We welcome you to try our simulations with no commitment to build your principal pipeline, improve school leader retention, and manufacture real-world experiences for your education leadership programs. See our suggested simulations for your fall and spring professional development opportunities or your educational leadership program and complete the form.
Fall Professional Development
1. Equity: Exploring Beneath the Surface - Equity is one of the most important focuses of large districts throughout the United States, and this simulation would provide a safe environment for large districts to evaluate the equity in their schools. "As a principal supervisor, your goal is ensuring equitable learning opportunities for students of color while also attending to your own and others' biases while framing your message about equity. In essence: building policies and structures to serve equity, while acknowledging both material differences and political interests."
2. Difficult Conversation: Race - When I meet with our clients of large K-12 districts, this is the simulation they ask the most questions about as they are looking for safe environments to discuss the racial disparities in our country. "As a principal supervisor, your goal is ensuring equitable learning opportunities for students of color while also attending to your own and others' biases while framing your message about equity. In essence: building policies and structures to serve equity, while acknowledging both material differences and political interests."
3. Disruptive Teacher - Professional relationships are at the core of education for large districts. "This simulation is based around a collaborative teaching team. One teacher on the team is newer to the school but a mid-career teacher, who is "not a team player." The simulation begins with another teacher on the team coming to the school leader and expressing concern over the disruptive teacher behaving. The school leader ultimately ends up at a team meeting and witnesses inappropriate and over-the-top behavior. The simulation goals relate to school culture and climate, conflict management, and responding to teacher concerns."
Spring Professional Development
1. Navigating the Politics of Equity-Based Budgeting - Large districts have complex budgeting processes that filter through many layers of personnel. "In this simulation, you will play the role of superintendent in a traditionally well-regarded district that is experiencing significant population shifts with a host of changing needs. Your challenge is to work with various stakeholders to develop and pass a budget that equitably provides funding. This will call for a different process than that which has been used in the past – it is a significant change that must be managed."
2. Cultural Competency - Large districts work with veteran teachers who serve diverse students. "This simulation places you, a month into your new position as principal of Waterside School, in a district experiencing significant shifts in demographics, which in turn leads to challenges balancing needs and perspectives of long-time residents with those of newcomers. The district has a stated commitment to 'Create High-Quality Learning Experiences that Meet the Needs of Each Child.' Your job is to uncover specific needs, and resolve discrepancies in the treatment of students, wherever they may exist."
Manufacture Experience with SchoolSims
Simulations are a series of linked scenarios, in a choose-your-own-adventure format, that capture the challenges of school-based leadership problems of practice that sitting and aspiring leaders can experience in a safe manner so they can fail forward.
Simulations allow you to manufacture experience and essentially accelerate time to leadership growth by providing opportunities to fail in a safe space.
Simulations offer a collaborative opportunity for leaders to:
- Exercise judgment and improve decision making
- Experience consequences and build resilience
- Get feedback for reflection and learning
- Engage in peer-to-peer discussion
Simulations help to increase leadership capacity, reduce isolation and improve student achievement in their buildings.