Melanie West to Speak at TedX Manhattan Beach

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Melanie West to discuss shifting traditional learning models to better match how children are naturally designed to learn.

Melanie West, go-to parenting expert

Melanie West, co-creator of PictureFirstLearning.com

Melanie West will discuss how numerous events in her life led to her life's passion: helping students overcome their learning disabilities and challenges.

On Saturday, October 22, 2011, educational psychologist Melanie West will present at this year’s TEDx Manhattan Beach conference alongside a number of other leading thinkers and educational practitioners in the South Bay area.

Following this year’s theme, “Transforming Learning: A Day of Disruption,” Melanie will discuss how numerous events in her life led to her life’s passion: helping students overcome their learning disabilities and challenges.

“I struggled with dyslexia for much of my life,” says Melanie West, “but it was my father who helped me overcome it. He showed me that when I completely visualized what I was struggling to learn, no learning disability could hold me back. In other words, you can’t force students to learn with rote memorization. You need to use visualization. That’s how we need to teach our students.”

To hear Melanie West and the other talented and accomplished speakers, visit the TEDx Manhattan Beach website.

“Change is the new norm,” reads the TEDx Manhattan Beach website. “In the past we could anticipate change and plan for it. Schools were set up in ‘factory model’. The new model is ‘organic’ and embraces change as part of the process. This conference will explore ideas that could transform learning.”

About Melanie West
Melanie West is an educational psychologist. She is the author of “The Right Side of Learning” and creator of PictureFirstLearning, a sight word learning program. She specializes in designing techniques that stimulate both sides of the brain, to keep children in emotional and neurological balance while learning. She firmly believes that in a world of left-brain curricula, some of the most intelligent and creative thinkers are underachieving and misunderstood. Melanie’s mission is to show parents and teachers alike that there is no such thing as an average student.

For more information on Melanie West, you can visit her website: http://www.melaniewest.com

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