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Summer Institute for Educators

Thank you to those who attended the 28th annual Summer Institute!

Save the Date: Our next Summer Institute will be held June 24 – 26, 2019

Check back for more information and registration information for the 2019 institute; information will be posted in the late fall.

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 Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

  • Landmark College Summer Institute 2018 —Schedule at a glance

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    Landmark College Summer Institute 2018 Schedule Overview

  • Keynote Presentation:A Path to Pride and Success

    Photograph of LeDerick Horne

    Monday, June 25, 2018 9 – 10:30 a.m.
    by LeDerick Horne, spoken-word poet, advocate for people with disabilities, and inspiring motivational speaker

    LeDerick Horne is a poet, advocate, and co-author of the book “Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success.” Within this presentation, LeDerick Horne will share his own experience as a student with a learning disability who was able to graduate from college with a B.A. in mathematics. LeDerick is now one of the nation’s most sought after speakers dedicated to improving the outcomes of youth with disabilities. LeDerick will give advice to help all students develop positive identities as people with disabilities. Strategies for helping students reach their transition goals will be shared as well as advice on helping students develop positive relationships in school and the adult world.

    Plenary Presentation: “EF on the Horizon: Innovative Research on Supporting Students with Executive Function Disorder”

    Photo of Eleazar Vasquez

    Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
    by Eleazar Vasquez, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director and Associate Professor, University of Central Florida

    What’s on the horizon for students who struggle with executive function? In this plenary session, Dr. Vasquez will discuss the findings of three National Science Foundation projects on innovative supports for students with EF disorder. From serious games to Universal Design for Learning in STEM courses to enhancing instruction through greater connectivity, this session is sure to offer attendees a glimpse into the future of supporting students with EF disorder.

    Special Guest Presentation: "A Gliding Artform"

    Photograph of Jean Cherouny

    Sunday, June 24, 2018 7:30 – 9 p.m.
    by Jean Cherouny, artist and Landmark College alumna

    In her talk, Ms. Cherony will describe how learning differences influenced her career and life trajectory, as illustrated by her journey in becoming a successful artist, entrepreneur, and world traveler. Jean describes her inspiration: “When I paint it is never about me but the light and the people I see and feel. There is always an impulse coming from something larger than life itself with the flowing paint under my wheels. It’s lucky to be an artist and feel this freedom. Landmark College provided me a new outlook on myself as a learner. In turn, this provided an essential component for life after Landmark—the ability to let go and search to understand more deeply who I am. My art takes me to an unbiased place and allows me to create and share the work with the world.”

  • Three-day intensive, hands-on workshops (or “strands”) form a core component of the Landmark College Summer Institute experience. Participants stay in the same strand for all three days. Strands take place each afternoon.

    Strand topics for the 2018 Summer Institute

    Strand A) Technology for Student Success
    Presenter: Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, Ph.D.

    Location: East Academic Building (EAB) 105

    Photo of Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki

    Technology tools play a large role in leveling the playing field for a wide range of diverse learners. However, effective pedagogical integration is necessary to see real improvement. Students and educators now have access to a broad range of low cost/no cost tools that can significantly improve academic outcomes for students with LD, ADHD, and ASD. This session will focus on ways to use readily available apps and built-in technologies to support student learning, reduce executive function challenges, and increase student confidence and success.

    Note: This session is intended for all levels of technology experience (zero to expert).
    We will have a limited number of devices available for those who do not bring their own, but encourage you to bring your own device.

    Strand B) Fostering Academic Accessibility: Student and Educator Perspectives
    Presenters: Ellen Wood, M.Ed. and Alicia Keating

    Photo of Ellen Wood

    Location: MacFarlane STEM building 104

    With an emphasis on turning theory into practice, this three-day strand will dive into effective teaching and learning strategies from both the student and educator points of view. Using Universal Design as a lens, classroom management, experiential learning, and other teaching strategies will be explored in depth. Participants will take away tips and techniques to enhance their work with students going forward.

    Strand C) College Transition: What Do You Mean It’s at Least a 10-Year Process?
    Presenter: Adam Lalor, Ph.D. and Jessica Monahan

    Photo of Adam Lalor

    Location: MacFarlane STEM building 111

    Although frequently thought of as a short period of time between secondary and postsecondary education, the transition to college is a dynamic (and often confusing) process that begins early in a student’s academic career and continues through postsecondary degree completion. In this strand we will discuss a variety of topics ranging from goal setting and college preparation to the college search and application process to college academics and living on campus. Strategies for working with students with LD, ADHD, and ASD during the college transition will be discussed.

    Strand D) Executive Function Support In and Out of the Classroom
    Presenter: Rick Bryck, Ph.D. and Landmark College EF Coaches

    Photo of Rick Bryck

    Location: East Academic Building (EAB) O'Brien Auditorium

    Many students struggle in school, not because the work is too hard, but because of the executive function (EF) challenges they face when trying to juggle academics, social life, athletics, and jobs. EF refers to the cognitive processes that allow us to organize thoughts and activities, prioritize tasks, make decisions, and take action. Participants in this interactive three-day strand will deepen their understanding of EF and its impact on student success. A balance between EF theory, research, and practice will be presented—emphasis is placed on understanding why students struggle with EF, as well as practical approaches for supporting students facing EF challenges due to increased academic demand, learning disability, ADHD, or ASD.

  • Single sessions are short (~1.25 hours) presentations on a range of topics with relevance for educators working with students with LD, ADHD, and ASD. Sessions emphasize practical information and opportunities for participants to apply learning in their own context, through discussions, case studies, and guided activities.

    Click here to see the full 2018 Single Sessions schedule
    (including titles, presenters, and descriptions)

  • Who should attend the Summer Institute?

    • Secondary school teachers
    • Learning specialists
    • Special educators
    • Disability service providers
    • Principals
    • Superintendents
    • Administrators
    • Curriculum and staff developers
    • Tutors
    • Advisors
    • College and university professors
    • Parents

    Or anyone wanting to learn more about supporting diverse student learners!

  • Check back soon for 2019 registration information

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 the Summer Institute since 2014

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.

More Information

The Holiday Inn Express, 10 minutes south of the College, has offered a special rate for those attending the Landmark College Summer Institute.

The Hampton Inn of Brattleboro, Vermont also offers a discounted rate for event attendees.

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Lunch in the Landmark College Dining Hall is included for all attendees (Mon – Wed)!

(The lunch fee for guests of participants is $9.) Dinner is available at the Dining Hall for $12. Cash and credit cards accepted. There are also numerous excellent area restaurants.

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