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Highlights of Previous Summer Institutes

Since 1990, Landmark College has presented the Summer Institute at its Putney, Vermont campus. This event presents practical, cutting-edge information for educators and professionals who work with students who learn differently, including students with language-based learning disabilities (such as dyslexia), ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

View the Summer Institute presenters and workshops from the past few years here.

Photograph of Summer Institute participants in a lecture hall

Sunday Keynote:
“Hope or Hype? The Use and Misuse of Neuroscience in Education”
(EAB O'Brien Auditorium)
Photograph of Nadine Gaapb, Ph.D.
Monday Plenary Presentation:
“The Typical and Atypical Reading Brain: How Neuroscience Can Inform Educational Practice”
(EAB O'Brien Auditorium)

Nadine Gaab, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Boston Children's Hospital & Harvard Medical School
Department of Medicine/Division of Developmental Medicine

Wednesday Special Guest Presentation:
“Harnessing Individual Variability to Improve Educational Outcomes: Case Studies and Interventions”
(EAB O'Brien Auditorium)

Joanna A. Christodoulou, Ed.D.

Photograph of Joanna A. Christodoulou, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Director, Brain, Education and Mind (BEAM) Team

Three-Day Workshop Strands

Hands-on workshops (or “strands”) form a core component of the Landmark College Summer Institute experience. Participants stay in one strand for three days. This year's strand topics are (see detailed descriptions above):

1. 21st Century Study Skills: Activating the Inactive Learner

Manju Banerjee, Ph.D.;
Loring Brinckerhoff, Ph.D.

2. Math Support and Advocacy for Students with Math Challenges

Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, Ph.D.

3. Executive Function Support In and Out of the Classroom

Rick Bryck, Ph.D.;
Landmark College Professional Certified Coaches

4. Thriving In College: The Path to Success for Students Who Learn Differently

Linda Hecker, M.Ed.

Single Session Topics:

  • Landmark College Works: Developing Supportive Employment Opportunities for Students Who Learn Differently
  • Micro-uniting to Promote Effective Instruction for All Learners
  • Supporting Student Wellness for Promoting Learning
  • From Learning to Memory: Building “Desirable Difficulties” Into Studying
  • Best Practices—Online Courses for Students Who Learn Differently
  • Campus Support for Students with ASD
  • Process and Progress: Addressing the Writing Challenges of Students with EF Disorders
  • Think Like Me: An Inside Look into the Cognition of Persons with LD
  • Techniques to Help Students Improve Emotional Self-Regulation and Learning

26th Annual Landmark College Summer Institute
June 19 – 22, 2016

Keynote and Plenary Presentations by Brock and Fernette Eide, founders of Dyslexic Advantage

Cover of the book The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock and Fernette Eide

Headshot of Brock and Fernette Eide

Sunday Keynote: “How Should We Think About Learning Differences? Why It's Time For a New Approach”

by Brock Eide, M.D.

Historically, learning differences have been treated primarily as disabilities. In this presentation we’ll describe a new approach that starts from the premise that many learning differences represent normal and healthy patterns of brain diversity, with strengths as well as challenges resulting from these different patterns of organization. We’ll focus primarily on our work and research with dyslexic individuals to describe how this different approach looks, and what difference it can make for education, employment, and self-concept.

Monday Plenary Presentation: “Change Makers: Neurodiverse Minds Shape the World”

by Fernette Eide, M.D.
This session will begin by talking about a great pivot which is taking place in our understanding of human neurobiological differences. Dr. Fernette Eide will share some of the progress that is being made in the neurodiversity movement through increased community, greater self-disclosure, and a better understanding of how neurodiverse minds are essential for innovation.

The Eides are internationally recognized authorities on dyslexia and learning differences.


Three-Day Strand Topics

  • 21st Century Study Skill Strategies: Activating the Inactive Learner
  • The Challenge of Text in a Multimedia World: Supporting Academic Reading and Writing
  • Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom and Beyond
  • Cognitive Neuroscience of Teaching and Learning: What Works

Single Session Topics

  • Campus support for addressing social pragmatics
  • The female ADHD perspective
  • Teaching math for students with LD
  • Making studying stick via “desirable difficulties”
  • Executive Function and writing
  • The digital master notebook
  • The culture of ASD in and out of the classroom
  • Using iPads in the classroom
  • Academic support center for students with LD
  • Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stress management and resiliency training
  • Transition planning for students with LD


Click here for a detailed program.

25th Annual Landmark College Summer Institute

June 23 – 26, 2015

Photograph of Sian Beilock, Ph.D.

Keynote by Sian Beilock, Ph.D.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 7:30 p.m.

“Helping All Students Perform Their Best Under Stress”
The 2015 keynote speaker, Dr. Sian Beilock, is a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago and the author of How the Body Knows Its Mind and Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have To.


Pre-Institute Workshops: Tuesday, June 23rd

Three-Day Strands: Wednesday, June 24th, through Friday, June 26th

Single Sessions: Wednesday, June 24th, and Thursday, June 25th

Special Guest Presentation by Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D.

Friday, June 26th, 1:15 p.m.

“Unique Aspects of Stress in Students with LD, ADHD, and High-Functioning ASD”
Dr. Jerome (Jerry) Schultz is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, author, and speaker who has provided clinical services, consultation and staff development to hundreds of private and public schools in the U.S. and abroad. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. He is the author of Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD & LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It.

View the complete 2015 Summer Institute Program.

Cerebrodiversity: Teaching and Learning from Strengths

June 24 – 27, 2014

Keynote by Thomas G. West, author of In the Mind's Eye and Thinking Like Einstein

two conference attendees smiling and talking

For more than twenty years, the Summer Institute for Educators at Landmark College has been an annual opportunity for participants to reboot their learning and to refresh their enthusiasm for supporting students who learn differently.

2014 Summer Institute Program

Pre-Institute Workshop

Tuesday, June 24th
Online Learning for All: Designing and Delivering Online Content for Students who Learn Differently
Pre-Institute Keynote: Dr. Sam Johnston, Research Scientist at CAST
Afternoon session: Dr. Matthew H. Schneps, Director, Laboratory for Visual Learning, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Join us on Tuesday evening, June 24th, at 7:30 p.m., when Thomas G. West presents the keynote address, Cerebrodiversity: Working from Strengths. This event is open to the public.

Special Guest Speaker

On Friday afternoon, June 27th, Dr. Albert Galaburda will present results from his latest research, From Genes to Reading: What’s New on the Horizon and Will It help Dyslexics.

The 2014 Summer Institute runs Wednesday, June 25th – Friday, June 27th, and features:

  • Three concurrent morning strands
  • A wide variety of afternoon sessions
  • Networking with other professionals in the field
  • Opportunity to engage with Landmark faculty, students, and programs

Summer Institute on Executive Function

June 24 – 28, 2013

At the 2013 Landmark College Summer Institute on Executive Function we welcomed keynote speaker Dr. Lorraine Wolf, noted Autism Spectrum Disorder researcher.

We were inspired by presentations, small group discussions, and working sessions on:

  • Academic Coaching and Executive Function Skills
  • Reading, writing, and digital literacy
  • Mobile Apps for college-level study skills
  • Documentation Review and Accommodations
  • ADHD and Gaming
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