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National Direct Instruction Conference and Institutes (Eugene)

July 23-27, 2018

Eugene, OR - Hilton Hotel and Conference Center 


The National Direct Instruction Conference was founded in 1974 by Engelmann-Becker Corporation. Siegfried "Zig" Engelmann, Wes Becker, and other Direct Instruction authors wanted to create an event that would provide access to quality training for educators that otherwise might not receive training at all. That first year, 90 educators from mostly the Northwest gathered at Sheldon High School in Eugene. For the next several years, the conference continued to be housed in various high school buildings around Eugene. Attendance grew to about 200.

In 1981, two key events took place. The Association for Direct Instruction was founded and the city of Eugene built a conference center adjacent to the Hilton Hotel in the downtown area. By moving the conference to a professional facility, the conference expanded from four to five days and a greater variety of sessions were incorporated. Over the decades, attendance has reached as many as 750 participants literally from around the world.

In 2013, the Association for Direct Instructions ceased operations and the 2014 National Direct Instruction Conference marked the first year of management of the conference by the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). While this was a change in the name of the sponsoring organization, the conference is the same in many ways. Many of the presenters and sessions you have come to expect are featured every year, and Zig Engelmann continues to give the opening and closing remarks.

The National Direct Instruction Conference and Institutes is the largest and longest running  DI-specific training, and remains true to its traditions—the most comprehensive offering of Direct Instruction training and information available—anywhere! 

We look forward to seeing you in Eugene in July!                         

2018 Eugene Conference & Institutes Brochure and Registration 

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Click on the cover to view the brochure. Click the blue button to register online.
Please note: Online registration requires a credit card.
For questions or group discounts, contact Bryan Wickman, Director of Outreach, at 877.485.1973.

 Nominate an Educator for the Excellence in Education Awards

An important feature of successful Direct Instruction implementations is to celebrate success--success of students, teachers and entire schools. Individuals and schools that have made a significant difference in the educational performance of children are recognized each year through the following awards:

  • Siegfried Engelmann Excellence in Education Award
  • Wes Becker Excellent School Award
  • The Wayne Carnine Student Improvement Award

Please take this opportunity to identify and nominate a colleague and/or school that has made a difference. Nomination applications are short (1-2 pages) and available pdf here


Placement Testing Your Students in Preparation for Training

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IF YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR PROGRAM TRAINING:  We strongly recommend that you administer DI placement tests to your students before registering for program training. For placement tests and instructions, click here.


Institute on Becoming a DI Trainer

Has your district received training and on-site coaching support for implementing Direct Instruction (DI), and is now looking for ways of maintaining the implementation with a high level of fidelity? The institute on "Becoming an Effective DI Trainer" at the National Direct Instruction Training Conference and Institutes in Eugene, OR can help your school or district expand its capacity for providing training and support to the DI implementation by developing on-site trainers. Applications are now available and due by June 10th. For more information, click here

Conference Schedule

July 23-27, 2018

College Credit

An optional 1 quarter hour of graduate level credit is available through the University of Oregon Summer Session for a fee of $75.00 each. Grading is pass/no pass. There is also a non-credit PDU certificate available for a $25.00 fee. Visit University of Oregon's website for more information or to register for the optional credit or certificate. 

2017 Conference Opening Keynotes



The Venue   Visitor Information
Hilton Hotel and Conference Center
66 East 6th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
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