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No Enigma Here

It’s a new work week, Warriors. While I’m sure you’ve heard the news that once again, the voices of those who cherish freedom were ignored, know that we MUST fight on.

If you have not heard the news the American control of our internet is gone. Several credible media sources have shared this. So, I won’t beat the news over your head. I’m sure other anti CCSS Warriors have also given much time to research and writing on this particular event. However, the internet and all that goes with it are  DEFINITE players in education.
So, what am I adding to the research/information?  Please check it out below.


Happening Now or Has Happened Not Too Long Ago:

I’ve previously shared with you about the White House led “Educate to Innovate”. Rather than share that article here, I wanted for us to look at the Initiative now. Especially since it is at our President’s bidding that our internet is no longer ours.

This is from their website. To see more: http://www.educatetoinnovate.org/
A big clue to the CCSS Machine alignment is the NSF (National Science Foundation).
If you’ve missed any of what I’ve dug up on them, just search the blog for them. You’ll find out just how sold out this government entity is.

ICANN, Our New Internet Manager:

As I stated above, there’s lots of information out about ICANN ( Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). However, if you’ve not seen what ICANN does, here’s a short video about them.

While this may not sound to you like we’ve just lost our 1st Amendment freedom of speech, note that the capacity to neuter our voices has just ICANNeased (increased) tremendously!

So how will ICANN influence education? Look below:


I found this information on the ICANN Labs page. Guiding you through how great these 4 ‘innovation tracks’ is Chris Gift.
Link for the Labs: http://labs.icann.org/en/about.html
Who is Christ Gift? ICANN has a very brief bio: https://www.icann.org/profiles/chris-gift
I didn’t have much luck finding his previous internet related jobs.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about ICANN’s activities before/after the South African meeting (where the President signed an agreement to give up our internet control): https://www.cscdigitalbrand.services/blog/icann-unveils-50-details/

What Else I Found:

Gates Foundation’s grant of $3,000,000.00 to the Education Superhighway, ES. ES has been busy helping try to sway the elections in November AS well as continue to align America’s schools to the internet.
See the grant: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2015/11/OPP1136031
To learn about SE: http://www.educationsuperhighway.org/
(*Note: use the ‘About’ page to see how this leading non-profit directly ties to the President’s “ConnectEd” Initiative. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will definitely continue this program.
See the article about SE’s involvement in the McGraw-Hill (CCSS Publisher) Education survey with not so hidden election meddling.


International Data Mining Conference:

I also found the upcoming (Dec. 2016) International Data Mining Conference. Known as ICDM (IEEE International Conference on Data Mining). What is the IEEE (? That’s the world’s largest organization for technical engineers! Their main goal? Increasing the global digital footprint.  See: https://www.ieee.org/index.html

Below is a screen shot of the workshops already planned. I’ve given a very brief description of each workshop. Two things I noticed, when looking into each of these workshops. a) That each workshop casts an open call for ANYONE connected to data mining to submit research/influence opinions, etc. b) That each workshop has a committee of leaders, often who are representatives from the CCSS Machine. Look at how many of these will be used in education.

dataed2016To look at the workshops more in depth: http://icdm2016.eurecat.org/workshops/

To learn about their December conference, see: http://icdm2016.eurecat.org/

Happening 10/4/16:

The IEEE is using October 4, 2016 as the “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow” Day. Now, why did I put this AFTER the December Conference information? By you seeing WHAT IEEE/ICDM are doing, you can better arm your students on 10/4.
1) It’s a global day full of celebrating locations. Lots in the USA and many targeting girls.
Link for events: http://www.ieeeday.org/2016-events-map/
2) In 2015, there were over 640 global events, 100 global ambassadors, and lots of photos.
See: http://www.ieeeday.org/ (*Note: scroll down until you see the blue background.)
3) The USA is not in an assigned region nor do we have an ambassador, yet we are hosting events.
4) If you wish to see their series of annual IEEE Dayshttp://www.ieeeday.org/videos/
5) If you wish to see the technology standards and the advances being planned using those standards: http://standards.ieee.org/

The Document Linking IEEE and ICANN:

