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 constantly facing new challenges. One way to be prepared for those challenges is by incorporating the SchoolSims Simulation Library into your professional development program.
Would You Like a Live Demonstration?
SchoolSims simulations provide an opportunity for current 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.
Why Simulations for Experienced Leaders?
Many district-level leaders find it difficult to give their experienced leaders relevant and compelling professional learning. One way to address this issue is for a leadership director, assistant superintendent, or superintendent to facilitate one School Sim at the end of monthly admin meetings to help experienced leaders develop leadership capacity. At each choice point, SchoolSims provides natural pauses, which are good chances for experienced leaders to discuss how their past experiences have shaped their current decisions or how their implicit biases played a role during a decision point. For each month, here is a list of recommended simulations:
- September – Difﬁcult Conversations – Race
- October – Equity: Exploring Beneath the Surface
- November – Navigating the Politics of Equity-Based Budgeting
- December – Stakeholder Management
- January – Managing Diversity in a Growing Community
- February – Emerging Challenges of Distributed Leadership
- March – Cultural Competency
- April – Difﬁcult Conversations – Race
- May – Administrator: First Week on the Job
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 leaders’ 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.