CERTIFICATION OVERVIEW

Supplemental Instruction (SI) involves utilizing a model student/near peer who has recently and successfully completed a course to attend the course a second time and lead peer-facilitated study sessions over the course content. Since 1973, the data supporting the effectiveness of this model have remained consistent; on average, students who regularly attend SI sessions earn a half to a full letter grade higher and earn D’s, F’s, and withdraw from courses less frequently than students who do not attend SI sessions.

The certification initiative sets out key components of SI that programs across the United States must be doing in order to qualify to be a certified SI program. While SI is by nature flexible, there has been a growing demand in the last decade to provide a way to showcase SI programs to distinguish those programs that are adhering to core principles of the model and receive development and coaching from the staff at the International Center for SI. These criteria are called the Core Four. Click each drop down list below to read an explanation of each requirement and how the documents submitted in the certification application should demonstrate a program’s adoption of the Core Four.

One - Trained by the International Center

For initial certification only: The program coordinator must be trained by a Certified SI Trainer from the International Center for SI at UMKC.

 

    This requirement ensures that there is a current staff member at the institution who has received training from the International Center (either on-site or in Kansas City) in the last five years. Applications should include their SI Training certificate of completion or the staff person’s name and dates of the training attended so that attendance can be verified.

Two - SI Leader Training and Support

The program must require and provide intensive training both at the beginning of the semester and throughout the semester for SI Leaders, as well as a robust observation schedule.

 

        SI Leader training is a critical component of any SI program. To qualify for certification, a pre-semester SI Leader training should include a focus on collaborative learning techniques, facilitation strategies, and learning strategies. The pre-semester training should also include an opportunity for Leaders to observe an ideal SI session and to practice running their own mock SI session. Programs must also hold ongoing SI Leader meetings throughout the semester to offer Leaders opportunities for professional development and to troubleshoot session concerns. Certification applications should include agendas for pre-semester training and ongoing meetings that demonstrate these items are included.

 

        Certified SI programs will demonstrate their commitment to a robust observation schedule by submitting their observation schedule from the most recent semester that shows Leaders are observed at various times throughout the semester. Observation sheets will also be submitted, and these will demonstrate the observer’s focus on facilitation strategies, the beginning/middle/closing structure, and use of collaborative learning techniques.

Three - Strong Focus on Planning

The program must include an intensive focus on SI Leaders planning sessions and those sessions being regularly observed by program staff or anyone associated with the program whose knowledge of SI is strong enough for them to provide constructive feedback for SI Leaders.

 

        SI session planning is a key component of the SI model. The SI Leader must prepare for the session by organizing activities and anticipating student needs. This is one of the unique features of SI, and thus is an important part of the certification application. All planning sheets submitted as part of the application for certification must show use of opening, middle, and closing activities, as well as collaborative learning techniques. All supplemental materials to SI Leader plans should also be included in the certification application.

Four - Class Attendance & Data

The program must require that SI Leaders attend class sessions; the program must also demonstrate robust student attendance, GPA, and DFW data.

 

        SI Leaders must attend a minimum of 60% of regularly scheduled class sessions throughout the semester. The SI program itself must average at least 20% attendance at all SI sessions and show a data trend consistent with SI’s research claim; namely, students must earn, on average, half to a full letter grade higher and there must be a DFW rate difference between the SI group and the non-SI group. Each application for certification must include three letters from faculty who have SI attached to their class, and these letters must verify the minimum 60% attendance and speak to the grade and DFW differences their students have experienced.

CERTIFICATION BENEFITS AND PRICING

Certification is granted on a three-year basis. Programs are considered for renewal after three years, providing they pay the appropriate certification dues, have submitted their program data each year, and have engaged in an online or in-person check in with a Certified Trainer from the International Center for SI. Should there be staff turnover in the program coordinator role, the program will have six months to ensure the new program coordinator receives training from the International Center.

In addition to the prestige of the certified status, the certified program would also receive financial and support-based incentives. Each certified program will be connected with a Certified Trainer employed at the International Center for SI who will serve as that program’s personal connection to the center and will be available to that program to answer questions and troubleshoot any issues as they arise.

Finally, certified programs will also receive acknowledgement on UMKC’s website and in the International Conference on SI official program. Certified programs will receive priority consideration for conference proposals and will be invited to a conference reception exclusively for certified programs.

