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The History & Development of the NILD Discovery Program

In 2002, following NILD’s 20th anniversary celebration, the Board of Directors approved the development of Discovery Program, Inc., a community-based model to serve students outside private school settings. Discovery Program is a key part of NILD and is our prototype of community-based models currently servicing students.

In 2007, Dr. Kathy Hopkins, NILD’s then Executive Director, led the organization through significant changes, including research and development of group models of intervention, expansion of the community-based model, Discovery Program, and our online component to the NILD courses. Dr. Hopkins also announced the organization’s name change to the National Institute for Learning Development at our 25th anniversary conference. This name change more accurately reflects our organizational direction. With headquarters in Suffolk, Virginia, NILD continues to serve educators and students around the globe.

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