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Update on “Of Late”

When I wrote “Of Late”, I knew there were several key pieces of evidence to present and somehow tie together. 

Almost immediately after the article hit the social media circuit, I got at least 2 other leads from fellow Warriors, making EVEN more connections to the subject matter in “Of Late”. If you missed that topic, it was all about the how our current U. S. Congress is bowing MORE to a global vent for workforce based education for all ages and all educational choices.

What follows is to be used as tools for every anti Fed Ed Warrior out there. Yes, it’s in-depth. But, it needs to be.

Where I Left Off:

Warriors, I left you with the confirmed evidence that American education is being used as a tool against us for the purpose of reshaping our nation. To continue that re-shaping, look to North Dakota, first.

Heading West:

My fellow Warrior from “The Roughrider State”, noticed that some of the items I shared seemed a bit TOO familiar. She then referred me to Gov. Burgum’s recent Innovation in Education Summit. She laid out some quick facts about the ties some of those presenting ‘expert’ evidence have to the CCSS Machine. She heavily questions how well these people represent the values of the North Dakotians.

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I  found Dintersmith involved in another education reform area (which was also another tip from my ND friend). That is the “Most Likely to Succeed” documentary. This was filmed back in 2015 and was considered a hit by the Sundance Film Festival. What the documentary shows is chilling, Warriors. Below is the just over 2 minute trailer. Notice the key CCSS Machine members (Robinson is tied to Pearson, Khan is tied to the Khan Academy and received Gates Foundation funding to switch to CCSS, Common Core State Standards.)

(*Note: the full length documentary is not available legally for free on You Tube due to copyright issues.)
Below is a ‘team’ spirited description about the documentary. The number one team member? Dintersmith!

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If you’d like to see the “Most Likely to Succeed Learning Sparks” (short videos to spur you into action to help create more ‘innovation’ in your schools), find them here. Warriors, you find out how to ‘hack’ education and more. Look for Linda Darling-Hammond to be among the ‘experts’. Try not to cringe.

Warriors, I haven’t forgotten Dintersmith’s assignment by former President Obama (in the brief bio description above) to the UN. Neither should you.

Time and time again, I’ve shown you fact based research on how the former leader and his administration bent over backwards to help continue the cycle of ‘dumbing down’ American education.
There was the PCAST Report from 2010 where STEM was ushered in as a disguise for the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), thanks to the NSF (National Science Foundation) and many other CCSS groups. There was also ‘innovation’ after ‘innovation’ initiative or some digital push to be foisted on our teachers and students.

Thanks to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), those ‘innovation’ and digital overhauls are 100% certain. Has our current President slowed any of this down? Hardly.

Mr. Trump has, in fact, seemingly turned a deaf ear to the CCSS Machine’s technology de facto moves.

To see what Pres. Obama’s White House Report (Next Generation High Schools) featuring Mr. Dintersmith, contained, look here.

Warriors, remember, Dintersmith is a business man, not an educator. The fact sheet for the same White House Report reveals not only a big STEM push, but CTE (Career Tech Education) push, too. Both STEM and CTE are tied up in CCSS, apprenticeships, and the global education scheme of the United Nations.

Getting Back To The “Most Likely”:

Warriors, here’s an almost 30 minute video featuring the producer and lead team member for “Most Likely to Succeed”. You’ll not only see clips from the full documentary, you’ll hear first hand pro CCSS Machine discussion. Once again, Linda Darling-Hammond will surface during this video with her explanation as to how ‘grit’ will help solve the outdated American education. Listen all the way to the end. There is key evidence there.

Meanwhile In North Dakota:

One of the major concerns of my ND Warrior friend is shared by others in a few other States. The profiling of our high school students. If you’ve heard of “NorthStar” you know what I mean. The Facebook group Educray is based in TX. When my ND Warrior shared her concerns on social media, Educray was quick to join her. See below:

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From TX, the Highland Park ISD graduate profile reeks of “content rich” global citizens rhetoric.

