Alignment with NELP Standards
SchoolSims are designed to align with PSEL standards (Professional Standards for Educational) and NELP standards (National Educational Leadership Preparation). Like in life, the simulations address issues as they present, with tradeoffs, and will often require leaders to make difficult decisions relating to a particular standard that will come at a cost to another standard let alone other critical issues. Building the capacity to evaluate a situation, understand the risks and trade-offs, make an appropriate decision, and then deal with the inevitable blow-back is key to helping our schools to improve.
SchoolSims can be used in-person, virtually, synchronously, or asynchronously for professional development and/or in educational leadership programs.
According to The National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) website, NELP standards, which are aligned to the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (PSEL), serve a distinct purpose in that they provide specificity around performance expectations for beginning level building and district leaders. Whereas the PSEL standards define educational leadership broadly, the NELP standards specify what novice leaders and program graduates should know and be able to do as a result of completing a high-quality educational leadership preparation program. Like the ELCC standards that preceded them, the NELP standards were developed specifically with the principalship and the superintendency in mind and will be used to review educational leadership programs through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) advanced program review process. There is one set of NELP standards for candidates preparing to become principals and a second set of standards for candidates seeking to become superintendents.