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SIM™ StoryCorps

SIM StoryCorps is based on NPR’s StoryCorps: Sharing and Preserving the Stories of Our Lives.
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SIM StoryCorps is a candid conversation between two people (SIM educators/parents/students) about what’s really important in the field of education: students, connections, hope, success. How did SIM contribute to attaining what matters most? Listen to these stories from educators' hearts to find out.

Those who record their SIM stories here, do so to share their common excitement, passion, and hopes for the future. In this way, we are able to build connections across SIM Network members in states across the U.S. and around the world as well as introduce new educators to SIM. When we listen to each other, we can learn so much. Each person’s story matters! Simultaneously, we are creating an invaluable, oral history archive for future generations.

These three guiding questions are offered to partners as they consider the content for candid conversation in relation to SIM: What grabbed you? What kept you? What message do you have for current and future SIM Professional Developers? 

After listening, we invite you to find a partner and tell your story. Click here to sign up
          Submissions should be audio files, about 5 min. long, in mp3 or mp4 format.  Instructions for recording

April 2022: SIM Success in the University Classroom and Beyond, Barb Duchardt and Joyce Rademacher

In this SIM StoryCorps, we’ll hear Barb Duchardt and Joyce Rademacher, two retired professors of special education and SIM Professional Developers located in Louisiana and Texas reminisce about their SIM success in the university classroom and beyond.

Listen to April 2022 SIM StoryCorps #5, SIM Success in the University Classroom and Beyond


January 2022: How SIM Opens Doors, Helen Barrier, Dana McCaleb and Whitney Miller

In this SIM StoryCorps, we’ll hear Helen Barrier, Dana McCaleb and Whitney Miller, SIM Professional Development Leaders and Coordinators at the VDOE’s Training and Technical Assistance Center at Virginia Tech talk about How SIM Has Opened Doors. Listen to January 2022 SIM StoryCorps #4, How SIM Opens Doors

September 2021: SIM: Why We’re Still in Education, Rosanne Arvin and Bev Colombo

In this SIM StoryCorps, two SIM Professional Development Leaders, Rosanne Arvin in Florida and Bev Columbo in Missouri, share why SIM has kept them in the field of education for more than 40 years! Listen to September 2021 SIM StoryCorps #3, SIM: Why We’re Still in Education 

May 2021: SIM Goes to Harvard Medical School, Richard Goldhammer and Sue Woodruff

In this SIM StoryCorps, we’ll hear Richard Goldhammer, a SIM Professional Developer in Massachusetts, and Sue Woodruff, a SIM Professional Developer in Michigan, talk about Richard’s experiences with integrating SIM into his work as a learning specialist at Harvard Medical School.

Listen to May 2021 SIM StoryCorps #2: SIM Goes to Harvard Medical School

April 2021: Ignited by Student Success and Fueled by Shared Passion, Rosemary Tralli and Jocelyn Washburn

In this first edition of SIMcorps, Rosemary and Jocelyn discuss their work and inspirations. 

Listen to April 2021 SIM StoryCorps #1: Ignited by Student Success and Fueled by Shared Passion

Read Rosemary's article: Striving toward Instructional Excellence through the Strategic Instruction Model™(SIM): Time Sensitive Reflections from a Retired Special Educator

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