This month marked the launch of an exciting new podcast series sponsored by the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI), aimed at providing invaluable insights into the world of Direct Instruction (DI). Hosted by esteemed educator and parent, Dr. Zach Groshell, this series promises to be a beacon of knowledge for educators, parents, and anyone interested in evidence-based teaching methods.

The podcast offers listeners a comprehensive understanding of DI, its historical significance, theoretical foundations, and practical applications in today’s classrooms. Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) pioneered the use of DI as an alternative curriculum for Baltimore City Public Schools in 1996. Today, DI is one of the pillars that makes BCP neighborhood conversion charter schools successful. All six BCP charter schools use DI in elementary grades as their primary reading and language program.  

DI has been at the forefront of educational discourse for decades. Dr. Groshell and the podcast explore various facets of DI, shedding light on its principles, methodologies, and unparalleled success in improving student outcomes, including Project Follow Through.

In the inaugural episode titled “What is Direct Instruction?” Dr. Groshell engages in a captivating discussion with two distinguished guests: NIFDI President Kurt Engelmann and Outreach Director Bryan Wickman. Together, they delve into the essence of DI and its science-backed approach to transforming student learning.

Throughout the series, Dr. Groshell will continue to host interviews with trainers, authors, researchers, and other experts in the DI field. Each episode will explore various aspects of DI, ranging from its effectiveness in improving student outcomes to its role in promoting educational equity and access.

Tune in to the podcast series and discover the transformative power of evidence-based teaching methods in shaping the future of education.

Listen to the podcast. 

Learn more at Dr. Groshell’s website,  

Read what Laura Doherty, BCP President and CEO, has written on DI and the current “science of reading” debate in education.

More about Dr. Zach Groshell, Ph.D.

Dr. Zach Groshell holds a Ph.D. in Education and has dedicated his career to improving teaching practices and student outcomes. He is a leading expert in DI, a research-based teaching method that emphasizes explicit, systematic instruction to help students master academic skills.

Dr. Groshell has extensive experience working with educators, school districts, and educational organizations to implement DI effectively in classrooms. He has conducted professional development workshops, training sessions, and consultations to support teachers in implementing best practices in education. He also is passionate about supporting teachers in creating inclusive and engaging learning environments for all students. He believes in the power of individualized instruction and data-driven decision-making to help students reach their full potential.


About the Baltimore Curriculum Project

Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) is the largest operator of local neighborhood, public charter schools in Maryland. We create safe, supportive learning environments for children PK-8 by providing innovative, research-based educational strategies, intensive teacher training and extensive support for administration and staff. We support our local neighborhood needs by tailoring our resources and support through community partnerships.

As one of the longest-running charter operators in Maryland, our schools are regularly recognized as some of the most highly acclaimed neighborhood charter schools in the state. 

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