08-11-2009 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #31


Title
Consultant Agreement with Thinking Maps, Inc. for the Trainer of Trainers Workshops in October 2009 and March 2010

Discussion

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 (ARRA) funds have provided an opportunity to add additional trainers to schools for Thinking Maps that do not have a site-based trainer for this CORE training for the district.  Due to budget cuts, the registration fees and costs of materials had to be made by individual schools or agencies.  Because of the ARRA funding, we will now be able to provide this training for new trainers for schools at no cost to individual schools as well as recertification of our initial trainers who were trained in 2006.  Our 2006 trainers have already trained 1,771 district staff.  This research based training supports having a common language for higher level thinking from kindergarten through high school.  This program covers all subject areas and groups of students.  This activity supports our Strategic Plan goals:  1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.6, 1.1.15 and 1.1.16.



Recommendation

Approve the Consultant Agreement with Thinking Maps, Inc. for the Trainer of Trainers workshop to be held on October 27-28, 2009 and March 23-24, 2010 and the Trainer Recertification on October 29-30, 2009.  The consultant fee of $2000 per day and associated accommodations is to be paid by the ARRA funds. 



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 8/11/2009
Consent after Information8/25/2009

Authority for Action
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) 2009

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Special Revenue - Federal

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
432$13,800Yes43292804902016300312000

Contact
Eva Lewis, Director, ESE Program Support, x520


Attachment:  Consultant Agreement for Julie Tarnell.pdf