National Institute for Learning Development - NILD

NILD Conferences

NILD conferences equip therapists, educators, parents and those who work with struggling learners with new insights that enhance their work with any learner.  In our nearly 40 year history, over 7,000 educators have been equipped to bring life-long learning to life for more than 100,000 students across the world!

NILD conducts multi-day conferences around the United States in the Spring and Fall. Attendees receive official NILD certificates of attendance that can be used to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to maintain school or professional organization certification requirements.

NILD conferences are designed to provide on-going professional development for NILD educational therapists and teachers and seek to give all educators and parents a better understanding of learning disabilities and NILD Educational Therapy®. At our conferences, NILD seeks to be a conduit for linking our members as well as all educators to current research that strengthens intervention methods and equips attendees to unlock the learning potential in for all students.

Upcoming Conferences

Examining the Role of Cognition in Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities

February 20-22, 2020 – North-West Regional Conference
Location: Joshua Institute
 2150 W. Cherry Lane
Meridian, ID 83642
Pre-conference workshops: Search & Teach, Rx for Discovery Reading, Executive Function, Woodcock-Johnson IV
Saturday Conference General Sessions are different but are not recorded, please review the link below for details on how the sessions will be broken up.
Can’t join us in person?  Register for the Video Only Option for those not in attendance to receive an archive recording of the general conference sessions recorded at the VA conference (links will be emailed by March 30 – priced at $140).
Hotel information
Best Western Plus, located at 1019 S. Progress Ave Meridian, ID  83642 is within a 10-minute (3 miles) drive from the Joshua Institute. Toll Free-800-780-7234 / Direct-208-887-7888. Event Rate:  $97.74 (plus tax & includes breakfast). Each room offers a coffee & tea maker, hairdryer, toiletries, free high-speed internet access, Wi-Fi, and local calls. A complimentary hot, breakfast is served daily.  Some popular amenities include a fitness center, pool and hot tub located on-site.  Rollaway beds are not available. Individuals would be responsible to make their reservations prior to arrival.  We are not able to block rooms but will be given an event rate of 97.74.  Therefore, it is important to make your reservation as soon as possible.   To get this discounted rate, please say either NILD or Joshua Institute when you call to make your reservation.  You will need to reserve your room directly with the hotel via a credit card and confirm payment arrangements with the hotel upon arrival.

March 26-28, 2020 – Lancaster, PA
Calvary Church
1051 Landis Valley Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
Pre-conference workshops: Rx for Discovery Writing, Search & Teach, Executive Function, Woodcock-Johnson IV
Hotel Information: The Fairfield Inn & Suites (WEST), by Marriott 150 Granite Run Drive Lancaster, PA 17601 is within a 12-20-minute (6-8 mile) drive from Calvary Church (depending on route, time of day, and traffic). Direct-717-581-1800 Fax-717-581-1810 Google Search: fairfield-inn-and-suites-lancaster-west.  Individuals would be responsible to make their reservations prior to arrival.  There is a block of rooms reserved under NILD for the training. Please call 888-STAY-FFI to make your reservation. You will need to reserve your room directly with the hotel via a credit card and confirm payment arrangements with the hotel upon arrival. Please reference the NILD block when you make your reservation. If you have questions, please contact the sales manager, Amanda at 717-581-1800.  MUST RESERVE BY FEBRUARY 24, 2020 FOR THE DISCOUNTED RATE

General Sessions:

Conference Welcome/General Session 1
The Role of Cognition in Developing Mathematical Conceptual Understanding and Computational Fluency

Supporting students’ mathematical learning is essential.  In a society that increasingly depends on quantitative skills, acquiring mathematical skills is not only important for academic and professional success but is also critical to manage everyday tasks.  Conceptual understanding and computational fluency are essential quantitative skills facilitating mathematical understanding, sense-making, and problem-solving abilities.  Students with learning disabilities can exhibit difficulty learning and developing mathematical conceptual understanding and computational fluency due to underlying cognitive deficits.  However, the cognitive processes that support conceptual understanding and computational fluency can be strengthened.  This session will:

  • Define developmental dyscalculia and identify the prevalence of specific learning disability in mathematics in the general school population.
  • Explore cognitive processes that underlie mathematical conceptual understanding and computational fluency.
  • Discuss the overlap in cognitive processes in literacy and numeracy.
  • Increase practitioners’ intentionality and proficiency in addressing the cognitive processes that impact mathematical conceptual understanding and computational fluency (within the NILD Educational Therapy model.)

