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? 

About the Conference

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 available. A specialized institute for future DI trainers will round out the program offerings.

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 NIFDI's Coordinator of Training.

And, don't forget, members receive a 20% discount off the registration fee!

Registration opens February 20, 2015.

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 Training

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 training and on-site coaching support for implementing Direct Instruction (DI), and is now looking for ways of maintaining the implementation with a high level of fidelity? The institute on "Becoming an Effective DI Trainer" at NIFDI’s Southwest Training Conference and Institutes in San Antonio, TX, 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 training and to view the application, click here

College Credits

An optional 1 quarter hour of graduate (SPED 508) or undergraduate (SPED 408) level credit is available through the University of Oregon Summer Session for a fee of $75.00 each. Grading is pass/no pass.


Conference Schedule

June 8-11, 2015
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



The Venue

Marriott Hotel
555 S. Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78206

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