Woodward's Transition program has become one of the unique factors that makes a Woodward education so special, and it is in large part due to the foundational work put in place by former Director of the Transition Program Selma Ridgway. Now, Ridgway is looking to reach an even broader audience in her lifelong mission to champion those with learning differences.
Ridgway's latest project, Creative Learners, is a book releasing on January 31, 2019 that aims to inspire individuals who suffer from learning differences and face obstacles to success in school. Ridgway includes testimonials from teachers and parents sharing their reactions and approaches to children who learn differently, many of these testimonials coming from those who went to Woodward. Ridgway has worked on this issue for over 30 years and personally worked with many of the book’s storytellers when they were students at Woodward.
Ridgway said, “I believe that students’ needs can be met with a combination of self-knowledge; knowledgeable, flexible and caring teachers; a supportive administration; and loving, supportive parents.”
Join us for a book signing event, including light refreshments and a short program led by Selma Ridgway, with faculty and students from Woodward’s renowned Transition Program. The event will take place February 11 from 2-4 p.m. in the L-J Lecture Hall in Jane Woodruff Hall. RSVP here.
Check out some of these excerpted quotes from the book:
“One of the most common epiphanies for those who learn differently was the realization that discovering and following a personal passion made everything easier.” – Selma Ridgway
“Recognizing my strengths and using them to manage my weaker areas has led to a successful and satisfying life, both personally and professionally.” – Lee Harris
“When I was interested in something, my ADD could become an advantage.” – Sam B., Navy SEAL
“Things might be harder for you today, but one day, you will be able to do things non-dyslexic people cannot. Never give up, and you will not be defeated.” – Jeffrey, parent of a student with learning differences
“The good news is that if you stop for a moment and look back to where you were at the beginning of this journey, you will see great progress.” – H. Miller, parent of a student with learning differences
“No student should be discouraged from learning simply because they do it differently.” – Selma Ridgway
“Students must discover, often by trial and error, the techniques and strategies that work best for them. Yes, it takes work and determination, but that effort can be the beginning of living successfully with, and not in spite of, a learning difference.” – Henry, Teacher
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