SIM developers attend annual conference at KU

SIM developers attend annual conference at KU

Karen Salisbury Henry

The Center for Research on Learning held its annual meeting of the members of its Strategic Instruction Model™ (SIM) Professional Development Network July 15-17 in Lawrence, Kan. More than 100 professional developers attended. SIM is an adolescent literacy program developed that has been used for more than 35 years across the country.

The conference was an opportunity for professional developers to learn about the latest CRL research and products and to exchange ideas about professional development and instructional practices leading to improved student achievement.

Keynote speaker was Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. CRL also introduced a new credentialing system at the conference — digital badges to recognize educators who use SIM tools as a result of professional development. More than 600 professional developers are members of the SIM network.