While this link will take you back to the agreement between the two in 2015, it’s a safe bet they are still partners.
2015 link: https://www.icann.org/resources/agreement/ieee-2015-07-23-en

IEEE, ICANN, and a CCSS Machine member organization can be traced back to 1999. I found this one. Educause is a well known CCSS Member.
1999 link: https://archive.icann.org/en/dnso/ncdhupdate.htm

IEEE has a document stating they will use the European Union’s Data Umbrella for privacy here in the US. See: http://www.ieee.org/about/ieee_europe/april_2016_ict_news_bulletin.pdf
Related document about ICANN, IEEE, the US, and more:

ICANN’s 2016 NonCom Leadership Team:
(*Note: from what I can tell this group selects other people to serve in bigger ICANN powerful roles.)

Related and Some Time Ago:

These articles from my files can give you an excellent trail of data mining intrusion from far and wide. Since ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is law, you know the data mining/technology will continue to increase. (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/)

Closing social mobility gaps:

International Ed/Data: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/ed-for-sale/

Global ed/competency already in progress:

How the Import/Export Act plays into this:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/weekend-news-ccsscte-catch-up-edition/ (*Note: follow the link to the original article after you read this one.)

Jack Welch, universal certifications, and tons of other information:

“Connect All Schools”, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014), and global data: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/ftf-tuesday-iassc-universal-certification/

Where you can find the global education citizen pledge:

How the Olympics are used to embed UNESCO/global education for globally connected citizens:



I leave you with a video I shot this past weekend. It’s not fancy, it’s not glamorous. It IS, however, important in light of the upcoming elections. We MUST use the season to inform others! We CANNOT afford to elect people who will help continue the handing over of our freedoms; aligning our education to fit the CCSS Machine; and harming our children!! We need leaders who will LISTEN to us. We also need leaders who wish to keep America, American.

Bridges and Ladders

My Fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors,

In the above picture you see a classic example of a brilliant mind. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Revolving Bridge”.  He created this, and other bridges for military purposes. The bridges were light weight (easy to carry, travels well), they were sturdy (conveyed strength), and they lasted long periods of time.

I use this as an example, not to give you a history lesson, but to use it as an analogy for the webinar devoted to higher education.

During the CCSS Machine sponsored webinar, education bridges, ladders, and pathways were discussed. Much like Leonardo da Vinci’s “Revolving Bridge”, higher education is set to become transportable (easy to carry, travels well/stackable, chunkable certifications), sturdy with more ‘rigor’ (conveying strength), and lock in lifelong learning (lasts a long time).

The Webinar:

Hosted by Atlantic Live! (an arm of the publication, The Atlantic Magazine) Atlantic Magazine also has another arm, a project called “Next America”. If memory serves me correctly, the last time I wrote about “Next America”, Sen. Lamar Alexander was a featured speaker. If I’m thinking correctly it was the time period leading up to HR5 (Student Success Act) and S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act) were in the making. Of course, as history shows, HR5 and S1177 ‘married’ and gave us ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act.

Why do I bring this up? IF history is about to repeat itself, then Atlantic’s Next America having Rep. John Kline and other sold out CCSS Machine members gather to ‘discuss’ where higher education should go, we need to pay attention! Especially when your conversation guides are hand picked to feed the agenda of streamlining education to create a birth to grave education ladder or bridge.

The image you see above is NOT from one of the CCSS Machine member organizations present at the webinar. But, it does give you a great idea how the webinar’s conversation was geared.

Lumina Foundation, the Gates Foundation, Next America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and key members from SIGs (special interest groups) in higher education either had representative speak or they helped fund the production. Adding Rep. John Kline as the only federal Congress member was not a fluke. It was a strategic move. Kline admitted during the webinar that he had just come from breakfast with Sen. Lamar Alexander. You see, the two are partners in education demise.

Here’s the link to the webinar’s introduction page: http://www.theatlantic.com/live/events/the-changing-face-of-higher-education/2016/
(*Note: Archive version should be available soon. You can check out the Twitter account for more information, too. Use #NextAmerica)

The Biggest Warnings for Us:

1) The changes are coming, no doubt at all. The CCSS Machine has already begun turning the screws for higher education/post-secondary education. As I’ve shared with you many times, this is how EVERY citizen from ALL educational backgrounds will be funneled through the CCSS Machine. One of the choice terms for citizens during the webinar? “Human Capital”. The very first comment spoken by the Lumina Foundation’s education ‘expert’: “Post-secondary education MUST change.”

