Friday, July 24, 2015
R-8 spends nearly $3,000 to send four officials to Visible Learning Conference
The workshop was held at the annual Visible Learning Conference in San Antonio, Texas, and Stevens was joined by Executive Director of Elementary Education Jennifer Doshier, Executive Director of Secondary Education Jason Cravens, and Executive Director of Special Services Mark Barlass, according to expense reimbursements scheduled to be approved by the R-8 Board of Education when it meets Tuesday night.
The expense reimbursements were $115 apiece, but the district officials were booked into the Visible Learning Conference months ago, long before new board of education members Jeff Koch, Jennifer Martucci, and Gary Nodler and holdover Debbie Fort sent Core Collaborative and its $100,000+ annual price tag packing.
The bills approved at the February Board of Education meeting show $2,396 was approved for the conference.
The conference may not be the last we hear of Core Collaborative. Despite the board rejecting Core Collaborative twice, Stevens recently e-mailed teachers asking for them to share what they have learned through the consulting firm.
Even if the district is truly finished with Core Collaborative, Bloomberg's influence will live on, primarily through the $300,000 testing regimen he recommended to Stevens and the executive directors and which the Board of Education approved.
It is also likely that the district will continue to buy educational materials from Corwin Press, a company that employs Bloomberg as a consultant and which sponsored the Visible Learning Conference.
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