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Eager Beavers

Recently, an Anti Fed Ed Warrior from out West asked me for several resources concerning a CCSS Machine group which is ramping up alignment in her State. During our exchange, I was asked if I knew “AVID”, or had any research on the group. I did not, but I do now. 

Interestingly enough, another Warrior in another State out West, shared some news she had discovered about AVID, too. Her pointed out these objections: The cost is too much, agenda is woven throughout, and, the CCSS Machine makes a profit. 

AVID is short for Advancement Via Individual Determination”

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Warriors
, you’ll find the picture you see in the embedded link ‘some news’ above.

So Why A Beaver?

If you look at the AVID website, you’ll see how much hype is placed on being eager to get somewhere in life. Hence, the eager beaver. How anyone can be excited to a 3 inch thick binder filled with agenda, I don’t understand.

Looking Into AVID:

AVID’s approach in education sounds like a CCSS Machine dream: open classrooms, collaboration, closing opportunity gaps (aka: closing the skills gap), and turning teachers into classroom facilitators. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has these exact mandates, Warriors!

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To access the AP/IB links with AVID, go here. (*Note: this is where you’ll also find College Board.)
To see the STEM/STEAM information, look here. (*Note: like IB Schools, STEM/STEAM is UN, United Nations, based.)
If you’d like to see the SEL proof, find that here. (*Note: you’ll see CASEL’s 5 competencies are aligned to AVID. CASEL is short for Collaborative for Academic Social Emotional Learning. “Competency” is also part of the ESSA mandates, as is, CBE, competency based education.)
To learn about AVID’s partnership with GEAR UP, that’s here. (*Note: You’ll find GEAR UP in WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the HEA (Higher Education Act), and any other law for education and labor.)

Warriors, as you know, I’ve exposed how every one of these programs and partnerships tie back the CCSS Machine! However, if you’ve missed any of the connections, use the search bar on my blog.

AVID’s Leader:

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AVID’s founder was featured by her alma mater (Univ. of California: Davis). You’ll find the 2010 information there. The current information is from AVID’s history page on their website. Be sure to note that in 2003, College Board joined forces with AVID.
(*Note: meet the other leaders of AVID.)

AVID From A High School Viewpoint:

 

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Warriors, according to the MO school’s website, students are recruited for AVID. Here’s a video where you’ll hear current AVID students share what the coordinator is using to entice new students. You’ll hear “AVID Rocks…We Want YOU!”

From TX, Channelview ISD’s Avid Recruitment document lays out the year long schedule teachers are to use to add new students to the program as well as lay out what the students must do, once an AVID member.

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From another TX school, this You Tube video (about 5 minutes) details more about AVID in real time. A couple of interesting notes, the teacher featured in the video is a TX Teacher of the Year as well as married to an AVID employee. 

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The other interesting thing? All AVID students MUST use the Cornell University Notes system.
Warriors, back in 2015, I showed you how the Gates Foundation, Cornell University, and many others were uniting to bring about Career Passports.

Think about this, my fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors, ESSA streamlines the way kids learn and the way teachers teach to ONE way, so, in essence, taking notes in only ONE way makes sense. However, it totally overlooks the fact NOT everyone learns that way OR takes notes that way!
For example, if someone were to look through my notes (and I am a copious note taker), they’d see scribbles, drawings, words, lines, arrows, and circles. What I’ve seen from my children proves, a cookie cutter system would of been harmful!  One color coded everything in word form only; one drew or wrote in languages from Lord of the Rings, Klingon, etc.; my last child only wrote down key words, the rest of her information? She listened!

Warriors, time and time again, in looking at AVID material the readiness for college is evident. Do a quick search on note taking and you’ll see several colleges have resources of effective note taking that are NOT Cornell University derived.

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AVID From The School Choice Viewpoint:

One Anti Fed Ed Warrior stance is ESSA gives school choice back to the States and parents. Reading ESSA proves this stance is incorrect. ESSA is clear that it will NOT matter which school location your child uses, ALL education will be the same. AVID plays right into this. Just look at the evidence!

Included in ‘school choice’ are the home educated. Will AVID impact those learners? What about private schools, so far the only evidence I have found has been from public schools. I have found a private Catholic high school in WI where AVID is used.

