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Principal Preparation

A Discussion With District Leaders

Thursday, May 26th at 2:00 PM EDT

In this webinar, a panel of representatives from school districts across the country will share how they have incorporated SchoolSims simulations into their professional development and principal preparation programs, improving both student achievement and engagement with this experiential learning tool.

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What Will Be Discussed?

During the webinar, district leaders will highlight a few key themes that have been on many leaders' minds this time of year, including utilizing simulations for equity-centered principal preparation. What does it take for principals to lead schools successfully, and how prepared are they? Principals face a difficult task in ensuring that every student has the opportunity to participate in a high-quality educational experience. In order to fulfill this challenge, school leadership must prioritize both equity and excellence and principals must be instructional leaders who prioritize equity.

In this session, our panel of district leaders will give their thoughts and answer these critical questions many educators have about simulations and equity-centered principal preparation:

What is an equity-centered instructional leader's role in improving instructional practice to enhance student success, decrease achievement gaps, and eliminate opportunity gaps?

How can simulations increase principals' ability and knowledge to lead schools as equity-centered instructional leaders who ensure that every student has a positive learning experience and achieves high levels of achievement?

Many school leaders are working tirelessly to guarantee that every student participates in a demanding learning experience daily, resulting in the highest degree of social, emotional, and academic achievement. This is a difficult task, and it will be far more difficult if school districts do not make the same effort. 

The kind of professional learning and coaching that will build the capacity of school leaders to be equity-centered leaders must be included as part of this district commitment: Those who lead with an equity frame, who are relentless about having the highest quality of instruction and robust supports in every classroom, and who have the courage to partner widely and effectively, both inside and outside of schools, stand up for every student.

Meet the Panelists


Dave Versteeg

Dave Versteeg

Mason City Community School District

Mason City, IA

Courtney Wall

Courtney Wall

Director | Principal Pipeline Initiatives
CMS Department of Ed. Leadership
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte, NC

Ron Cabrera

Ron Cabrera, Ph.D.

Former Superintendent
Director 4 Corners ALAS Leadership Academy
University of Colorado Denver Adjunct Professor, School of Education and Human Development

Boulder, CO

Malaika Bryant

Malaika Bryant

Director II, Educator Development & Data Support Continuous Improvement Team Kern County Superintendent of Schools Instructional Services

Bakersfield, CA

Dan Ray

Dan Ray, Ed.S.

Leadership Development Specialist
Rockdale County Public Schools

Conyers, GA

Special Guest


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Donald O. Leake, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Educational Leadership Programs
Department of Educational Administration and Secondary Education
The College of New Jersey

Ewing, NJ

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