Participants in these institutes are chosen through an application process. The Learning Strategies (LS) Potential Professional Developers Institute prepares experienced SIM educators to instruct others in how to implement Learning Strategies with learners (including adolescents with learning disabilities). Instruction in the use of specific learning strategies is not offered during this institute; the focus is on instructing and coaching others to ensure effective implementation. Eligible Applicants:
- (a) are experienced SIM teachers, administrators, coordinators or university personnel who have previously received professional development in Learning Strategies and have implemented them successfully with students
- (b) have the energy and spirit required to be good professional developers,
- (c) have effective communication skills in teaching adults and working with administrators, and, most critically
- (d) have administrative support for their participation in acquiring professional development /instruction, attending update sessions to maintain their professional developer status, finding time and resources required to deliver instruction to others, and gaining wide-spread, long-term implementation success.