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Envisioning You

A few days ago, I shared with you all kinds of ‘ACTions’ being taken in regards to shifting American education to national credentials with international data collection. At the close of that article, I also shared we would take a closer look at the Envision entity (that is the international data collector).

If you are a bit confused, do not fret. Quite simply, Act, Inc. has several workforce/competency education based assessments that are becoming increasingly prevalent in not only education (some states as young as 3rd grade), but employment centers as well. The goal? Aligning your skills with a path of work. Where Envision comes in is helping match people with jobs all the while collecting, sorting, and sharing their data across the globe. Why? Global workforce. Remember, the Envision portion is supposedly so you can become a better you.

In case you missed the article where I laid out how Act, Inc. and Envision are joined at the hip in educational reform for workforce purposes, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/skill-building-the-ccss-way/
(*Note: be sure you access the joint study on 21st Century job readiness by Act/Envision.)

If you missed the follow-up article about how the education reform business (yes, it appears to be a business, or at least conducted like one) is using the workforce based education in each State for job development and how global companies are jumping on board to make it all happen, see:
(*Note: this one was so truthful, it got me blocked on Facebook!)


Enter Envision:

The website: https://www.envisionexperience.com/
The mission: ‘POP (Power of Potential)’ is their short answer. Looking a bit deeper, however, you will find the same old pro CCSS/CBE (Common Core State Standards/Competency Based Education) rhetoric: digital learning which is personalized, gives the best critical thinking, promotes collaboration, AND helps Johnny and/or Suzy change the world! Sign up and your student can have all this learning wrapped up in FUN, too!
See the entire ‘mission’: https://www.envisionexperience.com/our-story/our-education-philosophy

How does a student get selected to become an Envision participant? Grade point averages, assessments scores, and career interests. Since the Envision programs begin early and go all the way to Grad School, thousands of students are involved. See: https://www.envisionexperience.com/our-story

For the record, Envision is known as Envision EMI and is a LLC which is privately held AND for profit. This is according to the Better Business Bureau. I am including the link to show you the other names Envision has gone by. See if you recognize any of them.
See: http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/lecture-and-seminar-bureaus/envision-emi-in-vienna-va-7001305/

So, who owns Envision EMI? Gryphon Investments. Why would we need to know about Gryphon Investments? The CCSS Machine is BIG, and is loaded with money. Follow the money, find the agenda, and locate the participants. Gryphon is a private equity company. Many private equity companies, as well as, venture capitalism companies are already hard at work helping the CCSS Machine with education reform, right under our noses. They also know data collection/sharing/selling is a hot commodity.

To see Gryphon’s portfolio list of companies: http://www.gryphon-inv.com/portfolio/
(*Note: related is the shift in management of Envision, which pointed me to Gryphon: 

Also for the record, Envision has a troubled past when it comes to education and politics. What do I mean? Their involvement in a lawsuit surrounding one of their programs, a Presidential election, and promises made which were broken. Notice the range of ages involved, notice the events. Consider the impressions these young minds were receiving. See:  http://www.dc2009-settlement.com/


Now that you have a good idea of the KIND of entity Envision is, let’s see how they are shaping our students. Remember, according to the website, the ‘fun learning’ begins in 3rd grade. Through programs with the NYLF alphabet soup-like title in front of the descriptions.

NYLF stands for ‘National Youth Leadership Forum’. See the screen shot below and notice the NYLF topic for STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
(*Note: If you haven’t heard me before state how STEM is the motivation behind Common Core, consider this, STEM jobs are being touted as a huge economic factor in America AND across the globe! If you haven’t seen the evidence of how I came to this conclusion, ask me. I would love to place the evidence in your hands.)


The NYLF topics in Middle School add to the STEM and include politics. Dig deeper, and you will find CCSS Machine members/groups guiding the discussions surrounding politics, as well as providing the classroom resources.

