TeacherSims | Simulations for Teachers

Teachers, driven to make a meaningful impact, strive to foster a safe and supportive classroom environment where all students can thrive. Despite the diverse definitions of success among students, teachers embrace the challenge with simulations, which promote positivity, relatability, and mentorship.

Unlike traditional methods like training manuals or case studies, simulations offer immersive experiences where participants can explore learning objectives, make mistakes, and draw conclusions. Rather than providing a set formula for effective leadership, simulations emphasize the importance of understanding, evaluating situations, and choosing appropriate solutions, fostering judgment and conscious competence while addressing implicit bias.

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Simulations for Current Teachers

Learn more about how current teachers are using TeacherSims.

Simulations for Teacher Candidates

Learn more about how teacher candidates are using TeacherSims.

Simulations for "Grow Your Own" Aspiring Teacher Programs

Simulation-based learning is a valuable yet underutilized tool in “Grow Your Own” aspiring teacher programs within school districts, offering immersive experiences for pre-service and in-service educators. By simulating real-world teaching scenarios, aspiring teachers can develop essential skills such as navigating challenging conversations and classroom management in a safe environment, fostering critical thinking and decision-making abilities. In-service teachers can also benefit from simulation-based professional development, enhancing their teaching practices through experiential learning opportunities. Embracing simulation-based learning in these programs can prepare educators for successful careers, ultimately improving student outcomes and addressing teacher shortages within communities.

Simulations for Current & Aspiring Teachers

No role at a school impacts student achievement more than that of a teacher. Teachers that participate in SchoolSims gain a larger perspective of what goes on in a classroom, and a school overall. This results in a more positive culture and climate, and improved student achievement.

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

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.

Who Should Use It?

SchoolSims simulations are an excellent resource for current and aspiring teachers, whether already in a K-12 school or 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 Univesity of South Dakota.

How Much Does it Cost?

We have various packages that range between $25-50 per teacher.

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Access to 5 simulations of your choice for just $50.

This is for individual, asynchronous use only.

Simulation Topics:

  • Classroom Management
  • Diversity
  • Special Education
  • IEPs
  • Student in Crisis
  • Instruction
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Challenging Conversations