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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

November 13-16, 2019 – Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Location: Regent University
University Library
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Pre-conference workshops: Time 4 Discovery Math, Woodcock-Johnson IV, Executive Function, Rx for Discovery Reading, Rx 4 Discovery Math, Rx for Discovery Writing, Search & Teach

Click here for more info or to register

Can’t join us in person?  Register for Live Streaming (at Mid-Atlantic ONLY) for $150 or the Video Only Option for those not in attendance to receive an archive recording of the main conference (links will be emailed by March 30 – priced at $140).

Hotel information
A small number of rooms are available at Founders Inn – they only have rooms through the morning of the 15th. Though if you book early, you may be able to get an extension if they have space.
Marriott – Book your room or call 757-448-6539.  Cut off date for group rate is 10/21.

General Sessions being covered at each location:

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 3 – NILD Research Update: Pathways & Projections

Various key stakeholders with interest in student outcomes want to know what is inside the “black box” of treatment. Peering into this “black box” provides insight into the mechanisms underlying why a treatment approach is effective. Outcomes from specific student populations with various learning differences highlight the efficacy of NILD’s methodological approach.  NILD certification training provides the pathway for educators to become equipped to implement the research-informed distinctives of the NILD Educational Therapy intervention approach. Additionally, NILD’s certification training significantly impacts educators’ knowledge, beliefs, and instructional practices.  Ongoing collaboration with internal and external research partners projects the message of NILD’s program efficacy and credibility to expanded audiences.  Goals/objectives of this session include:

  • Review the Theory of Change for the NILD Educational Therapy model.
  • Highlight student and NILD Educational Therapist outcomes.
  • Discuss research on the horizon.
  • Call for action!

Breakout Track 1 – Levels I 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 a 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 a 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.

Pre-Conference Workshops at Mid-Atlantic:

*Time 4 Discovery Math – begins at 12 noon
*Promoting & Coaching Executive Function – begins at 8:30 am
*Woodcock-Johnson IV – begins at 8:30 am
*Rx 4 Discovery Math, Reading, & Writing – begins at 8:30 am
*Search & Teach – begins at 8:30 am

Pricing 
*Conference $119, Register by 10/13/19 and save $30!
*Time 4 Discovery Math – $215
*Promoting & Coaching Executive Function – $425
*Woodcock-Johnson IV – $425
*Rx 4 Discovery Math, Math II, Reading, & Writing – $710 each
*Search & Teach – $710

*Live Streaming of Conference Day (access details will be shared within 24 hrs of event start) $150
*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

*Bundle a pre-conference workshop with in-person conference day attendance and save an extra $50 with code BUNDLE.

Additional Conference Locations and Pre-Conference Workshops:

*January 9-11, 2020 – The Woodlands, TX 

Rx for Discovery Reading, Executive Function, Woodcock-Johnson IV

*February 6-8, 2020 – Winter Garden, FL

**NEW** Rx 4 Discovery Math II, Search & Teach

*February 20-22, 2020 – Meridian, ID

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

*March 26-28, 2020 – Lancaster, PA

Rx for Discovery Writing, 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.

 

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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