05-14-2013 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #39


Title
Consultant Agreement with Jennifer Abrams, Corwin Press, Inc.

Discussion
Jennifer Abrams is a national presenter and author of the book Having Hard Conversations.  She will partner with BPS to provide two days of  professional learning experiences for administrators and teachers.  On September 18, 2013 at the Leadership Team Meeting she will facilitate supervisory conferencing for improved instruction with school principals and curriculum contacts; on September 17, 2013, she will facilitate supervisory conferencing for improved instruction with deans and other  assistant principals who are not curriculum contacts; she will also train Peer Coaching Team members in effective peer conferencing techniques on that date.  Ms. Abrams will also hold one pre-planning call discussion and 1 post session follow up call for each workshop as part of the contract.  In addition to the training sessions, a copy of the book Having Hard Conversations will be purchased by the district for each administrator.  Race to the Top grant funds will be used, in support of  Instructional Personnel Performance Appraisal System (IPPAS) enhancement.

Recommendation
Approve the contract with Jennifer Abrams and Corwin Press for $12,600 inclusive of travel and expenses.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 5/14/2013
Consent after Information5/28/2013

Authority for Action
F.S. 1012.98

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Operating - Grant

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
2013$12,600Yes40094804914106400312000

Contact

Dr. Patricia Shelton, Director Certification and Professional Development

Debra Pace, Associate Supt. Human Resources Services




Attachment:  J Abrams Contract Corwin Press 2013.pdf