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NIFDI to Present at the National Charter School Conference!

If you are planning on attending the National Charter School Convention in Las Vegas (June 30-July 3), you will want to attend the session Classroom Observations that Improve At-Risk Student Performance on Tuesday, July 2 from 10am to 12 in the Reef Room. The session, led by Kathy Madigan from NIFDI and Tricia Lopez from IDEA Public Schools, is designed to teach simple data collection techniques that will help administrators and coaches collect and communicate information about the rate, accuracy, and quality of student and teacher interactions in classrooms.

Also, come say hello to us at the NIFDI booth in space 1205 in the Exhibit Hall.

NIFDI Seeking Implementation Managers

Are you a skilled Direct Instruction practitioner with at least four years of DI teaching experience? The National Institute for Direct Instruction is looking for qualified applicants to work as Implementation Managers in our partner schools. An Implementation Manager (IM) is the primary on-site NIFDI representative for implementing the comprehensive DI model. The IM is assigned to a small number of schools, provides the bulk of on-site coaching and deals mostly with the technical aspects of classroom instruction, such as student placement and grouping, instructional delivery, and correction procedures. Experience coaching others in DI delivery techniques and analyzing DI program student performance data is preferred, but not required.

If you would like to take the first steps in exploring an IM position, please forward your resume to Christine Wlaschin, Director of Human Resources for NIFDI, to . Please consider applying for this exciting and vital role!

Register for the 45th National Direct Instruction Conference

The 45th National Direct Instruction Conference and Institutes will be held in Eugene, Oregon, July 22-26! We anticipate over 300 educators from around the world to attend the premier Direct Instruction training event. Along with high quality training, participants will have many opportunities for networking and enjoying all Eugene has to offer.

Our keynote speaker is nationally recognized consultant Carolyn Schneider. Carolyn is a veteran DI trainer, with over 35 years experience with Direct Instruction. She has trained thousands of educators across the country, notably in the areas of coaching and supervision of implementations.

The conference will include training on all levels of the DI programs, as well as sessions on classroom management, data collection and analysis and much more.

New and expanded sessions this year include:

  • Targeted Professional Development
  • Teach Like a Champion
  • The Psychology of Effective Coaching
  • Refined Coaching and Supervision
  • Reading Mastery K & I-Follow-up Training
  • Corrective Reading Decoding-Follow-up Training

The conference also features all of our comprehensive institutes, including the Becoming an Effective DI Trainer, DI Coaching and the Administrators Institute: Effective Implementation and Supervision of DI. To download a complete brochure or to register for the conference, click here.

Memorial for Siegfried Engelmann Held in Eugene, Oregon

On April 13, 2019, over 400 family members, friends, admirers and colleagues of Siegfried "Zig" Engelmann gathered for a memorial to his life and professional career. The memorial, hosted by Randy Sprick, featured speakers representing various facets of Engelmann's career in education. Speakers about the early years of DI included Carl Bereiter, Cookie Bruner, and a letter from Jean Osborn, read by Leslie Zoref. Doug Carnine, Hill Walker and Geoff Colvin spoke of Zig's work at the University of Oregon. Evan Haney, Jerry Silbert and Susie Hanner reflected on Engelmann's contributions as the senior author of the Direct Instruction programs. Gary Davis and Mary Gleason talked about his contributions to teacher training and implementation. Finally, Tom Torkelson appeared via video, and Owen Engelmann and Kurt Engelmann made compelling remarks about the legacy Zig left. The memorial closed with Zig's grandson, Nathan Engelmann, reading an excerpt from Engelmann and Carnine's landmark book, Theory of Instruction.

A unique feature of the memorial was the inclusion of excerpts from a 2005 interview with Zig. Each segment of the memorial included comments from Zig himself about the aspect being addressed. People commented that it was as if he were telling his own story.

NIFDI has created a webpage designed to be a central resource to house information and tributes to Zig. Currently this page has Zig's obituary, a full video of the memorial, all of the speaker's notes, some key videos about Zig, and many links to tributes from the field and press coverage. You can view this page at www.nifdi.org/zig. We will update the page as new items come in. If you would like to submit your own tribute or some other news item related to Zig's work, please send it on to .

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