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.
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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)
"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.
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.