CPSEL Standards

SchoolSims align with CPSEL (California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders) standards. Because simulations immerse participants in school-based scenarios like those that occur in real-life, they provide an opportunity to practice evaluating context and applying the appropriate standards in a risk-free environment.  Leaders face circumstances where they are required to make a decision that may align with one standard but comes at the cost of another.  While dealing with the blowback of those decisions within the simulation, leaders build the capacity and confidence to manage actual situations when they occur.

Download the Professional Standards Guide (Simulation Overviews) to learn more about our alignment with CPSEL Standards:

Here are some ways in which educational simulations, such as those provided by SchoolSims, may align with CPSEL standards:

  1. Scenario-Based Learning: Simulations often present realistic scenarios that educational leaders may encounter. These scenarios can be designed to address specific CPSEL domains, allowing leaders to practice and apply the skills outlined in the standards.

  2. Leadership Competencies: Simulations can target specific leadership competencies outlined in the CPSEL standards. For example, scenarios may focus on promoting a positive school culture, engaging in effective communication, or facilitating professional development.

  3. Decision-Making and Problem-Solving: Simulations provide opportunities for leaders to make decisions and solve problems within the context of the CPSEL standards. This helps leaders develop practical skills and apply theoretical knowledge to authentic situations.

  4. Reflection and Feedback: Many simulations include reflective components and feedback mechanisms. Leaders can reflect on their actions in alignment with the CPSEL standards and receive feedback on their performance, contributing to continuous improvement.

  5. Collaborative Learning: CPSEL standards emphasize the importance of collaboration. Simulations can promote collaborative decision-making and problem-solving, addressing standards related to building relationships and fostering a positive educational environment.

SchoolSims can be experienced in-person or virtually with large or small groups or can be deployed asynchronously. They can be incorporated into any leadership professional development program and included in university-based educational leadership curricula.

The California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL) identify what an administrator must know and be able to do in order to move into sustainable, effective practice. They are a set of broad policy standards that are the foundation for administrator preparation, induction, development, professional learning, and evaluation in California. Taken together, the CPSEL describe critical areas of leadership for administrators and offer a structure for developing and supporting education leaders throughout their careers.