Southwest Direct Instruction Training Conference

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 Direct Instruction programs? 

About the Conference

2015 SW DI Conference Brochure

NIFDI's Southwest Training Conference 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.

The conference features:

  • four full days of program-specific training in Direct Instruction programs;
  • a special session designed for paraprofessionals and co-teachers–Road to Success: Classroom Routines and Expectations; 
  • placement test materials provided to registrants prior to the conference to ensure 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 lunch provided each day as part of your conference fee to allow for networking and team building.


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Registration is now open!
And, don't forget, members receive a 20% discount!


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.


Conference Schedule

June 8-11, 2015
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
See Also: master schedule and session descriptions.


$675 per participant
Fee includes lunch each day and conference materials.
Group discounts available. Contact Bryan Wickman, NIFDI Outreach Events Coordinator, at 877.485.1973 for more information.
Register online or download the conference brochure for a paper registration form.

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.

Cancellation Policy

A 100% refund will be issued to requests received by May 1, 2015. Cancellations after May 1st will not be refunded. Participants wishing to cancel after the deadline may arrange for a substitute participant. Please call 877.485.1973 to arrange a substitution. 


The Venue

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

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