Do schools have guest speakers and presentations? I mean the kind where you are so committed to the message you are willing to pay for someone or group to come to your location and speak?
This has been on my mind recently as I’ve been toying with proposing an idea to my colleagues and administration to bring in a paid guest speaker. Does this seem ridiculous for me even writing about?
We have been fortunate in the past where we’ve have some wonderful guest speakers who have volunteered their time. We’ve had legion members, war veterans, local celebrities, health care providers, public safety officers come in to address our students and faculty. We’ve also had opportunities to see some paid speakers that were shared costs across the board or partly sponsored.
My concern is finding money to bring in speakers that need to charge a fee for travel expenses, consumables, or upkeep of their subject matter. Yes, dare I say a “for profit” speaker. I’m new in this CL world. Do I need to be more persuasive? Do I need to convince other CL ‘s of the validity of my choices and have them rally around me as well? Everyone has budget constraints. It seems we are all struggling to meet the needs of our students and lately it seems we need upgrades and replacements of existing supplies.
It’s difficult for me to navigate this new world. I think we all feel we have a vested interest in “where the money goes”. I believe a student will value a presentation they see and will remember it long after they leave school that day. Yes, they will also remember they had a new textbook or a computer lab, but I don’t think we can discount the fact that human interaction is just as valid an expense.