To see the Profile of a Graduate/EdLeader21 description of these types of data mining profiles, access the information here. To see the 4 Cs, collaboration, creativity, communication, and, critical thinking (which replace the 3 Rs in education), look here.
Getting Smart (Tom VanderArk) has a detailed article and podcast you’ll need to investigate. You’ll see other States using these profiles for ‘quality education’.

ReTool Your School:

Also featured in the ND Innovation Summit was “School ReTool”. If you’re not familiar, have you noticed how many of our schools are building torn down to be replaced by buildings which could double as a prison? To find out about this movement and how it connects to the global scheme:

https://vimeo.com/album/3269852

If you wonder about the ReTool’s ‘mission’? Look below:

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 Among School ReTool’s Partners? Groups from ME, NH, CO, CCSS Machine members Hewlett Foundation, Ted Dintersmith, and more. Find the rest here.

Part of the ‘retooling’? “Academic interships”..a fancy name for ‘Apprenticeships’!! If you’ll remember, Warriors, most of the “Of Late” article spells out for us the global ties to apprenticeships, higher education, and more. To see School ReTool’s Academic Internship plot, visit here.

Warriors, since most of the apprenticeships and internships are targeting our high schoolers in an attempt to groom them for higher education, we know to be watching the post-secondary reform like a hawk. You also know, I have been helping you do just that for years. EdWeek has an article, published earlier this week which reveals some valid points (even for a pro CCSS/ESSA source).

Point #1: Since the U.S. Secretary DeVos has been in office, she’s tackled much more higher education reform than K-12th grades.
Point #2: There’s a ton more federal control on colleges, community colleges, proprietary (for profit) schools, and all the early college, skill prep programs to unite K-12th to post-secondary education.

Innovation Kills:

Warriors, much of the conversation about all this alignment, reform, and increased innovation leaves out the bare faced fact that innovation actually stunts our minds.
How? Too much of anything is bad for us. As the push to unite the USA to a global education continues; technology and innovation/infrastructure for such will continue to envelope us. 

Released in 2016, is the short You Tube film which depicts a father and child. Conformity to a work/school system is the topic. According to the resource I found highlighting this film, the tone of the writer is that we must change society to join work and education.
Exactly the message we are hearing from the UN, Congress, and our Administration in Washington, D.C. 

The writer stresses that is it our current mindset toward work and school which is killing our student’s minds. In the fact-based research and evidence, it is the CCSS Machine grasp on education which is doing the stunting. NOT parents, not our environment.

I was able to find that one of the producers of “Alike” (Daniel M. Lara) is tied to the Blender Foundation and their 2016 Conference, where he was a featured speaker. Blender Conferences have been an annual event for a while now. Blender’s focus? Arts, technology, animation, and all related subjects. I also found that the Blender Foundation was cited as a resource (page 86) in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) publication from 2015 for IGI Global for use in America. This Google Book is a goldmine of education reform. Chapter 83 is all about embedding pedagogy into NGSS (Next Gen Science Standards), you’ll see how innovation is to be used to target those ‘less academic’ than their peers, you’ll find out STEM is being unleashed on our babies, how ‘blended learning’ and PBLs (Problem Based Learning) is to shift education’s responsibility from teacher to student as a force tactic, future trends for K-20 education (kindergarten to 4 year college degree or similar), service based education (as in grooming the ‘collective, global citizens’), computer games as science teachers, multi-pronged distance education, how the Europeans are educating in these ways, open source lectures (coding classes will tie in here), and, more. (*Note in the beginning pages the number of American Universities.)

A 2014 Oregon State University Blender Camp brochure. Warriors, it will show you how ‘blending art’ and STEM fit into the classrooms.

A Blender Foundation “STEM in the Classroom” example. It’s called “Teach STEM Now”.

Interestingly enough, Betsy DeVos and Ivanka Trump just promoted more girls to STEM in the Smithsonian Museum, 7/25/17. They teamed up back in March 2017 to do much the same. (*Note: Not so funny, one of the UN’s SDGs is promoting women in education, especially STEM.)

IGI Global has a Pearson Publishing assessment available for a price. Check it out.

