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Seeing More About Education?

Warriors Against the Core, make no mistake, I am not a fan of MORE  student-led education as a solution to the problems in American education. I believe that teachers make much more difference in education than the CCSS Machine has reduced them to.

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 Student-led school makes as much sense as putting them in charge of making dinner when they’re 6 months old.

Teachers are NOT meant to be relegated to merely being a warm body in a room. That’s totally NOT why these ladies and gentlemen became interested in education, it’s not why they went to college, or became massively in debt to earn those teaching degrees. 

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Warriors, evidence has proven that the target of the CCSS Machine’s design on modern classrooms is ‘more student, less teacher’.  It certainly gains momentum with guru-like quotes similar to the one you see in the screen shot. (“Less Us, More Them”)

We have teachers for a purpose. It isn’t to baby-sit, it isn’t to watch his/her students glued to a computer. It’s to lead them! It’s to lead them well. It’s to show other humans how to not only gain information, but to help shape them. Reducing a teacher’s role to what ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is, is flat out criminal.

Telling a teacher that due to Common Core (or whatever label is slapped on it) he/she MUST do this or that is wrong.

Warriors, I’m sure you seen a shift in teaching responsibilities before ESSA’s passage. I know I have.  

In fact, I recently shared with you the definitions about learning in the ESSA Era. It’s where teacher AND student are considered in the same context! While this might be okay in some educational settings, an across-the-board, one-way-to-educate-everyone is a landmine waiting to be stepped upon!

Modern day education reform has re-assigned the control in the classroom. What is going to happen when things go awry? We’ve seen time and time again how the CCSS Machine has turned both teachers and students into guinea pigs, will be let them experiment even more in 2017-18’s school year?!

By putting the kids in charge of education, it shifts the burden of responsibility. It changes ‘accountability’. It can set them up to fall flat on their faces. It also will cause a much more conducive platform for the Delphi move of a nanny state school and its control

Another dangerous mindset we can connect to the CCSS Machine’s urging of having kids as teachers, is the rhetoric connected to education: ‘Let ’em fail, it’ll teach ’em better than I can.’ “Failing means grit; grit is good for them, especially when they are young.” This type of thinking and actions are quite frankly, hard-hearted!

‘Rigor and grit’ do not speak to a student who is scared, who has NO earthly idea what is expected of them, or when they are having a bad day. A computer cannot hug a student or give a ‘high five’ a child. Likewise, setting them up to fail on purpose is mean-spirited.

It’s like tying their shoe strings together and then laughing when they fall. Or, the CCSS Machine’s passive-aggressive style of ‘Is that the best you can do? You should try harder!’

Warriors, I’m not suggesting to baby every student at every age, but certainly, we must have guidance and leadership that is centered on how to educate in many different ways.

See how this may translate in a picture version, below:

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Source to Mosston and Ashworth’s Spectrum can be found here. I’d like to point out that they very clearly state that ‘variety’ is the spice in teaching.

CCSS Machine’s idea of ‘teaching’ with variety is there is almost NONE! Has this changed since ESSA? Not much!

 

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This is what ‘rigor’ is designed for. It’s failing us every day, in every State, and at every age level.

A visual for ESSA ‘teaching’:

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The Source to see the ‘hamster wheel’ for yourselves is here.

After all, if we’re being honest, thanks to ESSA, WIOA, HEA, federal and state legislation, and the CCSS Machine, computers and digital have BECOME the TEACHERS!

So Who Was Seymour Papert?

If you looked at the featured screen shot (‘less us/more them’), you probably saw the name “Seymour Papert”.

Seymour was considered a great ‘technology-before-its-time’ kind of professor.

Seymour was teaching/leading at MIT (which by the way is a huge CCSS Machine member). He was credited with predicting kids and computers as the learning method of the future way before most folks. (*Note: the “21st Century Learning” page provided at the bottom of the highlighted link is broken. However, I was able to find this, instead. Warriors, you should ‘love’ the global learning/leadership tag.)

Back in 1995, C-Span broadcast an Education and Technology hearing. Seymour Papert was a witness. The entire video is over 2 hours, but I urge you to listen. Note who was attending the hearing, who was speaking then. Listen to the tones about the excitement for this advance in education. Source

After MIT, Seymour landed in Maine. This article (2000) reveals how his ‘technology education’ activism can be tied to (then) Gov. Angus King. King is now a Senator for Maine. Is King supportive of more technology in the classrooms? (In the 2000 article, you’ll see how he wanted a computer given to every 7th grader.) In 2017, is his support still there?  Absolutely! (*Many State leaders are convinced a computer for every student is a marker of successful education.)

Do these leaders understand (completely) what this is REALLY doing to our teachers? I do not believe they do.

In 2015, (then) President Obama signed the “Computer Science for All” Initiative. Seymour was said to be a ‘father of CS (Computer Science)’ in this resource:

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Seymour died in 2016. His MIT obituary is lionizing, to say the least. I only include this because the Professor’s work proves his thinking about children and the way they learn was altered in Switzerland by a philosopher and psychologist Jean Piaget. Seymour was credited with leading the revolution for technology in 3 distinct areas: a) children, b) AI (artificial intelligence, which is also replacing teachers), and c) education via technology.
(*Note: Piaget was a co-director for UNESCO as well as an honorary Harvard doctorate recipient. As you know, both Harvard and UNESCO are CCSS Machine members.) PBS’s “A Science Odyssey” ended their Piaget article with this quote:

“Piaget is widely recognized as the greatest developmental psychologist of the century. His ideas have been refined and added to, but they remain the foundation of child psychology.”

 

Seymour’s “Legacy” Lives On:

So, we’ve seen a distinct shift in education, Warriors. We’ve seen a distinct disrespect for teachers in our nation. While switching our students ‘on’ to computer learning, putting them in charge of said learning, we’re actually turning them ‘off’ to adults and the leadership they can provide.

We’re also seeing the adult’s authority (in appropriate measures and settings) become less and less. Why? All the ‘self-direction’. History has proven (and will continue to)  how far a person gets when the education they thought they worked hard for wasn’t ‘real education’ at all.

Technology is a poor substitute for human interaction.

So, how is Seymour’s ‘legacy’ about kids and computers living on? A couple of ways:
STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math). We also can find Seymour-ish leaders, like the ones at Vision, Education, and Media (VEM)

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Warriors, as we know, STEM is a farce as part of education. No, STEM is more about a trained workforce. So is STEAM. The evidence has been given countless times here on my blog. (*Note: the highlighted link is only one such set of documented facts.)

KQED published a short article explaining Seymour’s beliefs about ‘child’s play’ earlier this year.

Warriors, the highlighted “Computer Science for All” link also will show you how Seymour’s ‘legacy’ is living on and will continue to be seen in the 2017-18 school year.

Closing:

Earlier this year, I shared with you how the global AI (Artificial Intelligence) was taking over American education. It certainly will render human teachers as ‘obsolete’, thanks to federal law.

So, how is it surviving beyond the law? Followers of the UNESCO global ed push, most certainly. Fans of Seymour and the others like him, will also carry technology on.

However, also look to groups like the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers). They, my fellow Warriors, are a huge root into why our teachers are in the plight they’re in AND our students are learning less and less, every day in every State.

Lastly, ‘personalized learning’ is a huge educratic term for justifying the shift from teacher-central learning to ‘self-directed’. Every day, every State, my Warrior friends.

 

 

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A Fox In The Hen House


Warriors
, in my last Weekend News, I shared with you much about the Ed/Workforce Committee’s latest email propaganda moves for education. (If you missed it, here’s the link: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/weekend-news-worker-ed/ )


As if to rubber stamp all the success of the Ed/Workforce under Kline’s leadership, it was announced on 12/2/16, that Rep. Virginia Foxx (from right here in NC) had been tapped as the new leader.

