LeaderSims for Aspiring School Leaders

Including simulations in your principal preparation program will allow aspiring leaders to practice dealing with challenging scenarios in a safe space. Simulations can be used in group meetings, asynchronously, or both. Simulations are proven to improve judgment and decision-making so that when aspiring leaders become sitting leaders, they are ready for the challenges of the job.

Provide Experiential Learning Opportunities for Aspiring School Leaders Using SchoolSims

Why Simulations for Aspiring Leaders?

Below, you can read more about why aspiring school leaders across the country are relying on simulations for their professional development.

Why are SchoolSims the best tool for aspiring leaders (such as principal pipelines)?

Aspiring 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 aspiring leaders. Invite 2–50 prospective leaders to these monthly gatherings and lead them through one simulation per month. The following is a list of simulations that are advised for prospective leaders:

How is the SchoolSims Library Developed?

Each simulation is developed in partnership with a school district, college/university, or school support entity. We ensure that the topics covered by the SchoolSims’ Simulation Library relate to many of the issues facing the schools of your enrolled students. We add 5-7 new simulations each year and also refresh existing simulations so that they stay current. By incorporating simulations into your existing curriculum – either facilitated in groups or deployed asynchronously – participants gain practice and begin to develop the essential muscle memory to make the best decisions in real life.

How Does the SchoolSims Library Align with NELP and PSEL Professional Standards?

SchoolSims are designed to align with PSEL (Professional Standards for Educational) standards. Because simulations immerse participants in school-based scenarios like those that occur in real-life, they provide an opportunity to practice evaluating context and applying the appropriate standards in a risk-free environment.

SchoolSims NELP Standards AlignmentPSEL alignment


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How Do I Use SchoolSims?

SchoolSims will help you select the appropriate titles for each course or topic. You can then utilize the simulations synchronously, asynchronously, or in a blended fashion. 

See our best practices here.

Who Should Use It?

SchoolSims simulations are an excellent resource for principal preparation programs and professional development for aspiring and current school leaders. 

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.

How Much Does it Cost?

SchoolSims pricing is based on the number of participants in the cohort that will utilize the simulations.

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See What Our Users are Saying
Dr. Reginald Pierre -Jerome Leadership Coordinator, The School District of Broward County.

“Newly appointed assistant principals are exposed to simulations at our monthly cohort sessions to get ‘real-life’ experience in situations that are taking place in schools across the country. The simulations provide a safe space to practice decision-making and apply what is being taught in instructional sessions to develop the skills to be an effective leader.” 

James J. Sarto, Ed.S. - Coordinator of NJ Leaders to Leaders Program (NJL2L), NJPSA/FEA

“As Coordinator of the NJ Leaders to Leaders Program (NJL2L), the sole state-approved mentoring program for new school leaders in New Jersey, I have found the Educational Leadership Simulations to be a valuable resource in the professional learning of thousands of new and veteran educational leaders. The current and real-life simulations provide opportunities for rich discussion around relevant educational scenarios in which teams of leaders explore a variety of decision pathways that target essentials such as team building, legal, moral, and ethical standards, and individual and group decision making. Through these collaborative conversations, the knowledge, expertise, and leadership skills of practitioners are strengthened. Alignment to the Professional Standards for Education Leaders (PSEL) ensures the needs of all learning leaders are met.”

Individual Purchase
For only $75, get started with LeaderSims today.


Access to 5 simulations of your choice for just $75.

This is for individual, asynchronous use only and cannot be shared with additional participants or utilized in a classroom setting.

Premium Features:

  • Access to 5 simulations of your choice for just $75
  • Asynchronous usage
  • Onboarding and facilitator training at no cost
  • Access to monthly webinars with ed leadership experts and peers from around the country
  • 24/7 support