Where were your administrators this week?
A good bet is Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Alonso led a team of eight people from Baltimore to participate in Harvard's Public Education Leadership Project. A joint initiative of the Harvard School of Business and the Harvard School of Education, the project works with teams from school districts across the country on reform.
Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties also sent teams to this week's conference, as did school districts in Boston, Minneapolis, Charleston and Calgary.
The Baltimore school system paid for half the cost for its participants to attend: $17,000, plus travel costs of approximately $300 per person. Harvard paid another $17,000.
There's been some debate on this blog the past few days about whether the trip was appropriate given the system's recent ban on travel. For whatever it's worth: One of the participants reports that they've been in classes for 13 hours a day and have hours of homework to do each night.
Keep reading for a list of the city's participants.
Andres Alonso, chief executive officer
George VanHook, school board member
Sabrina Sutton, youth liaison for Mayor Sheila Dixon
Violet Cousin, Baltimore Teachers Union representative
Roger Shaw, executive director of secondary schools
Laura Weeldreyer, director of new initiatives
Karen Lawrence, principal of Heritage High School
Matt Hornbeck, principal of Hampstead Hill Academy