It hit the news on that same day that one of Foxx’s statements included how she’d love to take down the U.S. Dept. of Ed. While that may or may not be what happens under her rein over Ed/Workforce, I do know how unhappy quite a few of Foxx’s fellow North Carolinians are with her education votes from the past.

(To see the news article: http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-education/2016/12/foxx-in-the-house-217653)

To see how she reacted to the House’s version (HR5) of  ESSA moving forward,
https://ladyliberty1885.com/2015/02/26/rep-foxx-is-dead-wrong-on-h-r-5/

Look below and you will see how StopCommonCore NC reported her vote on ESSA (after HR5 and S1177 were combined):

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To read the entire article:
http://stopcommoncorenc.org/house-passes-esea-to-see-whats-in-it-see-how-north-carolina-reps-voted/

If you think Rep. Foxx will help rein in the U.S. Dept. of Education, please look at the screen shot below. The added emphasis is mine.

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Here’s an excerpt of her statement, H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, updates the law to reflect today’s economic needs and the challenges that students and workers currently face.In particular, I’m pleased that the bill streamlines the number of performance measures for postsecondary programs and aligns them with the performance measures in WIOA, retaining that law’s precedent-setting accountability standards that let taxpayers and lawmakers see clearly which programs work—and which programs don’t. This bipartisan bill goes a long way toward ensuring that individuals who pursue a technical education have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. However, I believe it’s time we acknowledge that all education is career education and stop dividing the path to a high school degree into two tracks.”
The entire statement: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=400943

HR5587? That’s a nightmarish bill which has been championed as a savior for America! It’s also one the Ed/Workforce has used Gov. Pence’s 2015 CTE speech as a selling point. To see just how toxic for true academic education this bill is:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/does-it-really-matter/

The Lady Doth Protest TOO Much:

About 1 month ago, I researched and published an article about the ‘angry 25’ Congress members who felt it necessary to pen a letter of disgust over the way in which ESSA was being implemented. One of those ‘angered’? Rep. Foxx. See the screen shot for an excerpt from that article.

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To access the entire article:
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/edworkforce-false-positive/

Funding The CTE Love:

Since Rep. Foxx has a background in both business and education, I was curious as to when she went from academic based education to career based education. Especially in light of her bold statement (see the fox in the hen house picture).

According to the FEC (Federal Election Commission), among her recent Campaign contributors are:

Education Affiliates based in VA (a education business group which ‘delivers real-life career skills’) What’s interesting is that both managing members of EA were formerly employed by Global Knowledge, Inc. Global Knowledge, Inc. has ties to IBM (a huge CCSS/CTE supporter).
Their website: http://www.edaff.com/ (*Note: to see the management team info, select ‘management’. Click on ‘our schools’ to learn how education is a business for profit.)

Finance Scholar Group based in CA, but has offices across the nation. FSG assesses public policies and advises clients in strategic moves. They also conduct research. Among their experts are ties to at least 3 pro CCSS/CTE universities or foundations: Harvard, Carnegie Mellon and the Kellogg Foundation. Rep. Foxx was not listed among the FSG’s client list.
Their website: http://www.fsgexperts.com/

College America, Inc. (is part of Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Inc.) based out of UT, but has non-profit campuses across the nation. CA offers free GED courses (GED is now CCSS/CTE and College/Career Readiness aligned); skill based degrees (since 1964), and more. The parent company, Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Inc. is also based in UT. The sole stock holder, Carl Barney has a very interesting education philosophy. He literally bought schools without any educational background. His biography revealing this can be found: http://essonline.biz/Carl_Barney%20.pdf
Barney’s education activities were also reported in the NY Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/03/business/some-private-colleges-turn-a-tidy-profit-by-going-nonprofit.html

The Center’s website: http://www.cehe.org/
College America, Inc.’s website: http://www.collegeamerica.edu/

There are probably many others, too. If you’d like the link to her FEC information:
http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/CandCmteTransaction.do

In 2014, Huffington Post published an article questioning the top corporate donor ties between for profits educational groups and Foxx’s campaign. See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/davidhalperin/top-donor-for-house-educa_b_5378324.html

According to Open Secrets website, Foxx’s top donors include quite a few pro CCSS/CTE corporations like: BB & T, Home Depot, SAS Institute, and AT & T.
Open Secrets Website
:
https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2016&cid=N00026166&type=I&newmem=N

In 2010, Home Depot, Inc. began giving Trade Scholarship in support of CTE.
See: http://www.techedmagazine.com/node/1813
As seen below, in 2014, they still were at it:

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In 2013, the NC Bankers Association presented NC Governor Pat McCrory with their support statement endorsing Common Core State Standards. BB & T is a member of the NC Bankers Association and has Board members in several committees.
See: https://www.ncbankers.org/press-release/north-carolina-bankers-association-presents-common-core-resolution-to-governor/

SAS Institute was one of the most frequent presenters in NC at several hearings. Always in support of the Standards, too. Here’s one example:
 https://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/05/22/an-nc-chamber-holds-common-core-propaganda-event-pt-3/

AT & T’s been supportive of CCSS/CTE in many ways. The Foundation arm of AT & T is a member of the GradNation Project; The AT & T website has a 21st Century Career Skill Initiative going on.
The GradNation link: https://medium.com/building-a-gradnation/to-young-people-across-america-8dd8d204c4d6#.kzpm8w93b
The 21st Century Skill link: http://about.att.com/content/csr/home/possibilities/at-t-aspire/powering-career-skills.html

However, the biggest ‘smoking gun’ about AT & T and the federal overreach into education can be seen below. To see the full announcement:
http://about.att.com/content/csr/home/possibilities/at-t-aspire/mobilizing-learning/connected.html

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Closing:

Will Rep. Foxx be another ‘ed champ’ or ‘ed chump’ for America? Unless she’s changed her views on CTE, it looks like the CCSS Machine has another ally in a strategic location. From the financial aspect, I do not think we need to wonder.

Hiding Behind the Tests

Warriors Against the Core, with school back in session (or just about to be back in session), we know assessments are on everyone’s minds.

Tests, assessments, check-ups, quizzes, and whatever else these measurement tools are being called have been the bane of our educational system since Outcome Based Education via the Common Core State Standards rolled out.

We’ve read countless headlines, participated in numerous opt-out movements, held our children as they cried about these ‘wicked weapons’ used against them, and cursed the CCSS Machine for being so cruel.

So, what more could I possible share with you that might help our efforts to END the mindful abuse?

In digging through some ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) resources, I found an organization which has been researching not only assessments, but education in America for the past 100 years. That’s right, since 1916, our education has been studied by an organization not too far removed from the federal government.

**What follows is an in-depth look at one mammoth organization.

Enter, American Educational Research Association (AERA):

Website: http://www.aera.net/
From their “About Us” page, this excerpt, “founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.”

Look at bit further into who is involved with AERA and you will find a mixed bag of public-private groups, testing companies, non-profits, federal and state agencies, as well as international organizations. (see the rest: http://www.aera.net/About-AERA/Who-We-Are) (If you would like to see some of the AERA members and their accomplishments, see:
http://www.aera.net/Membership-Achievements) *Note, you need to not only look at the names but what these folks are doing in education. For example, Linda Darling-Hammond was among 3 educational women to be named as one of the 2015 “18 Women Everyone Should Know in K-12 Education”.

As far as the leadership behind AERA? Currently, the ties extend to the NSF (National Science Foundation, a huge CCSS/STEM supporter); The American Bar Foundation (yes, I have found CCSS ties to the American Bar Association); the University of PA; and the University of Michigan. In the recent past, the leadership has been from the Ford Foundation ( a huge CCSS, CTE, STEM financer). Even further back in the leadership, you will find Linda Darling-Hammond (1995-96), Harvard University ties (2000-2001), and a host of other universities we now know which have been a part of the CCSS Machine. Oh, and AERA has lots of SIGs (Special Interest Groups).