As an example, check out the NYLF Middle School Presidential Inauguration topic. Discovery Channel is the guiding entity. How is Discovery Channel a CCSS Machine Member? I featured their education arm (Discovery Education, aka Discovery Learning) in my previous published article about Skill Based Learning and the companies behind it. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/tech-thursday-upskilling-america-part-2/
(*Note: legislation is backing up the shift in education from academics to workforce, as seen in Part 2, as well as Part 1. Also, be sure to access the CCSS link of Discovery Learning’s search results.)

Envision in High School NYLF topics? STEM, politics, business, leadership (global, of course), and more. See: https://www.envisionexperience.com/explore-our-programs/high-school
Since all this effort is being put into global workforce, global education, and global citizens, let’s see what CCSS Machine member organizations are behind the NYLF Global Leaders topic, shall we?

Oh my, Warriors, one of them is Harvard University! How have I proven Harvard is in bed with the educational reform and the CCSS Machine? In one word: Pearson. In a few more words, their joint project called Pathways to Prosperity, which helped birth the global career pathways and tracks we now have.

If you haven’t seen the evidence, see my article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/ (*Note: this article embeds several other ones with even more evidence. My original Harvard, Pearson expose can be found there. It was from Nov. 2014.)

Harvard is hardly the only culprit in helping Envision with its NYLF Global track. There are other universities as well. There is also the Leadership Initiative. Before we look into them, look at the screen shot. What do you notice? (hint: date!)


The Leadership Initiative:

The website: http://www.lichange.org/
Among Board members are representatives from Exxon-Mobile and Harvard University (two well known CCSS Machine member organizations). See: http://www.lichange.org/board/
Among the Advisory Board, you can find Siemens and CitiBank, two more well known CCSS Machine member organizations. See: http://www.lichange.org/advisory-board/

Here is a screen shot of the press release linking Envision, Leadership, and Harvard.
To see the entire release (as well as others): http://www.lichange.org/press-releases/

Warriors, do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with addressing human needs. We have been doing so since time began.

However, as I have stated before, when EVERYTHING is run through the CCSS Machine of ‘global this’, ‘global that’ and for the ‘collective good’, it is enough to make you scream!

Why? Collective thinking kills individualism. Global everything keeps the focus away from your immediate environment and forces you to not only look outward, but take it all in as acceptable. Consider how the brain develops. Not everyone can understand ‘collective globalism’ at an early age OR if their development inhibits their understanding. As the brain develops we DO understand immediate environment, we are geared to create close relationships.

Common Core, College/Career Readiness, Career Pathways, STEM, STEM Pathways don’t work because they go against the natural flow of not only our thinking, but our way of living. As a result ANYTHING connected will alter our lives as well.
The Bottom Lines:

1) The CCSS Machine agenda ruins not only education, but quality of life.
2) When your national and local levels of government knowingly (or unknowingly) endorse, support, or instigate the efforts of the CCSS Machine, they might as well as find themselves sitting in a corner of their offices!
3) Instead of each person being the best they can be, the true CCSS Machine vision is for collective good where personal best cannot exist.

Warrior Mindsets:
3) Think ‘Martin Luther’ and grasp his ire at the church which inspired him to find 95 truthful facts and nail them to the door.
4) Think the ‘Apostle Paul’ and his thorn in his side. He didn’t let the pain it caused stop him. Embrace that spirit of ‘never quit’.
5) Think ‘Joan of Arc’ and her willingness to die for what was true, good, and right. Re-enact her fierce stare, her defiant stance, and her strong voice.

So, which Warrior will you become? What mindset will you adopt? What bottom line will you erase as a result? We, those opposed to the CCSS Machine, are their thorns; their truthful witnesses; their worst nightmare. We, those opposed, will NOT give up, never surrender our freedoms. We, those opposed, outnumber them. Coincidence? Hardly.

