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UGA College of Education to host workshop on sentence writing strategy

Athens, Ga. – A two-day professional development workshop to introduce teachers to the foundations of the Strategic Instructional Model® and prepare them to help students acquire strategies for writing and editing sentences will be presented by the University of Georgia College of Education. The two-day workshop will be held Oct. 4-5 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UGA Gwinnett campus in Lawrenceville.

The Sentence Writing Strategy workshop, a two-part program that includes fundamental and proficiency levels, is targeted towards students in grades 4-12 who struggle with written expression. In addition to a writing strategy, students can be taught 14 sentence patterns with four types of sentences: simple, compound, complex and compound-complex.

SIM® Professional Developer Kathy Boyle-Gast from the UGA College of Education’s department of communication sciences and special education will be the instructor.

Professional Learning Units can be earned through the workshops, contingent upon approval by the participant’s individual school district administration. Participants should have received training in the SIM® Paragraph Writing Strategy before attending this program.

Developed through the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning from on-going research for more than 30 years, SIM® is an evidence-based model of instruction that provides Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines geared especially towards students who are struggling to learn in the classroom, including those with specific learning difficulties.

The SIM® workshops require instruction by a University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning-approved Professional Developer. Cost for each two-day workshop is $275. This includes refreshment breaks, a parking pass, two instructor’s manuals, two student lessons books, packets of training materials, as well as supplemental handouts and power points sent electronically following the workshop to augment instruction. For more information on these and other workshops or to register online, see