Nancy WoolfsonProject Director
"If the student hasn't learned, the teacher hasn't taught."
- Siegfried "Zig" Engelmann
B.A. in Social Sciences, UC Berkeley
Nancy began using Direct Instruction programs in 1973, and used it throughout her 33-year teaching career. She was a special education teacher, classroom teacher, and Title One teacher at the elementary and middle school levels. During the course of her teaching career she earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in special education. She taught courses in reading and mathematics using Direct Instruction methods at the University of Oregon, and supervised and trained teachers through the Special Education Program at the U of O.
Nancy is the lead trainer for Direct Instruction Spoken English (DISE) for the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). She is currently training and coaching ELL teachers in Texas to use DISE. She is also Project Director at Mission Achievement Success (MAS) charter schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nancy served as the Program Manager in Western and Northern Territories of Australia. She has also trained teachers in many cities in the United States in reading, math, writing and language. She wrote the NIFDI Press book Science and Social Studies in Reading Mastery Signature Edition. She has been an implementation manager in Nebraska and Portland, Oregon.