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 are listed below. Stay tuned for 2019 strand topics and descriptions
Strand A) Technology for Student Success
Presenter: Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, Ph.D.
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
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
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
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.