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Landmark College Summer Institute

Not just a conference. 

A professional learning experience – combining hands-on, multi-day training workshops; world-class research presentations; a student panel; networking opportunities; and 30+ years of Landmark College expertise.  

  • Individual registration (click here)

    Group of two (click here) 

    Group of three (click here) 

    Group of four or more, or Landmark College Alumni, contact us for assistance at 802-387-1662 or

  • 2017 Rates  

    *Cancellation Policy: A $25 fee will be charge for cancellations made prior to June 5, 2017, with the balance of the workshop fee refunded to the registrant. There are no refunds of fees for cancellations that occur after June 5, 2017.


     Summer Institute Pricing

    New Year's Special
    (until 1/31)     


    Early Bird (until 6/16)


    Full Price (6/17 - 6/25)


    Group rate, per person


    Landmark College alumni


  • Click here for the schedule at a glance

    Note: A list of local restaurants, things to do, sites to see, and the area’s plentiful recreational opportunities (hiking, kayaking, swimming, biking, etc.) will be provided. We end early enough in the afternoon each day to provide plenty of time to explore all the area has to offer!

Landmark College Summer Institute: June 25-28, 2017

For 27 years, the Summer Institute at Landmark College has been an annual opportunity for educators and professionals to reboot their learning and refresh their enthusiasm for supporting students who learn differently. Watch a short video of LCIRT Director Dr. Manju Banerjee describing the unique aspects of the Summer Institute.

Go to three-day strand workshops and single session information.

Keynote and Plenary Presentations by Nadine Gaab, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Boston Children's Hospital & Harvard Medical School
Department of Medicine/Division of Developmental Medicine
Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience
Twitter: Nadine Gaab (@GaabLab)

Sunday Keynote:
"Hope or Hype? The Use and Misuse of Neuroscience in Education"

Sunday June 25, 7:30 p.m.

The label ‘brain-based’ has rapidly entered the field of education and hundreds of strategies, interventions and teaching tools claim to be either brain-based or to significantly alter your brain in a positive way. In this lecture, we will critically evaluate these claims and carefully examine the potential role neuroscience can play in education. We will further discuss limitations of the bridge between these two disciplines and strategies for how to identify legitimate claims in the intersection of education and neuroscience.

Monday Plenary Presentation:
"The Typical and Atypical Reading Brain:  How Neuroscience Can Inform Educational Practice"

Monday June 26, 9:00 a.m.

Various developmental disorders such as developmental dyslexia are diagnosed in early childhood but divergent trajectories of brain development may already be present in preschool or even at birth. This presentation will be an introduction to the developmental cognitive neuroscience of reading. It will cover the development of the typical and atypical reading brain and the methods currently employed to study brain development from infancy to adulthood. Additionally, it will introduce the idea of early screening for reading disabilities in young children and discuss its implications for educational settings and policy. It will further introduce brain plasticity and teach tools necessary to critically evaluate programs that are so called ‘brain-based’ or claim to improve your brain functions. It will conclude with discussing the implications of neuroscientific findings for general education, educational policy as well as the development of interventions and will critically explore the often critiqued bridge between the fields of neuroscience and education.

Special Guest Presentation by Joanna A. Christodoulou, Ed.D. 

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
MGH Institute of Health Professions 
Director, Brain, Education and Mind (BEAM) Team

Wednesday June 28, 9:00 a.m. 

"Harnessing Individual Variability to Improve Educational Outcomes: Case Studies and Interventions"

Readers who struggle may have different underlying reasons for their challenges. In this presentation, we will review factors that contribute to reading difficulties, and examine how these factors make the process of reading more difficult. Our discussion will span cognitive neuroscience, education, and clinical perspectives. We will discuss how reading difficulties can be understood from individual experiences and in diverse ways. We will also review reading interventions and research updates regarding the important question of “for whom should we do what.”


Get your voice heard and your questions answered! The Landmark College Summer Institute offers cutting-edge workshops with focused attention to participant questions, because we limit enrollment to keep our workshops small.

Workshops and Single Sessions

Three-day intensive, hands-on workshops (or "strands") form a core component of the Landmark College Summer Institute experience. This year's strand topics are: 

Strand 1) 21st Century Study Skills: Activating the Inactive Learner
Presenter: Dr. Manju Banerjee, Ph.D. and Loring Brinckerhoff, Ph.D. 

Back by popular demand!

Description: Study skills have come a long way since handwritten flashcards and two-column note-taking. Drawing from current understanding of neural circuitry and neurodiversity of the adolescent and young adult learner, this strand will present novel ways to look at study skills as a dynamic developmental process. As 30-year veterans in the field, presenters will discuss specific strategies to address course assignments and ways to activate/connect with hard to reach students. The emphasis will be on college-level assignments, but the approaches can be modified for high school students as well.

Strand 2) Math Support and Advocacy for Students with Math Challenges
Presenter: Dr. Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, Ph.D. 

