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2018 National Direct Instruction Conference Opening and Keynote Available Online!

A video of Siegfried Engelmann's welcoming remarks and Anita Archer's keynote are posted for viewing on Vimeo  or accessed through the NIFDI website. In his opening, Zig spoke about the outcomes teachers and administrators could expect from their participation in the conference.

Nationally noted educational consultant and author Dr. Anita Archer presented a keynote titled, "The Time is Always." She tied her presentation to nine key promises that educators must make to their students each day. These promises were linked to "Archerisms," a series of mottoes for teaching and managing. Anita is noted for her motivation and insights into how to reach and teach all students. Her bottom line resonated throughout the conference, "Teach with passion. Manage with compassion."

Excellence in Education Awards Presented at the National Direct Instruction Conference

In conjunction with the National Direct Instruction Conference, NIFDI presented several recognitions. The Siegfried Engelmann Excellence in Education Award was given to two individuals this year. The first recognition went to Sharon Buttner of Jacksonville, Florida. Sharon is a DI consultant, primarily for McGraw-Hill. In her 13 years of working with DI she has touched the lives of hundreds of teachers, administrators and others, for the benefit of children all across the US. Lauren Anderson, of the Lee County, Florida Curriculum Department writes, "I cannot say enough good things about Sharon's dedication to excellence and her ability to support a county in their use of Direct Instruction. I have learned so much from watching her work with teachers and students. Her knowledge of DI is impressive, and her ability to communicate and coach is amazing.

A Siegfried Engelmann Excellence in Education Award was also presented to Gayle Gorman, currently Direct Instruction Coordinator at Lincoln Avenue, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In support of Gayle's nomination, long-time (now retired) McGraw-Hill representative Linda Heiderer wrote, "Gayle Gorman truly deserves recognition for her 25 year of excellence in teaching Direct Instruction. She has not only been a stellar DI teacher but she has also been a catalyst for expanding Direct Instruction in the 5 Milwaukee schools she has taught in over the years. Early on, she was either the lone DI teacher or one of the few teaching the programs. The unmistakable impact she has had on the reading scores led principals at each of her schools to either expand DI or to implement it school wide. "

Finally, the Wesley Becker Excellent School Award was presented to the staff and students of Ewing Halsell Academy, in San Antonio, Texas. Ewing Halsell is a first-year school of 375 students in the IDEA Charter School network, using DI in their Kindergarten, first and second grades. They showed promising results in their first year on implementation. In support of the nomination, Natalie Rubio, Senior Vice President of IDEA Schools, wrote, "In its first year of existence, our Ewing Halsell campus team has proven that a group of novice leaders and teachers-who relentlessly and unapologetically pursue student achievement-can yield a proof point. While many doubt the abilities of our students- and the families they represent-we have proven that our students are capable of academic achievement-despite the challenges their plights represent.

NIFDI extends our congratulations to each recipient and we look forward to hear about their future successes. To view the video of the presentations, click here. Also, look for the call for nominations announcement in the February NIFDI News.

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.    

New Direct Instruction Meta-Analysis Published

We are happy to inform you that a new meta-analysis of Direct Instruction research has been recently published by The Review of Education Research.The article, titled The Effectiveness of Direct Instruction Research: A Meta-Analysis of a Half-Century of Research, is authored by Jean Stockard, Tim Wood, Cristy Coughlin and Caitlin Rasplica Khoury and examines the literature published from 1961-2016 on the effectiveness of Direct Instruction. Analyses were based on 318 studies involving 431 study designs and almost 4000 effects. The among the findings, the abstract for the article reports, "All of the estimated effects were positive and all were statistically significant except results from metaregressions involving affective outcomes. Effects showed little decline during maintenance, and effects for academic subjects were greater when students had more exposure to the programs."

This important article can be ordered via Sage Publishing's online request system You may also request additional information from Jean Stockard at her email address, .

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