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Summer Institute for Educators

June 29 – July 1, 2020
Landmark College, Putney, Vermont

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 Summer Institute combines hands-on, multi-day training workshops (or “strands”), world-class research presentations, a student panel, networking opportunities, and 30+ years of Landmark College expertise in teaching students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and Autism.

  • Landmark College Summer Institute 2020 —Schedule at a Glance

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    Landmark College Summer Institute - Schedule at a Glance

  • Keynote: Lifting Up the Generation that Doesn’t Look Up: Fostering Resilience and Self-Determination

    Keynote speaker David R. Parker

    by David R. Parker, Ph.D.

    Postsecondary Disability Specialist and ADD/life coach
    Children’s Resource Group (CRG) in Indianapolis, IN

    The recent college admissions scandal has alerted the country to the enormous anxieties that students, parents, and others feel about “getting into a good school.” These headlines are just the tip of the iceberg. College counseling centers are overwhelmed by a new generation of undergraduates that grapples with significant mental health challenges. The number of students seeking Disability Services supports due to psychiatric diagnoses continues to explode. How did the college years become so emotionally overwhelming for so many students with and without disabilities? Dr. Parker will summarize how social media and other societal trends have contributed to this phenomenon, highlight innovative campus practices designed to address this trend, and offer suggestions for high school and postsecondary professionals who want to empower students with greater resilience, grit and self-determination.

    Monday, June 29, 2020, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
    Location: Brooks O’Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building (EAB)

  • Three-day intensive, hands-on workshops (or “strands”) form a core component of our Institute experience. Participants choose a strand to stay in for all three days. Strands run each day of the institute.

    Choose from the following strands. Click on a title to learn more:

    Strand A) New Understanding of Dyslexia and ADHD: Strategies, Accommodations, and Classroom Practices

    Strand B) Executive Function as Conductor: How to Orchestrate EF Support in Your Students

    Strand C) Spanning the Spectrum: Building Classrooms that Work for All Students with Autism

  • Single sessions are short (~1.25 hour) presentations on a range of topics with relevance for educators working with students with LD, ADHD, and ASD. Single sessions focus on practical take-aways and/or cutting-edge research in the field of learning differences. Participants choose one presentation per session to attend.

    Deadline to submit a proposal is February 14, 2020.


    Single session titles and descriptions will be determined by early March.

  • Who should attend the Summer Institute?

    • Secondary school teachers
    • College and university professors
    • 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!

  • Watch a short video to get an idea what our workshops and presentations are like:

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 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!”

“Learning is happening at Landmark!”


Read a student perspective on the Summer Institute

View program highlights from previous Summer Institutes

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 workshops with focused attention to participant questions, because we limit enrollment to keep our workshops small.

Pricing and Registration


Individual—early bird (before 4/15/2020)


Individual—regular (4/15 and after)


Group rate+

(per person)

Single Day


Note: Lunch is included in the registration cost on June 29th and June 30th.

+A group is three or more attendees. Registration must be completed at the same time to receive the discount.

More Information

Lunch is included for all registered attendees, Monday and Tuesday. Light continental breakfast and coffee is served Monday – Wednesday.

If you wish to bring guests (i.e., those not registered for the Institute) to the Landmark College Dining Hall, the lunch fee is $12.

Dinner is not included. Dinner is available at the Dining Hall for $15 per person. Cash and credit cards accepted. There are also numerous excellent area restaurants.

Discover Putney (resources for visitors to Putney, Vermont)

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Participants attending all three days of the institute will receive a certificate of attendance.

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