2) The CBE (competency based education), Career Pathways, MOOCs, digital learning, soft skills development, and more are the front runners for all the changes. New patterns, systems, and alignment are either in the works, or yet to be created. BUT, they will be added.
3) Purposed placement of school counselors in our K-12 systems are already identifying students who are ‘achievers’, tracks them, pulling them into a pathway to a baccalaureate degree in college (sometimes early college) via community colleges(which by the way, are Common Core, Career Tech aligned). Then, these graduates are funneled through to a 4 year institution. Look for “Pathways Colleges”. The example program given was “Pathway to Baccalaureate”. See: https://www.nvcc.edu/pathway/ (*Note: look for the ‘extraordinary pipeline to college’. Running this program? Former NC Community College President, Scott Randall. He was key in helping align all 58 NC Community Colleges to the CCSS Machine.)

The rest of the students? They get tracked too. Their path will be directly to community college, get a skill, get a job. Return to community college, get another skill, return to job. Repeat this cycle until you have all the credentials you need to enter your career field. The ‘new’ higher education?! Imagine it for 100% of the population. I’m not kidding. Some form of higher education (aka: post-secondary institution) is what can help America.

4) Rep. Kline’s comments contained these ‘gems’.
a) The key higher education moves in the U.S. House’s “Better Way” plan. It was revealed that the Paul Ryan pushed Plan is based largely on Kline’s earlier work in politics. Education is SO important that it’s embedded in the ‘economy’ plan under item #4.
See: http://abetterway.speaker.gov/?page=economy (*Note: KIine was quick to repeatedly use ‘bipartisan’ and ‘bicameral’ when it came to education. However, for all the bi-partisanship in the House, he didn’t mention the House Democrats view for higher education. If you want to see what CCSS friendly programs they  would like to keep or expand: http://democrats-edworkforce.house.gov/issues/education/higher-education. Examples of CCSS aligned programs: TRIO and GEAR UP.) Kline was asked how the Senators view higher education. He said that was ‘unfair’.)
b) The U.S. Congress only has a few days left before closing before the 2016 Election, so much has to be done quickly. Means rushed legislation moves. Bad news for everyone.
c) “More Access, More Success” via lower costs in higher education. His solutions?! CBE and digital education. America MUST promote innovation! This will keep the government out of the way. Oh really?! I guess the ConnectEd, the Computer Science for All, Digital Promise, etc. are all ways to keep government of education. Especially when each of these i is embedded ALREADY in ESSA and WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) or their related legislation. By the way, Kline said there have been 5 related bills already passed by the entire Congress to continue support for America’s College Promise (Obama’s plan for ‘free’ community college. “Free” is costing taxpayers at least $60 billion.) Way to keep government out of education, huh?!
d) Kline favors more digital, that’s obvious, but he also stated that families and students need things simple..as in a digital dashboard. The biggest impediment right now in higher education? Seat time because it’s taking away from CBE time and hinders credit hours. More P3s (used the Clemson/car manufacturing joint program as an example.) are the best way for America to go.

5) Add to your list of global programs, like “Education for All” and “Universal PreK for All”. The new one brought up in the webinar? “Universal Free Public Higher Education”.
I found the EduCause’s older version of “universal higher education for all” (circa 2000).
See: https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ffpfp044.pdf

Link to this article that would make the United Nations SO proud:

Speaking of The Global Citizen:

There was plenty more in the webinar which can be used to alert us to the ‘global citizen’ mindset that the CCSS Machine is shoving at us.
a) pay as you go/learn to earn models
b) systems where higher education tracks your work hours while tracking your education hours so that you can have 2 transcripts to show you are a skilled citizen
c) eliminating extra curricular activities to divert space for the common community’s good (example: Paul Quinn College shut down their football team (said it was a drain on finances) and converted the football stadium into an organic community accessible farm.) The President of Paul Quinn College has been glorified by the Atlantic Magazine. He’s also been groomed for educational ‘success’ in part by the Aspen Institute. (Article about the Presidenthttp://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/09/bringing-a-college-back-from-the-brink/500375/)

I am not singling out this college, but rather, using it as an example. The reason we have extra curricular activities like football, arts, music, etc. is to expand our minds, exercise our bodies. Seeing these vital parts of Americana vanish is sad. Seeing them aligned to the CCSS Machine, outright tragic.

