We are happy to kick off this new school year with our next webinar event, featuring our first TeacherSims title, Building Inclusive Classrooms: Defending Challenged Books! This simulation follows a group of parents who approach the administration to complain about using a controversial book available to students of all ages. You, as an elementary school teacher, with this book part of your curriculum much navigate this situation. SchoolSims created this simulation in partnership with Dr. Gretchen McAllister, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University, and Dr. Hoda Harati, Instructor, Educational Technology at Northern Arizona University. Dr. McAllister and Dr. Harati will be our hosts for this event.
Building Inclusive Classrooms: Defending Challenged Books
Hosted by: Dr. Gretchen McAllister, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University, and Dr. Hoda Harati, Instructor, Educational Technology at Northern Arizona University
When: Thursday, September 23rd at 3:00 PM EST
Teachers choose to be teachers to make a difference. They want their students to feel safe and supported in their classroom, and they want them to achieve success. Teachers face a unique challenge in that the definition of success for each student can be markedly different.
To develop different paths to academic achievement, schools require talented, visionary teachers. That IS as difficult as it sounds, and it necessitates a targeted higher education curriculum that includes opportunities to put various tactics and approaches to the test. Including the SchoolSims Simulation Library in your teacher's higher education program is one approach to provide that practice. Teachers can use SchoolSims to obtain virtual experience dealing with situations before they meet them in real life. Simulations allow participants to encounter difficult situations, make decisions, and deal with the consequences of their actions all in one session. Making a bad decision and seeing the consequences in a safe atmosphere helps teachers make the best option when it counts.
Our simulations can be used in person or digitally in moderated group sessions where participants can choose a course of action together. As part of an individual's higher education program, simulations can also be assigned and watched asynchronously. In either case, SchoolSims provides a risk-free environment where participants can practice critical thinking and decision-making to prepare for real-world challenges.
Interested in trying TeacherSims?
To improve the efficacy of your aspiring teacher program, you can include SchoolSims in the coursework. Our TeacherSims library subjects correspond with CAEP and InTASC.
Our TeacherSims topics include:
- Classroom management
- Special education
- Student in crisis
- Parent conferences
- Challenging conversations
Why Simulations for Teachers?
A teacher's involvement in a school has the greatest impact on student progress. Teachers that take part in SchoolSims acquire a better understanding of what goes on in a classroom and in a school as a whole. As a result, there is a more positive culture and climate at school, as well as higher student achievement.
How Much Does it Cost?
We have various packages that range between $25-50 per teacher.
Who Should Use It?
SchoolSims simulations are an excellent resource for aspiring teachers as part of a higher education program for aspiring teachers.
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.