Last Stop, North Carolina:

Warriors, as you know I’ve shared with you how sold out to the CCSS Machine, NC is. Living here has given me the opportunity to show you things to watch for. Look below. One of the NC legislators is bragging on how ‘we’ will be the first in the nation for state-wide classroom internet access. Remember, ESSA’s mandates in technology include such. Way to align, NC.

Access the “Economist” article and you’ll literally read the beginning words with the name of B.F. Skinner, quickly followed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg.

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Closing:

The long road of reform to a global education is fully in the works. Warriors, let’s get busy!

The Last To Go

Warriors, we’ve had a hell of a couple of weeks, haven’t we? Yes, I know, I normally do not use such language, but what we’ve seen happen in DC lately (as far as the DeVos saga), has me spewing a few more choice words.

It totally baffles me; though, I shouldn’t be all THAT surprised; that time and time again, our Congress members have ignored the overwhelming majority of evidence and protesting citizens who’ve repeatedly stated “No to DeVos as Secretary of Education!”

However, this is NOT the topic I wish to write about.

No, we as prepared Warriors, need to look ahead, beyond the next couple of days, and look at the last federal education law left to be re-authorized/updated and 100% aligned to Common Core*: the HEA (Higher Education Act) (*ESSA’s code names: College/Career Readiness/Challenging State Academic Standards), CTE (Career Tech Ed), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and ‘post-secondary readiness’ (as ESSA mandates ALL education is to be geared.)

Why would ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) need to mandate ALL education to be geared to ‘post-secondary readiness’?
**Because that 3 word phrase embeds every bit of the federal workforce/education law known as WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

Why does HEA need to be re-authorized/updated?
**Because the CCSS Machine’s education reform calls for a ‘seamless transition from birth to career’. Congress, as a huge CCSS Machine member organization has bought into the fallacy that this ‘seamless transition’ creates an educational bridge which can not only improve ‘personalized learning’, but make that learning career based so the economy can benefit.
Higher education is the ‘perfect’ intersection to ensnare EVERY citizen into this learn-to-earn model. How so?
**If you haven’t been streamlined in a career type education in a public traditionally run school, you’ll see it when you get to college, trade school, university, community college, on-line training courses/schools, hybrid or blended courses/schools, some private post-secondary schools, and every single post-secondary public institution. You’ll find it waiting for you if you are recently graduated, updating a degree or certificate, going back to school after many years, or if you need to get a job.

Since Congress has the thickest set of ear muffs known to mankind (I mean it must be the only explanation as to why our Warrior voices didn’t reach them, right?!), we must look at what is being done to the higher education world NOW. We must see what they are doing in the HEA law updates. Why? So we can prepare, not only our evidence, but more importantly, our students headed right for all this!

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What’s On The Books Right Now:

The website I used: http://www.congress.gov 

There are 287 higher education related bills or resolutions currently in Congress. Some are to amend the HEA (Higher Education Act of 1965). Why go back to 1965’s version? Look how going back to the ESEA of 1965 worked for ESSA:

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Congress did a super job of covering its tracks (aka: backside). They’ve done it before and you can bet the farm the re-authorization of HEA will be a repeat.

Here’s a brief rundown (this is not a complete list, nor is it in any particular order of importance):

* S 206, amends the 1965 HEA for federal job training Pell Grants awarded by the Secretary of Education.
* HR 413 is an amendment to 1965’s HEA for early commitment to Pell Grant Programs.
* HR 414, amends the 1965 HEA for educators in student loan forgiveness areas.
*S 149, amends the 1965 HEA so post-secondary terrorism survivors can may defer student loans.
*HR 483, amends the 1965 HEA’s Title 4 funding. Specifically the Part G and ‘sanctuary campuses’. (*Note: Title 4 funds are several types of student loans, “Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL); Direct Loans; Federal Perkins Loans; Federal Pell Grants; Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG); National SMART Grants; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Granst (FSEOG); and, Federal Work-Study (FWS)”)
*HR 201
, also amends the 1965 version of the HEA. This one provides loan deferment and/or cancellation of certain types of small start up businesses for young people.
*HR 415, GEAR Up amends the HEA of 1965 in the regards of mental health counseling, as well as academic counseling.

