Apparently, this brush with financial collapse hasn't changed the way the Huff Administration operates one bit.
At least eight of the district's top education officials (top administrators and teaching/learning coaches) arrived in Nashville today for a five-day "Learning Forward Conference" at the Gatylor Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
What the cost of this junket will eventually be to the district is unknown, but during its regular November meeting, the R-8 Board of Education approved spending $5,526 for registration fees.
For that money, those who attend will be able to attend the following activities:
-Cocktail Hour in the EdSurge- This is described as a "professional development tech playground," where the attendees can "choose different tools that can be used for professional development."
-PD Redesign Toolkit- This one advertises "Experience the Professional Development Redesign tool kit supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote professional development redesign and set conditions that foster innovation."
-PD Showcase- This session features vendors and providers presenting 25-minute demonstrations on "leveraging the power of technology to implement innovative solutions addressing your professional development needs."
-A concert by the Little River Band
The keynote speakers for the event include the following:
-Steve Gross- Gross will talk about "play and its tremendous benefits for all people and the organizations where they work."
-John Hattie- Hattie is a professor of education at the Melbourne Education Research Institute in Australia.
-Michael Ungar- Ungar is a family therapist and professor of social work at a university in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
-Pearl Arrendondo- Arrendondo, a teacher and daughter of a high-ranking gang member, is a "tireless advocate for technology-based curriculum."
-Barrington Antonio Young- Young is the youngest person to pilot a plane solo around the world.
Sponsors of the Learning Forward Conference include the following:
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
School Improvement Network