Accreditations & Endorsements
The International Dyslexia Association has accredited our teacher programs for students with dyslexia and reading difficulties.
NILD’s Executive Director, Kristin Barbour, was invited by the IDA to serve on a committee to work on establishing the knowledge and practice standards of reading for IDA’s national assessment development. The IDA certifies university programs and individual organizations offering training in literacy.
NILD is a Feuerstein Institute Authorized Training Center. The Feuerstein Institute has greatly influenced and contributed to the work of the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) in the USA since 1993.
Kristin Barbour contributes her expertise to Partnership for 21st Century Skills blogazine. She writes about transforming special education by building critical thinking skills.
NILD is endorsed to provide training for SEARCH and TEACH © Early Intervention. SEARCH and TEACH © is cited since 1980 in the USOE publication, Educational Programs that Work.
NILD’s accounting practices are accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability®.
NILD is endorsed by ACSI and all NILD courses and workshops count toward ACSI continuing education units.
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) commends NILD for our therapeutic, research- based, individualized approach, grounded in test and observational data, addressing all components of reading within a cognitive development framework.
The IDA noted these specific strengths:
- Therapeutic Approach is research-based, individualized, and grounded in test and observational data
- Components of reading are addressed within a cognitive development framework
- Rich vocabulary development is emphasized in all segments of the therapy session
- Assessment and progress monitoring is strong
- Diagnostic teaching is evident
- Ethical standards for therapists are taught explicitly and monitored
- Degree program is available and many therapists seek a Master’s of Education