Pearson’s GI: More Alignment in the Workplace, Two Parts



Starting off our week and continuing the ‘War Against the Core’, we will look into ‘Gender Intelligence’ and Pearson Publishing. Is it connected to the CCSS Machine? Most definitely! This is an in-depth look, as there are many twists, turns, and other CCSS Machine members to reveal!

Pearson’s Grab at Our Minds, Part One:

According to the Pearson GI website, there are 5 main components to GI (Gender Intelligence):
1) Defining GI;  2) GI in the working environment; 3) Women in leadership roles at work; 4) GI and Directive Thinking; and 5) GI can give a company a better bottom line. Below are the break downs of each of these 5.
1) Definition of GI (Gender Intelligence)
From Pearson’s own website, “Gender Intelligence goes beyond biological differences and cultural influences to include variations in brain structure and chemistry that influence our thoughts and actions. Gender Intelligence is the awareness that gender differences are first informed by nature, and then influenced by family, education, culture, and environment.”
**I feel  it is important to note that while Pearson is calling this ‘Gender Intelligence’ and based on what evidence presented, it looks more like the classic study of TEMPERAMENTS. Could there be some purposed confusion? Could it be that temperaments has gotten a re-branding, too? As crazy as it sounds, it does seem to fit/better aid the agenda behind Pearson’s quest to align everything in education.

2) Work Environment
From the teaser page for GI, you get this idea “It’s not about fixing the men or changing the women—it’s about collectively changing the work environment.” However, when you click on the learn more option, it suddenly becomes all about the women. Read further down and you can learn the goal of Pearson is to transform your mindset concerning misunderstandings and related topics! (*Personal note: I am going on the record to say that I, in no way, am discounting the fact that better understanding in the workplace is a worthy goal, but I DO know Pearson Publishing’s interventions will be global, collective, and aligned to everything related to Common Core. As evidence, look up at the screen shot again. See the STEM, College/Career Readiness, Response to Intervention, etc.)

3) Women in Leadership
Here, Pearson cites a global study for their stance concerning more women in leadership. The excerpt, “In a corporate performance survey by McKinsey (2009), 800 business leaders were asked what leadership styles would be most effective when addressing global challenges post-crisis. Of the nine key leadership styles listed, women were rated higher than men—meaning that they applied the listed leadership style more—in five of the categories, and rated as equal to men in two others.” (Again, no problem from me concerning women leaders, but I smell a rat.)
**Is there more to this worthy goal of leadership equality? Is there, indeed a rat?!
YES!!  McKinsey and Company are partners with the CCSSO(Council of Chief State School Officers)!
The SAME CCSSO which works with Pearson; is supporting the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) 1,000% and helping lead a host of organizations in rapidly implementing the mandates embedded in the law; owns half the copyright to the Common Core State Standards/College and Career Readiness Standards!

To see the McKinsey study:
To see the CCSS Flowchart of supporters (Includes McKinsey and Company): http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/18442-flow-chart-exposes-common-cores-myriad-corporate-connections

4) Directive Thinking
For this ominous sounding part of GI, you are directed to an almost 2 minute long video about the differences between relational people and action-oriented people. The video’s speaker(Barbara Annis of the Gender Intelligence Group) is saying women tend to be more relation and men tend to be more action oriented. To see her short video, use the link below. Then note the screen shot.

To see how connected to the CCSS Machine Ms. Annis is, look below:

Full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jarod-cerf/barbara-annis-and-dr-keit_2_b_5489895.html
Full article:


5) More Financial Gain for Companies
Yep, no hidden agenda here, is there? How many times have we heard the rhetoric supporting the CCSS contain sentences for ‘national economic good’, ‘global economic greatness’, etc. This aspect of GI is one which needs to be watched closely, in my researched opinion. Evidence used to come up with the reason Pearson is including this comes from Fortune 500 Company studies. How objective these studies are and which companies are CCSS Members? You can access the referenced studies in the footnotes from Pearson’s page for this aspect of GI:
If you want to see how accurate the Fortune Magazine portrays CCSS:


