SIM Learning Strategies Professional Developer Public

Strategic Instruction Model™ Learning Strategies

For those who already have their Xtreme Reading Professional Development Certification, your requirements to become an LS PDer are slightly modified from the regular list of evidence. Please visit this link to view your requirements:

Required Evidence

1. Apprenticeship Reflection

Describe your experience with the certification process. Identify the institute you attended. Include useful take aways from the institute and your apprenticeship. This is not a recap of topics, but rather a personal reflection about your learning. More Info

2. Co-Plan and Co-Instruct

• Apprentices co-plan and either present or co-present one SIM Overview and two LS with an active SIM Professional Developer. • Post: Presentation used (such as Power Point), Planning agenda, Select observation notes provided by the SIM Professional Developer as feedback, PD session evaluation More Info

3. Frequently Asked Questions Assignment

To prepare potential professional developers in SIM Learning Strategies to answer difficult questions that are often asked at SIM PD sessions, Apprentices submit responses to 15 of 30 SIM Frequently Asked Questions. More Info

4. Learning Strategy Expertise

• Provide the names of any LS that you implemented as part of your apprenticeship experience. • Post a description of implementation with one of the LS taught through a narrative reflection log (Note: If you have an LS Fidelity of Implementation badge, you can simply provide the link) More Info

5. Professional Learning Plan

• Develop a written plan for implementation of SIM in your department/school/division/region/state. • Include initial PD, instructional coaching, and technical assistance for administrators to ensure infrastructure support More Info

6. Data Driven Planning

Create a written plan demonstrating use of student data to determine selection of SIM instructional tools or interventions. More Info

7. Any Additional Evidence (Optional)

• Provide evidence of your apprenticeship experiences that you wish to share (such as coaching data, interview with a teacher, etc.) More Info

Reminder: Request Feedback

If you have completed your collection of evidence, please review your evidence with your SIM Mentor. Then, when ready click on the REQUEST FEEDBACK button to submit your evidence for approval. More Info

Badge Overview

Holders of this micro-credential maintaining an active status in the SIM Network (attend updates and maintain Stratenotes subscription) may conduct SIM Learning Strategy Professional Development in any SIM Learning Strategy in any setting.

How to earn this micro-credential badge

Micro-credentials in the SIM series enable teachers to verify skills in delivering instruction of the SIM Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines and other educational programs offered through the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. To earn the micro-credential badge:
  • Click the green “join this badge” button and sign up/sign in if needed.
  • Post your evidence specified in the “Required Evidence” section by clicking on the blue “Post” buttons, or you can click into the Evidence section and post from there.
  • Notify your SIM Professional Developer partner when you have completed posting your evidence, that is who will give final approval and award the badge.  

Technical Tips

Badge List provides a place to organize evidence of your work.  You may choose to type that evidence directly into a “Required Evidence” section (as when you post the name of your professional developer or a description or narrative about your work), but much of your evidence will be stored elsewhere (longer documents, video, pdf documents, images, spreadsheets, etc.) and linked into your badge.   

Video:  Upload video to a cloud-hosting site like Vimeo, or YouTube using privacy settings that provide a private link to view the video, keeping it unlisted on the public website.  You will then post the link to that video in the evidence section, along with any comments you wish to include.  

Documents, Image files, spreadsheets, PDF files, etc: 
 You will upload your document, image file, pdf, spreadsheet, etc. to a cloud-hosting site. You will then post the link in the evidence section, along with any comments you wish to include.  We have found Google Drive to be a really simple tool for accomplishing this, but Drop Box or File Dropper or any file storage site that gives you a link to your file works.    

To use Google Drive
 to post documents, images , spreadsheets, pdf, etc.: 
  • Open Google Drive
  • Hit the red “New” button
  • Select “File Upload” and choose the file you wish to upload
  • Click on “Share”
  • Get Shareable Link
  • Paste the link into your evidence section along with any comments you wish to include.

Communicate with other badge earners on the Badge Wiki 

Contribute to a current wiki:
  • Click on the "View Badge WIki" button below this Badge Overview.
  • Hit "Edit" in the upper right corner.
  • Type into the Page Body.
  • Hit "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page.
Create a New Wiki Topic
  • Think of a one or two word title for your new wiki. Example: Hotel TIps.
  • Go to the browser address bar above.
  • Change current url by ERASING "wiki-instructions" and typing the name of your wiki:

  • Use a dash between words.
  • Hit "return".
  • "Start" the new wiki.
  • Type in your message.
  • Choose who can contribute to the wiki.
  • Hit the "Create Page" button at the bottom of the page.
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