In documentation provided to the R-8 Board of Education before its 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting, Executive Director of Elementary Education Jennifer Doshier, who signed off on the Core Collaborative proposals that the board rejected last year, explains why Cognitive Coaching is the new miracle cure that will take care of all of the district's educational problems.
Doshier notes that for the bargain price of $69,000 the district can bring Cognitive Coaching experts to Joplin to train three cohorts and also train three people from the district who can serve as trainers in the future preventing the need for any future expenses.
Why is there a need to spend $69,000 for this training? Doshier explains that in the board documentation:
Cognitive Coaching is a process that enhances teachers' cognitive processes and is an integral part of the empowerment piece that principals and teachers are requesting.
It would appear that Doshier needs training in how to write proposals in clear, understandable language, since her paragraph is only going to make sense to those who pretend to understand educational jargon.
It would also be interesting to get the names of the teachers and principals who think Cognitive Coaching is what is needed in the district. Are these the same teachers and principals who put on a Barnum and Bailey show for the R-8 Board last year on why they so desperately needed Core Collaborative?
(And it should be noted that the former R-8 Curriculum Director Sarah Stevens, the chief supporter of Core Collaborative, after being removed from that position and resigning, was hired by Core Collaborative.)
What do administrators and teachers learn when they attend Cognitive Coaching seminars such as the one for which $4,500 in bills is scheduled to come before the board Tuesday night?
According to the website for the seminars:
Please join us in Folsom, CA for this valuable seminar. Advanced Cognitive Coaching immerses you in a supportive and stimulating environment to provide refinement and depth of learning for those desiring to perfect and deepen their understanding of Cognitive CoachingSM.
Part 1 Participants will:
- refine and extend core coaching capabilities and skills
- develop skills with advanced forms of paraphrasing
- expand the possibilities of and applications for our identities as mediators
- develop an understanding of deep structure and processes for coaching for cognitive shift
- experience and practice the Calibrating Conversation Map
Part 2 Participants wilI:
- increase craftsmanship with the Problem-Resolving Map
- increase capacity for coaching for deep structure
- develop automaticity with the Pace
- experience mastery of the Lead
- develop skill in using the Outcome Structure with individuals and groups
- experience increased efficacy with all the maps and tools of Cognitive Coaching
The cost for the seminar was $750 per participant, indicating the R-8 District sent six people to California earlier this month.
The Thinking Collaborative website goes into more depth about Cognitive Coaching, but with plenty of jargon to spare:
In the eight-day Seminars, participants learn how to:
From Core Collaborative to Cognitive Coaching, the unqualified remnants of the C. J. Huff Administration still seem to be covering up a lack of ability with the belief that highly paid outside consultants and new initiatives can convince the faculty (and the public) that an educational renaissance is right around the corner.