Pearson’s Grab at Our Minds, Part Two, RTI (Response to Intervention) for K-12 and Professionals:

In Part One, I circled the ‘Response to Intervention’ under the K-12 column and the ‘Diversity and Access’ in the other column. When I clicked on the embedded links for this website, I received error messages. However, after doing a general search for Pearson’s RTI (Response to Intervention) I found the following:

There are non-academic RTIs, programs, monitoring tools, and more! Cogmed and Review 360 are used in K-12th grades. pearsoncogThe screen shot above is Cogmed. Access the site: http://www.cogmed.com/

Cogmed Need to Know Items:

Cogmed is used by health care professionals world-wide and with adult learners, too. Be sure to read the ‘Success Stories’ from actual participants: http://www.cogmed.com/user-stories
In schools, Cogmed is being promoted by Pearson as a great learning tool, keeping kids on task, performing memory challenges better, and more! How? By improving a student’s ‘working memory’! How does the Pearson medical researcher define a ‘working memory’?
Working memory (WM) involves the ability to focus on a task, keep information in mind and to do mental processing of that information. It is a fundamental brain  function that underlies most of our conscious mental work. WM is required in order to understand the content while reading and it is the brain’s work space when solving a math problem. It’s used when following instructions, reading a map or simply carrying on a conversation. It is limited in its capacity and sensitive to distractions.

Your school can contact Pearson for Qualified Educators to become Cogmed Providers!
You can find Cogmed in your area, mine is below:


Get the Claims and Research Evidence Pearson has created for Cogmed so you can see how dangerous it is to have an agenda-driven CCSS Machine Member like Pearson in charge of a program to shape our WMs:

While Cogmed trains your brain, Review 360 trains your behavior.  See below:
behave360Access the Review360 website: http://meetreview360.com/

What you need to know about Review360:
It replaces/updates ‘aimsweb’, another type of assessment for behavior interventions. Pearson has at least 2 different websites for these. The first one is on the Review360 website. (http://meetreview360.com/aimsweb/)
The second one can be found by following this link. However, notice the CCSS and ELLs (English Language Learners)http://www.aimsweb.com/whats-new

Are there other aimsweb providers? Yes, Here is a Teachers Guide to Aimsweb Benchmarking and Progress Measuring from 2009aimsweb-binder-for-teachers (look at how often the teachers were to assess the students and in what ways)
Pearson began taking over the aimsweb in 2014, according to some of the FAQ responses. Also included in the answer was how Pearson would ensure all alignment to current standards/procedures would continue.

Pearson’s aimsweb uses Universal Screener Analysis
There are some downloads you need to get, like this one for the 5 step Implementation Path for Review360’s RTI.  Look at the picture above and find the Downloads Ticket on the left hand side of the screen. See: http://meetreview360.com/images/implementation%20path_final.pdf
The research for Review360? Oh, you will ‘love’ how it begins..“According to the U.S. Dept. of Education…..” Access the report: Research Basis of Review360

Is there RTI for the professionals in the workplace?
Yes! According to Pearson, the ‘diversity matters’ in the workplace is also very skewed to meet the CCR (College and Career Readiness) part of the CCSS! One of the main articles about why being so open/diverse/accessible is written by the head of Pearson’s CCR Division! See:

As far as Pearson’s assessments/intervention for employees? One such business tool is called Knowledge Capture. See: http://www.pearsoned.com/professional/products-and-services/knowledge-capture/
You can find Talent Assessments, Clinical Assessments, and more:


I wonder if these RTIs/Assessments will become Gender Specific so the Gender Intelligence can be even more researched and aligned to all things Pearson?! My last question: is there no one who will stop Pearson’s grasp for world domination in ‘education’?

Weekend News: Collective Workforce

This screen shot is from a brochure for an upcoming conference.
This screen shot is from a brochure for an upcoming conference.

