Four schools from Virginia’s Adolescent Literacy Partnerships project were awarded the 2011 SIM™ Impact Award at last summer’s International SIM™ Conference in Lawrence, Kansas. From the Center for Research on Learning website:
The 2011 SIM Impact Award honors four Virginia schools that are pioneers in their use of the Content Literacy Continuum™ to promote schoolwide improvements in literacy for all students. James River High School and Central Academy Middle School in Botetourt County and Patrick Henry High School and Liberty Middle School in Hanover County are this year’s recipients of the award, given by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning to recognize schools or school systems that have widely adopted many components of the Strategic Instruction Model™ and that have collected and analyzed data related to their efforts to improve instruction and learning with SIM™.
Though other schools across the country have adopted CLC™, the extent to which the Virginia schools have embraced it is groundbreaking. The CLC™ framework they have put in place includes features not found in other CLC™ projects: They make extensive use of speech-language pathologists at all five CLC™ levels (see our feature on this innovative approach beginning on page 21), and they have transformed relationships made possible by middle school-high school feeder patterns to create meaningful, deep collaboration across schools.
Congratulations to our Hanover and Botetourt schools!