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Summer Institute for Educators

Save the Dates—our 2023 Summer Institute will be head June 26 – June 28, 2023.

Stay tuned for more information. Or see below for information on last year's event. 

Not just a conference

The Summer Institute at Landmark College has been an annual opportunity for education professionals to reboot their learning and refresh their enthusiasm for supporting students who learn differently. The event features 35 years of Landmark College expertise in teaching students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism. Learn and network with small, focused groups of your peers. Get your voice heard and your questions answered. The Landmark College Summer Institute offers cutting-edge presentations with focused attention to participant questions. 
 

Learn more about each of the offerings we had in 2022.


This year's offerings

  • NEURODIVERSITY AND INTERSECTIONALITY
    June 27 and 28, 2022
    Landmark College, Putney, Vermont
     

    All events will be held in the Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium, Lewis Academic Building (#12 on map), except for Monday evening reception, to be held in the Nicole Goodner MacFarlane Science, Technology & Innovation Center (STEM; #13 on map) first floor lobby. 

     

    Monday June 27, 2022

    Registration and Reception  4 – 4:45 p.m. ET

    Description: Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while you register and get to know your fellow attendees.

    Neurodiversity Culture: Identity Development and Intersectionality  5 – 6:15 p.m. ET

    Presented by: Ken Gobbo, M.S., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Landmark College
    Description: This presentation will include a brief overview of neurodiversity, a short history, what it is, and what it is not. It will examine culture, norms, intersectionality, and their influence on the identity development of neurodivergent individuals. It will also consider why this matters, and what we can do to promote the development of a positive identity in our students.

     

    Tuesday June 28, 2022

    Registration and light breakfast 9 – 9:30 a.m. ET

    Description: Enjoy a continental breakfast before the day's presentations and/or register if you didn't Monday evening.

    UDL and Intersectionality: Honoring Identities in Higher Education  9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ET

    Presented by: Denia Guadalupe Bradshaw, Ed.D.

    Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a proactive evidence-based framework that designs learning environments that support the variability of learners (Meyer, Rose, & Gordon, 2014). Practitioners integrate these nuances already, “but intentionality shifts with [the lens of] UDL” (Posey, 2019, p. 162). Heightening awareness of the practice of UDL, through an understanding of Intersectionality, will be highlighted in this session. Participants will also explore how the frameworks of UDL and Intersectionality coincide and affirm one another—and by taking this approach, learners with diverse and intersecting identities and narratives further benefit, thrive, and feel belonging.  

     


    ROTO Program: Neurodiversity and Black Student Programming  10:45 – 11:45 a.m. ET

     

    Presented by: Kelly O’Ryan, Dean of Students; Marc Thurman, Coordinator for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion; Adam Lalor, Ph.D., VP of School of Educational Research and Innovation, Landmark College

    Description: Black students with disabilities are a twice-marginalized student group that has received little attention within higher education. Unfortunately, research indicates that students of color and students with disabilities both have lower persistence rates placing Black neurodivergent (i.e., learning disabled, ADHD, and/or autistic) at even greater risk for dropping out of college. This session will introduce an innovative program, Reach One Teach One (ROTO), geared at improving transition and sense of belonging for Black neurodivergent students. Join us for a discussion of this novel program and learn how you can develop a similar program on your campus.



    Lunch on campus (provided) Noon – 1 p.m.

     


    Understanding the Intersection of Gender, Sexuality, and Neurodiversity: A Complex Discussion 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET

    Presented by: Jeff Huyett, Director of Health Services, Landmark College

    Description: Over 200 pieces of legislation are being crafted in multiple states limiting the discussion of LGBTQ issues in K-12 and even college education. Some legislation even criminalizes the delivery of medical standard of care services to transgender youth. Hostile social environments are increasing in schools and communities further stigmatizing queer youth of all ages or youth with same sex or gender variant parents. Polls show most Americans favor tolerant and accepting educational environments for queer youth but politicians are fanning the flames of cultural wars to whip up their political bases. Queer youth experience suicidal ideation or attempt at four times the rate of their heteronormative peers.

    This presentation will discuss the importance of creating tolerant, accepting educational environments for LGBTQ students that promote healthy development. The overlay of neurodiversity, coming out, and identity formation will be explored for the development of specific programs for neurodivergent LGBTQ, and especially, transgender youth in academics, residential life, and student affairs.

    Biography: Jeff Huyett is an out, queer-identified nurse practitioner who has worked in LGBTQ community health and college health centers for over 30 years. He has been an activist in the health care industry and communities through involvement with advocacy and direct action groups. Jeff regularly lectures with students, health care providers, and faculty. He has been involved with HIV and HPV research, treatment protocol development for HIV and transgender care delivery, as well as been a primary care provider of LGBTQ-sensitive nursing care including hormonal transition.


    In Their Own Voices: Student Neurodiversity and Intersectionality Panel  2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET

    Presented by: Panel of Landmark College students;
    Moderated by Marc Thurman, Coordinator for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

    Description:Hear from a panel of current Landmark College students as they share their personal stories. Students will provide insight into the unique situations they have faced, and overcome, as neurodivergent individuals with additional marginalized identities. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask panelists questions and elicit feedback about the experiences, strategies, and people that have supported them along the way.

