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NIFDI Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary!

The National Institute for Direct Instruction traces its roots back to 1993 and the Accelerated Student Achievement Project (ASAP). ASAP was a joint project between the Engelmann-Becker Corporation, Utah State University, the Utah State Office of Education and 3 Utah school districts. Utilizing experience gained from Project Follow Through, Siegfried Engelmann and his staff implemented and refined what is now referred to as the Comprehensive Direct Instruction Model in 3 Utah schools. When the project ended in 1997, Engelmann wanted schools to continue to have access to high quality implementation services. He founded NIFDI as a non-profit organization, and as they say, the rest is history. NIFDI has worked in 28 US states and territories, and hundreds of schools. Other notable achievements since 1997 include creating the most extensive database of Direct Instruction research available, training hundreds of educators each year in our academies and conferences, and, through NIFDI Press, making many valuable print and video resources available to educators throughout the world.

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