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Build Strategy (SP) Public

Strategic Instruction Model™ Learning Strategies

Earned through demonstration of competence in instructing a teacher to use the strategy with students.

Required Evidence

Partner with an Active SIM Professional Developer

Post the name of the SIM Professional Developer who will partner with you in this process. More Info

Teach the Strategy with Fidelity

Teach the strategy in its entirety to a person or class, following the instructional steps in the manual (*may link to Fidelity of Implementation (FI) evidence if you've already earned this badge). More Info

Portfolio of Implementation Showing Fidelity

Submit your portfolio of implementation (*may link to Fidelity of Implementation (FI) Credential evidence if you've already earned this badge). More Info

Supporting Observation/Video Showing Fidelity

Submit supporting Observation and/or Video (*may link to Fidelity of Implementation (FI) Credential evidence if you've already earned this badge). More Info

Student Portfolio Showing Evidence of Fidelity

Submit a student portfolio (*may link to Fidelity of Implementation (FI) Credential evidence if you've already earned this badge). More Info

Instruct a Teacher

Guide/coach another instructor through the Strategy in its entirety. Help them to follow the instructional steps in the manual. Post a completed student progress chart (with student identifying information removed). More Info

Describe your Instruction

Describe your Instruction More Info

Describe your Implementation

Describe your Implementation More Info

Completion Date

Post the date you completed the requirements for this micro-credential More Info

EXTRA: Student Interview

Interview a student about learning and implementation of the strategy and submit video or written report on the interview. More Info

Badge Overview

About This Strategy

The purpose of the BUILD Strategy is to enable students to work together to make decisions using a process similar to a debate. Students learn to examine an issue and define opposing sides, gather information, understand the consequences of decisions, identify possible compromises, review facts, make a personal decision, and conduct a team vote. Research results showed that in the experimental condition, the average score for students from the observational measure and products written by students as they discussed the issue was 21.4 percent on the pretest and 80.1 percent after learning the BUILD Strategy. The comparison group, which did not learn the BUILD Strategy, scored 15.1 percent on the pretest and 19.6 percent on the posttest.

How to earn this micro-credential badge

Micro-credentials in the SIM series enable teachers to verify skills in delivering instruction of the SIM Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines and other educational programs offered through the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. To earn the micro-credential badge:
  • Click the green “join this badge” button and sign up/sign in if needed.
  • Post your evidence specified in the “Required Evidence” section by clicking on the blue “Post” buttons, or you can click into the Evidence section and post from there.
  • Notify your SIM Professional Developer partner when you have completed posting your evidence, that is who will give final approval and award the badge.  

Technical Tips

Badge List provides a place to organize evidence of your work.  You may choose to type that evidence directly into a “Required Evidence” section (as when you post the name of your professional developer or a description or narrative about your work), but much of your evidence will be stored elsewhere (longer documents, video, pdf documents, images, spreadsheets, etc.) and linked into your badge.   

Video:  Upload video to a cloud-hosting site like Vimeo, or YouTube using privacy settings that provide a private link to view the video, keeping it unlisted on the public website.  You will then post the link to that video in the evidence section, along with any comments you wish to include.  

Documents, Image files, spreadsheets, PDF files, etc: 
 You will upload your document, image file, pdf, spreadsheet, etc. to a cloud-hosting site. You will then post the link in the evidence section, along with any comments you wish to include.  We have found Google Drive to be a really simple tool for accomplishing this, but Drop Box or File Dropper or any file storage site that gives you a link to your file works.    

To use Google Drive
 to post documents, images , spreadsheets, pdf, etc.: 
  • Open Google Drive
  • Hit the red “New” button
  • Select “File Upload” and choose the file you wish to upload
  • Click on “Share”
  • Get Shareable Link
  • Paste the link into your evidence section along with any comments you wish to include.

Communicate with other badge earners on the Badge Wiki 

Contribute to a current wiki:
  • Click on the "View Badge WIki" button below this Badge Overview.
  • Hit "Edit" in the upper right corner.
  • Type into the Page Body.
  • Hit "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page.
Create a New Wiki Topic
  • Think of a one or two word title for your new wiki. Example: Hotel TIps.
  • Go to the browser address bar above.
  • Change current url by ERASING "wiki-instructions" and typing the name of your wiki:

  • Use a dash between words.
  • Hit "return".
  • "Start" the new wiki.
  • Type in your message.
  • Choose who can contribute to the wiki.
  • Hit the "Create Page" button at the bottom of the page.
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Badge Experts


Janet Atallah


Badge awarded on 4/14/16

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Marilyn Lee


Badge awarded on 1/3/17

Patty Graner


Badge awarded on 1/3/17



Created badge on 6/2/15

Susan Trumbo


Badge awarded on 11/15/18

Badge Learners


Ginger Selander


Joined badge on 2/1/17