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Concept Anchoring Routine (2002)
The Concept Anchoring Routine focuses on how teachers can help students understand key concepts. This routine is designed to promote increased understanding by anchoring new information to familiar information. In this video, a secondary teacher uses the Concept Anchoring Routine to help students gain an understanding of the concept oxidization. She compares the familiar concept of how a washing machine cleans laundry to the new concept of how a liver oxidizes alcohol. ($25) (Order Form)

Teaching with the Concept Mastery Routine (1998)
Teaching with the Concept Mastery Routine introduces viewers to the Concept Diagram and the Concept Mastery Routine and helps them understand how to incorporate these items into their teaching repertoires. ($25) (Order Form)

Enhancing Strategic Instruction: Critical Teaching Behaviors
Enhancing Strategic Instruction: Critical Teaching Behaviors, with the help of several teachers, describes and demonstrates each of four critical teaching behaviors: giving rationales, communicating expectations, involving students, and providing feedback. These behaviors are built into all phases of strategy instruction. A variety of examples are shown for each behavior, as well as ideas to help teachers successfully implement these behaviors into their own repertoire of teaching devices. Authors: F.L. Clark, J.B. Schumaker, D.D. Deshler, M. Vance, B.A. Duchardt, and F. Kline. ($25) (Order Form)

The Lesson Organizer for Trainers (2001)
The Lesson Organizer is used to plan lessons and introduce and connect ideas to the unit and the course. This video shows how a secondary teacher uses the Lesson Organizer Routine to introduce and support learning in a lesson on alcohol. The Lesson Organizer visual device is used to display information and guide learning. ($25) (Order Form)

Making a Difference: From Those Who Know
Making a Difference: From Those Who Know introduces the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM), an approach developed for at-risk students who have a history of failure and a high probability of dropping out of school. SIM has a number of unique features that can help these students--including the fact that students themselves like SIM. ($10) (Order Form)

Modeling the FIRST-Letter Mnemonic Strategy
Modeling the FIRST-Letter Mnemonic Strategy. The FIRST-Letter Mnemonic Strategy helps students to identify, organize, and memorize lists of information. This strategy consists of steps for making and memorizing lists as well as steps for creating a mnemonic device. Authors: B. Lenz, J. Rademacher, J. Schumaker, D. Deshler, F. Clark, and B. Duchardt. ($25) (Order Form)

Teaching Younger Students to Master Learning Strategies
Teaching Younger Students to Master Learning Strategies. An alternative to re-teaching basic skills to students who have difficulties in school is to teach them how to learn. This involves teaching students Learning Strategies that positively influence all their work and encourage them to become independent learners. Research has shown that students as young as elementary age can learn how to learn. These students' success often depends on a teacher who uses certain instructional principles during a lesson. In this film, a real teacher demonstrates the five principles for teaching Learning Strategies to younger students and the techniques involved in each. Authors: F. Clark, D. Deshler, J. Schumaker, and F. Kline. ($25) (Order Form)

The Unit Organizer (2002)
The Unit Organizer demonstrates how teachers can "frame" a unit and then organize information into lessons. By framing a unit, the teacher then helps students see and understand the "big picture" of the unit. This video shows how an elementary teacher and her students use the Unit Organizer Routine to introduce a lesson on conferencing to improve writing. ($25) (Order Form)

