In his role as Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at the University of South Dakota, Dr. David De Jong has become a leading simulation practitioner, facilitator, and champion. Over the past several years, he has presented ELS simulations over 50 times to over 1,000 current and aspiring leaders, and is more and more excited about simulation. He was recently featured on a USD podcast on "Technology in the Classroom," and spoke to the impact of simulations:
"The first time I went through a simulation, I had to choose how to reply to a disruptive teacher - which was very much what I dealt with being a principal and a superintendent. It was very relevant - you can tell that these simulations are written by current school leaders. Based on my choice of how to respond, I followed a different storyline."
"The #1 thing that I'm excited about is that simulation is a tool to get leaders to think about why they make the decisions that they make. A lot of times that boils down to things like their previous experiences, or their value system or beliefs. The simulation gets them talking about why they make the decisions that they make, which is why I believe simulations are the best tool out there right now for aspiring and current leaders."
Hear more about Dr. De Jong's experience with simulation in this podcast.