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Notice, the website states this is the only high school (private) where AVID is fully implemented. Does this mean other private schools are beginning the AVID process?

AVID is also in post-secondary education which includes private education. As we know, those who homeschool usually see their kids go into post-secondary schools.

Be sure to access AVID’s research and data information. You’ll see so much subjective material. Warriors, click the ‘learn more’ buttons every chance you get. You’ll see lots.

Closing:

Warriors, sure, we’d love to see kids eager about learning. Given a choice, though, I really believe we’d rather see ESSA thrown out, the CCSS Machine shut down, teachers able to do what they love, and parents assured the education system isn’t out to conform their kids into some former shadow of themselves.

Paul Raymond

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Tech Thursday: “Career Passports”, Seriously?!

Would you believe the movement to support the Common Core’s “Career Pathways” has come up with a ‘skills passport’?! Yes, indeed. I’ve got all the information you need to help fight this in your school…no matter if it’s somewhere in preK-12th OR in post-secondary education (which includes community colleges, public/private universities and colleges, for profit trade school, and, online career courses).

The Sales Pitched by Viridis Learning:

Normally, I provide video evidence further into each article, but today, I’m starting out with it so you can see the similarities between the “Skills Passport” and the “National Certificates/Credentials” I’ve shared with you in earlier articles.

Did you catch all that? “Stackable Credentials”, “personalized career pathway”? I sure did!

From the Viridis Learning’s website (https://viridislearning.com/), the way in which your passport becomes filled begins with DATA MINING! Followed by an assessment that allows your path to be aligned for your ‘dream job’. If this isn’t enough, you are continued to be tracked/monitored throughout your path to the ‘dream’ career. Then, much like a dating service, your information and someone’s job are ‘perfectly matched’. The difference in this type of hiring and ‘old school’ hiring is the data trail doesn’t END when you become employed..it follows your for LIFE! Look below to see the Virdis Learning’s model for job seekers.
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Viridis Learning relies not only on all kinds of student data, but COMPETENCY BASED education as well. Founded in 2009 by a U.S. Veteran who, like others exiting the military, had issues transitioning from serving their country to civilian life. From then until now, here’s the Mission Statement: “Viridis Learning seeks to develop a global qualified and sustainable middle-skill workforce, and ultimately thriving middle class, through the adoption of its highly customizable, data-driven technology platform.”

Among the partners of Viridis Learning, is Pearson Publishing’s  Workforce Education arm. There are many other partners as well. See them all:
https://viridislearning.com/#about-us


Send in the Venture Capitalists!

From the website above, I was able to find the press releases. Now, like you, I don’t have tons of time to read the many that are there, but you can learn a tremendous amount about the company’s allegiance to Workforce aligned education. You’ll also see the push for “STEM” careers. If you’ve followed my blog/research for long, you how connected “STEM” is to “Common Core” and “Career Technical Education/Career Pathways”.

However, it was this particular article that caught my eye immediately.
“Human Capital Growth Company Viridis Backed by Comcast Ventures”
This article was featured on “PR Newswire” back in 2013. In this article, not only do you get the exact companies invested in VL, but you can learn the data companies or other workforce/education companies THEY own. (See: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/human-capital-growth-company-viridis-backed-by-comcast-ventures-228155241.html)

You really should see some of the other news about VL on their media page. Not only will you find “STEM”, you’ll find the “Clinton Global Initiative”, and many other obvious connections to the CCSS Machine. See: https://viridislearning.com/#news

To access Comcast’s Common Core support: http://business.comcast.com/resource-library/premium-content?NewsItemID=85b42b47-2963-62fe-b0b5-ff0000efc36d

To access Comcast’s Common Core Strategy for in the classroom support: Comcast CCSS strategy

Other venture capitalist groups in on all kinds of educational overreach:
Blue Ridge Foundation, I shared with you their CCSS data mining ties:
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/monday-musings-learning-for-whom/


CNF Investments
, holds “American Honors College”. The CCSS/CTE ties? This virtual learning company combines community colleges (I’ve shown you how nation wide, they’ve gone over to teaching CCSS/CTE), data mining, nation-wide teachers, and use Quad Learning. Both AHC and QL are basing all their efforts on outcome based education for lifetime pathways..oh, I almost forgot..while saving you money. See both:
 https://americanhonors.org/about-us AND http://quadlearninginc.com/about/index.html


