SIMS for Current & Aspiring Leader PD

Now more than ever, schools need capable, visionary administrators to lead increasingly diverse schools in our ever-changing, ever-challenging world. School and school district leaders have extraordinary responsibilities to satisfy multiple and distinct stakeholders while they constantly face new challenges.

One way to be prepared for those challenges is by incorporating the use of the SchoolSims Simulation Library into your professional development program. SchoolSims simulations provide an opportunity for current and aspiring school leaders 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.

Below you will see an example scenario from our Difficult Conversations series that revolves around Dress Code. In this simulation, you are an experienced principal. Concerns from staff come to light about the clothing worn by one of your teachers. As you decide how to address this, other issues arise regarding the same teacher. Trade-offs to consider include whether to choose a direct approach with staff vs. going through a peer to address a problem, while risking embarrassment either way and tackling all criticisms in a single conversation vs. addressing most pressing and well-documented issues first, risking upset either way. 


Dress Code Simulation

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.