Seeing so many leaders in America moving us away from independence and freedom is not only un-American, it’s criminal!

Assessment Quest, Parts 1 and 2

Part One

We, anti CCSS Warriors know how crafty the CCSS Machine is in playing word games with us. So, consider the names used (or variations) of names used in some of the CCSS Machine products, legislation, assessments, and anything else connected to it. For example, the ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act is named as it is to SUGGEST positive results. However, we Warriors know, the Law actually means “Every Student Confined”. There are plenty more examples out there, but I want to look at the assessments in particular. Why? Again, the names the CCSS Machine has given each, points to success, but leads to alignment of epic proportions!

In previous researched articles, I have revealed for you how SpringBoard (which offers another service called Learning Walks to partner with schools for CCSS/Competency Based Education alignment) Plan, Aspire, WorkKeys, MAP, Skills Navigator,ProMetric, Certica, and TestWhiz all sound like great and positive assessments for your students, but are really purposed tools to force an aligned, globally competent worker. I know there are others, but you get the idea.

Other assessments with not so positive sounding names (but with the same purposed agenda tool results) are Iowa Assessments, Standford 10 , ETS, ERB, SBAC, PARCC, SAT, ACT, CLEP, College Board, and ASVAB.

One with a former not so positive sounding assessment is the GED, it has been rewritten and renamed to HiSET (High School Equivalency Test). Pearson Publishing has copyrighted the GED and aligned it with CCSS. See:

More recently I exposed the partnership between Act, Inc. and Envision. Act., Inc. provides the assessments for workforce based education paths (also known as competency based education) and Envision collects the data for global purposes. Envision has been successful in this alignment, I believe, because they have named the program involved with one that suggests positive, but hides the agenda. In case you missed this article about assessments and global data mining:

One State Goes on a Quest:

Recently, one of my dearest friends and among the most dedicated anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors I know, contacted me. Karen lives in TN. She asked me if I had ever researched the Questar assessment.  Karen has researched some about Questar on her own. She knows the assessment is tied to IMS Global.  What I have found is below and follows up what Karen found. Knowing the ‘quest’ in the title suggests something positive, I found quite the opposite.


Website: http://www.questarai.com/


According the ‘About Us’ page on the Questar website, the company is at least 40 years old. Their slogan, “Bridging the Gap” seems to fit right in with the CCSS Machine agenda. This assessment provider (K-12 grades) is based in MN.
Among the leaders of Questar, is the President and CEO, Jamie Post Candee. Candee got her start in banking before shifting to education related jobs. If you look at her biography, you see she was formerly employed by PLATO Learning. PLATO Learning also has a former name, EDmentum. Included in her bio is this quote, “Jamie is the driving force behind Questar’s commitment to creating meaningful assessments that give educators the insights they need to fully prepare students for college or career.”

platoedI previously wrote about Edmendtum and a host of other assessment aligners in 2015.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/ftf-ascending-and-aligning/

Edmentum is tied to Providence Equity Partners, LLC. Please, read the above archived article. It has many twists and turns (much like a journey’s trail) but you need to see just how multi-strung these private groups are when it comes to education!

Back to Questar’s Leaders, the Chief Assessments Advisor? The Former U.S. Dept. of Education’s Standards and Assessments Director, Dr. Timothy VanSickle. (*Interesting note: in 2011, he was named as a CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) Partner.) Also a Chief Assessments Advisor for Questar is Dr. Katie McClarty. McClarty was previously employed by none other than Pearson Publishing! Here’s how, “Before joining Questar, Katie served as the director for the Center for College & Career Success in Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network. Her signature work for the Center included the co-creation of a holistic college-readiness index for middle school students and the co-design and facilitation of standard-setting meetings and research projects for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Prior to directing the Center, she was the chief research scientist for the state of Texas general education assessment programs.”