Word Identification for Trainers (2001)
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Stratellite Connection No. 1 (1995)
The first in the series, this program provides a basic overview of SIM strategies in general and reading comprehension in particular with examples of applications in various settings and levels from elementary to adult. (February 1995) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 2 (1995)
Program 2 focuses on Partnership Learning, recognizing that all participants in the professional development audience have experiences and knowledge to share for the benefit of all. Planning for academic diversity and a new strategy for helping students make content area decisions are presented. (April 1995) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 3 (1995)
Highlights of the SIM National Update Conference, interviews with trainers on how to get teachers involved in workshops, and examples of presenting Concept Anchoring, "right brain," and affinity exercises are presented. (August/September 1995) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 4 (1996)
On this program, Dr. Michael Pressley discusses the best way to train and inspire teachers to implement strategic instruction. The principles and experiences of some of our successful training partners follows, along with Sentence Writing Strategy testimonials, a Self-Advocacy success story, and teaching ideas for Self-Advocacy and Assignment Completion. (January 1996) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 5 (1996)
This program presents applications of strategies in two fields: gifted/learning disabled and English as a second language. A series of trainers' ideas on the subject of improving implementation are presented. Teaching ideas, testimonials, and applications for the Word Identification Strategy (DISSECT) are shown. The narration includes a walk around the KU campus in springtime. (June 1996) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 6 (1996)
The highlights of this past summer's conference in Lawrence are assembled once again into a montage, culminating with the fun we had at Don's surprise birthday party. Two slightly expanded focus sections are then presented, providing useful support material for training sessions. The final segment is an abbreviated version of the main points of Dr. Michael Pressley's keynote address from the summer conference. (December 1996) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 7 (1997)
Two Content Enhancement Routines are the focus of this tape: Concept Comparison and Concept Mastery. Both are shown in classroom settings. Don presents a special tribute to CRL co-founder Gordon Alley, who passed away recently. Highlights of Jean's birthday surprise wrap up the tape. The narration includes a close look at the new covers of the Content Enhancement Series of books. (April 1997) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 8 (1997)
The newly published Survey Routine is presented in Peggy Couch's seventh-grade social studies class by Carmen Cantrell. A classroom presentation of the SCORE Skills and teacher and student interviews are shown. The COPS Rap by "Sheriff" Kim Short's COPS Crew and the Verb Boogie from Jean Holland are included as well. The narration was shot in Jean Schumaker's backyard on a hot Kansas summer day. (July 1997) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 9 (1997)
This is a special program of Dr. Anita Archer's presentation skills. From her keynote address to the 1997 SIM National Conference, we have edited an hour of lecture and 40 minutes of modeling a lesson modified for active participation. There also are highlights of the national conference. (July 1997) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 10 (1998)
Mike Hock begins this tape with a segment on his Strategic Tutoring program. Jean Schumaker discusses the difference between concepts and examples. The end of this tape is a review of our other SIM video programs: Making a Difference: From Those Who Know, Enhancing Strategic Instruction, Keys to Success in Learning Strategies, Teaching Younger Students to Master Learning Strategies, Modeling the Sentence Writing Strategy, and Modeling the FIRST-Letter Mnemonic Strategy. (June 1998) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 11: Overview of SIM (1998)
This program presents two overviews of SIM: one with an emphasis on learning strategies by Don Deshler, and the other with an emphasis on content enhancement by Keith Lenz. An interview with Ann Turnbull, co-director of the Beach Center on Families and Disability, also is presented. In this interview, different types of parent-professional partnerships are discussed. (July 1998) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 12 (1998)
This program presents highlights from our 20th anniversary conference this past July in Kansas City. It includes interviews with several presenters from the poster and kaleidoscope sessions. After the highlights, several professors from different universities discuss important issues in reading programs. The tape concludes with several skits from the 20th anniversary celebration variety show. (Fall 1998) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 13 (1999)
Program 13 features the Summit School in Dundee, Illinois. This private school for identified students with learning disabilities has implemented the Strategic Instruction Model into its curriculum. This school, accredited by the North Central Association, serves 120 students in grades 1 through 12. (July 1999) ($15) (Order Form)

Stratellite Connection No. 14: SIM Overview for Administrators (2000)
SIM Overview for Administrators: Program 14 features Don Deshler speaking to a group of administrators in southern California about the Strategic Instruction Model. Viewing this video provides an excellent way for administrators to learn about the various aspects of SIM. (July 2000) ($15) (Order Form)