Alignment with PSEL 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.

Mission, Vision, and Core Values PSEL Standard

Effective educational leaders develop, advocate, and enact a shared mission, vision, and core values of high-quality education and academic success and well-being of each student.

Ethics and Professional Norms PSEL Standard

Effective educational leaders act ethically and according to professional norms to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Equity and Cultural Responsiveness PSEL Standard

Effective educational leaders strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Curriculum Instruction and Assessment PSEL Standard

Effective educational leaders develop and support intellectually rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Community Care and Support for Students PSEL Standard

Effective educational leaders cultivate an inclusive, caring, and supportive school community that promotes the academic success and well-being of each student.

Professional Capacity of School Personnel PSEL Standard

Effective educational leaders develop the professional capacity and practice of school personnel to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Professsional Community for Teachers and Staff PSEL Standard

Effective educational leaders foster a professional community of teachers and other professional staff to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community PSEL Standard

Effective educational leaders engage families and the community in meaningful, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial ways to promote each student’s academic success and well-being. Operations and Management PSEL Standard

Effective educational leaders manage school operations and resources to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Operations and Management PSEL Standard

Effective educational leaders act as agents of continuous improvement to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

PSEL Standards Matrix

The Professional Standards for Educational Leaders provide guideposts that will help school leaders make a difference every day in the learning and well being of students. Grounded in current research and the real-life experiences of educational leaders, they articulate the leadership that our schools need and our students deserve. They are student-centric, outlining foundational principles of leadership to guide the practice of educational leaders so they can move the needle on student learning and achieve more equitable outcomes. They’re designed to ensure that educational leaders are ready to meet the challenges of the job today and in the future as education, schools, and society continue to transform.