The programs AERA has? Those include educational research communications, advocacy, making sure any government legislation impacting education has their input (especially to preserve the scientific parts), professional development for educators, AND social justice issues. See: http://www.aera.net/About-AERA/Key-Programs

As far as AERA and the future of educational research? Here is an excerpt I found on their 2017 Annual Conference theme page, “As we begin AERA’s second century, the theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is a call to examine these critical dimensions of educational opportunity and rigor in research as they pertain to the diversity of issues, populations, and contexts served in and by educational inquiry. These range from young children to their parents and families, from PreK-12 to postsecondary education and adult learning, from affluent districts to financially struggling schools, and from immigrant to low-income communities within urban and rural settings alike. They are studied in large datasets and in field studies, and through multiple methods, including qualitative approaches, experimental designs, and discourse analyses. They are investigated in both vastly different and complementary theories of learning, human development, literacy, sociolinguistics, and culture, and within different contexts. They are connected to race, language, and gender, and are embedded in systemic inequalities. Finally, they exist alongside enormous technological innovation, new approaches to studying diverse and historically underserved populations, refinement of existing methodologies, recurrent policy revisions, and the wide reach of global exchanges.” To see the rest (and you really should):
http://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting

Bring on the Assessments Research!

Among the SIGs (Special Interest Groups), you will find the following organizations:
a) SIG #18, Classroom Assessments, their website: http://www.aera.net/SIG018/Classroom-Assessment-SIG-18 (Key contact, University at Albany – SUNY)

b) SIG #167, Cognition and Assessment, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG167/Cognition-and-Assessment-SIG-167 (Key contact, University of Georgia)

c) SIG #22, Computer and Internet Applications in Education, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG022/-Computer-and-Internet-Applications-in-Educ-SIG-22
(Key contact, the University of South Florida)

d) SIG #179, Data-Driven Decision Making in Education, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG179/Data-Driven-Decision-Making-in-Education-SIG-179
(Key contact, WestEd)

e) SIG #56, The John Dewey Project, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG056/Dewey-Studies-SIG-56

f) SIG #96, Inclusion & Accommodation in Educational Assessment, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG096/IAEA-SIG-96
(Key contact, Anne Davidson)

g) SIG #141, Large Scale Assessment, no website or contact information. The purpose, however, ‘To provide a forum for discussion of the status, issues, and concerns related to large-scale assessment, including practices and innovations in state assessment programs.’

h) SIG #63, Longitudinal Studies, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG063/Longitudinal-Studies-SIG-63
(Key Contact, CA State University, Los Angeles at Long Beach)

i) SIG #64, Measurement and Assessment in Higher Education, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG064/Measurement-and-Assessment-in-Higher-Education-SIG-64
(Key contact, University of IL at Urbana-Champaign)

j) SIG #99, NAEP Studies, no website information. Key contact, the California Dept. of Education. However, the purpose is as follows, “To facilitate secondary analysis of the National Assessment of Educational Progress ongoing surveys regarding U.S. students knowledge, attitudes and experiences in diverse learning areas.”

k) SIG #83, Rasch Measurement, their website: http://www.raschsig.org/
(Key contact, University of Memphis)

l) SIG #90, Research on Evaluation, their website: http://www.aera.net/SIG090/Research-on-Evaluation-SIG-90
(Key contact, University of TX at El Paso)

m) SIG #151, Technology as an Agent of Change  in Teaching and Learning, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG151/SIG-By-Laws *Note: be sure to click on the “By-Laws” to see exactly what purpose this SIG is seeking to accomplish.
(Key contact, George Mason University)

n) SIG #72, Test Validity Research and Evaluation, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG072/Test-Validity-Research-and-Evaluation-SIG-72
(Key contact, University of Nebraska at Lincoln)

Warriors, I urge you to investigate AERA’s SIG list on your own. Why? Social emotional learning research, whole school reform research, workforce learning research, special needs education research, and so much more! See: http://www.aera.net/About-AERA/Member-Constituents/SIGs/SIG-Directory/First/A/Last/Z

So Are There CCSS Machine/ESSA Ties to AERA?

Absolutely! From an undated AERA Press Release, this excerpt, “Among the AERA members who contributed their research perspectives and expertise were Bridget Hamre, University of Virginia; Steve Hurlburt, American Institutes for Research; Steven Tozer, University of Illinois at Chicago; Mark Schneider, American Institutes for Research; Shaun Harper, University of Pennsylvania; Robert Balfanz, Johns Hopkins University; Gary Miron, Western Michigan University; Laura Perna, University of Pennsylvania; Michael Olivas, University of Houston Law Center; Yasmin Kafai, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education; Richard Ingersoll, University of Pennsylvania; Deborah Loewenberg Ball, University of Michigan; Anthony Bryk, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; and Bryan Hassel, Public Impact.”

What about all those universities? Aren’t they part of the CCSS Machine? Warriors, from my research I have been able to connect several colleges and universities across America as part of the CCSS Machine in one way or another.

I invite you to contribute any anti CCSS Warrior knowledge about ANY of the colleges/universities in this article. A simple way to see if an educational institution you suspect as tied to the CCSS Machine, is to get to their main website page (or, in the case of it being a university, go to their college of education’s main page). Type in ‘Common Core’ (or any of the code phrases you know are connected).

For example, my favorite college football team is from the University of GA (you saw them above in the SIG projects). In less than 1 minutes, I found almost 2,000 resources on GA’s main search page.

These public universities are perfect hiding places for the CCSS Machine to ‘improve’ the CCSS into the now famous CCR (College and Career Readiness); the “Next Generation”; the STEM to STEAM; the CTE (Career Tech Education), and on and on. Many privately funded educational post-secondary institutions are also in this mix. No educational offering should be considered safe anymore.

Remember, the public-private partnerships and their money grease the cogs in the CCSS Machine. It is our job to find as many wrenches to throw into those cogs!

To see what OTHER CCSS Machine member groups AERA works with, belongs to, contributes among: http://www.aera.net/Research-Policy-Advocacy/Coalition-Partners

To see AERA’s Position Paper on High Stakes Assessmentshttp://www.aera.net/About-AERA/AERA-Rules-Policies/Association-Policies/Position-Statement-on-High-Stakes-Testing
*Note, their position is based on a 2000 publication.

To see how AERA is supportive of the ESSA, AERA ESEA Rulemaking Comments
*Note: Much of AERA’s comments circle around the States and Title One. In the ESSA language, Title One is definitely tied to the assessments and these assessments are mandates from the Federal government.

Mentioned in the AERA comments is the “Common Rule”, to see what AERA is doing for the “Common Rule” for researching education (as well as their other research pet projects in the ESSA era), http://www.aera.net/Research-Policy-Advocacy/Issues-and-Initiatives

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If you would like to see a recent AERA Research Report on how ‘great’ measuring non academic skills is and should be, see: http://www.aera.net/Newsroom/Recent-AERA-Research/Measurement-Matters-Assessing-Personal-Qualities-Other-Than-Cognitive-Ability-for-Educational-Purposes  *Note: be sure to delve into their OTHER recent research, you’ll need to see the alignment to the CCSS Machine.

Our last tie to the CCSS Machine? You had to know this Foundation would show up at some point:
The Gates Foundation, 2013, granted AERA $250,000.00. See the purpose of the grant: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2013/05/OPP1091034

Closing:

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, there is plenty here to use as weapons of truth in our local fights. Use only what you need, share the other portions. It may seem a bit overwhelming, but when you divide a mammoth organization’s CCSS Machine ties among several like-minded Warriors, it makes light work.

We MUST use this information! Assessments, data mining, and using our educators and students as guinea pigs for research is unacceptable.

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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:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/shrills-call/
(*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: 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120605006213/en/Envision-EMI-Names-John-B.-Richards-CEO)

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/

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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.)

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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!)

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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.
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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.

FTF: A ‘Dependent Truth’

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Well, the new U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary is wasting no time when it comes to selling higher education opportunities. But are these opportunities truthful ones? Will these opportunities come with MORE Common Core State Standards strings attached? What about College/Career Readiness? Career Tech Education (and all its other names) and their strings?