Related to higher education activities:
* HR 813, the ACCESS Act. As of this writing, the text of the Bill was not available, so I cannot see if it stated that it is to amend the HEA of 1965. I can tell you Rep. Sanchez from CA sponsored it. Sixty-three other Representatives have co-sponsored this bill. It is to give students access to year round Pell Grants.
* HR 615, Student Loan Repayment Act of 2017. Changes an IRS tax code. Rep. Ross from FL is the sponsor.
* HR 795
, Sponsored by Rep. Davis of IL, also changes an IRS tax code. This one differs slightly in that impacts those employer education assistance. Only certain qualifying student loans are accepted.
* HR 287, Student Job Protection Act, is the 3rd one in a string of IRS code changing/pos-secondary bills. Rep. Turner of OH is the sponsor. It exempts “student workers for purposes of determining a higher education institution’s employer health care shared responsibility.”
*S 268, Sponsored by Senator Todd Young (CT). This bill text was also unavailable, so verifying if it amends HEA of 1965, was not possible. The gist of the bill is to set up a way for students to find private funding for post-secondary education.

Now, Warriors, you probably are wondering why in the world I included all these bills. After all, a quick glance reveals lots about higher education which APPEARS to be safe from the CCSS Machine. Oh, but let’s examine the following facts, shall we?

1) Sen. Lamar Alexander and his education reform minions are hard at work rewriting HEA of 1965. They’ve been working on it since the passage of ESSA. Go back and listen to his gloating ESSA speech where it was revealed, next up (and last to go) was the HEA re-authorization. Lamar also is head of the Senate HELP Committee. We’ve got lots of evidence as to how sold out to the CCSS Machine the Committee is overall.
2) The DeVos Family has given tons of money to many Congress members. For example, from the Congress members identified here, Todd Young has received $48,600.00 in campaign donations from them.
3) Besty DeVos, if confirmed as Secretary of Education, will oversee all activities in higher education (as well as K-12 and early learners).
4) Rep. Virginia Foxx oversees the House of Representative’s Education and Workforce Committee. We’ve also got plenty of evidence of how devoted to the CCSS Machine this Committee is, too! Remember, while new as the leader, Virginia has revealed how she sees education.

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5) Before Rep. John Kline stepped down as the Ed/Workforce chair, he gave an interview where he revealed he wasn’t worried about the upcoming HEA re-authorization passing because his good buddy Lamar was leading the way. I wrote about Kline/Alexander and others: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/edworkforce-false-positive/
6) The HEA is tied to the ESSA and the WIOA already. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/
7) Anytime funding and education are in the same sentence, we need to pay attention.
8) Anytime education and jobs (or the workforce) are in the same bill, we better sit up and get ready to act.
9) Congress has a love affair with CTE (Career Tech Education). While I wrote this in August 2016, these Bills are still in their respective Committees: See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/
Congress shares the CTE love in our health care system: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/
10) Most damming of all is the LADDER Act Congress has in store for America.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/agenda-junkies/

Closing:

Warriors, have no fear, our War Vs the Core isn’t over yet. DeVos or no DeVos, it’s Congress which needs our focus.

ESSA and Digital Overload

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It’s a virtual (digital) overload out there!

For today’s ‘Tech Thursday’, we will look in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) for all the digital parts of education via College and Career Readiness (the new ‘Common Core’ name). (*Note:  in the ESSA, ‘Standards’ is innocently stated as “Challenging State Academic Standards”). Why do I point this out? The law (ESSA) uses both phrases for education!

Why is digital learning a topic worth looking into? An Initiative called ‘Digital Promise’, fits oh-so-nicely into the CCSS Machine’s plans for education overhaul. As we have seen with top-down initiatives in America, where there is a plan, there are P3s (public private partnerships) who stand to profit BIG. Education is the new cash cow!

