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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.

  • Check back soon for the 2020 schedule

  • Keynote: Lifting Up the Generation that Doesn’t Look Up

    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, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    Location: Brooks O’Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building (EAB)

  • Three-day strand presentations for 2020 will be announced later this fall.

    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.

  • Check back in early January for information on submitting a Single Session proposal for the 2020 institute.

    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.

  • 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!”


Watch a short video where Dr. Manju Banerjee, VP of Educational Research and Innovation, describes the unique aspects of the Summer Institute
• Or read a student perspective on the Summer Institute.

View program highlights from previous Summer Institutes

Don’t miss the opportunity to 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

Check back soon for 2020 pricing and registration links

Group rate+
(per person)
Single Day  

Note: Lunch is included in the registration cost.

+A group is three or more attendees.

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.

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

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