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Title: Educational Leadership Virtual Practicum System
Center: NCER Year: 2022
Principal Investigator: Kruse, Stacy Awardee: Pragmatic Solutions, Inc.
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 8 months (05/15/2022 – 01/15/2023) Award Amount: $250,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: 91990022C0026

In this project, the team will develop a prototype of an online simulation-based game for educators preparing to be school leaders. The game will include realistic performance-based scenarios for practicing decision-making and honing skills as school leaders. The prototype will include an artificial intelligence (AI) component to formatively assess performance and adjust scenario content. The team will create a prototype dashboard to provide results to program administrators. At the end of Phase I, the researchers will conduct a pilot study with five educators and five program administrators to test if the prototype functions as planned and if users can easily play the game, if the prototype AI component adjusts content as players proceed, and if program administrators believe the full product concept could be implemented within the requirements and constraints of an education leadership preparation program.