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Excellence in Education Awards Nominations Open

An important feature of successful Direct Instruction implementations is to celebrate success--success of students, teachers and entire schools. For many years, there has been a tradition of recognizing excellence in education at the National DI Conference and this year is no exception. Individuals and schools that have made a significant difference in the educational performance of children will be recognized through the following awards:

  • Siegfried Engelmann Excellence in Education Award
  • Wes Becker Excellent School Award
  • The Wayne Carnine Student Improvement Award

Please take this opportunity to identify and nominate a colleague and/or school that has made a difference. Nomination applications are short (1-2 pages) and are available on our website. Nominations are due in our office by May 3rd, so pdf download the application packet today !

NIFDI Seeking Implementation Managers

Are you a skilled Direct Instruction practitioner looking for a change in your job? The National Institute for Direct Instruction is looking for qualified applicants to work as Implementation Managers in our partner schools. An Implementation Manager (IM) is the primary on-site NIFDI representative for implementing the comprehensive DI model. The IM is assigned to a small number of schools, provides the bulk of on-site coaching and deals mostly with the technical aspects of classroom instruction, such as student placement and grouping, instructional delivery, and correction procedures.

If you would like to take the first steps in exploring an IM position, please forward your resume to Christine Wlaschin, Director of Human Resources for NIFDI, to . Please consider applying for this exciting and vital role!

Consider Making a Charitible Donation to NIFDI

For  20 years, the National Institute for Direct Instruction has supported schools' efforts to give students the best opportunity for success and develop teachers' skills to utilize the finest tools for ensuring that success.

We would like to remind you that donations to NIFDI are tax-deductible. By making your charitable donation to NIFDI, a 501 (c(3)) non-profit organization, you can help us impact the lives of more children.

You can even select the program area(s) you want your donation to support:

1) Research - Conducting, promoting and disseminating research on Direct Instruction and its implementation.
2) Training and Coaching - Providing on-site training and coaching to schools, as well as open-registration training events.
3) Educational Outreach - Offering videos, articles and other tools and materials to promote the effective use of Direct Instruction.

You can donate online or download a donation form by clicking pdf here . If you have questions about donating to NIFDI, contact Bryan Wickman at 877.485.1973 or .

NIFDI Welcomes New Director of Training Development

BeverlyPlease join us in welcoming our new Director of Training Development, Beverly Trent. Beverly is an experienced DI trainer. She began her career in education in 2000 as an instructor in Orlando, Florida. She then became the Reading Teacher/Literacy Coach and implemented the Corrective Reading Decoding and Comprehension programs. She then moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2007 to be the Regional Consultant and Intervention Consultant for McGraw-Hill Education. After leaving McGraw-Hill in 2010, Beverly moved back to Florida and started Kidz 1st Consulting and Tutoring Services.

We look forward to Beverly's contributions to NIFDI's already solid set of training offerings, including our video in-service series. If you have any suggestions or needs for training materials, please contact us at .

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