About the Conference

NIFDI's Southwest Training Conference is designed to help teachers, paraprofessionals, building coordinators and administrators successfully implement DI for all students. This powerful professional development event will provide the most thorough program training possible in most of the main DI reading, language, and mathematics programs available.

The conference features:

  • the popular 5-day Institute, Becoming an Effective DI Trainer;
  • four full days of program-specific training in Direct Instruction programs;
  • placement test materials provided to registrants prior to the conference to ensure all participants attend the session that corresponds to their students' performance level;
  • detailed, field-tested training plans and support materials for each session;
  • trainers who have coached teachers successfully in the specific programs covered in the sessions; and,
  • on-site lunch provided each day to allow for networking and team building.

This is a professional development event unlike any other. Join us in San Antonio to master critical skills in delivering instruction through programs that have provided a solid foundation for success in thousands of schools around the world!

Southwest DI Conference Brochure & Registration

 Stay tuned for information on the 2021 conference!

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

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" 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.

Conference Schedule

 Monday, June 8:
8:00-8:15 Registration
8:15-12:00 Becoming an Effective DI Trainer Institute
12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00-4:00 Institute continues
Tuesday, June 9:
8:00-8:45 Registration
8:45-9:30 Conference Opening & Keynote: Donna Dressman, President, Conquest Consulting
9:30-12:00 "A" Sessions & Institute
12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00-4:00 "B" Sessions & Institute
Wednesday, June 10 - Friday June 12
8:30-12:00 "A" Sessions & Institute
12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00-4:00 "B" Sessions & Institute

Cancellation Policy

A 100% refund will be issued to requests received by May 25, 2020. Cancellations after May 25th will not be refunded. Participants wishing to cancel after the deadline may arrange for a substitute participant. Please call Bryan Wickman at 877.485.1973 to arrange a substitution. 

Marriott Northwest

The Venue   Visitor Information
Omni Hotel at the Colonnade
9821 Colonnade Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78230


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