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Spring Direct Instruction Leadership Academy Registration Open!

Are you currently implementing Direct Instruction or planning on implementing DI in the upcoming school year?

Join the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) in Columbus, Ohio March 19 & 20 for a Direct Instruction (DI) Leadership Academy on the essentials of a successful DI implementation. This academy is designed for administrators, instructional coaches, curriculum directors and school board members.

  • Understand how DI facilitates effective instructional leadership.
  • Acquire skills and knowledge that will show leaders how schools should be set up for success with DI.
  • Identify steps school leaders should take to prepare for implementing DI.
  • Develop a personal "action plan" for transforming their school into an effective, efficient school.

A full brochure and registration information is available here.

You can also contact Bryan Wickman, NIFDI's Outreach Events Coordinator at 1.877.485.1973 or by email at with questions or for more information.

Free Resource—Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons Website!

Several years ago, Direct Instruction author Phyllis Haddox created training and support materials to be used in conjunction with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, the very popular text she co-authored with Zig Engelmann and Elaine Bruner. Recently, Phyllis decided to make the formerly for-purchase items free through her website https://startreading.com/.

To access the material, go to https://startreading.com/videos-supplementary-material/. There, you will find twelve short informational and training videos that support the program. The segment on sound-symbol relationship provides an excellent model of the sounds and a good practice guide. There are other videos for some of the key formats in the program, including word reading, story reading with comprehension questions, rhyming formats, and advanced word reading. Visitors to the website will also find many print materials that could be useful in supporting the program.

Consider Making a Charitable Donation to NIFDI!

For 20 years the National Institute for Direct Instruction has supported schools' efforts to give students the best opportunity for success and develop teachers' skills to utilize the finest tools for ensuring that success.

We would like to remind you that donations to NIFDI may be tax-deductible. By making your charitable donation to NIFDI, a 501 (c(3)) non-profit organization, you can help us impact the lives of more children.

You can even select the program area(s) you want your donation to support:

  1. Research - Conducting, promoting and disseminating research on Direct Instruction and its implementation.
  2. Training and Coaching - Providing on-site training and coaching to schools, as well as open- registration training events.
  3. Educational Outreach - Offering videos, articles and other tools and materials to promote the effective use of Direct Instruction.

You can donate online or download a donation form by clicking pdf here . If you have questions about donating to NIFDI, contact Bryan Wickman at 877.485.1973 or .

Thank you for your consideration and support!

Engelmann Foundation Launches Website

cropped LOGO FINAL 3The Engelmann Foundation was created in 1997. The foundation is dedicated to continuing the legacy of Siegfried "Zig" Engelmann through the support, promotion and development of educators around the world implementing Direct Instruction with their students. Over the past 20 years the foundation has distributed 56 grants totaling over $325,000. Recently the Board of Directors made the decision to become more visible, and has launched a new website at https://engelmannfoundation.org/.

The Engelmann Foundation offers two grant opportunities: Conference Grants and General Grants. Conference Grants are tailored to provide funds to attend the annual National Direct Instruction Conference hosted by the National Institute for Direct Instruction in Eugene, Oregon each July. General Grants are designed to support projects, training and development, implementation and other similar endeavors that utilize Direct Instruction (DI) programs. Both grant application types operate on a twice-yearly schedule. The deadlines for submitting grants are 5:00pm PDT June 1st and December 1st. Note that while grant applications are accepted on an on-going basis, applications will be held for consideration until the next grant cycle deadline.

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