LeaderSims for Current School Leaders

Including simulations in your principal preparation program will allow current school 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 current school leaders can be better prepared for the challenges of the job.

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Why Simulations for Current School Leaders?

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

Why Simulations for Experienced & Novice Leaders?

Many district-level leaders find it difficult to give their experienced & novice 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 their 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. Facilitators could point out opportunities for novice leaders to reach out to an experienced leader to ask for advice on how to lead in that situation. For each month, here is a list of recommended simulations:

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 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.


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. Paul M. Healey - Executive Director, PA Principals Association

“The PA Principals Association has been utilizing the SchoolSims simulations for the past three years. In an effort to provide relevant and engaging professional development opportunities for our members, we have used the library of simulations to conduct workshops for school leaders across the state. By using the simulations we can engage individuals in the thought processes behind the decisions they make while unpacking differing points of view. The rich discussions that occur during these small and large group sessions are very powerful and enlightening. Our workshop evaluations on the use of these simulations have consistently received outstanding ratings.”  

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.”

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.”