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Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT) will host the 25th annual Summer Institute June 23-26, 2015 in Putney, Vermont. Stress and learning will be the theme of keynote speaker Dr. Sian Beilock and special guest speaker Dr. Jerome J. Schultz. The Institute will also offer workshops in the neuroscience of teaching and learning, executive function coaching, and academic reading and writing. An optional Pre-Institute Workshop will be held on June 23. Fees are lowest during early bird registration, which is in effect until May 31.
Landmark College has received a $200,000 grant award from the Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation to grow its online learning division. This award will fund a web-based program director position at the College, and it will support new LD-friendly online coursework at the undergraduate, graduate, and high school level. “The MacFarlane family understands the need to move forward with technology in education and business,” said Dr. Peter Eden, president of Landmark College. “The grant enables us to redouble efforts in this critically important area.”
On November 16, 2014, Landmark College alumnus Dr. Zachary Alstad joined the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT) as a research associate. In his role at the College, Alstad is working on two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, both of which focus on learning and students with learning disabilities (LD).
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing called “The Science of Dyslexia” on September 18, 2014. Headed by Chair Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hosted a panel to speak about challenges, talents, and best practices associated with dyslexia, a reading disorder affecting between 5 and 17 percent of school-age children. The hearing was scheduled two weeks before National LD Awareness month, a 30-year October tradition to highlight and celebrate neurodiversity.
PUTNEY, Vt.—Landmark College received two major research grants this month from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Both projects will examine the best ways to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics to students with learning disabilities.
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