Due to health concerns surrounding the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Spring Education Conference has been cancelled.  Stay tuned for dates in 2021. 

Join us for the 2020 Annual Meeting.... 


The Spring meeting begins with the Education Conference on Saturday, October 3rd and is open to our instructors, instructional staff and interested guests.

Learn about cognitive and social emotional factors that affect resilience in students with dyslexia.  During the Education Conference on Saturday, October 3rd,you will:

  • Increase your understanding of risk factors and protective factors that affect your students' learning
  • Hear about new resources for early identification and screening (e.g., APPRISE, a new screening app)
  • Learn evidence-based strategies to support successful emotion regulation in children . . . and MUCH MORE

The Education Conference Keynote speakers are Dr. Fumiko Hoeft and Dr. Kate Monahan.  These presenters, two exemplary, widely-recognized, and respected speakers, are currently researching these topics from different sides of the same coin.  Few children learn to read and write without instruction.  Most need explicit systematic instruction.  The complexity involved in learning to read and write includes the interaction of protective factors, risk factors, cognitive factors, and social emotional factors.  All of these have an impact on development of resilience—especially for students with dyslexia.


The Instructors/Instructional Staff meeting is scheduled from 8 am Saturday through noon on Sunday. This meeting provides an opportunity for Slingerland instructors and teachers to deep dive into uniformity of practice, new training procedures, new classes, and ways to become a local ambassador for the Institute. The tentative agenda can be found under the "Agenda" link on this site.


NEW - Meeting Handbook online only!  Please bring your laptops/tablets/mobile devices in order to participate in our interactive sessions and access the meeting presentations as the meeting handbook will only be available via the Event Guide app.  A link to download the "Guide App" is after the Agenda listing below and will also be included in the registration confirmation email.   


We're back at the Hilton Garden Inn FOR 2020!  A room block has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn & Suites Downtown Bellevue, WA. The discounted rates are $112 plus tax per night for the standard guest rooms.  A garden room and suite is available for $149 plus tax per night. These discounted rooms are limited and will be provided on a first-come-first-registered basis. All rooms include complimentary WiFi, a microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker.  Please use the link under the HOTEL to make your hotel room reservation.  T.

Click here to reserve your room today! 


The Hilton Garden Inn only offers valet parking. The Institute has negotiated a reduced daily and overnight parking rate for all Spring Meeting & Education Conference guests. In order to receive the discounted daily rates, you will need to select and pay for the parking options during the reservation process. Your email confirmation will serve as your parking ticket for the event.  If you are staying overnight your online hotel reservation will have your parking connected to the reservation.  



Graduate Level Extension Credit will be available for the Instructors/Instructional staff meeting through the University of San Diego. Registration for the credit must occur on or before the first day of the event. Enrollment information will be provided upon receipt of a completed registration form.

Clock hours will be available for the October 3rd Educational Conference through 247Ed. You will be able to apply and pay for the clock hours after the conference.



Some of the Spring Meeting sessions will be available via live Go-to-Meeting video conferencing. You will be able to choose the online option during the registration process.


The registration form offers different registration levels so please choose the correct level:

·         Faculty Senate Member for Slingerland Faculty Senate Members

·         Board Member for Slingerland Board members

·         SIL Instructional Staff for Slingerland® Institute employees/teaching staff

·         SIL Admin Staff for SIL Administrative personnel

·         Education Conference for all non-Slingerland instructional staff attendees and guests.


If you have several positions within the SIL organization, you may register for those in the Meeting Details tab.


Additionally, instructional staff sessions may include accessing the account section of the SIL website, viewing online presentations, participating in online meetings/discussions, visiting the electronic signature and fundraising sites and additional digital information. Complimentary wireless connections and instructions will be available at registration.



See you in October!


5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Slingerland Board Meeting
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
State of the Institute
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
On your own or purchase a boxed lunch
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4:55 PM
4:55 PM
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Dr. Fumiko Hoeft will focus on the many facets of dyslexia--and their interactions--from the perspective of the latest neuroscience research.
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Emotional regulation is key to successful child development.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Award luncheon honoring SIL Award recipient
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Deeper into the role Phonological Awareness plays across the grade levels
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Our growth as 21st Century Teachers on a foundation as solid as a rock
8:30 AM - 12:05 PM
12:15 PM
12:15 PM
Dean of Faculty
Slingerland Institute
Bonnie Meyer is the Dean of Faculty of the Slingerland® Institute for Literacy and the Vice Principal and Reading Specialist at Our Lady of the Lake Parish School in Seattle, WA.
Clinical Professor, University of California San Francisco; Certified Slingerland Instructor
Nancy Cushen White is a teacher, a learning disabilities specialist, a Clinical Professor at the University of California-San Francisco in the Department of Pediatrics and a Certified Slingerland Instructor of Teachers.
Professor & Director of BIRC
Univ. of Connecticut / Univ. CA San Francisco
Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychological Sciences, Neuroscience and Psychiatry, and Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) at the University of Connecticut (UConn).
Parents With Science
Kathryn Monahan has a Ph.D. in Developmental Pysychology, with expertise in social and emotional development and resilience in childhood adolescence.
President, Board of Trustees
SIL FS Board Representative
Slingerland Institute
Sue Winters is the Chair of Slingerland Faculty Senate and a Slingerland Certified Instructor of Teachers.
Hilton Garden Inn, 10777 Northeast 10th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 10777 Northeast 10th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

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