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

Social-Emotional Development: Addressing the Non-Cognitive Factors that Shape Thinking and Learning

South-Central Regional Conference

January 10-12, 2019 – The Woodlands, TX

Venue: The Woodlands Christian Academy, 5800 Academy Way, The Woodlands, TX 77384

Pre-conferences: Rx 4 Discovery Math, Rx for Discovery Writing

Click here for more info or to register

Can’t join us in person?  Register for the Video Only Option for those not in attendance to receive an archive recording of the main conference (links will be emailed later in the conference season – priced at $139).

More about Social-Emotional Development:

Academic performance is a complex phenomenon, influenced by numerous factors intrinsic to students and in their external environment. Content knowledge and academic skills are important for academic success.  Students must also develop behaviors, skills, attitudes, and strategies that are crucial to academic performance in their classes, but that may not be reflected in their scores on cognitive tests. These factors are described as non-cognitive skills and include beliefs about their own intelligence, their identity as a learner, their self-control and persistence, and the quality of their relationships with peers and adults.

In essence, learning is an interplay between cognitive and non-cognitive factors situated in the environment and socio-cultural processes.  Current educational policy assumptions focus on a more rigorous academic curriculum as the mechanism to improve student performance on standardized tests which will reflect that students are better prepared for college.  However, what matters most for college graduation is not which high school courses students take or what their SAT test scores are, but how well students perform in the high school courses as measured by their grades.  Students course grades, GPA or class rank are vastly better predictors of high school and college performance and graduation, as well as a host of longer-term life outcomes, than their standardized test scores or the coursework students take in school.

Why are GPAs so predictive of later success?  Grades captures some other important student attributes over and above the content that test scores measure, but what?  The prevailing interpretation is that, in addition to measuring students’ content knowledge and core academic skills, grades also reflect the degree to which students have demonstrated a range of non-cognitive academic behaviors, attitudes, and strategies that are critical for success in school and later life.  



Farrington et al. (2012)

NILD Regional Conferences are also tentatively scheduled for the following locations(pre-cons are subject to change – more details to follow)

Florida – Winter Garden, February 7-9, 2019 (Pre-cons: Rx for Discovery Writing, Rx for Discovery Reading, Search & Teach)
California – Palm Desert, mid to late March (Pre-cons: Rx for Discovery Writing, Search & Teach)
Washington – Bellevue, mid to late March (Pre-cons: Rx for Discovery Reading, Search & Teach)

Prior Conferences

NILD 2016 Regional Conferences – “Architecture of Learning: Building Student Success”

2016 Texas Regional Conference

2016 Texas Regional Conference


Learning from one another during Rx4 Discovery Math at the 2016 Texas Regional Conference

Learning from one another during Rx4 Discovery Math at the 2016 Texas Regional Conference

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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