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The National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) has developed video guides to accompany the training and support videos available on our website. These guides were initially developed to help viewers focus on critical aspects of the full immersion model of Direct Instruction (DI) presented in the videos. Just as DI programs are field tested, these guides have also been designed and tested to ensure they target key aspects of implementation pertinent to successful DI implementations. They help guide conversations of faculty and schools contemplating implementation of the full immersion DI model. For schools or districts already implementing DI, it provides an opportunity for discussion among teachers and staff regarding critical issues associated with implementation and is perfect for a structured inservice.

In a video recently uploaded to YouTube, maverick educator Siegfried "Zig" Engelmann demonstrates an instructional approach that has young children solving basic algebraic problems (DI, of course!). This is the first part of a video filmed in the summer of 1966. The students featured in the film attended the Bereiter-Engelmann Preschool for at-risk children and, at the time of this filming, had not yet entered first grade. Checkout the video on YouTube. Be sure to share the link with your friends and fellow educators, too!

The video is available in its entirety at www.zigsite.com.

Dr. Kurt Engelmann Meets Australian Senator Nigel ScullionEUGENE, OREGON
Apr. 5, 2011

Nigel Scullion, Senator for the Northern Territory of Australia, visited the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) today. Senator Scullion met with Dr. Kurt Engelmann, President of NIFDI, and Owen Engelmann, Director of Curricular Resources, to discuss the Direct Instruction (DI) curricula and NIFDI’s support services that ensure a successful implementation of the full immersion model of DI. NIFDI currently works with several schools in Australia, including four sites in Queensland: Aurukun, Coen, Djarragun and Hope Vale schools.

The National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) needs your help in developing a current listing of people with scholarly interests in Direct Instruction (DI). We are trying to develop a database of people with whom we can share information about research opportunities and, with participants’ permission, promote scholarly interactions. If you are willing to be included in such a database, please follow this link. The short survey at the link allows you to enter information that you would like to include in such a listing and also let us know to what extent you want to have the information shared with other researchers. Please be assured that we will not give any of this information to marketers or other such folks.

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