SIMRA, the State Instructional Materials Review Association is dedicated to the process of thorough and ongoing review of instructional materials that assures alignment of content to core standards, accessibility for use by all students, and promotes quality pedagogy as determined by established criteria. Members of the Association collaborate and share resources frequently to continually improve the review process and provide for fair and systematic reviews of materials. The organization has a long history of maintaining high standards and specifications for the manufacturing and distribution of quality instructional materials. SIMRA vets instructional materials to:
- Insure that content is aligned to core standards and objectives that lead to college and career readiness and is structured to ensure that all students meet grade-specific expectations as they develop literacy skills.
- Promote universally accessible instructional resources, guaranteeing that materials are free from bias in their portrayal of ethnic groups, gender, age, disabilities, cultures, religion, etc., and contain accommodations for students with multiple learning styles, exceptionalities, and language and cultural differences. Resources should be durable and of high quality in physical structure, and designed to promote optimal learning experiences for all students.
- Encourage Pedagogical Design so that materials provide tools for a balanced approach to assessment including both formative and summative assessments in multiple formats, not only to guide instruction but also to identify student mastery of content. Information is organized logically and presented clearly using multiple methods and modes for delivering instruction that motivates and increases literacy as students engage in high interest, authentic activities. Instruction is designed to utilize research-based instructional strategies, offer suggestions for appropriate scaffolding, emphasize the importance of vocabulary acquisition, and provide opportunities to engage in high interest, age-appropriate activities that mirror real-life situations, and make cross-curricular, global connections.
President: Alan Griffin (Utah)
Vice President: Randall Lee (Georgia)
Secretary: Tracy Gruber (Nevada)
Treasurer: Marcie Buckle (Louisiana)