Florida SIM Update Conference

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The Update will begin promptly at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The Florida SIM Annual Update will conclude by 3:30 PM on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
if you have any suggestions for a theme for the 33rd SIM Update, please email them to Sallie. Some ideas that have been suggested are: Cultivating SIM, Growing SIM, Tilling the Sim Soil, … Get those creative juices flowing and send us your ideas.

Florida Professional Developers register through FDLRS

The FDLRS Administration Project will make your hotel reservations and pay for your room on a master account. To assist us with making your hotel accommodations, please complete the survey by Monday, December 4, 2017. Survey link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F2PCKND. Also, miles and meals (per diem) will be reimbursed per FDLRS Administration Project reimbursement guidelines.

For NON FLORIDA Professional Developers


Please complete this online registration form.

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To pay by credit card:  Click here to pay online. You must be logged in to view the conference. Please conTACT Mona Tipton (785 864 0626 monatipton@ku.edu) with help logging in.  OR call the KUCRL Order Desk, 785-864-4780 with your credit card information, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM CENTRAL Time.  We will need the name on the card, the billing address of the card, the card number, expiration date, and 3 digit security code.


SIM Pre-conference Session Registration Link:

SIM Update Registration Link:

Pre-Conference Session

SMARTER Planning for Collaborative Teaching
Diane Gillam
The SMARTER Instructional Cycle was developed over 25 years ago by Keith Lenz, Ph.D. More recently, it has been recast to acknowledge the collaborative effort that is needed for instruction to reach all students, especially students with disabilities. These collaborative efforts include general education teachers, special education teachers, specialists, and students. Teachers and students alike engage in this ongoing cycle as they plan, teach, learn, and assess instruction and knowledge. In this session, participants will come away understanding the challenges we place on both teachers and students in using the term co-teaching. As unintentional as it might be, it can short-circuit the instructional cycle. Teachers and students are co-planning, co-teaching, co-learning, and co-assessing when engaged in the SMARTER Instructional Cycle. SMARTER was developed to be used with SIM, but it is not exclusive to SIM.

Date:  Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Onsite Registration: 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Session Time: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Hotel Room Reservation Link:
Group Name: FDLRS - Florida SIM Update

A block of rooms has been reserved for the evenings of January 29, 30, and February 1, 2018 at the reduced rate of $129.00 per night. Each participant is responsible for making his/her reservations with the hotel and coordinating payment for the hotel.  Please be advised that you need to speak with your local FDLRS Associate Center Manager prior to making your reservations.  Double occupancy is encouraged. We are hopeful that the majority of you will be able to contact roommates from previous years to make your arrangements.

The FDLRS Administration Project will reimburse your local FDLRS Associate Center after they reimburse you for your hotel and travel expenses. We will NOT be paying any attendees directly for their expenses. All participants will be responsible for coordinating his/her individual travel reimbursement at the local level.  Please contact your local FDLRS Associate Center (www.fdlrs.org) to make arrangements for travel reimbursement. Remember that it will be your responsibility to secure a roommate prior to making your reservation.
Reimbursement for hotel rooms will be based on double occupancy only for participants who live 50 miles or more from the hotel, and who are currently employed in a Florida district, private school, university setting, or by a BEESS discretionary projects.  Attendees who are retired, an independent consultant or who are an out-of-state educator will be responsible for their own hotel and travel fees.

Please reserve your hotel room by Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

Don Deshler and Jan Langenbach Awards
One of the highlights of our SIM Update includes the Don Deshler Award and the Jane Langenbach Award. Please review the linked award nomination forms. The specific guidelines for nominations are included on each form.  Please submit your nominees for these awards by Friday, December 15, 2018.

Kaleidoscope of Successful Practices Sessions
Many of your PDers are incorporating exciting, fun, activities/ideas into their professional learning opportunities. Please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise with the SIM Network. Kaleidoscope sessions are 10 minutes in length and presented for 5 times during the hour.

If you would like to present during the Kaleidoscope event, please complete and return this form by Friday, December 15, 2017.