General Session 2

The Role of Cognition in Reading Acquisition and Literacy Skills: Research Findings & Practical Application

Underachievement in reading in the United States continues to be a well-documented and ongoing concern, with only 35% of fourth-grade students scoring at or above proficiency in reading, according to the U.S. Department of Education. This session will explore the role of underlying cognitive processes in the acquisition of reading and the reading process, positing a plausible explanation for the significant number of non-responders to typical reading instruction.  Recent findings from brain imaging studies and cognitive research related to various aspects of the reading process will be reviewed, with implications for educational practice and intervention design in mind.  This session will conclude with a lively discussion of practical application suggestions for educational therapy and classroom practice.  Goals/objectives of this session include:

  • Understand how brain development and cognition impacts reading and literacy acquisition and vice versa.
  • Explore the process of learning to read from a brain-based perspective.
  • Discuss recent developments in brain research related to dyslexia and reading disabilities.
  • Review specific cognitive correlates to various aspects of the reading process and how NILD Educational Therapy addresses these processes.
  • Increase intentionality and proficiency in addressing the cognitive aspects of the reading process within the NILD Educational Therapy model and the general classroom.

General Session 1b/2b – A Framework of Success for All Students (In Idaho only)**

Parents, Educators, Administrators, OT/SLP/PT Therapists,

Join us in exploring the Building Blocks for Learning –  a framework highlighting the skills needed for success in school and beyond. The Building Blocks are designed to show the progression of needed skills and the difficulty when one or several areas are weak. The Building Blocks framework provides educators and parents important information for intentionally teaching the whole child.  It is also the foundation on which NILD builds an understanding of learning and those areas needed to remediate learning difficulties such as Dyslexia.  This session will also highlight the difference in training a professional to effectively remediate learning difficulties in students versus learning a program for students who struggle to learn. The process of becoming an NILD professional educational therapist will be highlighted as well as other training opportunities NILD offers to all educational professionals.

**This will be a separate session that will run simultaneously with the Reading and Math General sessions.  If you are new to NILD or are exploring NILD, you will attend this session either during the first or second session block.  You may choose the Reading or Math session as your second block.  Everyone will be in the third general session on Research following lunch.

Breakout Track 1 – Level I Trained Therapists & Other Guests, Therapy Implementation Highlights & Small-group practice
      Afternoon breakout sessions will be led by an NILD instructor and will include small group technique practice with feedback as well as closing time of Q&A. PLEASE NOTE: Attendees who are not trained NILD Educational Therapists are welcome to join this breakout session. 

Breakout Track 2 – Levels II & III Trained Therapists, Therapy Implementation Highlights & Small-group practice
     Afternoon breakout sessions will be led by an NILD instructor and will include small group technique practice with feedback as well as closing time of Q&A.

 

**Please note – the breakout tracks and workshops are not recorded.  If you choose to purchase the Conference Video Only option – it will be of the three general sessions recorded in VA and will not be available until March 30.

Pricing
*Conference $119
*Woodcock-Johnson IV – $425
*Rx for Discovery Reading – $710
*Executive Function – $425
*Search & Teach – $710
*Rx 4 Discovery Math II – $710

*Archived Video Recording of Conference Day (breakout sessions and workshops not included – will be distributed by March 30, 2020 after all conferences have taken place) $140

Additional Conference Locations and Pre-Conference Workshops:

*February 20-22, 2020 – Meridian, ID

Rx for Discovery Reading, Executive Function, Woodcock-Johnson IV, Search & Teach

*March 26-28, 2020 – Lancaster, PA – Register by 3/and save $30!

Rx for Discovery Writing, Search & Teach, Executive Function, Woodcock-Johnson IV

 

**Please note, effective June 2019, Woodcock-Johnson IV is a pre-requisite for NILD level II.  All workshops subject to change.

Following is what one recent Texas conference attendee had to say about her experience:

“I just wanted to thank you again for the great time and plethora of knowledge to shared with us this past week. I learned so much, and have been so excited to implement some of the strategies for Math into my Math block until we can get Rx for Math up and running. It was an amazing time!”

NILD Educational Therapists must attend conferences to meet and maintain certification requirements.

 

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I have been fortunate to speak at several conferences sponsored by NILD, including having the honor of being the keynote speaker at their 25th Anniversary conference. One of the benefits of my participating in these conferences is to have had the opportunity to discuss in detail the activities of NILD with its leadership group as well as many members of the organization. I am very impressed with the thoughtful work NILD accomplishes in training educators to meet the learning and emotional needs of students. NILD members demonstrate an understanding of the learning process and an appreciation of the unique style of each child. They are a group that truly focuses on the whole child, touching both the hearts and minds of students, and reinforcing learning, hope, and resilience…

Robert Brooks, Ph.D. Faculty, Harvard Medical School Author, "The Self-Esteem Teacher" and Co-author, "Raising Resilient Children" October 30, 2014

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