Where the Digital References Are:

The following list is from the ESSA Final Conference Report. They will also be in the Final Law Version, but the page numbers will be different.
Page 138: Your LEAs (local education agencies) will assist in the development of digital learning skills to improve academic achievement.
Page 363: Students via literacy instruction will be able to navigate, understand, and write about complex print and digital subject matter.
Page 450: States, communities, schools, and LEAs must work together:
a) to provide a well rounded education experience
b) to improve school conditions for students to learn more
c) improve the use of technology for academic achievement and the digital literacy of all students (*Note: ‘blended learning’ quickly follows this portion)
Page 451: Some element of on-line or digital learning must be included in education.
(*Note: further down the page is the ESSA’s definition of what this means)
Page 463: Rural access to high quality digital learning opportunities must be in place.
(*Note: the parameters are on Page 464)
Pages 485-488: The consortia for digital learning and state funding. What the uses of the funding mean and how they tie to digital overload.
Page 630: Preschool and ‘Ready to Learn’ digital content, especially via PBS (Public Broadcast Stations).
Page 943 begins Section 9210 of the ESSA Law. This is the biggest overreach of all!
Why? “Student Home Access to Digital Learning Resources”! To find out how successful students are at HOME, a Study conducted by the Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) no later than 18 months AFTER all portions of ESSA are in place! Details of the Study will be found on Page 944.

What This All Means:

First, the ‘Digital Promise Initiative’. Back in 2011, from the White House came this report,
Digital Promise is a new national center created by Congress with bipartisan support to advance technologies that can transform teaching and learning. It is being launched today with startup funds and support from the Department of Education as well as the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Answering the President’s call to action, a number of prominent leaders in education and technology will help lead Digital Promise. Board members, who were appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan based on recommendations from the House of Representatives and United States Senate, include John Morgridge (Chairman Emeritus of Cisco), Larry Grossman (former President of NBC News), Irwin Jacobs (co-founder of Qualcomm), Gilman Louie (founder of In-Q-Tel), Eamon Kelly (President Emeritus of Tulane University), Mark Dean (IBM Fellow and Vice President), Shae Hopkins (Executive Director and CEO, Kentucky Educational Television), Vince Juaristi (CEO & President, Arbola, Inc.), and Shirley Malcom (Head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science).”
To read the entire report of facts, https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/15/fact-sheet-digital-promise-initiative
Be sure you note the other related initiatives for Digital Promise. I would like to point out two names I saw which jumped out at me and are also very heavily tied to the CCSS Machine. NSF (National Science Foundation) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Why this two? I have researched both extensively and have shared with you in previous articles just how embedded in the CCSS Machine’s agenda they are.
To see the Digital Promise website: http://www.digitalpromise.org/
(*Note: be sure to read the Manifesto.)

Next, the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. See their webpage:
http://www.digitalpromise.org/initiatives/league-of-innovative-schools
Here is the number of students/schools, League members represent more than 3.2 million students in 73 districts and 33 states. Their experiences reflect the diversity and shared challenges of public education in America.” (*Note: Be sure to look at the initiatives the League has. You should be able to spot another huge  CCSS Machine member: Verizon. Also, note the adult level of activity.)
One of the featured schools? (*Note: you can find more of them, as well as the school I am about to feature in the League’s News category.)
Right in my town of residence: Mooresville, NC! This was the President’s (as in the U.S. President) ‘school of choice’ for the national address he gave about the success of digital technology. What he didn’t share is that the Superintendent of the MGSD (Mooresville Graded School District) was hand picked by Pearson Publishing for his success in Project Red (digital technology and data mining all in one slick program.) Anti CCSS Warriors, he was picked to come to a small school district to implement this digital shift in education! How do I know all this? See: http://ladyliberty1885.com/tag/project-red/ and the follow up article,
http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/26/more-about-project-red-and-nc-ties/

(*Note: Digital Promise is also written into the HEA (Higher Education Act, 2008) in Section 802)

Next, Rural Education is something to dig a bit deeper into. Let me point you back to the U.S. House’s version of the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act), known as HR5. Why? The recently passed into law, ESSA, is in fact, a big compromise of the House and Senate. Certain portions of the House’s wish list for education AND portions of the Senate’s found their way into the ESSA. Rural education was brought into the mix back on Page 280 of the HR5! I wrote about it,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/tech-thursday-workforce-gunning-for-hr5/
This article will show you how Rural Education via the New Schools (another CCSS Machine member) will be all about College and Career Readiness,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/tech-thursday-post-secondary-champs/
(*Note: The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will surface in this one.)

