Saturday, April 10, 2010

Hot Job: Urban School Symposium Producer

Interesting that ALL of the proceeds from the day long conference on urban education, which is being held by the City, Chamber of Commerce and Bradley University, are going to the Institute for Principled Leadership.

If this is about inner city schools - why aren't the proceeds going to help fund inner city schools? Isn't the Charter School still trying to raise money?

It appears that selling tickets to talk about fixing inner city schools is a money maker all across the country. It would be nice if some of the money these symposium producers are making actually benefited the urban schools they talk about caring so much about.


PEORIA — The list of education officials and experts converging in Peoria later this month to discuss changes to public education is growing by the day, organizers say.

Kenneth Wong, considered the leading expert on urban education and director of the Urban Education Policy Program at Brown University, will join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and renowned education reformer Paul Vallas to speak at an education symposium at the Peoria Civic Center titled "Transforming Public Education."

The daylong conference, sponsored by the city of Peoria, the Institute for Principled Leadership, the Dirksen Center and the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, is set for April 21 at the Civic Center. Cost ranges from $50 to $175 and the proceeds go to the Institute for Principled Leadership at Bradley University, which is organizing the event.

Some 40 Illinois mayors have been invited and school superintendents from across the state have been signing up. There is also hope that community members will come.

Other speakers include Andrew Broy, president of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools; Suzanne Armato, executive director of the Federation of Community Schools; Christopher Koch, Illinois Superintendent of Public Schools; and Joan Sattler, dean of the college of education and health sciences at Bradley.



Emerge Peoria said...

Hot Job #2 - Speaker at urban school symposium.

Lots of travel involved, as symposiums are taking off all across the country. Huge money maker for the right speaker.

Sharon Crews said...

Many people are making money off of efforts such as NCLB and all the other magic cures for the problems in education. These are modern-day medicine men. "At the end of the day," we will realize that it was the taxpayers who pay for these unrealistic schemes and the inner city children and the public school that will lose.

Emerge Peoria said...

The Vallas/Duncan tag team did so well in Chicago.[dripping sarcasm] How many times has the Secretary of Education been to Peoria now? Is there a fee for him to speak? Wouldn't it be more economical to hold this event on the campus of Bradley University?

These people are partners with the School District (City, Chamber, Bradley) why can't the proceeds from this event about the School District, go to the School District's children and their programs.

Frustrated said...

Because the Center for Principled Leadership was looking for a "gig?" With the down turn in the economy, I imagine the traditional corporate leadership training business has been slow, so branching into a new area of "leadership" allows it to jump on the bandwagon.

Are you planning on attending Emerge? I would what magic pill they will reveal to turn everything around.

Emerge Peoria said...

I am curious as to what this group can offer. I would gladly go if I could get a free ticket.... but alas, nobody has called to offer.

jim stowell said...

Emerge - Brad McMillan will be speaking to South-West Kiwanis this Thursday @ noon @ cChilders banquet by Landmark. I would be happy to have you come as my guest. I, too, have questions and reservations about how this is being orchestrated. Getting the Sec.of Ed. here should be a great opportunity to present what is possible. Seems as though it is more for political gain than shaping the direction of local urban education.

Emerge Peoria said...

Thanks Jim - checking my calendar and I will contact you.