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How we got where we are, Part 18, June 2008
"The June 25, 2008 meeting has so much rich material it might take two or three parts to post it all.
We open with another prophetic comment from Randall Taylor: “Mr. Roosevelt may be who knows where, and we'll be still dealing the ramifications of a lot of things that came here...”
June 25, 2008: It was a good month to be in the managed curriculum business.
The Board approves the renewal of the Institute for Learning contract in the amount of $425,000 “to support: a) development of pre-K-12 curriculum coaches; b) Content Focus Coaching additional training for groups of coaches who serve one of the following areas: pre-K K-8 math, elementary literacy, secondary literacy, secondary math; c) Disciplinary Literacy course on how to immerse low performing students with low academic skills in rigorous content and habits of thinking that will accelerate their learning and develop their academic skills on pace with the rest of the class.”
Not to be left behind, Anita Ravi is hired as an independent consultant for 120 days of work at the rate of $1,000 a day. Yes, that is right, $1,000 per day, more than the mayor, governor and even Superintendent Mark Roosevelt.
The minutes note that “Anita was formally with the Institute for Learning but is now independent. Consultant contracted work includes the following: (1) Continued curriculum work with Social Studies writers, grades 6-12: This includes ongoing training of the writers, overseeing the revision process, directing the review and feedback process of all curriculum documents and coordinating district wide professional development for teachers. (2) Collaborating with High School Reform Team on course development, implementation and professional development, including the cultivation of external community partnerships such as Heinz History Center. (3) Designing and delivering district and site based training to include: Executive Directors, Middle and High School Principals, Assistant Principals, Instructional Teacher Leaders. (4) Coordinate and oversee development of an African American History Course and training for the course.”
What would managed curriculum be without fidelity? The PELA program was the second them of the evening (who cares if we would actually have enough administrative vacancies to justify the program?).
The Coro Center for Civic Leadership is hired for $48,000 “to support training for emerging leaders in cohort 2 of Pittsburgh's Emerging Leadership Academy 2008-2009.”
The Board approves the renewal “of the contract with Duquesne University (DU) School of Education to design and deliver the principal certification courses as a component of Pittsburgh's Emerging Leadership Academy” for $212,000.
The dinner bell also rings for the International Center for Leadership in Education, at the rate of $4,000 to $6,000 per day “to provide training to the emerging leaders in Cohort 2
2008-2009 of Pittsburgh's Emerging Leadership Academy.”
Expansion of central office continues, with a non-school based Curriculum Coach hired for ALAs, along with the creation of a position called Gifted Coordinator. The principal is hired for SciTech one year before the school opens. He would leave the district one year later, before a single day of class is held.
The monthly financial statements again urge “an even greater premium on cutting expenses.” The statements also remind the Board that “No utility costs are programmed for the 2009 forecast to accommodate retention of closed, unutilized school buildings. Sale of these assets must be a 2008 priority.”
To be continued...stay tuned, this Board meeting only gets better..."