I guess it all DEPENDS! Join me in my “From the Files” Tuesday article as we explore this ‘dependent truth’.

The U.S. Dept. of Ed’s ‘Dependent’ Story:

If you just look at the Tweet above, you would think, ‘sounds great, we need more opportunities for low-income students’. However, as we have learned with the pro-CCSS U.S. Dept. of Ed, you can NOT take what sounds great and prove it out to BE great..there is ALWAYS some ‘dependent truth’ embedded. So just WHAT is the Tweet referring to, in hopes of drawing you in? Let’s find out!

First ‘dependent truth’: since the Tweet refers to ‘higher education’, you need to go directly to the OPE (Office of Post Secondary Education) WITHIN the U.S. Dept. of Education. See: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/index.html

But I guess Sec. King depended on you to know that already. As a new leader, it would of been kind of him to point you to where you could find more out if you wanted from the labyrinth Dept. of Ed is. Instead he points you to a research paper. (that is another ‘dependent truth’ for later).

Once you are in the OPE website pages, you can find this declaration
OPE works to strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to promote reform, innovation and improvement in post-secondary education, promote and expand access to post-secondary education and increase college completion rates for America’s students, and broaden global competencies that drive the economic success and competitiveness of our Nation.”

How does the OPE pull this off? Lots and lots of programs! There are policy programs (which will shape how reform is carried out), programs to get educational institutions on the reform band wagon, programs for all kinds of students, too..and all chock full of reform under the guise of improving life.

All this leads us to the Second ‘Dependent Truth’: If all the reform and improvements were LEGALLY based and NON Common Core (or any of its other names) aligned, these programs would be better off. BUT, I guess the Dept. of Education depends on the fallacy of our believing them, right?

The Third ‘Dependent Truth’? Simple, policy is NOT law! But I guess no one at the U.S. Dept. of Ed exercised their ‘Captain Obvious’ muscles in this area. The Free Dictionary website stated that policy in relation to governments is intended to influence and determine decisions, actions, and other matters” They also continue on with this, “A course of action, guiding principle, or procedure considered expedient, prudent, or advantageous”. Since we know the U.S. Dept of Ed sides with all things CCSS, we know their dependence is on the ‘truth’ that prudence, advantage, and influence are subjective, NOT objective! The Free Dictionary offers one last definition of ‘policy’, whatever is “shrewdness” is the basic idea. That, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, is exactly where the CCSS Machine has been focusing on when it comes to ‘dependent truths’! Contrast the definition of ‘policy’ to ‘law’, and I think you will see yet another ‘dependent truth’ being skewed by the CCSS Machine and the U.S. Dept. of Ed!

If you want to see the 2015-16 Negotiated Rules for Higher Education and what this means for your students,
http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2016/index.html

This brings up another ‘dependent truth’: Much of the hype around higher education is the cost of it. Much of the language in these negotiated rules has to deal with student loans. So what ‘dependent truth’ is the U.S. Dept of Ed using (as well as the CCSS Machine)?
Many states are now requiring kids to complete FASFA forms (these are the government financial aid applications) in order to graduate! The U.S. Dept. of Ed is basically hog-tying students to CCSS aligned post-secondary education as well as massive debt!
Because the HEA (Higher Education Act) will be up for re-authorization soon (as I believe it will be due to the ‘success’ of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)). Higher Ed is the LAST link in the “cradle to career alignment” which HAS NOT been cemented by the CCSS Machine.

So what is my point? We know where to look when the negotiations begin! See the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s resource for HOW the rulemaking process is conducted! http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=ED-2015-OPE-0103-0001

Other ‘Dependent Truth’ Participants:

The U.S. Dept. of Ed is hardly the only ‘dependent truth’ entity involved in the education alignment activities. Refer back to the Tweet featured above and you will notice Sec. King is sharing with you a report from another source. What source? What report? Read on, my Warriors!

Jack Kent Cooke  Foundation is the source.
“True Merit” is the report.
Wanna bet how many ‘dependent truths’ we can find?..First, look below at the screen shot from the Foundation’s website. Notice how young the students targeted are. Not post-secondary age, yet, but much younger.
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You can access the picture above: http://www.jkcf.org/

According to the website, the Foundation is The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination.”

The Foundation has only been around since 2000 and is based in VA. According to a pdf I found buried in the website, the following is used in determining which students get help, “The Foundation chooses recipients for these awards following a rigorous review process led by independent, expert selection committees. Selection criteria include academic excellence, unmet financial need, will to succeed, leadership and public service, critical-thinking ability, and strong interest in the arts and humanities.” Want to see the pdf? http://www.jkcf.org/assets/1/7/back_matter.pdf

SO here is Cooke’s ‘first dependent truth’: “Research shows: There is a profound and widening excellence gap through elementary and secondary school.” Their second ‘dependent truth’ is(also from research): “High-achieving, low-income students are less likely to pursue rigorous coursework or to score highly on achievement tests.” I guess they are depending on the truth that their research left out how poorly ALL students are doing in both these areas due to CCSS and all that goes with it! Cooke has many more ‘dependent truths’ where I found these two beauties. It is on their ‘Guiding Principles’ page. Among them you will find why students must be academically engaged during, after and through summers to perform well.

Another of  Cooke’s ‘dependent truths’: Their Community College Initiative. As I have shared with you in the past, community colleges across the nation are aligned to CCSS via the CTE (Career Tech Education) and its paths. From the document detailing this Initiative, here is an excerpt, “The Foundation issued $6.8 million in grants to the institutions to increase the number of high achieving, low‐income community college transfer students at the participating four‐ year colleges and universities. The grants would enable the institutions to foster programs, policies, and partnerships with community colleges to improve student preparation, assistance with admission and financial aid processes, orientation and “bridge” programs, and post‐admission support. The eight institutions were Amherst College, Bucknell University, Cornell University, Mount Holyoke College, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina‐Chapel Hill, and University of Southern California. To evaluate the CCTI, the Foundation selected the Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.”

Their research team? Another ‘dependent truth’:  “Prior to awarding the CCTI grants, the Foundation, in collaboration with the Lumina Foundation and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, commissioned research…” If you would like the entire Report, CookeCCTI

Before we leave Cooke, you need to know the Tweet Sec. King made was not referring to this Report, but Cooke’s latest, called “True Merit”.
Before I share True Merit’s document, here is the fancy, You Tube video to sell us on this idea the U.S. Dept. of Ed is embracing and tweeting about: 

Some of the ‘dependent truths’ in “True Merit”:
1) SAT/ACT prep and courses, assessments
2) Under served student populations (just a few days ago I wrote how the ESSA used this phrase in the language for purposed CCSS/CTE alignment)
3)  Student funding
4) CCSS/CTE/CCR aligned post-secondary education institutions which include Harvard, MIT, and others
5) Educational Longitude Studies and other data mining
6) School counselor guidance (I have also exposed the White House Initiative concerning school counselors and their purposed alignment to CCSS/CTE in the past.)
7) AP/IB courses and assessments
Get the entire document: JKCF_True_Merit_Report


If you are not sure how Lumina and Nellie Mae are part of the CCSS Machine and where their ‘dependent truths’ are, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Lumina and
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Nellie+Mae
I will suggest you search out Emily Talmadge’s website for her look into Nellie Mae. Her website: http://emilytalmage.com/

One last resource I found within the OPE of the Dept. of Ed and pertains to ‘dependent truths’ for higher education ties AIR (American Institutes of Research) into the alignment efforts in America! See: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012046.pdf

Closing:

Well, my Warriors Against the Core, you can see we have lots to look into in the coming days concerning higher education and the continued quest of aligning every educational choice to that of the CCSS Machine.