Dauk Wagner Investments
, LLC, while their website won’t reveal much, you can see that one of the founders had ties to Citibank (a well known CCSS Machine member). There are other clues as well. See if you can identify them: http://www.daukwagnerinvestments.com/
(*Note: Mrs. Dauk is a sitting Board Member of Student Agencies, Inc. Student Agencies, Inc. is tied to Student Agencies Foundation which is tied to Cornell University. Cornell University has been granted millions in all kinds of research, global policy, and more. See the 4 pages of grant descriptions: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=cornell%20university)
You might also find that Cornell is big on student start up businesses. Businesses mean jobs. Jobs mean the economy is growing. Can you see the pattern which most of the Viridis Learning and others involved are promoting?


Expansion Venture Capital
, gives you “Careerosity” (find them on Twitter or Facebook). Founded by Waine Tam (former point person for Gates Foundation’s  iMentor, which was a non profit program geared for ‘college readiness’. See the Gates grant: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2011/11/OPP1049005
The “Careerosity” is so social media and flash mob-like in their get-togethers, finding a dedicated website was tough. However, I’m including a link to an event “Careerosity” hosted in NY where attendees were given all kinds of career advice. Among the panelists: College Board! We know how sold out to the CCSS/CTE/CCR they are! See: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/transitioning-to-a-career-in-social-impact-tickets-6431788653
ULU Ventures, holds “LearnZillion”, a cloud based curriculum operation. See their website: https://learnzillion.com/
While that may not seem harmful, consider what ‘clouds’ like this thrive on: DATA MINING! This totally open curriculum is also GLOBAL. Here’s an excerpt from their ‘About Us’ page:LearnZillion.com offers a free and growing set of Math and English Language resources for grades 2-12 that have been developed by expert teachers directly from the Common Core State StandardsLearnZillion’s premium participatory curriculum platform enables schools and districts to accelerate the successful implementation of the Common Core, augment the efficacy of their coaches, create classtime capacity to address differentiation needs, and build teacher leaders.”
The concept for “LearnZillion” came from a public charter school. See: https://learnzillion.com/about
Promote a Conference!

Viridis Learning is helping promote career pathways via a first-of-its-kind conference in about 1 week. ETurboNews announced the conference recently. Here’s an excerpt:
” First Annual Employment Pathway Innovation Conference 2015 that will take place in New York City from September 21-22….This important event is being promoted by Viridis Learning, an organization founded by Felix W. Ortiz III, dedicated to helping students identify and pursue specific, lifelong career pathways and provide them with the educational and certification resources to follow them.” (the entire article:
http://www.eturbonews.com/63445/education-crucial-determination-future)

Among the panelists are: Sir James Mancham, NC Governor Pat McCrory, lots of former presidents from other countries, retired US Army staff, and, private corporations devoted to the CCSS Machine. If you aren’t familiar with the ties to CCSS/CTE/CCR that Sir James or Gov. McCrory has, please look them up. You’ll learn quite a bit. As a resident of NC, I can tell you the Governor’s devotion to Common Core is well publicized. What also very big on his agenda is Career Tech Education, Career Pathways. Sir James is president of the Global Peace Council. HIs autobiography’s title includes “Global Citizen”…hmm, still wondering about the CCSS’s global citizen aspect? See a pro CCSS sided article: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/global_learning/2012/01/the_common_core_state_standards.html
For anti CCSS global citizenship articles, google “CCSS global citizen”.

Closing:
What do all these companies have in common? Besides helping the CCSS/CTE/CCR efforts out, each holds other companies besides the ones I’ve highlighted here. It’s no secret that venture capitalists look to education as a profit maker, NOT as academic learning! See my article about the SBA (Small Business Administration‘s CCSS/CTE/CCR funding for venture capitalists: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/ftf-the-sba-and-common-core/  THEN, this one about the diabolical education plans some venture capitalists have for our country: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/from-the-files-tuesday-down-in-the-valley/ (Note: one of the main goals by this type of group is abolishing all local school boards)