Navigating the Politics of Equity-Based Budgeting

w/ Dr. Patrese Mason

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 at 3:30 PM EDT

Hi Panfilo,

It has been widely publicized that between ARP, CARES, and CRRSAA, the federal government has allocated upwards of $280B in pandemic relief to schools and those funds must be spent by 2024. What is less understood is what qualifies as “allowable uses” of those dollars – particularly when it comes to funding professional learning programs. Join our session on Thursday, June 3rd at 3:30 PM EDT to learn how simulations are a critical and effective modality in building principal pipelines and how you can use the CARES Act funding to purchase this already affordable tool.

Meet our incredible guest speaker…

Dr. Patrese Mason

  • Organizational Leadership
  • School Management
  • Personal Empowerment

Dr. Mason has administrative experience at all grade levels of PreK-12 public education in urban, suburban, and rural school districts, in regular and special education classrooms. She has written state curriculum, served in special education leadership roles, and is currently serving in an upper management position in her local school district.


The pandemic has escalated a previously problematic amount of churn in school leaders, therefore, the imperative to find the most effective and efficient tools to develop your leadership pipeline must be a priority. The work done by the Rand Education and the Wallace Foundation has proven that investing in your aspiring and current principals establishes a positive school climate and improves student achievement. 4 of the 6 districts in the Wallace Principal Pipeline Initiative utilize SchoolSims in their programs as do all but 1 of the 7 recipients of the Wallace University Principal Preparedness Initiative grant.


SchoolSims library of school-based, leadership simulations are THE best tool to prepare leaders for what lies ahead. Because simulations allow for the acceleration of time, participants face diverse, challenging situations, choose a course of action, and experience the consequences of those decisions, all in one sitting. SchoolSims mimic real life – issues arise one after another and the participant must decide which problems to handle first, while balancing the often-conflicting expectations of different stakeholders. These simulated experiences allow leaders to practice critical thinking and gain confidence in their judgment.


Dr. David De Jong
Assistant Professor
Chair of the Division of Educational Leadership
University of South Dakota

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