Simulations for Independent Schools

Now more than ever, independent schools need capable, visionary leaders and teachers to manage increasingly diverse schools in our ever-changing, ever-challenging world. Independent school staff has extraordinary responsibilities to satisfy multiple and distinct stakeholders while constantly facing new challenges. One way to be prepared for those challenges is by incorporating the SchoolSims Simulation Library into your professional development programs. 


SchoolSims Live Demonstration




SchoolSims simulations provide an opportunity for current and aspiring school leaders and teachers to gain virtual experience dealing with situations before facing those same issues in real life. Unlike reality, where so much can be at stake, simulations allow participants to face trying situations, make decisions, and face the consequences of those decisions – all within the same session. Making a wrong decision and experiencing the outcome in a safe environment prepares leaders to make the right decision when it truly matters.


Our simulations can be deployed in facilitated group sessions where the group collectively decides on a course of action.   They can also be assigned and viewed asynchronously as part of an individual’s personal professional development plan. Either way, our simulations provide a risk-free environment through software simulations where participants have an opportunity to fail as they face difficult situations.

Why Simulations for Independent School Leaders?

Current and aspiring independent school leaders require leadership experience, and SchoolSims delivers them with relevant experiences that help them appreciate the complexities of these responsibilities. Establishing monthly meetings for one hour each month is one of the finest methods to use SchoolSims with current and aspiring leaders. Invite 2–50 current and aspiring leaders to these monthly gatherings and lead them through one simulation per month. 

Why Simulations for Independent School Teachers?

Many teachers have a natural curiosity for what happens when the head of the school’s door is closed. Teachers who experience SchoolSims tend to come away with a broader perspective of what happens at the building-level, promoting a more positive culture and climate.

How Much Does it Cost?

SchoolSims can be as low as $15 per person. We base our cost on the approximate number of participants in each cohort. 

Who Should Use It?

SchoolSims simulations are an excellent resource for current and aspiring leaders and current teachers’ monthly professional development sessions.

How Do I Get Trained? 

SchoolSims will provide training on our simulation library, how and when to use the simulations, and a one-hour session on how to facilitate simulations with Dr. David De Jong, the Chair of Educational Leadership at the University of South Dakota.