SIM News

March 2023

New SIM StoryCorps: Expanding Your Horizons with SIM

In this SIM StoryCorps, Pam Leitzell and Gloria Sherman talk about how SIM impacted their teaching and expanded their horizons.

2022 News

Dec. 2022 - New Overview Videos are Available for the: Fundamentals in Sentence Writing Strategy and Proficiency in Sentence Writing Strategy

Nov. 2022 - There's a new article from KUCRL researchers, Dr. Suzanne Myers and Dr. Jocelyn Washburn, in the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, Increasing Teacher Access to Instructional Coaching Through Virtual Tools: Advantageous Before, During, and After the Pandemic.

Oct., 2022 - In Youth Connections Magazine “Strategic Instruction Opens Doors to Learning for your Child

Sept, 2022 - We now have 3 self-paced online professional development courses, Fundamentals of Paraphrasing and Summarizing Strategy, Framing Routine, and Possible Selves

July, 2022 - New Crosswalk: The Writing Revolution and SIM™ Instructional Tools and Interventions

May 2022 - New Book: The School of Hope, by SIM PDer, Cathleen Beachboard

April 2022 - New Book: Irrefutable Influence: The Impact of School Culture on Student Intervention Success, by SIM PD Leader, Rosemary Tralli

April 2022 - Listen to April 2022 SIM StoryCorps #5 : SIM Success in the University Classroom and Beyond, with Barb Duchardt and Joyce Rademacher

February 2022 - Listen to the New SIM StoryCorps: How SIM Opens Doors, with Helen Barrier, Dana McCaleb, and Whitney Miller (VA)

January 2022 - A new article was published in The Urban Review this month from SIM Professional Developer Chris O'Brien (et al.) in North Carolina: High School Success: A Learning Strategies Intervention to Reduce Drop-Out Rates.

2021 News

December 2021

Check out the new SIOP and SIM Crosswalk on the Integrating SIM with Other Programs, Strategies, and Initiatives Website.

October 2021

Twelve additional SIM Learning Strategies are now listed on the NCII’s Academic and Behavioral Interventions Tool Charts.

August 2021

KUCRL was Awarded a 2021 OSEP Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individualswith Disabilities, Stepping-up Technology Implementation Grant!

July 2021

Read the new article from SIM Professional Development Leaders Rosemary Tralli and Jocelyn Washburn: Accelerating Student Growth through the Strategic Instruction Model: Effective for Decades, Needed Now More Than Ever (.doc).

June 2021

Check out all the 2021 Virtual SIMposium has to offer!

May 2021

Listen to the May 2021 SIM StoryCorps #2: SIM Goes to Harvard Medical School, with Richard Goldhammer and Sue Woodruff.

April 2021

Listen to the new SIM StoryCorps: Ignited by Student Success and Fueled by Shared Passion, with Rosemary Tralli and Jocelyn Washburn.

March 2021

Watch the Evidence-based Practices for Adolescents with Literacy Challenges Webinar, with Drs. Irma Brasseur-Hock & Jocelyn Washburn, presented to middle and high school teachers, school and district administrators, and instructional coordinators and coaches across Missouri in March.

February 2021

January 2021

NEW SIM Content Enhancement Routine! Dr. Janis Bulgren's new routine, Teaching Cross-Curricular Argumentation, is now available in the KUCRL online store.

Archived News

November, 2020

September, 2020

August, 2020

June, 2020 - Sustaining a SIM Initiative in Montana to Improve Student Outcomes

  • Big things are happening in Montana! Funded by the Educational Promise Foundation, SIM Professional Developers in Montana will build capacity to support SIM professional learning and implementation to improve student outcomes.

May, 2020 - Unit Organizer for the Digital Classroom

December, 2019 - Strategic Partnership Formed with SIM and iDEC

  • The Inclusive Digital Era Collaborative (iDEC) in collaboration with the Professional Development Research Institute (which includes SIM) was awarded $120,000 to conduct research and professional development activities as a result of a competitive bidding process through Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Funding is a result of ESHB1109 (.pdf), passed this year, which provides dollars to implement professional development to support inclusionary practices in Washington schools. “This is the first project of its kind and will make great strides in informing policy and practice in online learning environments,” said Kelsey Ortiz, iDEC director. “Little is known about the extent to which students with disabilities are able to access general education curriculum, specially designed instruction, and special education supportive services,” Ortiz said. The project will combine a series of descriptive research activities with targeted professional activities for virtual school special educators. “SIM seemed to be a natural partner for this project,” said Ortiz. “Jocelyn and the SIM team hold the keys to ensuring virtual school teachers are provided high quality professional development despite working in a nontraditional learning environment.” 

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