SchoolSims has simulation topics that align with CAEP and InTASC such as those below to improve the efficacy of your teacher professional development program:
- Classroom management
- Special education
- Student in crisis
- Parent conferences
- Challenging conversations
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. Leaders face circumstances where they are required to make a decision that may align with one standard but comes at the cost of another. While dealing with the blowback of those decisions within the simulation, leaders build the capacity and confidence to manage actual situations when they occur.
SchoolSims can be experienced in-person or virtually with large or small groups or can be deployed asynchronously. They can be incorporated into any leadership professional development program and included in university-based educational leadership curricula.
Schools need capable, visionary teachers to create multiple paths to academic achievement. That IS as hard as it sounds and requires targeted professional development that includes opportunities to practice different strategies and approaches. One way to provide that practice is by including the use of the SchoolSims Simulation Library in your teacher development program. SchoolSims provides an opportunity for teachers to gain virtual experience dealing with situations before encountering those same issues in real-life. Simulations allow participants to withstand 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 teachers to make the right decision when it truly matters.
Our simulations can be deployed in-person or virtually in facilitated group sessions where the participants can collectively decide on a course of action. Simulations can also be assigned and viewed asynchronously as part of an individual’s personal professional development plan. Either way, SchoolSims provides a risk-free environment where participants have an opportunity to practice critical thinking and decision-making to prepare for real-life challenges.