Ahh, another weekend. Time for a brief break from the working world for some of us. However, for those of us against Common Core, we’ve learned our work is still before us. We’ve learned that the WIOA of 2014, Common Core, Career Tech Education, Career Pathways, STEM, and American Apprenticeships are ALL not only part of the CCSS Machine, but part of WIOA as well. (WIOA stands for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014)

As I’ve done in the past, I’ll be using NC as the example from which you can use to see what’s up like it in your state.

The NCWorks Initiative:

Based on a plan by the Governor of NC, Pat McCrory, created by a group of state level authorities. Below is only 1 excerpt from the website. To see the rest of the Initiative’s purpose, visit: http://www.nccommerce.com/ncworks

“Governor Pat McCrory has a dedicated plan for workforce success. Throughout this year the Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions, the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development, the North Carolina Community College System and hundreds of dedicated employees will partner to make NCWorks. The focus is on one goal: connecting North Carolina jobs with North Carolina people through the efficient use of resources, streamlined customer service for citizens and businesses, alignment of programs and a consistent, cohesive strategy all under one name NCWorks.”

Funding for all this ‘one goal’ business? I’m so glad you asked. Look below:

To see the entire flowchart: http://www.nccommerce.com/Portals/0/Documents/Recovery/PRSPCommerce_flowchart_ARRA_Workforce_Discretionar.pdf
To see the entire flowchart:

That’s right from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act! (remember all the ‘shovel ready projects’ that was to bring? Remember all the other nightmares we have now due to the ARRA’s funding?) The flowchart above is from 2010. However, let me point out:
1) this is just the Workforce funding, other funds from the ARRA have been placed in several other related categories. The biggest went to the NC Dept. of Commerce. ‘Oddly’ enough, all the fund reports EXCEPT the Commerce‘s report, are available for you to access. See: http://www.nccommerce.com/research-publications/recovery-programs-funding
So, knowing the Workforce alignment is going on as we speak; knowing we can trace the funding, where should you look in your state for such activities?
1) The Chamber of Commerce(state and local levels)
2) the local workforce development boards, the state workforce development agencies
3) tourism departments and  agriculture commissions
4) economic development boards, offices, or projects (NC has one called “Thrive NC”, chock full of community-workforce-education alignment)
See: http://www.thrivenc.com/whync/education (here you’ll find the NC New Schools (very CCSS aligned) the Gates Foundation, the Career/College Promise (which is the CCSS/CTE bridge I’ve previously written about), you see the SAT and other assessments, you’ll see Smart Start and more)
5) educational partners (especially in the post-secondary institutions) If you’re not sure about which educational partners you’ll need to look into, try the “ThriveNC” document where it’s all laid out: Thrivencreport
6)  any regional or city-to-city partnerships your state has.
These are all the places you’ll find ARRA funds; Workforce education aligned to CCSS and all under the guise of ‘collective communities’.
7) Look into your state laws/statutes. Here in NC, there are several which are in place already and some which will be re-written to further support all this alignment. For example, NC General Statute 150B-21.3A  (adopted in 2013) lays out all the rules for ‘streamlining’ the ‘creation of jobs’ in NC.

Warriors: if we ignore the rules of government on a state and local level which cater to the CCSS Machine, we’re doomed! We must look into our state laws and demand the citizens be heard. You’ve seen the evidence that more folks are against the CCSS than are for it. If we don’t attack the CCSS Machine on all fronts, we’re going to continue to see our nation suffer! CCSS is NOT just for K-12.
8) Below you’ll see the “NC Prosperity Zones”, check to see if your state has a similar zoning map. (This is key to our anti CCSS battle as much of the re-authorization efforts for the ESEA 1965 (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) via HR5 (Student Success Act), S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act) and the HEA (Higher Education Act), ALL have ‘poverty’; ‘less fortunate’; or ‘disadvantaged youth’ included in the language of these bills in several places.)

