part 6 cost

Part 6: Cost

We are back once again to provide you tips on addressing the six challenges to a successful Google PD initiative.  Today we are discussing Challenge #6 - the often prohibitive costs of professional development. 

So, what’s the problem?  Well, the financial costs are often too much to offer sustainable face-to-face PD at scale, meaning that it’s difficult to provide ongoing, job-embedded training that includes and benefits everyone within an educational organization.  

Every district is different and is impacted by different costs, so like many things we’ve already discussed, this is not a one-size-fits-all issue. But, what we can do is invite you to think about both the known costs and “hidden” costs that may impact your particular scenario.  Our goal today is to highlight some of the more common cost elements of traditional PD and how we can overcome them when they prevent us from providing necessary professional development to every single teacher.

On the chart below, we share some cost scenarios that might apply to schools and districts when trying to plan PD for all teachers.  For instance, if you have to provide subs for your teachers when they are doing PD, you’re looking at an average cost of $100 per sub.  When leaders ask teachers engage in PD during off contract hours like summers, weekends, or after school, a conservatie cost for a stipend is around $25.00 per hour.  

If you are asking your teachers to get Google certified, then you or your teachers will have to spend $10 dollars for the Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam - and $25 for the Level 2 exam.

If you don’t have the resources to facilitate your own PD, and you need to hire a trainer on a one day contract, you are typically looking at $3,500 per day which may or may not include travel and expense costs.  You may even have to consider the costs of extraneous things such as gas, time, and food for the attendees at an event or training.

ALLOCATION OF SPEND

COSTS

subs

$100 Per Sub Avg

Off Contract Hour Stipends

$25 Per Hour Avg

Google Certification Vouchers

$10 - Cert 1 / $25 - Cert 2

One-Off Contract Trainers

$3,500-$4,000 Avg Daily Rate

Other Costs (Gas, Time, Food)

Vary by Schools & Districts

So, let’s say we have the need to internally train 100 teachers to prepare them for the Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam.  With 100 subs and the costs of certification vouchers you might spend around $11,000. With MobileMind subscriptions, your cost could be as low as half that for double the number of teachers to have *year-round access* to personalized Google professional development that is aligned to Google certifications.

scenario

traditional

mobilemind

100 Teachers trained by school resources internally for Google Cert Level 1

Subs & Vouchers

$11,000

As low as

½ the cost for double the number of teachers, for year round access

Next, we have a two-day Google Summer Summit where we’re going to train 100 teachers.  Factoring in a paid trainer, their travel and expense, facilities & food costs and potential stipends, you are looking at potentially spending above $15,000 for just two days of training.  The MobileMind cost in this case could be even lower than ½ the cost, but again providing Google PD to double the number of teachers with year-round access.

scenario

traditional

mobilemind

Two Day Google Summit for 100 teachers in the summer

Contractor, Facilities & Stipends

As much as $15,000 +

Lower than ½ the cost for double the number, for year round access 

We’re able to offer a more cost effective solution because we’ve developed a modern, innovative professional learning solution that is not beholden to the same legacy costs structures of traditional PD.  And with MobileMind, the vouchers required for taking Google certification exams are included at no additional cost, thus alleviating the financial burden that often exists with traditional face-to-face training. 

Allocation of spend

Costs

mobilemind

Subs

$100 Per Sub Avg

N/A

Off Contract Hour Stipends

$25 Per Hour Avg

N/A

Google Certification Vouchers

$10 - Cert 1 / $25 - Cert 2

N/A

One-Off Contract Trainers

$3,500-$4,000 Avg Daily Rate

N/A

Other Costs (Gas, Time, Food)

Varies by Schools & Districts

N/A

We hope you’ve enjoyed this post!  Stay tuned for our next post where we wrap up our “Six Challenges of PD” with a nice little bow in our final post of the series. 🙂

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