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Second Installment of Video Series on Engelmann's Writings Released

The second part of a four part video companion to the NIFDI Press text Engelmann's Direct Instruction: Selected Writings from the Past Half Century has just been released on the NIFDI website. In this one hour video, Zig Engelmann and interviewer Evan Haney discuss the second section of the book, "Developing Effective Curricular Material." Engelmann comments on the highlights of each of the seven papers, selected from his writings ranging from 1966 to 1996. Topics range from teaching absolute pitch to teaching oral language skills to the deaf. 

We will release the balance of the interviews over the next 2 months. To view this second installment, click here. To order the book, click here.  

Farewell to the NIFDI Research Team

Please join NIFDI in sending a fond farewell to our NIFDI Research team, Jean Stockard and Tim Wood. Jean has been Director of Research since 2008, and Tim has been a Research Associate since 2012. Both have been instrumental in generating original research and white papers as well as creating the Direct Instruction database.

Jean will pursue other research projects, including various facets of retirement and grandmotherhood. When reflecting on her time with NIFDI, Jean said, "I have immensely enjoyed learning about Direct Instruction and interacting with the dedicated community of educators and practitioners."

Tim will focus on completing his graduate work in historical preservation.

For the time being NIFDI's active research will be on hiatus, but we will still be updating the research database and fulfilling research paper requests. If you or your associates publish anything related to DI, please continue to forward a copy to our offices by mail or email to

First Installment of Video Series on Engelmann's Writings Released

The first of a four part video companion to the NIFDI Press text Engelmann's Direct Instruction: Selected Writings from the Past Half Century has just been released on the NIFDI website. In this one hour video, Zig Engelmann and interviewer Evan Haney discuss the first section of the book, "Theoretical Understandings of Learning and Instruction." Engelmann comments on the highlights of each of the five papers, selected from his writings ranging from 1966 to 1999. NIFDI plans on releasing the balance of the interviews over the next 3 months. To view this first installment, click here. To order the book, click here. Use coupon code save5 at checkout prior to April 30 and get $5.00 off! 

Remembering Wes Becker

BeckerMarch 17 is notable in the DI community for something other than eating corned beef and cabbage or drinking green beers. It also marks the birthday of the late Wesley C. Becker. Wes was born in Rochester, New York, in 1928 and passed away in October of 2000. He earned a BA at Stanford in 1951 and in 1955 received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Statistics. Wes met Zig Engelmann in 1968 and worked closely with Zig and others to develop the Direct Instruction model as well as generate the research that documented the efficacy of the model. He was an amazing person of great integrity and insight. One of his former colleagues, Mark Shinn, has complied a collection of articles by and about Wes, and has kindly given us permission to pass on the link. If you would care to learn more about Wes, go to https://files.secureserver.net/0f4QoFz5wfVQMG

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