SchoolSims are designed to align with PSEL (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.
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Here are ways in which educational simulations, including SchoolSims Simulations, may align with PSEL Standards:
Scenario-Based Learning: Simulations often present realistic scenarios that educational leaders might encounter in their roles. These scenarios can be designed to address specific PSEL domains, allowing leaders to practice and develop the skills outlined in the standards.
Decision-Making and Problem-Solving: Simulations can provide opportunities for educational leaders to make decisions and solve problems within the context of the PSEL standards. This helps them apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations.
Reflective Practice: Simulations often include debriefing sessions or reflective activities, allowing leaders to reflect on their actions and decisions in alignment with PSEL standards related to self-awareness and professional growth.
Collaborative Learning: PSEL standards emphasize the importance of collaboration. Simulations can be designed to encourage collaborative problem-solving and decision-making, aligning with these standards.
Feedback and Assessment: Simulations can include feedback mechanisms that provide leaders with information on how well they are meeting PSEL standards. This feedback can be used for self-assessment and continuous improvement.
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.