Remember to join me tomorrow morning on the Negdog Radio (a BlogTalk Radio Station) as we take a look into the College and Career Readiness Centers located across the nation. You can find Negdog Radio (FL based):
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/negdog-radio/ 
My host has devoted 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Eastern Standard Time for War vs the Core Wednesdays. You can listen in or call in with questions, 347-843-4165. Shows are archived as well. Then join me again on Women on the Wall national phone call, 8:30 pm, Central Standard Time. That call in number is: 302-202-1110, code 702165.

 

Tech Thursday: Update on CCSS/CTE for Adults

CCSS,CTE treats any student, regardless of age, like this 'stackable chunk' of conformity.
CCSS,CTE treats any student, regardless of age, like this ‘stackable chunk’ of conformity.

Warriors Against Common Core: how many times have I shared with you that the CCSS Machine seeks to encompass EVERY student..including adults? Young adults, just graduating high school and moving on in life; mid-life adults and/or older adults desiring to go back to work and needing education…you get the idea.

No matter how many times it has been we MUST talk about it more often! Yes, most anti CCSS Warriors are looking out for those who aren’t adults yet..I totally agree. However, with all the evidence out there to shine the light on the adult versions of CCSS, why aren’t more adults standing up and saying ‘NO’!?!? Warriors, we MUST look out for the grinding down of ANY student when it comes to the CCSS Machine!! We MUST protect every citizen from, not only the educational demise of America, but the workforce caste system embedded in CCSS/CTE!

 

A ‘Refresh’ for Your Adult CCSS/CTE Information:

If you are new to the blog, you may of missed one of the first articles I wrote about CCSS/CTE after high school; you may not of seen the CCSS Adult Standards, either. If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you know that every age group is targeted when it comes to CCSS/CTE. You know every educational choice being targeted is a purposed and planned step. New or not, please share the links below so everyone is your anti CCSS circle of influence can be as informed, prepared, and ready to fight this awful takeover of education!
1)  For any student (regardless of where you graduated from) after high school:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/common-core-after-high-school-reality-check/
2) For the special needs students after high school:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/tech-thursday-cte-ccss-and-special-needs-in-post-secondary-education/
3) Perkins Funding (used in post-secondary education) reworked to support CCSS/CTE:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/tech-thursday-perkins-gets-the-common-core-squeeze/
3a) Title 9 Funding is also used in post-secondary education & gets the CCSS/CTE makeover:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/ftf-more-know-thy-title-9-ccss-and-education/
4) The National Career Path Network:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/
4a) The American Apprenticeship Initiative is CCSS/CTE/CP (Common Core State Standards, Career Tech Education, Career Pathways aligned and supported in the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014)
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/
5) Have you ‘met’ SHEEO (States Higher Education Executive Officers Organization)? If not, you need to see how cozy the organization is with the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/ftf-tuesday-meet-sheeo/
6) Adult textbooks aligned with CCSS/CTE or CCR (college and career readiness):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/ftf-ascending-and-aligning/
6a) GED and more adult textbooks:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/tech-thursday-high-school-equivalency-ccsscte-style/

 

So, What’s New in the Adult CCSS Education Realm?

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If you need to enlarge the above screen shot, simply click on it. Do you see? More ‘adult learners’! “new math”, and, ‘McGraw Hill Education‘. Good grief! But hold on, anti CCSS/CTE Warriors, there’s more!

From the news release pictured above, “For many people seeking to improve their career prospects, a high school diploma is the first stop on the pathway to prosperity. But an increasing number of adults and adolescents without a high school diploma are struggling to obtain one, according to the latest high school equivalency test data, which shows that fewer and fewer adults taking these assessments pass them. For these individuals, math is proving to be the biggest roadblock of all, with the math portion of most high school equivalency assessments having the lowest pass rate of all subjects.” Now, you may ask why I added emphasis on the ‘pathway to prosperity’. That, my warriors, is a pro CCSS/CTE buzz phrase (or educratic doublespeak) How do I know? Pearson Publishing and Harvard University teamed up to create the Pathways to Prosperity! See this article where you’ll also find ‘national job credentialing! https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/tech-thursday-just-say-no-to-nocc/

The news release also goes on to tell you of the lagging math scores by adults as based on the research by  ‘Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)If you missed my article about the OECD and the ‘human capital’ ties to CCSS/CTE, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/ftf-human-capital-the-new-name-for-citizens/

After the news release shares the USA’s ranking, it goes on to share with you how McG H has a new ‘mathematics program aligned with Career and College Readiness Standards for adult education.’

To see the entire news release: 
http://www.mheducation.com/news-media/press-releases/help-adult-learners-earn-high-school-equivalency-certificates-new-empower-for-math.html


What’s Inside the ‘New’ Math?

McG H Education, has a ‘great’ presentation of each of the new textbooks, both on-line and in print. Listen up for the ‘your country’, the ‘CCRS leveling system’ (College and Career Readiness Standards).

On e of the 'new math' programs for adults..complete with lots of hands on learning activities.
On e of the ‘new math’ programs for adults..complete with lots of hands on learning activities.

New and available this Winter:

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To access the entire on-line preview of the above and even more CCSS ‘sneak peeks’,
http://www.brainshark.com/mcgraw-hillseg/vu?pi=zHfzetjXpz57VEz0&intk=810014462

To see more about all of this from the McG H Education website, be sure to click on the embedded link in the press release (see above) where you see the phrase ‘new EMPower’

You’ll probably also want to check out the TERC (Technical Education Research Center) and its part in this ‘new math’ for adults. A link to their website in at the bottom of the above news release. Briefly, TERC is a non-profit group. It’s devoted to not only post-secondary education and curriculum development, it’s into STEM as well (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math). Among the funding organizations are AIR (American Institutes of Research, The Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and a host of other groups, schools, and consortia. Find them all:
https://www.terc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=2392330

*Note, I will be further investigating TERC in a future article, as many of their projects in research and development are geared for reforming education. With as many CCSS Machine members as TERC is either working with or being supported by, we must know more!

 

Closing:

I hope you will share today’s post widely. I trust you will use the information at your local school board meetings or presentations to those in charge of higher education in your states. We simply MUST have more conversations of ALL the levels of CCSS/CTE infiltration!

Tech Thursday: Global Day for Education

According to the Global Education Conference Network, September 17th is a very special day.
According to the Global Education Conference Network, September 17th is a very special day.

In today’s “Tech Thursday” article, we’ll find out how the Global Collaboration Day for Education is laced with Common Core, Workforce aligned education.

A Bit of History, First:

Before we get to the latest information, I wanted to provide you with a bit of history on the Global Education Conference Network. I first wrote about them in June of this year. In that particular article, I shared with you how evidence to the ‘state led’ argument was blown out of the water. I was able to connect Harvard University and others to the GECN. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/fom-2015s-ccss-whoppers-so-far/

If you’d like a bit more of an idea about the background of the GECN, the annual conference is co-chaired by Lucy Gray and Steve Hardagon. The Network itself (website:
http://www.globaleducationconference.com/) is acollaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Our activities are designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all.” 

Be sure to check out the Advisory Board as well. You may be surprised at who the participants are.:
http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/advisory

Now that you have a bit of history, here’s a brief look at what’s ahead, globally education wise. On September 25th, 2015, the “World’s Largest Lesson” is going to be taking place. 
A Global Leadership Summit
is being planned for sometime in the Spring of 2016, while a Global Education Day will be held in June 2016 at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  (more about all these in a bit)

 
Declarations in Global Education:

From the co-leader, Steve Hardagon, a declaration he wrote and presented in 2013 during the GEN Conference. this excerpt on the value of global education:

“Because we are citizens of our individual nations and also part of a larger human family;
Because it is important to learn about other cultures and to understand the similarities that unite us and the differences that define us;
Because global understanding, empathy, and compassion depend and are built on communication, shared experiences, and relationships;
Because we increasingly live in a “global village”;
Because we increasingly work in geographically and culturally interconnected ways;
Because we are interconnected physically and our ecological and resource-use decisions impact others;
Because we share a world which appears to be increasingly fragile;
Because complex worldwide problems need collaborative, cooperative, and intelligent solutions….”

