Strategic Instruction Model™

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A Crosswalk: High-Leverage Practices in Special Education and Strategic Instruction Model (SIM™) Instructional Tools and Interventions (KUCRL)


The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KUCRL) has developed this crosswalk to assist educators in understanding the relationship between the High-Leverage Practices in Special Education (HLPs) and the elements and processes used when implementing the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM™).

Examine the Crosswalk: HLPs in Special Education & SIM Instructional Tools

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The TTAC at Radford University offers professional development and support to educators in Superintendent's Regions 6 and 7 in the implementation of the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KUCRL) Strategic Instruction Model™ (SIM) Content Enhancement Routines.

The Content Enhancement instructional method uses powerful teaching devices to organize and present curriculum content in an understandable and easy-to-learn manner. Teachers identify content that they deem to be most critical and teach it using a powerfully designed teaching routine that actively engages students with the content. Teachers carry out instruction in partnership with students in a way that maintains the integrity of the content while meeting both group and individual needs.

All of the routines promote direct, explicit instruction. This type of instruction helps students who are struggling, but it also facilitates problem-solving and critical-thinking skills for students who are doing well in class.

Planning and Leading

Some Content Enhancement Routines help teachers think about and organize content, then present it in such a way that students can see the organization.

  • Lesson Organizer Routine
  • Unit Organizer Routine
  • Course Organizer Routine

Higher Order Reasoning

These Content Enhancement Routines help students engage in the critical skills of higher order thinking and reasoning required by state standards.

  • The Question Exploration Routine
  • The Scientific Argumentation Routine
  • The Teaching Decision-Making Routine
  • The Teaching Cause and Effect Routine


These Content Enhancement Routines help teachers present complex concepts so students gain a deep understanding and develop a shared vocabulary for talking about important information.

  • Concept Anchoring Routine
  • Concept Comparison Routine
  • Concept Mastery Routine


This collection of Content Enhancement Routines helps teachers and students explore text, topics, and details.

  • Clarifying Routine
  • Framing Routine
  • Survey Routine
  • Vocabulary LINCing Routine

Increasing Performance

These Content Enhancement Routines helps students complete work in the classroom.

  • Recall Enhancement Routine
  • Quality Assignment Routine
  • ORDER Routine
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For more information on SIM™ or Content Enhancement Routines, call or email:



Ginni Bussey (540) 831-6848, SIM™ CER Professional Developer

Chuck Blevins (540) 831-5611, SIM™ CER Professional Developer


Suzanne Graham (540) 831-6846, SIM™ Specialist in Content Mastery and Framing Routines

Keli Bradbury (540) 831-7733, SIM™ Specialist in Content Mastery and Vocabulary LINCing Routines