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18 days of training for principals to cost CCSD $52,000

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Steve Marcus

Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky during a Clark County School District orientation session for new teachers at the Venetian Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Over 1,700 teachers took part in the orientation.

The Clark County School Board unanimously approved a $2,900-per-day rate for University of Washington consultants to provide professional development to school principals.

From November 2013 to February 2014, the consultants will provide 18 days of training for an approximate cost of $52,000.

If the consultants work eight hours a day, the consultants would be paid $362 per hour. Their fee includes expenses for travel and instructional materials, but not food, said Clark County Schools Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky.

The consultants are from the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership, which has contracted with the School District since 2012 to provide training for principals to identify high-quality teachers and give feedback to teachers.

The goal is to ensure that all administrators and teachers are on the same page when it comes to instructional best practices. District officials say that is important to successfully implement a new teacher evaluation system, which relies in part on principals’ observations of teachers.

The teacher evaluation system is being piloted in 10 percent of Clark County schools this year. Next year, the evaluation system will be rolled out to all schools.

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