Saturday, April 25, 2015
Trips to Atlanta, Las Vegas casino on tap for Joplin R-8 officials
Bills included in the documentation for this month's R-8 Board of Education meeting indicate the Huff Administration is continuing its practice of recent years of attending the annual Model Schools Conference, sponsored by the International Center for Leadership in Education. This year's conference is being held June 28-July 1 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
The registration fee, which will be submitted for the board's approval Tuesday night, is $595 per person, and Joplin is sending five people for a total of $2,795. Of course, this is just the registration fee. A considerable amount will be added for meals, travel, and other expenses.
What will our educators learn from the conference?
According to the event's advertising, they will accomplish the following:
-Hear firsthand from teachers who have embraced rigor and relevance
-Build vision and leadership capacity systemwide
-Use technology to create relevant learning environments
-Embrace rigor, relevance, and relationships to prepare students for the skills they will need for tomorrow's careers
-Create a school culture that prepares students for our modern world by embracing diversity
-Encourage flexible thinking and celebrating creativity
If you are looking for evidence that many of the ideas that have been implemented in the Joplin R-8 School District come from this and similar conferences, a quick look at some of the sessions that are being offered should suffice:
-Communication Strategies to Increase Community Engagement (yes, it's about marketing the school)
-Increasing Rigor and Relevance
-How to be an Effective Instructional Coach
-Creating Rigorous and Relevant Simulated Workplaces for Student Success
Not much information is available on the conference in Las Vegas, The board documentation shows $576.80 being spent for "convention and travel" for professional development at the Venitian/Palazzo Resort Hotel and Casino.
The documentation provides no details about what type of conference is being held or when, but a conference is being held at the Venitian July 6-10 and the amount the district lists would cover sending 10 people to that particular conference.
Among the other bills that will be presented to the board Tuesday night:
-$140 to Cloud's Meat, Carthage, for honey barbecue snacks, listed as "supplies"
-$371.52 to Embassy Embroidery for supplies for Bright Futures employees
--$895 for five people to attend something called "Summit," listed under convention and travel
-$385 for Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce membership
-$321,30 to Lodge of the Four Seasons under "convention and travel"
$233.78 to Rib Crib for a meal for the Board of Education at its March 24 meeting
-$500,000 for new laptops for all Joplin High School students
-$2,295 for Community Link- Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Directory, listed as "supplies"
-$79.90 to Domino's for "miscellaneous administration orders"
There are some interesting large and small expenditures that I will be writing about in upcoming posts