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Registration Open for Summer Trainings!

  Plan on joining us for our upcoming summer conferences featuring high-quality, intensive training on the current editions of Direct Instruction programs:

6th Annual Southwest DI Conference  

Trainer Training Institute-June 18-22, 2018

Conference-June 19-22, 2018  

San Antonio, Texas 

44th National Direct Instruction Conference and Institutes  

July 23-27, 2018

Eugene, Oregon 

  The San Antonio conference opening keynote will feature nationally recognized speaker Robert Pondiscio. We will offer the popular institute, Becoming an Effective Direct Instruction Trainer, beginning on June 18. Conference sessions begin on June 19, and are focused on the Kindergarten through 3rd grade levels of Reading Mastery Signature Edition, DISTAR Arithmetic, and Corrective Reading.

   The National Conference in Eugene will include up-to-date training on all levels of the DI programs, as well as sessions on classroom management, data collection and analysis and much more. Educational consultant and author Anita Archer will deliver the opening keynote. There are new sessions on targeted staff development and management and teaching techniques for teacher students with low-incidence disabilities. Eugene also features all of our institutes, including the Institute on Becoming an Effective DI Trainer, a revamped Coaching Institute, and the Administrators Institute: Effective Implementation and Supervision of DI. 

   Click the links above to download a complete brochure or to register for either conference. 

Veterans of Project Follow Through Gather for Reunion

ProjectFollowThroughVeteransThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Project Follow Through. In recognition of the anniversary, twenty-six of the original Direct Instruction Model developers, project directors and trainers gathered in Eugene, Oregon for a reunion. The two-day event was designed so each participant had an opportunity to share how they became involved in the project, what they are currently doing, and reflect on the triumphs and frustrations of being involved in the largest educational experiment in history. Over the course of this year, NIFDI News will feature stories of the people and events that were shared during that reunion. A high point of the meeting was a screening of a 1968 segment from Walter Cronkite's show "21st Century." Click here to view the video. The portion that talks about the Berieter-Engelmann preschool begins at time marker 9:45. We look forward to sharing more with you about the amazing people and events that took place in the early years of Direct Instruction.    

Sixth Southwest DI Conference to Include Effective Trainer Institute!

By popular demand, NIFDI is including the popular Institute Becoming an Effective DI Trainer in the 6th Southwest DI Conference lineup.

The institute provides advanced training for teachers, coaches and building coordinators who already have substantial DI experience and are ready to become trainers. Over the course of five days, participants are introduced to the main steps for developing a program training for teachers new to Direct Instruction: creating a training outline, designing materials for a training packet, identifying critical program formats and articulating the rationale for the program's design. Participants pre-select a program and level to train, develop an outline for training teachers in the program and then deliver a presentation to the other participants. Trainees spend approximately half their time with the course leaders and half their time in other sessions observing and assisting actual program training sessions at the institute.

The conference sessions are focused on the K-3rd grade levels of Reading Mastery Signature Edition Reading, K-2 grade levels of Reading Mastery Signature, DISTAR Arithmetic 1 as well as Corrective Reading Decoding.

To register or download a complete brochure, click here.

Plan to Attend the 44th National Direct Instruction Conference

Plan now to be in Eugene, Oregon July 23-27 for the 44th National Direct Instruction Conference and Institutes! Our keynote speaker this year is nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant Anita Archer. Dr. Archer has taught elementary and middle school students and has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. She will also conduct a pre-conference session on her popular textbook Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching.

The conference will include training on all levels of the DI programs, as well as sessions on classroom management, data collection and analysis and much more. New sessions this year include Teaching Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities, Targeted Professional Development, and much more. The conference also features all of our comprehensive institutes, including the Becoming an Effective DI Trainer, DI Coaching and the Administrators Institute: Effective Implementation and Supervision of DI. To download a complete brochure or to register for the conference, click here.

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