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Do you need reading strategies? writing strategies? more opportunities for higher order thinking? social emotional strategies?
If so, read further as to where you can find all of these in one academy. This year the SIM Academy is open to all educators, and is not specific to grant funded schools.
The Strategic Instruction Model (SIM™) Academy provides professional learning in the evidence-based practices Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines, developed by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KUCRL). These instructional practices address skills for adolescents to have to be successful in accessing all content areas. SIM is one instructional model that provides educators with high leverage practices for both general educators and special educators. SIM places students in the middle to design an amazing learning experience. In a tiered system of supports, educators implementing SIM Content Enhancement Routines and Learning Strategies, can meet the needs of all students.
Participation will consist of practice–based activities that are connected to the classroom and for helping students learn. This includes: previewing materials before the academy; viewing demonstrations of SIM; engaging in practice through active learning of the components of SIM; collaborating with educators within and outside of the school/division; and self-reflecting and self-assessing with feedback on learning over the course of the academy. All participants will be responsible for the development of a professional learning plan to support their implementation of SIM, which includes onsite coaching by a SIM professional developer for the academic year 2018-19. This is a five- day academy. A graduate credit can be earned for attendance to the five-day academy; demand will determine the availability of the option for graduate credit.
By attending the SIM Academy. educators will earn the SIM Academy Micro-credential and a Level 1 Professional Learning Micro-credential for specific sessions. As a result, all educators attending are positioned in the system to demonstrate competency of implementation of an evidence- based practice with fidelity (Level 2), and as a next step, to earn a credential that would provide the individual with the expertise to provide professional development in a specific component of SIM to colleagues (Level 3). Both Levels 2 and 3 will be earned by working with a SIM professional developer during the upcoming school year. The attributes of professional learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), are to be intensive, sustained, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven and classroom focused; they are not stand alone, 1-day, or short-term trainings.
The 2018 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 Monday, June 25 and conclude at noon on Friday, June 29. On Monday-Thursday, the daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4x4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons. Participants who are enrolled in an Academy for graduate credit must attend two additional sessions scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
The primary check-in period is from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday, June 24. Late arrivals and commuters may check in early Monday morning between 7 and 8 a.m.
Diane C. Gillam, is a research project manager with the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and a Strategic Instruction Model Professional Developer Leader. Through multiple projects extending over the past decade, she has worked with state agencies as well as local educational agencies to provide support to educators as they adopt and adapt instructional practices to benefit all learners. Prior to her current position, she provided leadership at the Virginia Department of Education as a specialist in the Office of Special Education Instructional Services, taught in the classroom for 16 years, served as a consultant in a university child development clinic, and as a division administrator in special education.