To read the entire Declaration, visit:
http://www.stevehargadon.com/2013/11/a-declaration-of-value-of-global.html

So who IS the man? How is he qualified as an educator? Is he tied to the CCSS Machine?
Answers can be found on his website as to his personal history and educational experience.
As far as being tied to the CCSS Machine? ABSOLUTELY! How, you ask?
Blackboard, Microsoft, the U.S. Dept. of Education, the U.S. State Dept., CoSN (Consortium for School Networking; see their corporate list of members:
http://cosn.org/about/membership/membership-directory ), PBS, and host of others, too. However, it’s his work with the KnowledgeWorks that is the most revealing. If you’ve followed my blog long or listened to some of my audio appearances, you are familiar with how KnowledgeWorks is tied to the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) and how much of their work is devoted to 100% aligned communities. (See my published articles):
Oct. 2014: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/fom-friday-knowledgeworks-or-knowledge-quirks/
Dec. 2014: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/fom-friday-ed-reform-sans-common-core/
Feb. 2015: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/tech-thursday-cradlecareer-conference/
March 2015 gave us three: a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/tech-thursday-difference-between-careers/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/rmt-cc-education-and-marriag
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/ftf-ccss-pearsonites-at-your-higher-ed-campuses-now/
May 2015: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/monday-musings-learning-for-whom/
June 2015: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/rmt-halting-a-ccsscte-aligned-workforce/
August 2015: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/tech-thursday-career-pathways-meet-competency-based-pathways/

If you see nothing else from the number of articles above, click on them long enough to see the ‘tags’ between the titles and the body of the article. What do you see?  You should see several repeating themes and  names of certain organizations. My point in including each of them is because KnowledgeWorks has an all-encompassing agenda. The foundation has been laid. Check it out.

As far as the ‘other’ declarations I was referring to in the subtitle above? The UN’s educational declarations!! See the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights , Article 26 (http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/), the UNESCO’s “Education for All” statement as found on their UN-related website:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/education-for-all/ and the UNESCO’s Declaration of how it carries out the UN’s Declaration. (see: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/human-rights-based-approach/60th-anniversary-of-udhr/unesco-and-the-declaration/)

ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education):

The website: http://www.iste.org/
One of the main mission sponsors? Microsoft! (scroll down the main page of the website to see the logo)

What’s a bit unusual is the ISTE has several sets of standards, depending on your role in education..and YES, they cater to the CCSS (Common Core State Standards)! See: http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards  (if you’d like to the CCSS specific standards, see: http://www.iste.org/standards/standards-in-action/common-core;  be sure to look into the Project ReimaginED)

That “World’s Largest Lesson”:

As part of the GECN’s “EverNotes” (see: https://www.evernote.com/pub/lucygray/globalresources#st=p&n=d000f90f-a46d-4fac-9058-af75e0d1ce9c), the “World’s Largest Lesson” is actually a joint project of UNICEF and TES (UNICEF is an arm of the UN, United Nations, TES has  a global impact with an American group’s help in its founding. Which group? Oh, I’m so glad you asked! The AFT (American Federation of Teachers!!) Need to see it to believe it? (see: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/us/partners) Here’s an excerpt from the TES Global ‘about us’: TES Global is a fast growing and digital education business committed to supporting teaching and learning. Our mission is to help improve performance and standards in education by both supporting the world’s teachers with a portfolio of tailored digital services and providing the world’s most respected higher education data and analysis..” For the portion of TES that’s not global, “We’re proud to be part of TES Global, a fast-growing digital education company that’s been supporting educators worldwide for over 100 years. ” To see more about TES and TES Global: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/us/about

Note the declarative statement for a date that's not even here yet.
Note the declarative statement for a date that’s not even here yet!

 

 

 

 

 

Wait a minute..isn’t the UN in New York right now holding its General Assembly?! YES!
The schedule: http://www.un.org/en/ga/info/meetings/69schedule.shtml
Now, according to that schedule the votes are to be taken over 3 days, one of which is the same date the “World’s Largest Lesson” is to be carried out!!

Related to all this are the two resolutions which will impact American education (and involve the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals, as well as include the  SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals):
a) http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A%2Fres%2F69%2F244
b) http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A%2Fres%2F65%2F1

The MDGs impact education, see this excerpt: “By packaging these priorities into an easily understandable set of eight goals, and by establishing measurable and timebound objectives, the MDGs help to promote global awareness, political accountability, improved metrics, social feedback, and public pressures. As described by Bill Gates, the MDGs have become a type of global report card for the fight against poverty for the 15 years from 2000 to 2015. As with most report cards, they generate incentives to improve performance, even if not quite enough incentives for both rich and poor countries to produce a global class of straight-A students.

The SDGs by contrast impact the physical world and are ” an important idea, and could help finally to move the world to a sustainable trajectory.”  The document tying the MDGs and the SDGs together can be found: MGDstoSDGs

As far as the “World’s Largest Lesson”, be sure to view the “Other Resources” page where you can see each of UN’s agenda points in a kid friendly way. (https://globaldimension.org.uk/worldslargestlesson/)

Closing: 

I hope you share this very important article with as many folks as you can who still think CCSS is “state led”, or “American only”.  I hope you help me to continue to expose where every scrap of CCSS Machine agenda, global ties, and any other connected pieces therein are!

 

 

 

 

Tech Thursday: P-Tech; It’s Here, It’s Now, and It’s Part of the P3, CCSS Machine

The current Administration in DC loves this aspect of CCSS.
The current Administration in DC loves this aspect of CCSS.

Maybe you live in NY or CO and have heard of “P-Tech”; maybe you live elsewhere and have heard of it. Maybe it’s a new term for you. However, either way, it’s still more CCSS and CTE (Common Core State Standards and Career/Technical Education). Join me today as we discover just why the current President is so in favor of this program.

The Year was 2013:

According to what I found, back in 2013, the current President of the USA brought “P-Tech” up in his State of the Union address. After a litany of ‘hot’ topics which included healthcare, the economy, and, more, the President tackles education. First he shares the plans about early education…and then the ‘clincher’..here’s the text excerpt, “Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job. Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering. We need to give every American student opportunities like this. Four years ago, we started Race to the Top – a competition that convinced almost every state to develop smarter curricula and higher standards, for about 1 percent of what we spend on education each year. Tonight, I’m announcing a new challenge to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future.”
The entire text can be found: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/us/politics/obamas-2013-state-of-the-union-address.html?_r=1

Related documents you’ll find helpful with the context above:
1) Reinventing_American_High_School (published 2006) but very telling considering the CCSS agenda and the President’s above message. You’ll need to really take a close look at this entire document which is full of all kinds of useful anti CCSS and adult version CCSS (CTE) information.

2) I’m including an NC specific 2013 STEM, Race to the Top report so you can see what a) one looks like and the strides toward re-invention that have been made;  b) what your state’s RttT STEM paperwork may contain; c) how “New Schools” is interwoven (among other known CCSS aligned efforts), and d) how your LEAs are part of the efforts to re-invent high schools. (again, think the context of the President’s speech). What’s worth noting is that for every year NC’s had RttT funding used, there’s a report detailing it, especially when it involves STEM (that’s the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math the President mentioned). NC had a 2014 report about RttT and STEM as well.
RttT-STEM_Y3-Report_FINAL_12-05-2013
(*NOTE: New Schools tie to all this (apart from being part of the CCSS Machine) is not only ‘transforming public education’ {per their website}, but  funded by some of the biggest Common Core profit makers known to us, to date. See their donors page for proof, http://www.newschools.org/donors ) 
Back to the P-Tech:

One of the resources I discovered which led me to P-Tech actually comes from VSA Partners and their announcement about the President’s text, the P-Tech, and the CCSS friendly related groups, like IBM and Time magazine. See their announcement, http://www.vsapartners.com/news/vsa-branded-educational-model-has-fans-in-high-places/ If you’d like to learn what VSA does and how IBM is one of their partners, see their ‘About’ web page, http://www.vsapartners.com/about/ (*NOTE: did you notice how IBM is a part of the CCSS Machine and that VSA is a partner of theirs? Does that mean that VSA is also a part of the CCSS Machine? In a simple answer, I believe it’s ‘yes’.)