    Sponsored by the Landmark College Centers for Diversity and Inclusion


     

    Closing 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. ET

    Presented by: Adam Lalor, Ph.D., VP of School of Educational Research and Innovation

     

  • Executive Function as Conductor: How to Orchestrate EF Support in Your Students

    Description: In this online workshop, we will investigate the metaphor of Executive Function (EF) as orchestra conductor. Namely, that EF helps increase functions that are too quiet (activation), tamps down sections that are too loud (inhibitory control), responds in the moment to changes (flexibility), and keeps track of the timing and content of all the individual players (working memory). That is a lot of work to handle, and sometimes the conductor needs help—practical tools for supporting students in these three EF domains will be explored. An equal emphasis will be placed on understanding the neurocognitive underpinnings of EF and implementing empirically supported EF strategies.

    Facilitator: Rick Bryck, Ph.D.

    Format: This online workshop is hosted on Canvas, our online learning management system. Most of the learning material (text, readings, short video "lectures", simulations, etc.) can be be accessed "at your own pace" throughout the month of July. 

    Two live video (“synchronous”) sessions will be held. Live sessions will focus on participant questions with facilitator answers and discussion. It will be recorded and viewable in the Canvas site, for those not able to attend live, and/or for reviewing after the event. This online workshop contains approximately 20 hours of material in total, but individuals will vary in their amount of engagement and time needed to complete the module. 

    Dates: This workshop will remain open July 1 – July 31, 2022.

    The synchronous sessions will be held the weeks of July 18 and 25; exact days and times TBD based on participant polling.

    Learn more about the format of our online workshops here.

     

  • An Introduction to Universal Design for Educators

    Description: Many educators are acutely aware that all learners are unique with different strengths, preferences, experiences, backgrounds, and needs. However, with all of this rich diversity, there's no way to design a perfectly-tailored educational experience for each individual student. So what's an educator to do?

    The answer lies in Universal Design--a framework that doesn't focus on perfection, but rather emphasizes designing and teaching to the edges so that the full educational experience is as optimally welcoming, accessible, and inclusive as can be for all learners. Through the pillars of Universal Design, this online workshop aims to provide educators with a deep understanding of UD foundations in order to focus on creating the optimum educational experience not just within, but also outside, the classroom.

    Facilitator: Emily Helft, Ed.S.

    Format: This online workshop is hosted on Canvas, our online learning management system. Most of the learning material (text, readings, short video "lectures", simulations, etc.) can be be accessed "at your own pace."

    One live video (“synchronous”) session will be held. Live sessions will focus on participant questions with facilitator answers and discussion. It will be recorded and viewable, for those not able to attend live, and/or for reviewing after the event. This online workshop contains approximately 10 hours of material in total, but individuals will vary in their amount of engagement and time needed to complete the module. 

    Dates: This workshop will remain open August 1 – August 21, 2022.

    The synchronous session will be held on Wednesday, August 10; exact time TBD. 

    Learn more about the format of our online workshops here

Pricing and Registration

Sorry this year's events have concluded. Check back in late 2022 for information on the 2023 Summer Institute! 

 

Who Should Attend?

  • College and university professors

  • Secondary school teachers

  • Learning specialists

  • Academic support professionals

  • Special educators

  • Disability service providers

  • School administrators

  • Education consultants

  • Curriculum and staff developers

  • Advisors

Or anyone wanting to learn more about supporting diverse student learners!

Campus COVID policies

At this time (April 2022), the College is no longer requiring proof of vaccination from guests who are visiting campus. The mask-optional policy will apply, and the College recommends but does not require that guests who are not up to date with their vaccinations consider wearing a mask.

See our COVID Response page for more information and updates.

Can't Attend the 6/27-6/28 On-Campus Event?

Recordings of the on campus event will be made available to registrants, for two weeks after the conclusion of the event. However, you will need to register by June 27 to watch the recordings of the on-campus event. 

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

While we don’t offer specific CEUs, participants will receive digital badges that attest to participation in the event(s), including the number of hours involved. These can also be printed out as certificates (and/or we can assist with providing these). For many state education departments and organizations requiring CEUs, such a certificate often suffices for obtaining CEU credit—but it really depends on your particular state or organization (so we recommend reaching out to your representatives to see what is needed). We can also provide a letter of completion upon request.

Directions, Travel, and Accommodations information

Please see the following websites for travel information on getting to campus and recommended accommodations and resources for visitors to Putney, VT. Please note: the shuttle information listed on these websites is for Landmark College students only, we will not be offering a shuttle. Ride share and taxis are very limited in our region, thus we strongly recommend driving your own vehicle or renting a car from the airport. 

Use this link to book a room at the Holiday Inn Express in Brattleboro (9 miles away) at a discounted rate of $99 per night. Good for any or all of the following days: 6/26, 6/27, 6/28. Discounted rate will appear after entering one/all of these dates on the booking site.
 

Past Participant Testomonials 

Here’s what past participants have said about 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 workshop 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!”

 

Previous Summer Institutes

View program highlights and schedules from previous years on this page

 

 

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