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Two Longtime Direct Instruction Educators Pass

We are sorry to announce that two longtime Direct Instruction teachers, trainers and consultants have recently passed away.

Brenda Kahn, an instructional coach at City Springs Elementary in Baltimore, Maryland died June 19. Along with her school-year job, Brenda was very popular trainer at Direct Instruction conferences for many years. Laura Doherty, President of the Baltimore Curriculum Project noted that Brenda very much looked forward to coming to Eugene each year to train at the DI conference. Her training impacted the lives of thousands of students and will be greatly missed. Her obituary can be accessed here.

We also received word that Susan Borden passed away on August 23 in Toronto. Susan worked with NIFDI for several years as an implementation manager. NIFDI President Kurt Engelmann commented, "She was an Implementation Manager extraordinaire." He also noted her love of fine dining, which was a great benefit to those she worked with on consulting assignments. Click here for her complete obituary.

The Road to Success: Teaching Classroom Routines and Expectations Webinar Scheduled for July 17 & 18

Greater understanding and application of preventative strategies increase the odds of good behavior in your room. Effective classroom managers are known not by what they do when misbehavior occurs, but what they do to set their classrooms up for academic success and prevent problems from occurring.

This two-session webinar will help you:

  • Understand the relationship between instructor behavior and the learning environment
  • Identify key features of an effective classroom
  • Develop steps toward implementing effective, proactive strategies in your classroom.

For maximum benefit, the webinar is designed to be attended in pairs to facilitate practice, however single attendees are welcome.

The sessions will be held 6:30-8:00pm (Eastern) July 17 and continuing 6:30-8:00pm (Eastern) July 18. Priced at only $89.00 per site. Includes downloadable participant material with session activities and other resources. Click here to sign up!

NIFDI to Present at the National Charter School Conference!

If you are planning on attending the National Charter School Convention in Las Vegas (June 30-July 3), you will want to attend the session Classroom Observations that Improve At-Risk Student Performance on Tuesday, July 2 from 10am to 12 in the Reef Room. The session, led by Kathy Madigan from NIFDI and Tricia Lopez from IDEA Public Schools, is designed to teach simple data collection techniques that will help administrators and coaches collect and communicate information about the rate, accuracy, and quality of student and teacher interactions in classrooms.

Also, come say hello to us at the NIFDI booth in space 1205 in the Exhibit Hall.

NIFDI Seeking Implementation Managers

Are you a skilled Direct Instruction practitioner with at least four years of DI teaching experience? The National Institute for Direct Instruction is looking for qualified applicants to work as Implementation Managers in our partner schools. An Implementation Manager (IM) is the primary on-site NIFDI representative for implementing the comprehensive DI model. The IM is assigned to a small number of schools, provides the bulk of on-site coaching and deals mostly with the technical aspects of classroom instruction, such as student placement and grouping, instructional delivery, and correction procedures. Experience coaching others in DI delivery techniques and analyzing DI program student performance data is preferred, but not required.

If you would like to take the first steps in exploring an IM position, please forward your resume to Christine Wlaschin, Director of Human Resources for NIFDI, to . Please consider applying for this exciting and vital role!

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