There are two personal services contracts with WestEd on the 7/25/16 PPS Board agenda. Both relate to professional development specific to Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL).
(1) Note that both contracts involve significant dollars. The $155,000 to train 15 “District leaders” is more than $10,000 for each leader. The $210,000 for Woodmere is $673 for each of the current 312 students at Woodmere. Each contract is much more than the start-up costs of a new Spanish dual language immersion program and significantly more than my non-funded pilot high school study abroad proposal (2 students, $16,647).
I have both general and specific questions:
(2) How does the QTEL program relate to dual language immersion schools. Is QTEL a substitute for or alternative to immersion programs?
(3) What is the future of Woodmere? Which is also to ask “Where will the additional Spanish dual language immersion programs be located in outer southeast?” The Department of Dual Language has recommended additional Spanish immersion programs for SE. The DBRAC has not yet made a recommendation on the configuration of schools/progams in SE. So Woodmere’s future is yet to be decided.
(4) Does it make sense to do all this training at Woodmere if Woodmere enrollment and programs will change in the near future.?