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National Direct Instruction Conference and Institutes (Eugene)

July 24-28, 2017

Eugene, OR - Hilton Hotel and Conference Center 


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, and Zig Engelmann continues to give the opening and closing remarks.

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!                         

Tell us what you want at the National Direct Instruction Conference!

Planning is underway for the 43rd National Direct Instruction Conference. Each year educators from around the world come to hone their skills and increase their understanding of how best to teach the wide range of learners in today's classrooms. We will continue to offer program training, our popular institutes for administrators, coaches and staff development specialists as well as many informational sessions.

We would like to hear from the field what sessions you would find most useful and interesting. We can't guarantee that your idea will be used, but we will certainly look for trends among the suggestions. Participate in the short survey by clicking here. By participating in the survey, you will also be entering for a chance to win a tuition waiver for the conference, a $675.00 value!                                                                                      

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:

  • Siegfried Engelmann Excellence in Education Award
  • Wes Becker Excellent School Award
  • The Wayne Carnine Student Improvement Award

Please take this opportunity to identify and nominate a colleague and/or school that has made a difference. Nomination applications are short (1-2 pages) and will be available before the 2017 conference.


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" at the National Direct Instruction Training Conference and Institutes in Eugene, OR can help your school or district expand its capacity for providing training and support to the DI implementation by developing on-site trainers. Stay tuned for the separate applications for this special session. For more information, click here


College Credit

An optional 1 quarter hour of graduate (SPED 508) level credit is available through the University of Oregon Summer Session for a fee of $75.00 each. Grading is pass/no pass. There is also a non-credit PDU certificate available for a $25.00 fee. Visit University of Oregon's website for more information or to register for this optional credit or certificate. 

Videos from the 2016 Conference


The Venue   Visitor Information
Hilton Hotel and Conference Center
66 East 6th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
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