Other leaders tied to the CCSS Machine are present as well. CCSS Machine organizations represented include eInstruction, ConnectEdU, AIR, Inc. (AIR stands for American Institutes for Research and are tied to SBAC assessments.), Advanced Systems in Measurement and Evaluation (now Measured Progress) and Data Recognition Corporation (Jim McMann). McMann was responsible for several States assessment contracts when he was with Data Recognition Corp.

Board members for Questar also have plenty of ties to the CCSS Machine. One huge one is
New Market Ventures Group. New Market has a portfolio where other educational companies are included. Here is a screen shot:

To see the entire list of portfolio companies, http://newmarketsvp.com/portfolio-companies/
You also may be interested in New Market Venture’s recent news release about Graduation Alliance and ACT, Inc. partnering together for new career readiness certificates. (Also assessment based) See:

You can see all the Questar leaders and Board Members information: 
Board: http://www.questarai.com/about-us/board-of-directors/
Leaders: http://www.questarai.com/about-us/leadership/

To see Questar Large Scale Assessments (where they take in entire States, school districts, etc.), click on their “Large Scale Assessment” tab.
(*Note: in Large Scale Assessments, there are 5 Steps. Be sure to look at each one. Every symbol more information about it when you click the symbol. For example, I clicked on the light bulb in Stage 2 (Assessment Design) and found all kinds of information on psychometric assessment.)
To see Questar Literacy Assessment (for Students), then click on their “District Literacy” tab.(*Note: This assessment is backed by the CCSSO. Remember, CCSSO owns half the CCSS Copyrights.)
You will want to access the research behind all these assessments. Questar’s White Papers on Assessments (includes Next Generation Assessments). That is in the “White Papers” tab (second row of tabs in blue font).

Part Two:
So Where is IMS Global?

Warriors, so far we have plenty of evidence for CCSS Machine allegiance from Questar. We have seen how these people are coming from one part of the agenda to other part. But how does this tie to Questar? How does this tie back to the ESSA? Let’s find out.

IMS Global is a Consortium for Digital Learning. Here is a screen shot illustrating their reach in education. A small bit of their history, “In 1995, IMS came into existence as a project (the Instructional Management System project) within the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative of EDUCAUSE. In 1999 IMS Global spun out of EDUCAUSE to become an independent non-profit organization.” (*Note: the ‘IMS’ stands for ‘Instructional Management System’)


From the 2015 Annual Report, IMS Global gloated about its integral part in Race to the Top Assessments. That’s just in the USA.
Other similar assessments are in other countries. (Page 10).
Also from Page 10, this excerpt which ties Questar directly to IMS Global,
“To further accelerate progress of the IMS e-Assessment Initiative, IMS formed the Executive Board on Assessment (EBA) to help remove the barriers to broader adoption of QTI and APIP. The EBA serves as an extension of the IMS Board of Directors and is open to all IMS Contributing Members, but requires an executive pledge to provide the leadership and resources needed to lead the market in charting the next phase of QTI and APIP standards to build strong end-to-end interoperability and accelerate standards compliance. Charter members included ACT, CITO, College voor Toetsen en Examens, ETS, Florida Virtual School, Houston ISD, McGraw-Hill Education, Measured Progress, Minnesota Department of Education, National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC), NWEA, Open Assessment Technologies, Pacific Metrics, PARCC, Questar Assessment, Smarter Balanced, and WIDA.”

To access the IMS Global Annual Report (2015)https://www.imsglobal.org/sites/default/files/2015annualReport.pdf
(*Note: Page 13 names all the assessments involved in digital education, names all the people involved, and names the Executive Board responsible for the EBA.)

