For 25 years, we have conducted research designed to develop ways to help students meet the demands of life, not just in school but after they leave school as well. Our overriding goal has been to develop an integrated model to address many of the needs of diverse learners.
Out of this effort, the Strategic Instruction Model®, or SIM®, has evolved. In essence, SIM is about promoting effective teaching and learning of critical content in schools. SIM strives to help teachers make decisions about what is of greatest importance, what we can teach students to help them to learn, and how to teach them well.
We advocate trying to teach a little less content, but teaching it better.
In 2011, we honored two individuals as leaders in the SIM International Professional Development Network and two school divisions in Virginia for their outstanding work toward improving literacy and learning through use of the Strategic Instruction Model. Read their stories here: 2011 KUCRL Awards (pdf).