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School districts around the country are using simulations to enhance and change professional development. Learn more about simulations and how your district can use them to change the conversation and PD delivery.
Using the New School Principal Standards (PSEL)? Click here to see how our simulations map to each standard.
Are simulations really so different? Click here and listen to one industry leader's view then scroll down and walk-through a sim!
"Simulations Help Districts Build and Sustain an Effective Principal Pipeline" The Edvocate, August 2019
"Can Virtual Simulations Teach a Human Skill Like Empathy?" EdSurge, August 2019
"Professional Development for School Administrators with Real-World Simulations" Dr. Monica Burns, July 2019
Experience is the best teacher
Education Leadership is rife with contextual issues requiring good judgment to navigate successfully, especially when there are no "right answers". Developing sensitivity to these issues happens through experience. Experience also helps leaders to build resilience for negative consequences of decisions, even when decisions are correct.
SIM: Difficult Conversations
It is not just big decisions that benefit from deliberate practice, but also the messy nature of daily judgment calls. Communication is at the root of many of these issues such as dress code, teaching capacity, staff/peer rumors/relations, gender questions, generational splits, new standards and new evaluation systems.
They all mix into how leaders need to Manage Difficult Conversations with members of their teams. Why not practice that conversation without real-life consequences in your own school? How can we practice what is actually the daily work, such as dealing with a faculty dress code issue?
Administrators regularly face students (and teachers) not dressing appropriately. Conversations remain very uncomfortable even with their regular occurrence. How can we do this differently?
Creating & Using SIMs
Hear first-hand how programs and districts are using simulations.
Janice Case is an educator with 20+ years experience in both private and public school education. Most recently, Mrs. Case served as the principal of Potomac Falls High School in Loudoun, Virginia. Her extensive public school experience includes middle and high school principal, high school assistant principal, and special education teacher. Learn more about Janice here.
Dr. Linda Searby, Ph.D.
"I have been very pleased to have happened on ELS and very pleased to use it in my classrooms."
Dr. Searby is a mentoring researcher and Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership program at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA. She is an Assistant Editor for Mentoring & Tutoring:Partnerships in Education journal, an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, and serves on the Executive Board of the International Mentoring Association. In addition, she is a reviewer for several journals in educational leadership. Dr. Searby has published over 20 articles in her areas of research, which focus on mentoring from the protege’s perspective, specifically on the development of a mentoring mindset in protégés, and on assistant principals and their mentoring needs as instructional leaders.
Listen to CEO, Ken Spero, talk about simulations, the role they should play in training education leaders and how they can transform development for all school leaders.
Experience Design ProcessTM
Simulations Training and Education Experience combine in powerful ways with processing methodology that guides learning. Learn more about how Simulations create the experience and the processing flows for more in depth understanding.