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Video of University of Oregon Follow Through Celebration Available

To honor the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Project Follow Through at the University of Oregon, the University of Oregon's College of Education recently hosted a panel of renowned experts to discuss the 50-year culture of research in the college. David Chard (Boston University), Doug Carnine (University of Oregon, Emeritus), Russell Gersten (University of Oregon, Emeritus), Colt Gill, (Oregon Department of Education) and Beth Harn (University of Oregon) discussed the research history that was born from Project Follow Through, its impact on educational pedagogy, its national and international reach, and its impact on the face of education overall. The event highlighted the lasting legacy initiated by Project Follow Through and how it advanced the Direct Instruction model and its numerous influences over the course of its 50-year journey.

The event traced some of education's most renowned and well-honored products, projects, practices, and people back fifty years to the arrival of a cohort of dedicated faculty and practitioners whose vision persists to this day. The influence and impact of Direct Instruction on current and ongoing education was celebrated, and honored. Click here to view the video.

Plan on Attending NIFDI Enhanced DI Coaching Academy!

Are you wanting to expand your ability to assist others in developing their skill in presenting DI lessons? NIFDI is offering our popular Coaching Academy, Enhanced Coaching and Facilitating Professional Development on February 20 & 21, in Columbus, Ohio. This two-day training, co- sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education, is designed for instructional coaches, peer coaches and others responsible for observing instruction and improving student performance.

If you attended the NIFDI Coaching Academy presented in October, this is a companion academy and not a repeat of the earlier session. Topics include:

  • Communicating with staff in order to increase instructional effectiveness.
  • Refining observational skills to increase the coach's ability to provide data-driven feedback.
  • Determining the appropriate intervention based on data and observation.
  • Utilizing a variety of interventions (in-class coaching, small group practice, 1:1 rehearsal sessions).
  • Designing and delivering efficient on-going professional development sessions.
  • Facilitating Data Analysis Team meetings to find and solve student performance problems in a timely manner.

The low fee of $269 includes lunch each day as well as a binder filled with resources. For a complete brochure and registration information, click here.

Free Resource—Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons Website!

Several years ago, Direct Instruction author Phyllis Haddox created training and support materials to be used in conjunction with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, the very popular text she co-authored with Zig Engelmann and Elaine Bruner. Recently, Phyllis decided to make the formerly for-purchase items free through her website

To access the material, go to There, you will find twelve short informational and training videos that support the program. The segment on sound-symbol relationship provides an excellent model of the sounds and a good practice guide. There are other videos for some of the key formats in the program, including word reading, story reading with comprehension questions, rhyming formats, and advanced word reading. Visitors to the website will also find many print materials that could be useful in supporting the program.

Consider Making a Charitable 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 may be 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 .

Thank you for your consideration and support!

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