National Direct Instruction Conference and Institutes (Eugene)


 Save the date! The 46th National DI Conference will take place

July 27-31, 2020

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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.

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!                          

Eugene Conference & Institutes Brochure and Registration 

Stay tuned for information on the 2020 Conference!

                                          2019 Eugene Brochure Cover                               

For questions, contact Bryan Wickman, Director of Outreach, at 877.485.1973 or .

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:

Thank you for all of your nominations. Stay tuned to hear about the recipients of this years awards!

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.

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, provide ongoing support to teachers and paraprofessionals, monitor the effectiveness of instruction, and solve implementation problems as they arise. This intensive four-day session provides 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

2019 Conference Schedule

Monday, July 22:
7:30-9:00    Registration
9:00-4:00    Pre-Conference Sessions and Institutes
Tuesday, July 23:
7:30-8:30    Registration
8:30-9:30    Conference Opening & Keynote – Carolyn Schneider, Educational Author and Consultant
9:30-11:45  Sessions & Institutes 
11:45-1:00  Lunch (on own or pre-purchase a lunch ticket)
1:00-4:00    Sessions & Institutes 
5:30-8:00    DI Welcoming and Block Party
Wednesday, July 24 & Thursday, July 25:
8:30-11:45  Sessions & Institutes
11:45-1:00  Lunch (on own or pre-purchase a lunch ticket)
1:00-4:00    Sessions & Institutes 
 Friday, July 26:
8:30-11:45  Sessions & Institutes
11:45-1:00  Lunch (on own or pre-purchase a lunch ticket)
1:00-4:00    Sessions & Institutes 
3:15-4:00    Conference Closing

Cancellation Policy

A 100% refund will be issued if a written request is postmarked by July 6, 2019. 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 will be made.

2019 Conference Opening Keynotes


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