Strategic Instruction Model (SIM)

FDLRS Administration Project
Florida SIM® Initiative

At the request of the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services (BEESS), the FDLRS Administration Project has assumed responsibility for working with Florida’s SIM Professional Developers to coordinate the SIM Initiative in the Sunshine State. We are privileged to have the opportunity to work with these committed educators. 

Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) Overview

The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning developed the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM).  For over thirty years, they 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. Their 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. There are two components in SIM: Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines. Learn more about SIM and the two components through the links on the right.

Looking for a Florida SIM Professional Developer?

Here is a listing of all the SIM Professional Developers throughout the state of Florida. 

Florida SIM CE PDer Contact List

Florida SIM LS PDer Contact List

Are You Interested in Becoming a SIM Professional Developer?

The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning has designed instruction to enable participants to fullfill the role of Strategic Instruction Model Professional Developer in the future dissemination of the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM).

A Strategic Instruction Model Professional Developer is an individual who has mastered the philosophy and structure of the Strategic Instruction Model and can present this information to administrators and teachers in such a way that they not only understand features and benefits of SIM but also the system change/cost factor requirements inherent in implementing SIM. In addition, this individual is prepared to provide professional development sessions on task-specific strategies. SIM Professional Developers will have primary responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the Strategic Instruction Model.

Please take a look at the links below to explore your options:

SIM Pathway to Content Enhancement Professional Development Certification

SIM Pathway to Learning Strategies Professional Development Certification


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FDLRS Administration Project
3841 Reid Street
Palatka, Florida 32177

Mary Ann Ahearn, Administrator ~ ahearnm@nefec.org
Sallie Payne, Coordinator ~ paynes@nefec.org


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