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The invitation is for 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference - VA on 11/13/2019 8:30 am EST through 11/16/2019 4:30 pm EST
Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Examining the Role of Cognition in Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities 
November 13 - 16, 2019
Location: Regent University
University Library
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Saturday, November 16th - 8:30-9:45 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.)


10:00-11:15 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.

11:15-11:30 am Announcements and Recognitions


11:30 am-1:00 pm Lunch


1:00-2:30 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

2:45-4:00pm   Educational Therapy Technique review and incorporating social-emotional components into sessions

4:00-4:30pm   Q & A / Wrap


Breakout Session for Levels II and III Trained Therapists

2:45-4:00pm   Educational Therapy Technique review and incorporating social-emotional components into sessions

4:00-4:30pm   Q & A / Wrap


Wednesday, November 13th - Friday, November 15th - Pre-conference workshops include:
Wednesday 11/13
**NEW** Time 4 Discovery Math - 1/2 day workshop, beginning at 12 noon 

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

Thursday/Friday 11/14-11/15
Rx 4 Discovery Math - 2 day workshop, beginning at 8:30 am
Rx for Discovery Writing - 2 day workshop, beginning at 8:30 am
Rx for Discovery Reading - 2 day workshop, beginning at 8:30 am
Search & Teach - 2 day workshop, beginning 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, Writing, and Reading - $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.  

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.

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