The cost for registering for the four-day event, which began Sunday and lasts through Wednesday, was $14,310, and the website for the Model Schools Conference indicates that amount does not include the cost of lodging. If the Joplin contingent stays at the Gaylord, where prices start at $179 a night, the cost for the junket, not including food is likely somewhere between $20,000 and $30,000.
The registration fees for the 27 were included in the list of bills approved by the R-8 Board of Education during its June 25 meeting.
The Model School Conference is sponsored by the International Center for Leadership in Education and is advertised as "Doing More with Less: Common Core, Next Generation Assessments, Teacher Evaluations."
The advertising for the event indicates that it is "not just a conference, it is a four-day, intensive professional learning event."
This is at least the third straight year, Joplin has sent a contingent to the conference. Last year, a group from the school district was included among the presenters.
The presenters include the chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education Willard Daggett, who is described on the event website as having "inspired audiences worldwide and helped hundreds of school systems and districts to move toward more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. Bill has consulted with education ministries in several countries, and collaborated with CCSSO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Governors Association, U.S. Department of Education, USA Today, and NASA."
Other speakers include more representatives of the International Center and an official from the U. S. Department of Education.
During the past two years, Joplin administrators and TLCs have implemented the "rigor, relevance, and relationships" framework that is pushed by Daggett, who is featured in the accompanying video, and the International Center.