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Welcome to the National Institute for Direct Instruction

The National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) is the world's foremost Direct Instruction (DI) support provider. This website provides information and resources for administrators, teachers and parents to help them maximize student achievement through DI. The website also contains information on DI's extensive and broad research base, including a searchable database of more than two hundred article summaries.

Consider becoming a member of NIFDI. Members not only help NIFDI fulfill its mission, but they also enjoy member pricing on our materials and events. Learn more about member benefits by clicking on the button to the right.

New to Direct Instruction? 

Check out our Introduction to Direct Instruction Video Series to learn more!

This nine-part introduction is free and covers a range of topics addressing the fundamentals of Direct Instruction. Designed to provide information relevant to individuals new to DI, topics include:

  • What is Direct Instruction?
  • What are the Direct Instruction programs?
  • What are the Direct Instruction program components?
  • How are students assessed in the DI programs?
  • What directions are included in the Teacher Presentation Books?
  • What is the comprehensive Direct Instruction model?
  • What is the research base for Direct Instruction?
  • What training and support are available for implementing DI?
  • How do I get started with Direct Instruction?

Each video is only about three to five minutes long, providing a succinct introduction to each topic. Users can browse through the videos separately, but we recommend viewing them in the listed order.

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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