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SIM Leadership Award and Profile School

Since 1978, the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning has worked with schools, communities, teachers, students, and service organizations to tackle the serious challenges of improving literacy and learning among the nation’s adolescents.

    We are indebted to the many individuals who have accompanied us on our journey. The teachers and administrators who take risks—both personal and professional—to promote the widespread use of the Strategic Instruction Model in their schools or school systems bring our work to life. The members of the International Professional Development Network who share their expertise in the Strategic Instruction Model help educators become strategic teachers and, as a result, students become strategic learners. The partners in the education field who generously share their knowledge and time further our research and help us reach our goals.

    Each year, we recognize outstanding teachers, administrators, professional developers, and partners who inspire greater achievements. We offer this tribute and our sincerest congratulations to this year’s recipients of the SIM Leadership Award  with profound appreciation for all of your efforts on behalf of adolescents and literacy.

SIM Leadership Awards

The SIM Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and excellent service to the Strategic Instruction Model by helping educators become strategic teachers and, as a result, students become strategic learners.

2017 Honorees


     Janice Creneti               Cindy Medici

Previous Honorees

Laura Belle Wallace Middle School in Kyle, Texas, is KUCRL’s first named SIM Profile Showcase School.  To be a SIM Profile Showcase School, a school must demonstrate that SIM is a part of the school culture.  SIM must be observable daily, and the school must have data that demonstrates improved student outcomes/achievements. The SIM footprint is clearly evident in this school; it has become a part of the school culture and is observable daily. You can view evidence of the SIM footprint in this video!


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