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 sponsoring organization's name, the conference is the same in many ways. Many of the presenters and sessions you have come to expect are featured every year.

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! 

Click here to see the highlights of the conference and what participants have to say.

We look forward to seeing you in Eugene in July!                          

Eugene Conference & Institutes Brochure and Registration 

Stay tuned for information on the 2024 conference!

2023 Conference Schedule

Monday, July 24

8:00–8:30       Registration
9:00–12:00     Pre-Conference Sessions and Institutes begin
12:00–1:30     Lunch (on own or pre-purchase a lunch ticket)
1:30–4:00       Institutes meet and Pre-Conference Sessions Conclude

Tuesday, July 25

7:30–8:30       Registration
8:30–10:00       Conference Opening & Keynote – John Wills Lloyd–University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, Charlottesville, Virginia
10:15–12:00   Sessions & Institutes meet
12:00–1:15     Lunch (on own or pre-purchase a lunch ticket)
1:15–4:00       Sessions & Institutes meet
5:00–7:30       DI Welcoming and Block Party

Wednesday, July 26

8:30–11:45     Sessions & Institutes meet
11:45–1:00     Lunch (on own or pre-purchase a lunch ticket)
1:00–4:00       Sessions & Institutes meet

Thursday, July 27

8:30–11:45     Sessions & Institutes meet
11:45–1:00     Lunch (on own or pre-purchase a lunch ticket) 
1:00–4:00       Sessions & Institutes meet
4:30–6:00       Excellence in Education Awards and Reception

Friday, July 28

8:30–11:45     Sessions & Institutes meet
11:45–1:00     Lunch (on own or pre-purchase a lunch ticket)
1:00–3:00       Sessions & Institutes conclude

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.

Excellence in Education Awards

An important feature of successful Direct Instruction implementations is celebrating success—the 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 at the National Direct Instruction Conference through the following awards:

  • Siegfried Engelmann Excellence in Education Award
  • The Wesley Becker Excellent School Award
  • The Wayne Carnine Student Improvement Award
For more information, click here

Direct Instruction Coaching Institute

Whether you're an instructional coach, peer coach, or administrator responsible for improving student performance, one of the most critical roles in a successful Direct Instruction implementation is the coach. With good, careful coaching, teachers will become more skilled and proficient in teaching the DI programs, and students will excel with improved instruction. For more information, click here.

Administrator's Institute: Effective Implementation of DI for All Students

A successful Direct Instruction (DI) implementation requires the active participation of a fully engaged administrative team. The role of these individuals is to ensure student achievement by setting up the implementation for success, providing ongoing support to teachers and paraprofessionals, monitoring the effectiveness of instruction, and solving implementation problems as they arise. This intensive four-day session offers a deeper understanding of the rationale for the comprehensive DI schoolwide model as it guides administrators through the practical and proven steps that promote student learning. For more information, 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" can help your school or district expand its capacity for providing training and support to the DI implementation by developing on-site trainers. For more information, click here

Cancellation Policy

A 100% refund will be issued if a written request is postmarked by July 6, 2023, or if NIFDI has to cancel the event. Cancellations after that date will not be refunded; however, we do allow substitutions. A written request must be received in our office before any refunds are made. 

2023 Conference Opening and Keynote


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