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How are you using simulations?

August 31, 2016

Simulations are alive and well in many schools and universities.  How they are using them may surprise you!


Ronald Mosher, Principal, Wood Creek Elementary, Katy, TX

"This simulation helped me to better assess a potential assistant principal candidate’s judgment. After they experienced the simulation, the conversation afterward was rich and insightful."


David DeJong, Assistant Professor, Education Leadership, University of South Dakota

"I used the simulations to teach a group of 16 teachers taking a graduate level course. It was fascinating to see the differences between how teachers and administrators.


First, they both loved the simulations! With the teacher group we stayed engaged for 8 straight hours, but at the end of the first day they were making comments like, ‘Is this what administrators really do?’ ‘I had no idea how complex these situations are, and it seems like there aren’t any easy answers.’ ‘After today, I have more respect for my principal, but I never want to become a principal.’


The reactions from administrators are just as interesting. They say, ‘When I was forced to pick an option, I always wanted to take a little of one answer and a little of another answer.’ ‘This is actually real life.’ These simulations have incredible value for teachers, aspiring administrators, current administrators, and just about anyone in education."


Jay Doolan, CEO, Foundation for Educational Administration (NJ)

"Our Leader to Leader Program for new principals uses the simulations during their Peer support meetings. Ed Canzanese, the coordinator, says the feedback is overwhelmingly positive. The mentors who support the new candidates feel that they truly stimulate thoughtful discussions. Ed says they are one of the most valued learning experiences they have in L2L. Right now, they are using four simulations and would like to use another four for year two of the program.


Our EXCEL certification program for principals and supervisors is now revising their curriculum. In place of case studies, they plan to select several of the simulations and use them as part of Inquiry Groups (this is where small groups of candidates meet and discuss the content)."

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