Description: Our understanding of why students struggle in mathematics and ways to support them has been improving steadily over the past few decades. However, societal support for and acceptance of mathematical learning disabilities still lags far behind that of literacy. This session will focus on providing participants with an understanding of why students struggle in math, how to help students advocate for their needs, and ways to improve learner’s understanding of and performance in math.

Strand 3) Executive Function Support In and Out of the Classroom
Presenter: Dr. Rick Bryck, Ph.D.

Back by popular demand!

Description: Many students struggle in school, not because the work is too hard, but because of the executive function challenges they face when trying to juggle academics, social life, athletics, and jobs.  Executive function (EF) refers to the cognitive processes that allow us to organize thoughts and activities, prioritize tasks, make decisions, and take action. Participants in this interactive three-morning strand will deepen their understanding of EF and its impact on student success. Topics will include supporting EF in the classroom and in navigating social situations, and will introduce executive function coaching techniques. This strand provides practical approaches, strategies, and tools for supporting students who struggle with EF challenges due to increased academic demand, ADHD, or ASD. 

Strand 4) Thriving In College: The Path to Success for Students Who Learn Differently 
Presenter: Linda Hecker, M.Ed. 

Description: Holistic strategic programming can play a critical role in successful transition to college, especially for students who learn differently. What do successful supports and programs look like when they focus on helping students thrive? Landmark College's model first year programming introduces students to habits and skills needed to succeed in college. From pre-semester outreach to pro-active advising, and in specific course content, it orients students to a culture of goal-setting, strategic learning, metacognition, and self-advocacy. This strand examines approaches, programs, and content, that can be adapted by other schools and colleges to scaffold student transition. It includes the strategies and technology taught for active reading, note-taking, test taking and summary writing, as well tools and habits of mind students practice to improve motivation and self-regulation in academic settings.

Single Sessions are 1 hour 15 minutes presentations on a variety of topics by Landmark College faculty and staff or by external professionals or educators. These are designed as break-out sessions separate from the three-day strands; they give participants the opportunity to learn about important and current issues facing students who learn differently and/or provide helpful strategies, tips, or interventions details to improve student success. 

Topics for 2017 include: 

  • Addressing the writing challenges of students with EF disorders
  • ​Making learning more difficult: How to build “Desirable Difficulties” into studying 
  • Student perspectives on the "LD experience" : Hear from a Landmark College student about what it's like to process, think, and learn differently and how educators can modify their teaching to improve student learning
  • Best practices for designing online courses and content for students who learn differently  
  • Campus support for students on the autism spectrum
  • Micro-uniting to promote effective instruction for all Learners
  • Landmark Works: How to get students with LD prepared for the workforce


More Details Coming Soon!

More Information

  • Who should attend the Summer Institute?

    • secondary school teachers
    • learning specialists 
    • special educators 
    • disability service providers
    • principals 
    • superintendents 
    • administrators 
    • curriculum and staff developers 
    • tutors 
    • advisors 
    • college and university professors  
    • parents
  • Lunch in the Landmark College Dining Hall is included for all attendees (Mon-Wed).

    (The lunch fee for guests of participants is $9.)

    Dinner is available at the Dining Hall for $12. Cash and credit cards accepted. There are also numerous excellent area restaurants.

  • The Holiday Inn Express, 10 minutes south of the College, has offered a special rate for those attending the Landmark College Summer Institute. (The offer is only valid for the nights of June 25 - June 27, 2017.) Room availability is limited. Click here to reserve your room at the special rate.

    The Comfort Inn of Brattleboro, Vermont, also offers a special corporate rate for Landmark College event attendees. Click the following link to reserve a room at the special rate:  King room or Queen Room. Note, special rate will appear once dates (6/25-6/27) are entered. Room availability may be limited after May 25, 2017.

    TripAdvisor maintains the following lists, which may be helpful to you in planning your trip. (These links do not constitute an endorsement of TripAdvisor.)

  • Directions to campus

    Campus Map [PDF]

    Shuttle Service

    Contact us, by June 12, 2017, if you would like to reserve shuttle service from the Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn in Brattleboro to Landmark College campus in Putney. Contact: or 802-387-1662 to arrange.

  • Discover Putney (resources for visitors to Putney, Vermont)

    Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce (resources for visitors to nearby Brattleboro, Vermont)

    Restaurants near Landmark College

    Attractions near Landmark College

  • Hear what past participants have to say about attending the Summer Institute: 

    "By far this is the most helpful and informative professional development I’ve ever done. Landmark is so fabulous and incredibly attuned to what special educators and students need to succeed and thrive!"

    "My strand was amazing! Theory and practical strategies were well woven into the presentations, discussions and demonstrations, with great quality, value and depth."

    "Thank you for always bridging the research-to-practice gap."

    "This was AMAZING and I’m so glad I attended! I already emailed my head of school to ask her to send at least one of our teachers to SI next year!"

    "Learning is happening at Landmark!"

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