Simulation-Based Experiential Learning

Practice Critical Decision-Making in a Safe Environment

SchoolSims offers a transformative learning experience for professional development in public, private, and independent schools, as well as for future educators in colleges and universities. Simulations are a series of linked scenarios in a choose-your-own-adventure format, where we use both live actors and artificial intelligence to allow learners to experience the consequences of their decisions while bridging the gap between theory and practice.

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Who We Help

SchoolSims helps educators, schools, and educational institutions of all levels. Our solutions are designed to benefit teachers, administrators, and students alike. Whether you are an individual teacher looking to enhance your classroom instruction or a school district aiming to implement innovative educational tools, SchoolSims supports your academic goals.

What We Do

SchoolSims offers interactive educational simulations covering topics such as equity and difficult conversations. These immersive experiences allow educators to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills. Accessible online, these simulations facilitate hands-on learning for both in-person and remote environments, empowering educators to create engaging and practical learning experiences and preparing them for real-world challenges.

When to Use

Simulations play a vital role throughout the academic year, integrating seamlessly into professional development meetings and intensive summer skill-building sessions for educators while also serving as supplemental activities in higher education. In K-12 schools, districts, and school support agencies and associations, simulations support professional development and enhance faculty training, while colleges and universities utilize simulations to deepen understanding, provide experiential learning opportunities, and foster collaboration among educators.

How It Works

SchoolSims provides educators with a platform that integrates interactive and immersive learning experiences, real-world application, customization, data-driven insights, scalability, and flexibility, fostering engagement, critical thinking, and practical application of knowledge. By leveraging contributions from educators worldwide, SchoolSims ensures authenticity in its simulations, aiding educators in applying their expertise in realistic scenarios, which fosters profound understanding and higher-order thinking skills, ultimately promoting critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities while enhancing learning outcomes.

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The video on the right showcases a guided simulation demonstration led by Ken Spero, the President and Co-Founder of SchoolSims.
Learn How School Districts and Universities Use SchoolSims
Dr. Stephanie Jackson
Principal on Assignment
Orange County Public Schools

"(Previously) we had to generate discussion questions and create our own multiple choice questions for over 30 scenarios. Simulations allowed us to apply our focus and gave us flexibility in our program which saves us time, effort, and cost.”

Brandon Cummings
Director of Leadership Development
The School District of Philadelphia

"The conversations we have at these monthly meetings are what matter to us. These difficult conversations may be had from various perspectives thanks to the simulations. We want a place where we can talk openly and safely with our future leaders."

Dr. Dale Cox
Assistant Professor
Utah Valley University

“The simulations create cohesiveness within the cohorts; it gives the students something to work on together that is challenging, all while building relationships within the classroom. Simulations are innovative and changing the profession as we know it. Principalship and leadership is not something you know, it is something that you do.“

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