As was mentioned in the 2013 State of the Union address, the NY Schools was mentioned. Here’s the website I was able to find about P-Tech. See: http://www.ptechnyc.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1
Briefly stated, the purpose of a P-Tech is not only early college in high school and STEM, it’s “express intent was to create an innovative, replicable model for education — one that united the expertise of the public and private sectors to provide new opportunities for young people, and addressed the need to strengthen the continuum from school to college and careers.” (see the entire purpose,
http://www.ptechnyc.org/domain/43)

The guide to re-designed STEM schools (ripe with Common Core and Career Pathways interwoven in them) can be found, STEM-Pathways-Playbook_Feb-2012 How do I know that STEM and Career Pathways connect to Common Core? Two documents, my fellow warriors. First, the PCAST document that is pre-2013 State of the Union address’s timeline, but is essential in tying STEM to Common Core as STEM being the agenda and CCSS being the vehicle of choice to deliver STEM to the masses of citizens. Then, the Pearson, Harvard University “Pathways to Prosperity” report, which helped create the Career Pathways you now see in high schools and post-secondary schools. The “Pathways” are even showing up as early as 3rd grade in some states.

The documents mentioned above:
1) PCAST’s document will give you these actual facts; a) “Since the beginning of the 20th century, average per capita income in the United States has grown more than seven-fold, and science and technology account for more than half of this growth. In the 21st century, the country’s need for a world-leading STEM workforce and a scientifically, mathematically, and technologically literate populace has become even greater, and it will continue to grow – particularly as other nations continue to make rapid advances in science and technology. In the words of President Obama, “We must educate our children to compete in an age where knowledge is capital, and the marketplace is global.””. This document is included in one of my very first blog articles, where I point out for you just HOW STEM is being used against Americans via Common Core. You’ll also find the PCAST report embedded in my article. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/

2) Getting to the “Pathways for Prosperity” can be found in my original post, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/ AND https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/tech-thursday-difference-between-careers/ Both of these articles are directly related to P-Tech via the Pathways and all the Career Paths the President was referencing, as well as the P-Tech website.

If you wonder how supportive IBM is of the CCSS, here’s an excerpt, “A company like IBM or all the other companies that we do business with depend on a high-skilled workforce, and the Common Core is directly connected to giving our kids the skills that they need to be effective in the workplace,” said Stan Litow, President of IBM International Foundation.” See the entire article, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/businesses-want-common-core-for-common-reasons/ (*NOTE: be sure to watch the short IBM video statement giving the thumbs up to CCSS, and Career Tech alignment)

So why bring this ‘old news’ up now? Because since the CCSS Machine began to churn, effort after effort across the nation has been made to bring this ‘dream’ of career alignment, STEM/ CCSS agenda, and our schools to become a stark reality. As seen in this recent Denver article,
http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_28348239/guest-commentary-reaching-true-potential-colorados-workforce

Is a P-Tech School in your state’s future? Use the above evidence to investigate!

FOM: A “New” CCS (Coalition for Community Schools)

It's Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what's truth, what's fallacy/fib or what's in between.
It’s Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what’s truth, what’s fallacy/fib or what’s in between.

The “Fib-o-Meter” is back and ready to bust open the fallacies, fibs, half truths, or whole truths about the OTHER CCS (Common Core Standards). Today’s look is into the IEL (Institute for Educational Leadership) and its CCS (Coalition for Community Schools). Is it tied to the Common Core? If so, how? Is it part  of the plan to have aligned communities like those in the ‘cradle to career’ movement of ‘Strive Together’? (*Note: ST is associated with the Chief Council of State School Officers, KnowledgeWorks, and other pro CCSS Machine members). Let’s crank up the “Meter” and see what we can find!

IEL, Institute for Educational Leadership:

Its website: http://iel.org/

If you visit their website, be sure to head directly to the “About Us” page and click on the word “Staff” to find the “Total Truths” of current or former associations with other groups each member has. You’ll find organizations like the NEP (National Education Policy), Workforce Development, education reformers, and a more than healthy dose of social justice causes. You still with me? I hope so. Let’s see what else “Fib-o-Meter” can find…

Their Board of Directors is a big dose of “Total Truth” or more like a who’s who among some of the CCSS Machine members. For example, Dr. June Atkinson (the president of the Council of Chief State School Officers as well as the NC State Superintendent for Public Schools), The IEL website only uses  her NC title as her employer. “Total Truth”? No way! (If you missed Dr. A’s presidency, see: http://www.ccsso.org/News_and_Events/Press_Releases/CCSSO_Welcomes_New_President_and_Board_of_Directors-x2650.html )
Other pro CCSS represented groups: Data Quality Campaign, Harvard University, Scholastic Books, Learning Matters, and many others. To find the entire “Total Truth” for yourselves, go to the “About Us” tab, and click on “Board of Directors”.

Well, are you ready to see what else “Fib-o-Meter” has uncovered about the Coalition  for Community School’s parent organization? I am!

The Gates Foundation has granted IEL many dollars from ‘before 2009’ to 2011. “Fib-o-Meter” found this “Total Truth” on the Gates Foundation Grants Page. You can too. See:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=IEL

Another “Total Truth” about IEL is that it is working to ensure key points are embedded in the HR5 (currently set to be back in front of Congress next week). Fib-o-Meter found this excerpt on the IEL’s “IEL@50” page.
“The Coalition for Community Schools at IEL is working to ensure that a set of key principles are embedded in ESEA reauthorization. The principles that we are advocating for include:

Incentives for results-driven public-private partnershipsBroadened indicators for states and districts to report on beyond achievement, including attendance, family engagement, student discipline, and health and wellness; Stronger definitions of family and community engagement and clarity about how they can contribute to student achievement and well-being; and Consultation by states and districts with a broader array of stakeholders including community partners.”

If you’d like to read the resource for yourselves: 
http://coalitionforcommunityschools.blogspot.com/2015/05/esea-reauthorization-is-tough-sell-in.html

Other “Total Truths” from IEL about their CCS:
1) From the resource, “Scaling Up: The Community Schools Strategy Guide”:
“The fourth reason to scale up is that the policy environment is ripe for expanding community schools. At the federal level, the Promise Neighborhoods initiative, Race to the Top Fund, School Improvement Grants, Title I, and the Invest in Innovation Fund i3 all contain elements of the community schools strategy. P-20 Councils at the state level and in some localities also call for expanded partnerships and resource alignment. They all require a vehicle—which a community schools strategy provides—to help schools and community institutions knit their wide-ranging assets into measurable improvements.” (see the rest:
http://www.communityschools.org//resources/part_one_rationale_for_a_scaled_up_system_of_css1.aspx)
2) The Benchmarking Chart for “Community Schools”: Systems Benchmarks Chart

3) The ‘equity’ factor is ever present. You’ll especially love how data collection is key to this.

4) An IEL Framework for Community Schools: (click to enlarge the screen shot so you can see the school transformed into a community one-stop-resource for your whole family)

Ask yourselves: Where have you seen this type of model before?
Ask yourselves: Where have you seen this type of model before?

