Lorain City Schools- the meeting- they said..Professional Development

January 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm 5 comments

PART ONEhttps://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/lorain-city-schools-the-meeting-they-said/

PART TWOhttps://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/lorain-city-schools-the-meeting-they-said-part-two/

Just what is Professional Development? Mr. Ron Stewart a consultant to LCS , who also attended the meeting on December 6th sent me the following explanation:
http://www.lorainschools.org/District-Staff/minutes/08-09/07-08-08-Reg.pdf Page 16037- B- Operations Matter Item 11

http://www.lorainschools.org/District-Staff/minutes/09-10/07-08-09.pdf Page16336- (B) Item 8 )

From Mr. Ron Stewart:

Professional development activities are required to be provided under Title 1 Part A and are allowable under Title 11 A. The Title 1 School Improvement grant is focused on professional development activities. The activities and respective cost associated with those activities are broadly defined as being used for college credit in meeting teacher highly qualified standards under the No Child Left Behind Act; peer coaching, consultant/mentoring;substitute teacher to cover classes for those attending professional development activities; training/software/licenses;membership to organizations; and travel/meeting expenses. Meeting costs have been budgeted within the Title11-A-grant

Professional development has been defined by the U.S. Department of Education and focuses on scientifically based reasearch activities that build knowledge and skills of educators pursuant to their roles and responsibilities for educational improvement that are aligned with the state academic standards and assessments.

Funding for activities are approved through the Ohio Department of Education grant review process that generally focuses on the goals and strategies of the activities articulated in the district continuous improvement plan. The district is required to identify costs as noted above and summarized on a budget detail page. The district determines the specific agendas and the support necessary to carry out those agendas.

Note: There were attachments NCLB Professional Development Definition, the information can be found here

Attachments : Budget Details- Click to enlarge
Page One :

Page Two:

To be continued…….. ODE – conclusion


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anne Molnar  |  January 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Great job Loraine, Thank God we have citizens like you that really care what is going on in the Schools and in the City. It is amazing how some people do not care nor vote, but will complain, without knowing all the facts.

    I Copied all your reports so far, and will file it for future information.
    I look forward to reading your next report.

    These reports should be on the front page of both Newpapers.. It It is important to have the general public know the truth.

  • 2. Grammy  |  January 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I’ve seen all these definitions and the “explainations” abaout it being “GRANT” driven. BUT, do you think we could budget the monies more effectively? Couldn’t we use the funds locally, have the meeting in town, not needing overnight accomodations, family meals etc. Maybe we could expand the program so more of our professionals could attend the traning sessions. We own buildings that can hold large groups, we have businesses in town that could cater meals, we have local attractions that could provide a relaxing, fun, get-together (Lakeview Park has lots of green space, picnic tables, places to cook out, play baseball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, and many other activities and it would cost a lot less leaving money for more “development” activities. Make everyone smarter and more aware.)

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  January 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Grammy as I am “exploring ” the grant parameters I will tell you I have some concerns remember these are “federal funds for the most part” I have numerous calls into the ODE and the Governors office ( well he won’t be Governor until Monday but I have some questions as to how ( as you will see in part 5 hopefully) how the state ( if in fact that is the case they track the success of such meetings etc. since apparently they require according to Page two of the public records request response………. LCS and all districts presumably with Professional Development how do they then track success of the “Professional Development meetings/ speakers as it equate4s to the classrooms…. AND WHOSE job it is …….. and how such events equate to the goals in the the district continous improvement plan etc. … that so far has been unanswered

    I hope today that I will get that information .not holding my breath thouggh from the ODE experience of the past three days I have had so far……. also I have tomorrow more information on the district continous improvement plan……..unfortunately the MORE I READ the MORE QUESTIONS I have….. sigh – is it ever simple NOPE!!!!!

  • 4. Loraine Ritchey  |  January 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Anne I agree as a surface dweller with regard to the schools I have found this is just a tip of the iceberg- I reiterate nothing illegal or untoward has been found in my search and I am beginning to think the fault for what I personally see as waste may lay with the state and federal programs but I am hoping they will answer my questions so I can draw an “educated conclusion” at the end of the series but that isn’t looking too hopeful at the moment – that maybe where the “professional media needs to direct their focus 🙂 Loraine

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