American schools are facing a crisis in the lack of professional learning for school leaders.

These leaders are required to be licensed, which usually entails a two-year program at a university or college. However, once they actually begin their careers, most of them will tell you that any further professional learning comes on the job. This vacuum of professional learning among principals and superintendents means many have to stub their toes by learning from mistakes, leading sometimes to grave consequences and almost certainly to less-than-optimal outcomes.

In my research, I’ve worked extensively with simulations that help our school leaders continue...

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  • About the Author:

    David De Jong, Ed.D., is an assistant professor of educational administration at the University of South Dakota. His research spans educational leadership, innovations in preK–12 education, mentoring, and innovations in technology for teaching in preK–20 education. He can be reached at David.DeJong@usd.edu.