Set up for the 'haves' and 'have nots'?! Could this be another kind of segregation our nation is gearing up for?! Think about it.
Set up for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’?! Could this be another kind of segregation our nation is gearing up for?! Think about it.

So, Where’s the CCSS, CTE? I Don’t See Them:

Up to this point, you’ve not seen anything in documented proof which states the Career Tech Education (or any of its other names) or CCSS is specifically tied to the WIOA, NCWorks, or the ARRA funds. So, where are the CTE/CCSS/Career Pathways, etc. hiding?
Look into this set of slides from the NCWorks Career Pathways Conference: NCWorks Pathways Conference Slides_MB
When you look into it, be sure to note that the “NC Prosperity Zone Map” is also included.

Another place you need to look in your state: The current WIOA funds awarded to each state for ‘job creation’
1)  the businesses receiving funding to help in the job creation/education ‘marriage’.
2) WIOA funds are being treated much  like the Race to the Top funding, in that states can apply for funds to streamline education/workforce, jump through several hoops, have to supply certain amounts of data of every participant, and help the CCSS/CTE agenda along at the same time. Below is a screen shot of the application’s portion for data collection/mining:

A brief look at a 2015-16 application for funds to continue Workforce activities.
A brief look at a 2015-16 application for funds to continue Workforce activities.

To see the entire application for 2015-16: 4-NCWorks IW PY 2015 LWDB Guidelines Final 9-18-15

Want more Career Pathways proof? Here’s a document which gave NC $5.25 million for Career Pathways for the disadvantaged: https://www.nccommerce.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Pv4HMQ0y8Gs%3d&tabid=3697&mid=8957
The ‘catch’ for any disadvantaged participant? They MUST have a Career Readiness Certificate. (CRCs are CCSS/CTE aligned) You can find the CRC requirement on pages 3 and 4 of the above document. Oh, by the way, NC will award business for their participation in these programs. The CP for disadvantaged comes with a $150,000.00 ‘incentive’!

The NCWorks Partnership Conference:

This ‘smooze fest’ of CCSS/CTE/Career Pathway enthusiasts is set for October 28-30, 2015.
Here’s a large portion of what attendees will be able to learn:
••Align4NCWorks: Collaborative Planning = Greater
Collective Impact
••The Skills Employers Want from College Grads
••NCWorks Goes to College! Forging the Workforce &
Adult Education Partnership
••Federal Workforce Development Policy: What’s
Happening & What’s Next
••Regional Economic Development Collaboration:
Project New York (CBC Americas)
••Hit a Home Run! New Tools for Career Planners
••NC Youth Apprentice Panel
••Industry Recognized Credentials: Aligning Training
to Workforce Needs
••NCWorks Online for Staff
••Lateral Thinking Skills: Developing a New Breed of

To see the entire brochure: NCWorks Conf_Registration_Brochure_Updated BOARDS
Related resources:

1) To see how CCSS is driving jobs: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/tech-thursday-ccss-workforce-pushing-labor-reform/
2) To better understand the Career Pathways, the U.S. Dept. of Education’s 6 key goal for CP education, the U.S. Dept of Labor’s 10 agenda points for CP:
3) To see where else in NC, CCSS/CTE alignment is not only firmly in place but funded handsomely:
4) To better understand the Career Readiness Certificates:
5) In case you’re wondering where NC’s data mining goes (use to see if your state has similar):
6) To see other places in the NC state level departments, CCSS strategy is ‘hiding’ (will help you look in your state):
7) This article involves several states in connection to Career Tech Education and Pearson Publishing:
8) How the Community Colleges are sold out to CCSS/CTE:
9) How the job development grants are being used for further Common Core:
10) To learn more about the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s “Workforce Quality Data Initiative” (purpose of the WQDI is to ‘marry’ data from the Workforce efforts to the Student Longitudinal Data Systems already in place):