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Summer Institute for Educators

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NOTE: All times listed are in Eastern Time.

June 18: Mental Health, Wellness, and Learning Differences


Keynote Presentation: Infusing Self-Determination into a Transformed Higher Education to Enhance Student Success and Wellbeing

Time: Friday, June 18, 10 – 11 a.m. ET
Presented by: David R. Parker, Ph.D., Postsecondary Disability Specialist ADD & Life Coach, Children’s Resource Group (CRG)
Description: 2020’s pandemic and social unrest fanned the societal flames that fueled a rising mental health crisis on college campuses over the past decade. This “perfect storm” will be unpacked to provide greater clarity about how we got here. More than ever, mindsets and practices that promote self-determination are needed to help students navigate these rough waters, achieve academic success, and maintain good mental health. We will use a better understanding of self-determination theory to identify current campus practices related to coaching, Universal Design for Instruction, contemplative practices, and instruction about resilience and grit. This overview will conclude with a call to action for disability services professionals to enhance their agency as campus-wide influencers.


Rewiring the Anxious Brain: Shifting a Campus Response to Student Distress

Time: Friday, June 18, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET
Presented by: Meg Spicer and Matt Cherry, Landmark College counselors
Description: In the fall of 2020, 31.4% of college students reported experiencing anxiety (ACHA, 2020). 57% of Landmark College students report that they have been diagnosed with anxiety at some point in their lives. In this presentation we will talk about a brain-based approach that we are using at Landmark College to help our students become more resilient in their responses to anxiety and to learn how to rewire their brains to reduce amygdala activation. We will be providing practical and effective strategies for responding to anxiety and supporting increased anxiety tolerance.


Using Universal Design to Coordinate Wellness Initiatives Across Campus

Time: Friday, June 18, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. ET
Presented by: Todd Miller, Assistant Professor/Physical Education Coordinator, Landmark College
Description: Explore a new initiative at Landmark College to support academic performance by enhancing wellness practices. Learn how to coordinate messaging and promote best practices for sleep, physical activity and anxiety effectively across campus.


Student Voices: Wellness and Learning Differences

Time: Friday, June 18, 2 – 3 p.m. ET
Presented by: Landmark College students
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 individuals with both learning and mental health or wellness challenges. The effects of the current COVID pandemic on student health and academics will also be addressed. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from students about the wellness strategies that have helped them along the way.

August 6: Landmark College: Creating an Environment for Success


Intentional Teaching: How Landmark College Pedagogy Supports Student Success

Time: Friday, August 6, 10 – 11 a.m. ET
Presented by: Jill Hinckley, Dean of School of Education, Landmark College
Description: Across the country, our post-secondary students have had to adapt to a collegiate environment during a pandemic. Faculty have had to flex quickly, sometimes faced with having to deliver remote instruction while not feeling totally prepared or delivering instruction in a hybrid model that reduces the amount of face-to-face contact time. This disruption asks us to answer important questions: What is central to our teaching and learning paradigm? How do we deliver instruction for the best chance of student success?

This session introduces Landmark College pedagogy that is built on the philosophy that college students by nature are diverse and capable and that faculty strive to maximize opportunities for student success. The teaching principles that are introduced in this session underscore the importance of accessibility, flexibility, assessment, and student engagement.


Teaching for Transfer: What We Talk About When We Talk about Writing

Time: Friday, August 6, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET
Presented by: John Kipp and Sara Glennon, Professors, Landmark College
Description: How do students transfer what they learn in required writing courses to writing tasks and assignments they encounter in later courses across the disciplines? This session on writing will introduce the concept of “Teaching for Transfer,” an approach to instruction that explicitly guides students to understand how writing works at a theoretical level and which is shown to help students apply writing knowledge and abilities across settings, courses, and subject areas.


Thinking Reasonably About Accommodations for Autism Spectrum Students in STEM Classrooms

Time: Friday, August 6, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. ET
Presented by: Kimberly Coleman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Natural Science, Landmark College
Description: This session will explore the concept of “reasonable” accommodations for autism spectrum students in STEM classrooms from the perspectives of the ADA Guidelines, AS individuals, and academic institutions that serve AS students. Case studies will serve as starting points for discussion and problem solving activities designed to stimulate thinking and provide practice with negotiating reasonable accommodations.


Student Voices: Landmark College Students Share Their Academic Journey

Time: Friday, August 6, 2 – 3 p.m. ET
Presented by: Landmark College students
Description: Join us to hear from a panel of current Landmark College students as they discuss their academic journeys and experiences in the classroom. Students will provide insight into what methods of teaching have allowed them to achieve success as individuals with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism. The impact of the pivot to online learning during the COVID pandemic will be discussed. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear about the different academic strategies and academic support services used by students at Landmark College.


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