FAIRFIELD — Sending 25 teachers and administrators to Seattle for a two-day conference at the Tulalip Resort Casino would cost the Fairfield-Suisun School District a total of $30,000 for the No Excuses University event.
A report by Roxanne Jablonski-Liu, director of instructional support services for the school district, describes No Excuses University as a network of schools that promotes career and college readiness for all students.
The No Excuses’ website describes Tualip Resort Casino as “one of the premier resorts and conference destinations in the Pacific Northwest.”
Trustees meeting in February approved travel by seven teachers, the principal and a secretary from Dan O. Root Elementary School to the same Seattle conference.
Staff members from David A Weir Preparatory Academy, Green Valley Middle School, Nelda Mundy Elementary and consulting teachers from the school district central office are among the 25 people whose travel trustees take up Thursday.
Breakout sessions that may be offered at the Seattle conference include Building Community through Communication, which exposes participants to a principal’s message in a monthly newsletter and postcard designs as among ways to “improve communication throughout the school community.”
The description for Llama Training-Exceptional Classroom Management states in part, “Teachers are like a herd of llamas, running through the grass. Kids can be vicious tigers, looking for a victim. Are you the slowest llama? Don’t be the slowest anymore.”
Information for the session titled Putting on Your Socks Correctly states that the late basketball coach John Wooden left nothing to chance, even teaching his players the correct way to put on theirs socks and shoes. The session uses Wooden Wisdom and his Pyramids of Success to perfect a No Excuses culture.
About 40 breakout sessions are listed.
Trustees will also consider sending a Fairfield High School teacher to attend the Renaissance National Conference in Orlando, Florida, July 11-13. The trip would cost $1,600. The travel would support the school district’s goal of putting in place Common Core state standards, according to the district.
Renaissance is designed to improve school culture, climate and academics, according to the school district. The conference takes place at the Omni Champions Gate Resort in Florida.
Melissa Farrar, coordinator of educational technology for Fairfield-Suisun, will attend the International Society for Technology in Education conference from June 28 through July 1 in Atlanta, if trustees approve the travel.
The school district said the $2,500 trip would also support Common Core. The event will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.
The nonprofit International Society supports the use of information technology for teaching K-12 students.
A Grange Middle School teacher will attend Project Lead the Way, a professional development program to implement science, technology, engineering and math instruction in middle and high schools, at a cost of $2,100. The event will take place at the Oregon Institute of Technology.
Fairfield-Suisun spent $616,596 last fiscal year on travel and conferences. Such costs by February had totaled $457,484.
The out-of-state travel trustees take up Thursday is on the consent calendar, intended for routine items.
Trustees meet at 6 p.m. in the board room at the school district central office, 2490 Hilborn Road in Fairfield.
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