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Enroll in NIFDI Distance Learning Webinars!

Is your school using a distance learning model this Fall? With schools shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NIFDI is meeting the needs of educators by offering two webinars that will assist in understanding the considerations for delivering Direct Instruction in a variety of methods, such as live presentation via Zoom (or other platforms), pre-recorded lessons, and packets of material for students to work through.

On July 21, we will offer a webinar for those teaching Reading Mastery Signature Edition Reading K and 1. The 90 minute session will contain specific information about tasks that must be modified for live, virtual instruction and also look at effective techniques for checking for mastery of material presented in recorded lessons. Click here to register.

July 23, we will present a followup to the Reading Mastery Signature Edition Language webinar we presented earlier in May. This expanded session will be free to those that attend the first event. One need not have attended the earlier presentation to benefit from the information presented. Click here to register.

Please let us know if there are questions you need answers to, and we will try and address them in the webinars. Send your questions to .

NIFDI Offers 3 Virtual Academies!

NIFDI was forced to cancel the National Direct Instruction Conference, but there will still be some virtual trainings this summer. During the week of July 27-31, NIFDI will host 3 virtual training sessions.

  • Direct Instruction Coaching
  • Behavior Management Essentials
  • Administrative Leadership in a Direct Instruction School

These interactive sessions will run for 4 days, 3 hours a day. Registration and complete descriptions will be available the week of June 8th.

The training in these sessions is focused on skills and information used in the traditional, face-to- face context. However, there will be some information provided on how to make adjustments for the virtual, live setting.

Distance Learning Forums Available Online!

In April and May, NIFDI hosted three forums on Direct instruction and distance learning. A video of each of these is available on our website. The first forum, Structuring Your Distance Learning Classroom can be viewed by clicking here. The second, Delivering Direct Instruction in the Virtual Classroom can be viewed by clicking here. The final forum, Parent Involvement, Student Motivation and Engagement in Direct Instruction Distance Learning, can be viewed by clicking here.

Each of these forums runs about 60 minutes, and features 3 practitioners from around the country. The moderator posed a variety of questions to the panel, and viewers of the live events were able to have their questions answered. Once you have viewed them, let us know what you think, and if you have any additional questions we can help answer, by writing to !

NIFDI Releases New Resources to Support Distance Learning!

NIFDI has produced two short video demonstrations to help educators deliver DI lessons remotely. One shows how a Corrective Reading Decoding lesson would be taught in a distance learning setting and how a coach could interact with an instructor. It also includes detailed information on how to access McGraw-Hill's connectEd platform. (See below for information related to free access to student material at The other video is an example of teaching Reading Mastery. This also shows how a DI coach can support an instructor remotely.

Please watch these short 10-12-minute clips and give us feedback as to their usefulness. If you have suggestions for other videos that would be helpful, send them to us at !

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