Prevent Summer Learning Loss Before It Happens

Submitted by Joanna A. Christodoulou Reading activities during the summer can play an important role in helping students maintain their reading skills. Summer slump, or the potential for academic skills to regress during school vacation, is a concern for many students. Children with language-based learning disabilities may be at a higher risk of summer slump than their peers (Christodoulou et…

Painted Yellow Lines

At Landmark School‘s recent commencement ceremony, graduate Matthew Pramas ’16 sheds light on what it means to learn differently and reminds his classmates that it can have its advantages.  I remember sitting on the swings, 11 years ago, on a beautiful spring day. My teacher let my class out to recess for the last 20 minutes…

Dyslexia: Making Learning Relevant

Recently, we spoke to Dean Bragonier, founder of Noticeability, a non profit enabling students with dyslexia to cultivate their strengths and providing tools to the adults that serve them. Dean will also be addressing our graduates and families at Landmark’s 2016 commencement. What was the inspiration for starting Noticeability? I have an eight-year old son…

The Power of Self-Expression

This last month the Boston Globe announced their Scholastic Art Awards.  I was blown away by the technical skill and visual expression, but even more so for the depth conveyed through the art. I was particularly struck by an emotional series of charcoal pieces inspired by the phrase, “Something You Hide”…

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.”             …

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…

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…

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…