I was able to find a 2002 research paper from IMS Global on defining these on-line credentials for global competency our education reform in pushing so hard to convert to. Known as a ‘RDCEO’ (Reuseable Definition of Competency or Educational Objective), these objectives are usually open-ended, loosely defined so that anywhere across the globe they can be user-friendly. They can be used over and over again, anywhere, by anyone.
You, as a Warrior Against the Core, simply must read the rest of this paper!
Access it: https://www.imsglobal.org/competencies/rdceov1p0/imsrdceo_infov1p0.html

You will also need to access and read the IMS Global 2015 Learning Impact Report. It is also key in the War Against the Core! Get it: 

If you want to see IMS Global’s K-20 Digital Badge program, Getting Smart (very CCSS Machine Supportive, in my opinion) published this write up:
(*Note: helping fund this K-20 Badge project is the MacArthur Foundation, a well known CCSS Machine member.)
All the other funders, backers are named. But the biggest take away is that this CBE (competency based education) shift will promote IMS Global as one of the biggest leaders in it in the world!

We still don’t see how IMS Global ties to ESSA. Below is a screen shot. It is from our dear Warriors, the “What Is Common Core?” Blog. Here is the link to their entire article. Note the highlighted portion of the picture.

Among IMS Global Members: Pearson Publishing, Questar, PARCC, the Gates Foundation, and many more.

Related: EdUCause is tied to the CCSS Machine and really loves higher education. Here is my article about them from early 2015:

Since IMS Global is helping set the bar for digital standards, I thought you might like to see how ESSA has provided for each State to be digitally made over. See:


Warriors, this is a tremendous journey, I know. Please break it down as you need to. There is much here. For my friend Karen, I hope it is enough to help TN. While it appears IMS Global is set to be among those mastering digital education, at least we know the members of not only the CCSS Machine, but now the IMS Global contain many of the same groups/people. That makes our job of knowing where to look that much easier!


Tech Thursday: Educause’s Higher Education Project

Have you heard of Educause before? Did you know it has deep roots into Common Core? Would it surprise you to know they are fast and furiously working on a project targeting higher education? Well, my friends..sit back and get a brief overview of all of the above.

Educause, proud to be CC aligned:

The Gates Foundation has consistently given grants to Educause since 2010 to create, market and sell CC related projects all geared for the digital world. Visit the Gates link to see just how MUCH Educause has received, http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=educause (I’ve given you a small screen shot so you have a visual idea.

Money to bring you digital CCSS.
Money to bring you digital CCSS.

ForThe Higher Ed Project: 

This project has quite a name, “Higher Education TechQual+ Project”, according to the main website for the project it’s headed by a Dr. at the University of Georgia. However, the Texas A and M at Qatar has quite a hand in this too. Let’s see what the site shares. First up, the ‘history’ (see: https://www.techqual.org/docs/about.aspx#) Wait up, did you catch WHERE the TAM campus is located??? Not in America, but Qatar!  It appears that the entire project is all about the data and storage. Well, we know those 2 components are huge in CC. Yes, by looking at the Project there is some assessing is involved. No smoking gun for CCSS, however. So, let’s see what the Educause website tells us.

Searching for TechQual on Educause:

Flipping the search over to Educause, maybe we can find out a bit more about the TechQual’s real purpose. So far, we know data, storage, and assessments, but is there more??

Back in 2010, a Project meeting did take place for an update of the process. From the description for the meeting, note this excerpt, Assessment and measurement are key competencies for those who manage information technology resources. The Higher Education TechQual+ Project was commissioned in 2007 to create a set of easy-to-use tools to assist with this challenging work. This meeting will provide a project overview and updates on the TechQual+ instrument and website tools for 2009.” What’s interesting, is if you look at the meeting description from just one year prior to 2010, that being 2009, you’d find the details state the Project was commissioned in 2005.  I guess the beginning date shouldn’t be the focus as much as what is being done with the data, but I do find it interesting that such conflicting details (small though it is) are present.

Looking at what else Educause Supports That Involves So Much Data:

Well, listen to this gentlemen’s description of data/storage/assessments:


Did you catch the Universal Standards? Did you hear the ‘consistency’ buzzword in relation to academics? Let’s dig some more! He mentioned Canvas Educational Software, so let’s see what that’s about, shall we?

