like “dumb,” “stupid,” and “retard” from NU spectators. These words weren’t comments…

ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE

Submitted by: Tristan Whitehouse, faculty member at Landmark High School Not all classrooms need walls – or proper floors for that matter. What they do need is people willing to learn together through exploration. Over the past decade, outdoor education programs have grown in prevalence throughout the country, because the interpersonal skills that students develop in…

LEARNING WITH ADHD

  Submitted by: Edward Hallowell, M.D., Ed.D – child and adult psychiatrist, author, speaker, and leading authority  in the field of ADHD. Founder of the Hallowell Centers in New York and Boston. Learning with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is difficult, at best. I know because I have both ADHD and dyslexia. A phrase that…

LESSONS LEARNED

Submitted by: Adam Hickey Ed.M, M.S. Ed – Landmark School Outreach Consultant and Research Coordinator Lessons Learned While On the Road with Landmark Outreach The Landmark School Outreach Program has a long and storied history of extending Landmark School’s influence beyond the campuses of Manchester and Prides Crossing. Although charged through its mission to empower…