Panel Webinar Event: Equity-Centered Principal Preparation, A Discussion With District Leaders

May 26, 2022

During the webinar, district leaders will highlight a few key themes that have been on many leaders' minds this time of year, including utilizing simulations for equity-centered principal preparation. What does it take for principals to lead schools successfully, and how prepared are they? Principals face a difficult task in ensuring that every student has the opportunity to participate in a high-quality educational experience. In order to fulfill this challenge, school leadership must prioritize both equity and excellence and principals must be instructional leaders who prioritize equity.


In this session, our panel of district leaders will give their thoughts and answer these critical questions many educators have about simulations and equity-centered principal preparation:

  • What is an equity-centered instructional leader’s role in improving instructional practice to enhance student success, decrease achievement gaps, and eliminate opportunity gaps?
  • How can simulations increase principals’ ability and knowledge to lead schools as equity-centered instructional leaders who ensure that every student has a positive learning experience and achieves high levels of achievement?

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  • Dave VersteegSuperintendent, Mason City Community School District, Mason City, IA

  • Courtney WallDirector | Principal Pipeline Initiatives, CMS Department of Ed. Leadership, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC

  • Ron Cabrera, Ph.D., Former Superintendent, Director 4 Corners ALAS Leadership Academy, University of Colorado Denver Adjunct Professor, School of Education and Human Development, Boulder, CO

  • Malaika BryantDirector II, Educator Development & Data Support Continuous Improvement Team Kern County Superintendent of Schools Instructional Services, Bakersfield, CA

  • Dan Ray, Ed.S., Leadership Development Specialist, Rockdale County Public Schools, Conyers, GA

Special Guest:

  • Donald O. Leake, Ph.D., Coordinator, Educational Leadership ProgramsDepartment of Educational Administration and Secondary EducationThe College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

Many school leaders are working tirelessly to guarantee that every student participates in a demanding learning experience daily, resulting in the highest degree of social, emotional, and academic achievement. This is a difficult task, and it will be far more difficult if school districts do not make the same effort. 

The kind of professional learning and coaching that will build the capacity of school leaders to be equity-centered leaders must be included as part of this district commitment: Those who lead with an equity frame, who are relentless about having the highest quality of instruction and robust supports in every classroom, and who have the courage to partner widely and effectively, both inside and outside of schools, stand up for every student.


SchoolSims Live Demonstration




SchoolSims participants are afforded opportunities to work through authentic school-based issues and practice decision-making to improve learning and retention. By expanding their experience portfolio, aspiring and sitting school leaders and teachers build resilience and extend capacity to prepare them for real-life challenges.

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SchoolSims provides a powerful and affordable way to deliver highly effective training for school leaders and teachers. Current and aspiring leaders and teachers are offered a chance to experience real-life scenarios that depict true events but in a simulated setting. Since there aren’t always right or wrong answers when it comes to human behavior, experimentation is encouraged within the simulation as there is no way to fail. Participants practice critical thinking and are encouraged to discuss the reasons behind their choices which allows for peer-to-peer learning.