LD Awareness Month
Designated by the US Department of Education in 1985, Learning Disabilities Awareness Month is a time to shine a light on the 1 in 5 who learn differently.
Help us grow public understanding of learning disabilities and highlight the incredible abilities, strengths, and accomplishments of our distinct learners.
Watch here and our social media all month as Westmark takes part in this national commemorative month.
SPORTS AND PE:
WORKOUTS FOR BODY AND BRAIN
"Everybody knows the importance of physical activity on the body, but it's also critical for the mind. It creates neuroplasticity—or the building of new neurons. At Westmark, we make sure to emphasize interval training, crossing-the-midline exercises, and other activities that can help boost brain health, physical strength, cognitive function, and confidence."
—Craig Schoof, Director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Wellness
As we continue to commemorate LD Awareness Month, we highlight the many benefits of sports and PE for everyone, including our Westmark students, who play their hearts out on the field and on the court.
A NEW BOOK FROM WESTMARK FACULTY,
LOWER SCHOOL TEACHERS
SHAINA RUDOLPH AND MARY VUKADINOVICH
Next in our celebration of LD Awareness Month:
a forthcoming new picture book by Westmark teachers Shaina Rudolph and Mary Vukadinovich!
Brilliant Bea is about a young child with dyslexia whose gift for storytelling is closely linked
to her greatest challenge: reading and writing. In the end, Bea discovers that her learning difference
doesn’t define who she is and she can celebrate who she’s meant to be.
As they shared at this week’s WPA Monthly Meeting, Ms. Rudolph and Ms. Vukadinovich
are honored to publish an empowering story that is both inspired by and inspiring to
their Westmark students.
Pre-order your copy of Brilliant Bea wherever books are sold,
including independent booksellers at bookshop.org.
INSPIRED BY A BROADWAY LEGEND: FRANC D'AMBROSIO
Westmark students kicked off October with a special guest: Broadway legend Franc D'Ambrosio, best known for portraying the title role of The Phantom of the Opera more than 2,100 times. Franc spoke about his dyslexia and shared his own strategies for learning, such as color-coding sheet music, using movement to help him memorize lyrics, and requesting scripts in advance. He also got a few tips from our students, learned how they use Learning Ally for support, and even sang a few songs upon request! What an honor to draw inspiration from a professional actor/singer with LD whose mantra is "We don't accept defeat. We find a way to make it work."