To get the entire “Framework”,
http://www.communityschools.org/assets/1/AssetManager/CS%20Equity%20Framework%20-%20Final%20Working%20Draft.pdf


Coalition for Community Schools, or one more ‘CCS’:

Have you noticed so far how many IEL resources have the Coalition’s address included? Well, does that mean Gates and the rest of the people in IEL are in CCS (the Coalition)? “Fib-o-Meter” has some information to share! The CCS’s website address: http://www.communityschools.org/

CCS funders do not include the Gates Foundation, but do have other pro CCS (Common Core Standards) supporters. See the “Total Truth” below:

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • JP Morgan Chase Foundation
  • Stuart Foundation
  • The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The plan for the CCS in our communities is to use our public schools for more than education. Of course, the education has to be ‘tweaked’ to include the ‘college/career/citizen’ mantra so embedded in the Common Core way of life. See the “Total Truth” in the flyer the Coalition for Community Schools has created to help sell the ‘friendly’ services coming soon to your neighborhood. Community Schools One Pager2014

Current CCS locations? Yes, there are a few in the USA. See the picture below:

You can even enter your community's information to bring a CCS to your neighborhood via a survey.
You can even enter your community’s information to bring a CCS to your neighborhood via a survey.

To access the CCS Survey: http://www.communityschools.org/resources/community_schools_directory.aspx (scroll down to find the ‘directory’ options)

Partners for the Coalition are many and you can easily see the CCSS (Standards) ties as you read down the list. You’ll also lots of federal overreach. See: http://www.communityschools.org/about/partners.aspx

Lastly, for how to fund a Coalition Community School (and other vital anti CCSS weapons of information), be sure to access the “Coalition Publications” on the left hand side menu. You’ll find lots of “Total Fallacy” sold as “Total Truth” in these papers.

Tech Thursday: Hunting for CCSS/CTE

Hunt Institute has a long history of being Common Core supportive.

Hunt Institute has a long history of being Common Core supportive.

While it appears all anti CCSS eyes are on the HR5 (the re-authorization of the NCLB), it’s been proven via documents that the HEA re-authorization is just as CCSS tied! Both have been re-authorized in almost the same time periods since their original passing in 1965. Time and time again, Sen. Lamar Alexander has been tied to the re-writing of BOTH bills. The intent? Simply put: what gets started in HR5 for CCSS, CTE, data mining, control,assessments, and educational abuse is CONTINUED into the HEA.

So what does the Hunt Institute’s announcement of 6/16/15 have to do with this? The announcement HI released, details a report published by the SREB (Southern Regional Education Board), which gives us an overview of the BRIDGE between K-12 and post-secondary..This plays right into the hands of BOTH bills being up for re-authorization. We MUST act quickly in alerting our legislators to KILL BOTH bills!! This ‘bridge’ even has a name…and I’ve taken you in great detail into the creation of that bridge. It’s called “Career Pathways”.

 

The Hunt Institute Announcement:

Here’s an excerpt from the HI’s website about SREB, “Labor market economists project that by 2020, two-thirds or more of all jobs will require some post-secondary education — either a certificate, a credential or a degree at the associate level or higher. At present, however, the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) analyses of educational attainment data suggest that millions of young Americans are being left behind in the transition from high school to college and well-paying jobs. Significant numbers will never graduate, and many who do go on to college will never complete a credential with value in the marketplace. Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States, the final report of SREB’s Commission on Career and Technical Education, offers a powerful solution to this problem: Provide more than one pathway to college and careers.”

A Hunt Institute ‘Bridge’ of Their Own:

While busy promoting the SREB’s last report in a series of them, HI has produced some of its own ‘bridge’ reports for connecting K-12, post-secondary education, and alignment to the CCSS/CTE way of educating our students (remember, all ages attend post-secondary schools).

While the report I’m about to share is ‘state specific’ it can be used as evidence to research what your state may have going on that is either the same or eerily similar. Remember, the Hunt Institute has been instrumental in promoting CCSS is every state; SREB is busy promoting CCSS/CTE across several states (other regional education boards complete the coverage across the nation). (*Note: I’ve written several articles on SREB and those other regional education boards, you can find them by searching my blog, just insert the acronym for the region you wish to find.)

Hunt Institute’s series, “CoNCepts”, from their latest issue: “This issue of coNCepts examines the ways North Carolina’s K-12 and higher education systems are working together to ensure college and career readiness for all students by aligning K-12 with post-secondary expectations, creating clearly defined pathways for career training and college preparation, and forming robust partnerships with industry.” Further down the page, you’ll see: “ As part of NC Ready for Success, NCDPI has partnered with ACT to administer a series of college readiness assessments: EXPLORE (8th grade); PLAN (10th grade); and ACT (11th grade). Beginning in 2011-2012, PLAN and ACT were administered to all 10th and 11th graders free of charge. These assessments inform students, parents, and educators about the student’s current academic trajectory, as well as where further interventions and support are required.” See the screen shot below of another page from the ‘CoNCept’ issue.

New Schools, Jobs for the Future have been traced to ties with the CCSS Machine; NCCCS (NC Community College System) has been aligned to include CTE/CCSS, as well.
New Schools, Jobs for the Future have been traced to ties with the CCSS Machine; NCCCS (NC Community College System) has been aligned to include CTE/CCSS, as well.

To read the rest of the HI’s CCSS/CTE education reform news: CoNCept-Issue5

 

SREB, Southern Regional Education Board:

One of the last times I researched and wrote about the SREB designs on post-secondary education was another report from the same series as Hunt Institute refers to above. That was back in  April 2015. That report’s name was ““Community Colleges in the South: Strengthening Readiness and Pathways”  The report HI is promoting is titled, “Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States”. The new report, like it’s predecessor, has 8 strategy points laid out. I’ll not repeat the former 8 points from the April 2015 article, but I am including the link so you can read it for yourselves. You’ll also be able to see how the Gates Foundation and others are backing the SREB (you can bet the other regional education boards are just as well taken care of by the CCSS Machine). See April’s SREB article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/sic-em-saturday-using-community-colleges-for-more-core/

The latest SREB bridge connector from K-12 to post-secondary titled “Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States” is more of the same we’ve seen from those seeking to misguide Americans into believing all this CCSS/CTE reform is the best we can do for our students. No, it’s the best the CCSS/CTE Machine can do to undermine our country!  “Credentials” includes a message to the SREB states (and those of us fighting CCSS/CTE) from the Governor of KY. Here’s an excerpt from his message, One of my goals as chair of SREB and its Commission on Career and Technical Education is to promote policies and practices to support strong career pathways that help more students earn industry and post-secondary credentials and obtain good jobs.”

The latest 8 action steps laid out in “Credentials” are as follows:

“1) Build bridges from high school to post-secondary education and the workplace by creating rigorous, relevant career pathways driven by labor market demand.”
2) Expect all students to graduate academically ready for both college and careers.
3)  Select assessments of technical and workplace readiness standards that offer long-term value to individual students, employers and the economy; carry college credits; and are directly linked to more advanced certifications and further study. 
4)  Provide all high school career pathway teachers, especially new teachers from industry, with the professional development and fast-track induction programs they need to meet high academic, technical and pedagogical standards and enhance students’ academic and technical readiness for college and careers.
5) Adopt a framework of strategies to restructure low-performing high schools around rigorous, relevant career pathways that accelerate learning and prepare students for post-secondary credentials and degrees. 
6) Offer early advanced credential programs in shared-time technology centers, aligning their curricula, instruction and technology with home high schools and community and technical colleges.
7)  Incentivize community and technical colleges and school districts to double the percentage of students who earn certificates, credentials and degrees by setting statewide readiness standards and aligning assessment and placement measures with those standards. Other strategies: Use the senior year of high school to reduce the number of students who need remediation, retool developmental education, adopt individualized support strategies for struggling students and improve affordability. 
8) Design accountability systems that recognize and reward districts, high schools, technology centers, and community and technical colleges that double the number of young adults who acquire post-secondary credentials and secure high-skill, high-wage jobs by age 25.”

How these action steps are taken in your states is something you MUST read for yourselves. It includes federal and state pressure via funding. Get the entire report by accessing it here: CredentialPlan

Remember, your state may not be an SREB one, but you can more than likely find the exact message from your regional education board or one extremely like this. Why? Because while all 50 states don’t have CCSS, every one of them, by law has Career Tech (aka Workforce). As I stated in the beginning of this article:

                                                                        What starts in HR5 ends in HEA!