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DIReadingIn a recent meeting of researchers, teacher educators, and experienced elementary educators, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) gave Direct Instruction Reading by Doug Carnine, Jerry Silbert, Ed Kame’enui, Tim Slocum, and Patricia Travers a rating of Exemplary. The panel of experts examines how well material aligns with scientifically based reading instruction. In popularity, DI Reading is number 94 out of over 1100 reviewed materials. With the current groundswell of interest in the science of reading, we hope to see more instructors adopting DI Reading in their coursework.

Click here to read the full review.

For over 25 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:

  • Research - Conducting, promoting, and disseminating research on Direct Instruction and its implementation.
  • Training and Coaching - Providing on-site training and coaching to schools, as well as open-registration training events.
  • 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 pdf clicking here . If you have questions about donating to NIFDI, contact Bryan Wickman at 877.485.1973 or bwickman@nifdi.org.

Join veteran trainer Tamara Bressi on December 14 & 15 for NIFDI's popular academy– Analyzing Data, Classroom Observations & Providing Feedback. This two-day training at the Cambria Orlando Airport is designed for instructional coaches, peer coaches, and others responsible for observing instruction and improving student performance. 

Through demonstrations, practice, and hands-on activities, participants will learn how to:

  • Gain meaningful information from lesson progress and in-program mastery data.
  • Model how to improve written records.
  • Conduct supportive classroom observations and demonstrations aimed at increasing student success.
  • Provide effective oral and written feedback to instructors to directly impact student performance.
  • Conduct classroom demonstrations, in-class coaching and team teaching.
  • Design and deliver effective, ongoing professional development sessions.

A description and registration information is available on our website. You can also contact Bryan Wickman, NIFDI's Outreach Events Coordinator, at 1.877.485.1973 or by email at bwickman@nifdi.org with questions or for more information.

Plan on being in Eugene, Oregon, July 15-19, 2024, to attend the 50th National Direct Instruction Conference and Institutes. We have begun planning for an amazing week of training and special events to celebrate this milestone.

The conference began as a small, regional training held at a high school in Eugene with an attendance of 80 educators, mostly from the West Coast. Since 1974, as many as 750 educators from around the world have gathered each year in Eugene to attend what is regarded as the most comprehensive training available. NIFDI began sponsoring the conference in 2014 and has expanded the offerings to include a 5-day Administrator Leadership Institute, a greater variety of preconference sessions, and training on the full range of DI programs.

More information will be released in the coming months, but be sure to mark your calendars and begin making your travel plans now!

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