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National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and Ed Leadership SIMs (ELS) Announce a Partnership for School Administrator Professional Development (PD) Simulation Development and Distribution

March 2, 2016



New York, NY - March 1, 2016 - National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and Ed Leadership SIMs (ELS) are partnering to develop and distribute School Administrator Professional Development (PD) Simulations to elementary schools principals and administrators across the country.


“We’ve seen how ELS’ simulations engage leaders in Professional Development activities and we want to bring these tools to our members.  Elementary school leaders need help to engage the myriad of stakeholders they work with every day and experiential learning opportunities to build their own leadership skills so they can grow their school communities.” Says, NAESP Associate Executive Director of Professional Learning and Outreach, Carol Riley. “NAESP is excited to utilize ELS’ simulations to develop administrative skills and build stronger mentoring programs while also developing elementary school specific scenarios and expand usage of this valuable experiential tool with our members.”


“We know simulations work for engaging leaders in Leadership and Professional Development activities that improve both judgment and decision making capacity. In working with NAESP we have also seen the power of simulations to help in developing Mentors and assisting in their ongoing efforts with sitting Principals. We’ve been showing education leaders the dramatic affect that simulations can have on their problem solving and collaboration skills as well as improving their conversations.”  says Ken Spero, CEO of ELS, “We are excited about the partnership with NAESP and the opportunity to work with expose their member Principals and Administrators to Simulations and the benefits this approach can provide to their teams and their buildings utilizing aspects of Social Learning and Shared Experience.”


Dr. Jane Repess, Director of Professional Learning & Development, Brevard County knows first hand the power of simulations, she writes “Jackie and I taught the observation feedback simulation with a teacher who was upset about scores and feedback. This was very meaningful as our administrators are required to conduct informal and formal observations with feedback prior to evaluations.  [Additionally], our APs worked in teams to determine which option would be the best. It was wonderful to monitor the teacher's stress level depending upon the admin's feedback. This was a really powerful addition to the previous simulations and we loved it! We are consistently reminding our administrators to be mindful of their message delivery! This was a wonderful simulation.”


To find out more about the NAESP-ELS partnership, contact: Ken Spero (kspero@edleadershipsims.com) or Carol Riley (criley@naesp.org).


To find out more about using simulations for experiential learning, contact: Kathy Walter, Nsoma, kwalter@edleadershipsims.com.

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