"We are what we do repeatedly. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
M.Ed. in Education, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Years of DI Experience:
Kris Althoff is an experienced trainer and teacher of Direct Instruction (DI) in the primary grades. Kris was a first grade teacher for over 30 years in the Rush City School District, Minnesota. For the last 15 of those years, she taught Direct Instruction programs (Reading Mastery, Language for Learning, Language for Thinking, Reasoning & Writing, DISTAR Arithmetic I, and Connecting Math Concepts levels A & B). In 1997, she became the Direct Instruction Coach for the school, and in 1999 she became the DI trainer for the entire St. Croix River Education District for Direct Instruction.
In 1999, she also became a trainer and part-time Implementation Manager for the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). She has provided training and support to schoolwide implementations of Direct Instruction with NIFDI in Australia, Detroit, Georgia, Guam, Minnesota, Nebraska and Texas.
From 2004 to 2013, Kris served as the Title I Teacher/Reading Coordinator for Pine City Public Schools in Pine City, Minnesota, with responsibilities for providing teachers with initial training in Direct Instruction programs, in-class coaching, weekly analysis of student performance and adjustment of the DI implementation based on observations and data analysis.