Welcome to the National Institute for Direct Instruction
The National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) is the world's foremost Direct Instruction (DI) support provider. This website provides information and resources for administrators, teachers, and parents to help them maximize student achievement through DI. The website also contains information on DI's extensive and broad research base, including a searchable database of more than one hundred article summaries.
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Direct Instruction (DI) programs are based on over 40 years of research on how children learn and the most effective ways to teach. Studies involving DI curricula and its implementation have been conducted with a wide variety of populations, in different settings and within all subject areas related to the programs. As such, the volume of research on DI is expansive. The National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) makes this extensive research base more accessible to educators and researchers through a free online searchable database of over 200 entries.
- NEW! Are you smarter than a BCP 5th grader?
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- NEW! Literature in Reading Mastery Signature Edition Downloadable Booklet Now Available!
- NEW! Engineering Society of Detroit Recommends DI as Remedy for Lack of Early Reading and Math Skills
- Report on the WWC and Its Reviews of DI Programs
- NIFDI and IDEA Public Schools to Present at National Charter School Conference (Updated 4-23-13)
- DI and the Common Core State Standards
- NIFDI Announces Revised DI Research Database
The National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) has developed video guides to accompany the training and support videos available on the website at www.nifdi.org. These guides were initially developed to help viewers focus on critical aspects of the full immersion model of Direct Instruction (DI) presented in the videos. Just as DI programs are field tested, these guides have also been designed and tested to ensure they target key aspects of implementation pertinent to successful DI implementations. They help guide conversations of faculty and schools contemplating implementation of the full immersion DI model. For schools or districts already implementing DI, it provides an opportunity for discussion among teachers and staff regarding critical issues associated with implementation and is perfect for a structured inservice.
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Our video guides include:
Battle of City Springs Epilogue
Helping Kids Soar - NEW!
Closing the Performance Gap - NEW!
Why is reading so hard? - NEW!
Path to Literacy - NEW!
Anatomy of a Reading Classroom - NEW!
Countdown to Lesson One - NEW!
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How to Ensure Success
Do you know how to ensure that your school's DI implementation is successful?
The services and implementation materials provided by the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) provide schools and districts with a strong basis for implementing the comprehensive Direct Instruction (DI) model successfully with all children. However, a successful implementation requires much more than the services NIFDI provides. What a school does with the services makes the biggest difference.