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Administrator's Institute: Effective Implementation of Direct Instruction 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.

The goal of the Administrator's Institute is for participants to become familiar with i) what steps are needed to ensure that DI is implemented effectively for all students and ii) when these steps should be taken. The Institute is structured around a calendar that provides a month-by-month breakdown of the major actions to take for a successful implementation of DI. The Institute also discusses year-to-year changes that need to occur in order to build the school’s capacity to provide effective implementation support. In addition, the session addresses how to avoid some of the pitfalls that that can hamper a schoolwide implementation of DI and prevent schools from maximizing student achievement. 

The session references DI Senior Author Siegfried Engelmann’s guidelines for the full implementation of Direct Instruction curricula as it addresses the following questions:

  • What results can schools expect from the comprehensive Direct Instruction schoolwide model?
  • How do the design features of the Direct Instruction curricula lead to improved student outcomes?
  • What are the advantages of implementing Direct Instruction schoolwide?
  • How can instruction be adjusted to meet different student needs through DI?

Participants engage in several activities that simulate specific actions to be taken in schools, including conducting observations of videos of actual classroom instruction. A particular emphasis of the session is on analyzing student performance data on student placement, mastery and lesson progress for a wide range of instructional levels and classroom situations. Participants learn how to utilize these data to guide adjustments in instruction as a means of improving outcomes for all students.

This session is appropriate for both administrators of schools who are new and those who are experienced with DI.

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