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NILD 2023-2024 Annual Conference

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Being an educational therapist can be a challenging and isolating job. It can be easy to feel disconnected from the larger community of professionals in this field and miss out on opportunities to learn from others' experiences. Our yearly conference allows you to receive:

Connection with like-minded professionals who share your passion for helping students.
Guidance from top experts on the latest concepts and theories in educational therapy.
Rest, relaxation, and inspiration
Building a stronger practice together.

Our conference will be held at HUB757 in beautiful Suffolk, VA.  Join us on November 2nd for professional development workshops and on November 3rd for our live conference event.  The main conference keynote sessions will be recorded. The breakout sessions will NOT be recorded.  Plus, join us at NILD Headquarters on November 2nd from 6-8 pm for an Open House event. 

Keynote 1 - Dr. Kristin Barbour

Developing Literacy Skills at the Intersection of the Science of Writing and Reading

  • Explore how reading and writing reciprocally influence each other 
  • Review implications for educational therapy from the science of reading and writing 
  • Examine essential practices for building literacy skills in NILD educational therapy

Keynote 2 - Dr. Tony Ryff

Why Write When We Have Artificial Intelligence?

  • Dr. Virginia Berninger's construct on The Simple View of Writing which emphasizes as cognitive resources are "freed up" the brain is able to devote more thinking to the actual content of written expression
  • Why the brain needs to organize its thoughts and the importance of communicating its thoughts on paper
  • Additional research on the power of the pen over the keyboard and how today's schools are actually moving away from keyboards back to paper/pencil - partially to counter the explosion of plagiarized artificial intelligence
  • How reading and writing complement one another through the development and use of rich vocabulary and complex sentence structure
  • How is or can artificial intelligence "shortchange" language development in all learners
  • How Scarborough's Rope is applicable to written expression

Keynote 3 - Doctoral Candidate, Lorri Wilke

Spotlight on Literacy: How the Science of Reading Shapes our Practice

  • Recognize the current state of reading in American schools
  • Define the Science of Reading
  • Review what is known about the Science of Reading
  • Explore current hot topics in reading science 
  • Discover the connections between reading and writing 
  • Apply the Science of Reading to the practice of educational therapy

Plus two breakout sessions! 

Writer's Workshop: Roundtable Discussion 

(for Level II and III trained therapists)

Writer's Workshop: Synthesizing Reading and Writing within NILD Techniques 

(for Level I trained therapists and guests)