Canvas, It Isn’t for Painting!:

To find Canvas’ website, visit: http://www.instructure.com/, once there, you’ll find more education buzzwords you’ve heard and a few new ones! For example ‘lossless learning’. The familiar student-centered education rhetoric abounds. “LL” is the use of streamlined academics combined with embedded assessments AND face to face time. Watch the snappy video. Listen for the ‘outcome’ buzzword, too! (you’ll need to school down the page to access it), http://www.instructure.com/higher-education/features?lossless

Some of that streamlined academic stuff? Just take a look at the screen shot below:


From Canvas’ News, “Blended Learning” at a Florida post secondary school! You might want to look at all their FREE courses via digital delivery. Some are blatant in the hidden agenda of all things College/Career Ready. See: https://www.canvas.net/ Before we leave Instructure, read what they think their spin on education is doing, “Canvas isn’t just a product. IT’S A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. IT’S AN EDUCATIONAL REVOLUTION. IT’S A POWERFUL NEW WAY TO–PARDON OUR OPTIMISM–CHANGE THE WORLD. IT’S A RAPIDLY GROWING COMPANY WITH AN INDUSTRY-PUSHING PLATFORM, 400+ TALENTED EMPLOYEES, AND MILLIONS OF PASSIONATE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. AND, SURE, THERE’S ALSO A PRETTY INCREDIBLE PRODUCT IN THERE, TOO.”

Back to the Drawing Board, Educause:

The organization has a 3 prong IT focus, all of which, oddly enough, can be found in the CCMachine! There’s “Teaching and Learning”, “Policy and Security”, and “Infrastructure and Enterprise”. So, where is the anti CC warrior to hone in on, with an organization of Educause’s size? E-rate legislation from the federal government will most assuredly be in the mix. Why? Because CC is embedded in the new legislation. That’s why proCC groups are encouraging legislators to jump on board! How do I know? Research, baby, lots of it. (See my article on Prevent Common Core’s website “A Cup of Coffee Can Now Data Mine”
http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223) Next, a concerned area you can fight for is contained in the “Infrastructure”, via e-clouds, technology, and those sorts of things. In the ‘Teaching/Learning’ arena, it’s all about the content. See the screen shot below:

So much CCSS, you'll want to barf.
So much CCSS, you’ll want to barf.

What to watch for:

First, anything with “Next Generation” especially coupled with “learning challenges”. Why? Some of the main ones funding CCSS, fund this too. It involves Community Colleges, Community Pathway Programs, Harbormaster regions for K-12 education, and SO much more!! (see: http://www.educause.edu/focus-areas-and-initiatives/teaching-and-learning/next-generation-learning-challenges)

Which organizations are ‘buddies’:

Once you see this list, know that somehow, some way..agenda for an aligned education is at hand!

  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)
  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • APPA – Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers
  • Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA)
  • Association of American Universities (AAU)
  • The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
  • Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
  • The Campus Computing Project
  • The Center for Internet Security
  • Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
  • Common Solutions Group
  • Council of Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA)
  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • Council of the Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT)
  • Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
  • Digital Freedom Campaign
  • European University Information Systems (EUNIS)
  • Forum for the Future of Higher Education
  • Higher Education Alliance for Information Technology (HEITAlliance)
  • Higher Education Comliance Alliance
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • Internet2
  • League for Innovation in the Community College
  • National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
  • National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
  • The New Media Consortium
  • North East Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP)
  • The ResNet Symposium

Parting Knowledge:

Educause is a non-profit group. Colorado is one home office, while D.C. is another. So, keeping an eye on education policy isn’t far off the radar. They believe in the the 3 Cs of the one world, one education mindset we’ve seen surface in Common Core, “for the common good”, “collaboration”, and the 21st Century “community”. The Board of Directors can be found on: http://www.educause.edu/about/mission-and-organization/governance-and-leadership/educause-board-directors The special advisors on education: 

http://www.educause.edu/about/mission-and-organization/governance/working-groups (there are quite a few)

Roots of Educause can be traced to the Kellogg Foundation (a well known CC supporter). Don’t be surprised when you see the National Science Foundation had a part in this too. (see: http://www.educause.edu/about/mission-and-organization/history/educom-history) A more complete history, as well as the Cause part of the organization:


For the international ties, especially where ‘benchmarking’ is concerned:


Well, no matter if it’s higher learning or not, it appears as long as Gates bankrolls, Educause will keep churning away. Please, continue to fight the E-rate legislation, the Common Core battle in your state, the data mining network, the college/career readiness!