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Kris Althoff

Kris Althoff 2017


"We are what we do repeatedly. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

- Aristotle




Project Director

B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

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.

Implementing Direct Instruction Successfully: An Online Tutorial

When implemented fully, Direct Instruction (DI) is unparalleled in its ability to improve student performance and enhance students’ self-esteem. In order to implement DI effectively, much more is required than simply purchasing instructional materials. The following two-part tutorial guides administrators, teachers and coaches through the key features of a successful DI implementation. Part I provides an overview of the steps schools need to take in preparation for a DI implementation before school starts while Part II provides an overview of the steps schools need to take after school has started.

rating starIMPORTANT: This tutorial is an intensive video series comprised of 18 segments, each followed by a series of questions. Users should allow approximately three hours to watch the videos and complete the questions. NIFDI recognizes the high demand for time placed on school officials and, for this reason, has structured the tutorial so users may stop at anytime and later resume where they left off.


Have a slow connection? You can view the quiz portion (no videos) of the tutorial here. To get a copy of the videos on disk to use with this method, please contact us at 877.485.1973 or .

New to Direct Instruction? Watch the Introduction to Direct Instruction Video Series before taking the online tutorial.

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