1978: Edward Meyen and Richard Schiefelbusch organized the Institute for Research in Learning Disabilities, one of five organizations to win a five-year, $2-million grant to study learning disabilities. Don Deshler served as research coordinator and Jean Schumaker as associate coordinator. The question that started it all: What are the characteristics of adolescents with learning disabilities?
1983: The International Training Network was founded.
1986: The first International Training Network conference was held.
1989:Strategram began publication.
1992:Stratenotes began publication.
1996: The Strategies Intervention Model became the Strategic Instruction Model. "Strategic" is broader than strategies, and "intervention" has medical connotations and is more one-way than the interactivity of "instruction."
1997: Dr. Gordon Alley, who helped establish the Center and contributed to the foundation of SIM, passed away.
2002: The term "professional developer" replaced "trainer."