Conferences & Academies
Southwest Direct Instruction Training Conference & Institutes
Are you new to Direct Instruction or wanting to improve your skills? Are you a teacher, administrator or paraprofessional interested in gaining specific training in all levels of Direct Instruction programs?
Join the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) and expert Direct Instruction (DI) trainers for the
Southwest DI Training Conference & Institutes
August 3-7, 2014
San Antonio, TX - Marriott Plaza Hotel
Sessions at the conference offer:
- Placement test materials provided to registrants prior to the institute to ensure that all participants attend the session that corresponds to their students' performance level;
Detailed, field-tested training plans and support materials for each session;
Trainers who have coached teachers successfully in the specific programs covered in the sessions; and,
On-site support provided to trainers by the NIFDI Coordinator of Training.
How NIFDI's Southwest Direct Instruction Training Conference is Unique:
NIFDI's Southwest Training Conference and Institutes is designed to help teachers, paraprofessionals, building coordinators and administrators successfully implement DI for all students. This powerful professional development event will provide the most thorough program training possible in all levels of the main DI reading, language and mathematics programs. Specialized academies for administrators and future DI trainers will round out the program offerings. Read more about NIFDI's unique training event here.
DI and the Common Core State Standards:
In recent years, the Common Core State Standards have become a universal language for schools across our nation and play a significant role in instructional decisions made in schools, including curriculum selections. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed with the intent to provide a clear framework of what students are expected to learn and to ensure consistent standards, regardless of where students attend school. Schools using Reading Mastery Signature Edition (RMSE), Connecting Math Concepts: Comprehensive Edition (CMCCE) and other DI programs can be assured the coverage in each of those standards addressed is superior than with traditional texts. In DI, students are expected to master the concepts presented to them and are routinely tracked on their performance to ensure mastery. As a result, students don’t just cover the standards that DI programs address – they master them! Find more about DI and the Common Core State Standards, including links to the correlations of DI programs and CCSS, here.
Placement testing your students in preparation for conference:
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IF YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR PROGRAM TRAINING: We strongly recommend that you administer DI placement tests to your students before registering for program training. For placement tests and instructions, click here.
Institute on Becoming a DI Trainer:
Has your district received extensive training and follow-up support for implementing Direct Instruction (DI), and is now looking at ways of maintaining the implementation with a high level of fidelity? The academy on "Becoming an Effective DI Trainer" at NIFDI’s Southwestl Training Conference and Institutes in San Antonio, TX (August 3-7, 2014), can help your school or district expand its capacity for providing training and support to the DI implementation by developing on-site trainers. For more information on this 5 and a 1/2 day training and to view the application, click here.
General Sessions (August 4-7, 2014)
Monday - Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Institute on Becoming a DI Trainer (August 3-7, 2014)
Sunday - Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
555 S. Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78206