A Facilitated Simulation Event: Girl’s Basketball Coach

November 17, 2021

How would you balance inputs and parent complaints in responding to allegations regarding a highly valued staff member?

In this webinar, Dr. David De Jong, Chair of the University of South Dakota Department of Educational Leadership, facilitates our Girl's Basketball Coach simulation.

In this simulation, a parent at the high school where you are the school leader goes to a school board meeting to complain about the way the girls’ basketball coach is treating the players on the team. You must decide how you address the parent’s concern and the alleged behavior of the winningest coach in school history.

Trade-offs to consider:

  • Addressing a parent’s concern and risk losing the winningest coach in school history.
  • Admitting that you dropped the ball early on with the parent, and losing credibility with your superintendent.
  • Keeping confidentialities, while giving the impression that you are hiding or ignoring a problem.


This simulation can help improve decision-making skills and judgment by allowing you to experience difficult decisions with imperfect options, which lead to consequences that you must manage during this real-world scenario. This exact scenario may not happen at your school; however, it will provide an opportunity to practice and to reflect on the factors that influence your decision-making in a safe space for when similar situations do occur.


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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.