School Leaders SIMS

SIM 1 – Screening Interview

This simulation situates two learners in front of each other – a novice teacher and a novice school leader. The purpose of the simulation is to give the novice school leader the opportunity to practice conducting and gathering data during a traditional teacher screening interview. Objectives include proper facilitation, the use of appropriate extension/follow-up questions, and appropriate recording of teacher candidate response data.
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SIM 2 – Ormon

This simulation centers on a mandatory meeting between an administrator and a parent/guardian for the student in question – Sam Ormon – to re-enter school following a drug-related suspension. School leaders are challenged to navigate procedural issues related to re-entry meetings, the single-parent context, and the olfactory evidence of alcohol on the part of the standardized father – Jimmy Ormon – during the actual principal/parent conference.
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SIM 3 – Wilson

This simulation centers on the issue of bullying. Ashley Wilson, a single mother of 9th grader, John Werner, requests a conference with a principal to discuss her concerns for her son’s safety, after she’s previously raised concerns with one of John’s teachers. School leaders must navigate the concerns of this mother, articulate school policies on bullying/harassment, address the issue that the bullying is based on John’s perceived homosexuality, and convey a plan to Ms. Wilson that will address the bullying on John.
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SIM 4 – Emler

This simulation centers on the issue of challenged school curricula. A standardized parent – William Emler – requests that his daughter not be exposed to a district-approved Reproductive Education curricula. Emler demands an alternative curriculum for his daughter and the removal of the curriculum from the entire school. Additionally, Emler berates administrators on the morality of implementing such a curricula with “impressionable youth.”
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SIM 5 – Butler

This simulation centers on a verbal altercation between a standardized student and her peers during a bus ride to school. School leaders are challenged to thoroughly investigate the root causes of the altercation, including allusions to a potential follow-up altercation between the students. Depending on their approaches as they interact with the standardized student, the administrators could potentially learn of the much more serious familial concerns that led to this student’s outburst on the bus.
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SIM 6 – Wykowski

The simulation centers on a grading/classroom policy dispute between a teacher and parent. School leaders are challenged to address the concerns of an angry parent while also supporting the policies and decisions of a first-year teacher, both of whom are present during the simulation.
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SIM 7 – Morton

This simulation centers on the issue of “sexting” – the use of multimedia platforms to electronically distribute images of individuals in various stages of undress. School leaders are challenged to guide angry parents and embarrassed students through the process of confiscating cell phones used in a case of sexting, as well as addressing and issuing consequences for both parties involved in the distribution of sexting images on school grounds.
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SIM 8 – Rodriguez

This simulation centers on the blatant use of drugs on school grounds. School leaders must navigate the procedures associated with crime scene security, bystander (student) safety, (standardized) student searches, the garnering of information prior to the intervention of law enforcement, and the impact of long-term mandatory suspensions on student graduation.
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SIM 9 – Simmons

This simulation centers on how balancing the requests and demands of actively involved community members. School leaders must navigate the questions and concerns of a well-connected community member, as he provides leaders with information illegal activities that are occurring on campus. In particular, leaders must navigate the degree of information that can be shared with community members, as well as suggestions on the part of the community to involve law enforcement and the media in addressing the illegal activities.
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SIM 10 – Martinez

This simulation centers on the issue of plagiarism within schools. School leaders must navigate the actions of a novice teacher, the evidence associated with alleged plagiarism, and the concerns of a standardized parent, who suggests there are academic and ethnic implications to decisions associated with this plagiarism case.
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SIM 11 – Michaelson

This simulation centers on school leader/teacher discussions of instructional quality and effectiveness. School leaders are challenged to facilitate a conversation with a standardized teacher (Michaelson) who is a near-retirement educator that is not well respected by his peers or parents of the students he teaches.
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SIM 12 – Carson

This simulation challenges school leaders to engage with a school football and baseball coach who is very successful on the field, but mediocre in the classroom. Challenges within this simulation include teachers’ concerns about the coach’s academic contributions, parent and student complaints about the coach’s classroom support, juxtaposed with school and district structures that provide for the coach’s flexible daily schedule and declining performance. Ultimately, leaders must wrestle with how to include a successful coach within a broader school faculty community.
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SIM 13 – Miller

This simulation focuses on the relationships between school leaders and school counselors. Participating leaders must engage with a novice school counselor who is struggling to appropriately balance the student service and administrative (i.e. grades, transcripts, letters of recommendation) aspects of a counselor’s position. Challenges include conveying expectations for performance, parent and student concerns, and establishing a plan for improved, more balanced, action on the part of the school counselor.
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SIM 14 – Danson

The manner in which all school faculty and staff support students with special needs is of utmost importance. This simulation focuses on Lori Danson, positive and proactive mother of Brian Danson, a student with autism. School leaders are challenged when school staff inappropriately restrain Brian during a verbal misunderstanding. Leaders are challenged to articulate school policy in relation to serving and including all students in the general classroom environment, the appropriateness (or lack thereof) of physically restraining students, and the manner in which teachers and staff members are trained to work with students with special needs.
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