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The invitation is for 2020 Northeast Regional Conference - PA on 3/26/2020 8:30 am EDT through 3/28/2020 4:30 pm EDT
Northeast Regional Conference Examining the Role of Cognition in Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities 
March 26-28, 2020
Location: Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
Register by March 2nd and save $30!  Registration closes March 18th.

Saturday, March 28th - 8:30-9:55 am 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.)


10:15-11:45 am 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.

11:45 am -12:00 pm Announcements and Recognitions


12:00 pm-1:30 pm Lunch


1:30-2:45 pm 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 Session for Level I Trained Therapists and Other Attendees

3:00 - 4:30 pm   Educational Therapy Technique review and incorporating social-emotional components into sessions

Breakout Session for Levels II and III Trained Therapists
3:00 - 4:30 pm   Educational Therapy Technique review and incorporating social-emotional components into sessions


Thursday, March 26th - Friday, March 27th - Pre-conference workshops include:
Thursday 3/26
Executive Function - 1-day workshop, beginning at 8:30 am 

Rx for Discovery Writing- 2-day workshop, beginning at 8:30 am (Day 1) - Teletraining
Search & Teach - 2-day workshop, beginning at 8:30 am (Day 1)
Friday 3/28

Woodcock-Johnson IV - 1-day workshop, beginning at 8:30 am **(pre-requisite for Level II attendance) 

Rx for Discovery Writing - 2-day workshop, beginning at 8:30 am (Day 2) - Teletraining

Search & Teach - 2-day workshop, beginning at 8:30 am (Day )


Pricing 
*Conference $119, Register by 3/2 and save $30!
*Woodcock-Johnson IV - $425
*Rx for Discovery Writing- $710 
*Executive Function - $425
*Search & Teach- $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

Hotel information
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 

 

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