Benefits of Certification

 

      • Discounted conference registration ( $50 off ).
      • Reduced training fees for subsequent Kansas City trainings ($50 off) and onsite SI trainings ( $200 off ).
      • Discounted training materials ( 40% discount ).

Cost of Certification

 

      • Initial Certification Fee : $375 USD ($100/year with a $75 initial set-up fee.)
      • After the initial 3 year certification : $300 using the $100/year fee schedule. (Price good through April 30, 2017.)
      • Programs wishing to be certified will incur the cost of attending an SI Supervisor training in Kansas City or of having an on-site training at their campus. They will pay the appropriate training fee as well as all travel expenses for the Certified Trainer.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications for certification are accepted on a rolling basis. Below is a list of documents that must be included in every certification application. Please submit the documents in one PDF document through “SUBMISSION” tab. Please allow 60 days for submission review.

Program Narrative

Provide a brief, one-page narrative that describes the SI program structure and when it started; how many Leaders work for the program; how many courses are supported; and how many professional staff work for the program. Please also mention and explain any modifications to the SI model that your program has made.

Program Contact Information & Supervisor Training

Please include the name, telephone number, and email address of the SI Program Coordinator, as well as the name, telephone number, and email address of the director of the department where the SI program is housed. Indicate which person has attended SI Supervisor training and when, OR include the Certificate of Completion presented at the end of the training. Finally, provide the mailing address to which certification correspondence should be addressed.

Data

 

      • From all SI supported courses for all semesters from Spring 2014 to present; must submit at least the three most recent, consecutive semesters of data to qualify for certification
      • Course data must be provided separately and each course’s data must include SI group/non-SI group totals, average GPA for SI/non-SI groups, and the number of students receiving DFW outcomes (not percentages) in the SI/non-SI groups.Templates for summary data can be found on our website.
      • Data must be submitted at the end of every semester during a program’s certification period to maintain certification.

Samples of Plans

Must provide three consecutive plans for five different SI Leaders for a total of 15 plans. All submitted plans must include supplemental planning materials, i.e. completed matrix, solved math problems, completed informal quiz, etc.

Letters of Support

From 3 different faculty who use SI support for their respective classes. The letter should include the following information:

      • Their support for the SI Program.
      • Verification that their SI Leader attends at least 60% of all class sessions offered.
      • The impact SI has had on enrolled students.
      • Verification that the SI Leader and the faculty member speak often regarding course material.

Observation Schedule & Samples of Observations from the SI Supervisor(s) or Mentor(s)

Must provide three consecutive observations for five different SI Leaders for a total of 15 observations. Please include overall observation schedule for the most recent semester.

Training & Meeting Agendas

Training agendas for the initial SI Leader training, as well as all agendas for on-going SI Leader training/meetings throughout the most recent semester.

SUBMISSION

Please submit only 1 PDF document for certification application.

( Title : Please put Institution Name. )

 

CERTIFICATION FAQs

After being awarded certification, what is required to maintain certification during the three-year time period?

Programs that are certified by the International Center will be required to submit data at the end of every semester to maintain certification. They will also be required to check in with their assigned Certified Trainer from the International Center at least once per year during the three-year certification period. Finally, should the SI Program Coordinator leave the institution during the three-year certification period, the institution will have six months to have the replacement program coordinator trained by the International Center.

My program has modified the SI model to suit our institutional needs. Are we still eligible for certification?

We understand that programs must first meet the needs of their students, and sometimes that may involve adjusting the traditional SI model to best serve students and other stakeholders at an institution. Generally speaking, as long as a modification doesn’t hinder a program’s ability to adhere to the Core Four certification requirements, a program will still qualify for certification. However, if you are concerned that your modification might disqualify your program, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask by using the Contact Us tab above.

Why is there a fee to review our certification application?

Our staff reviews all applications for certification very closely and provides thorough comments and feedback to all institutions; those institutions that are not awarded certification receive more ample feedback with specific suggestions for improvement and continued support from the International Center as they endeavor to better align their program to the Core Four requirements.

How do I pay for certification?

Once a program has been notified that it has been awarded certification, an invoice will be sent along with the award letter. Institutions can pay by check or credit card. Once payment is received, the SI program will be added to the “Certified Programs” page on the International Center’s website, and the program will be eligible for all benefits associated with certification.

 

 

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