What about the consortia for digital learning and the state use of funds for digital learning?
First, the consortia members include any number of groups involved in education, especially your communities, but, secondly, it is the language used which is alarming.
“ensuring that all service and  community partners are aligned with the  academic expectations of a community school in order to improve student success…” Then a bit further down the page you find this, “USES OF FUNDS.—Subject to section 4106(f),  each local educational agency, or consortium of such agencies, that receives an allocation under section 4015(a) shall use a portion of such funds to improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement, academic growth, and digital literacy of all students, including by meeting the needs of such agency or consortium that are identified in the needs assessment conducted under section 4106(d) (if applicable), which may include….”.
You need to read Pages 486 and 487 for yourselves to see what those inclusions are. Let me just summarize that those including are students, teachers, and school leaders; that funds are to used in not only assessments, but purchases of digital technology; and more!

Those PBS broadcasts are our last area of focus.
When I wrote about the PBS presence among the Board members of the Urban Institute (a CCSS Machine member), it was in regards to early learning research and how it will encompass immigrant children as well. The catch? CBE or Competency Based Education. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/ftf-prek-research-ccss-cbe/
Then there was their involvement in higher education, ‘American Graduation Day’.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/monday-musings-national-graduates/
Then the PBS characters from Sesame Street surfaced in another early learning program where the reading books had been aligned to the CCSS. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/monday-musings-alignment-for-wee-ones/

 

Closing:

The IES and their upcoming Study?
That, my Warriors Against the Core, is the next article to be written.

Related:
For my look into STEM and how it is tied to CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/

For my first look into the NSF:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/wybiupclosewithnsf/

To read the ESSA Final Conference Report for those pages you should see for yourselves:
ESSA FINAL CONFRPT_112915

 

FTF: CCSS ‘Pearsonites’, at Your Higher Ed Campuses Now!

Pearson and Starbucks..'pimping out' education one student at a time.
Pearson and Starbucks..’pimping out’ education one student at a time.

Common Core Warriors, have you taken a stand against some of the P3 (public, private partnerships) yet? I hope after today’s “From the File” Tuesday, you will!

The Club:

Over on Twitter, it’s the “Pearson Students”, especially their “AcedIt” campaign. (see the photo above)

On the Internet, it’s also “Pearson Students”..tag line, “Join Pearson and help build the future of higher education.” Website: http://www.pearsonstudents.com/ You can access all the other PS social media sites from this main page.

Turning Students to “Pearsonites”:


Before we delve too much into this information, look at the screen shot. The emphasis you see is mine to point out the subtle messages packed with punch.

Pearson is relentless is recruiting an army, it would appear.
Pearson is relentless is recruiting an army, it would appear.

Across America and Canada there are now 40 Pearsonites (actually their real title is Pearson Campus Ambassador). Responsibilities? Oh yes, interacting with the company, endorsing products, influencing others like you, and all the while, putting career tech education into motion. You’ll even get paid to do it.

Oh, the campuses? Why they are public AND private universities as well as  community colleges in CA, OR, MN, MI, OH, IL, MO, KS, TX, FL, GA, SC, TN, NC, and VA in the US. In Canada, you’ll find the Pearsonites in Ontario and British Columbia.

I feel I must point out that one of the VA Pearsonites is on the campus of Liberty University..you know, a private Christian college. But, as I’ve shared before even Christian schools are not exempt from CCSS. (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/fom-friday-christian-colleges-exempt-from-common-core-not/ ) To see the entire “Pearson Campus Ambassador” page/information: http://www.pearsonstudents.com/get-involved/campus-ambassador-program/index.html
Becoming a Pearson “Free Agent”:

What better way to utilize your subjects than by having them choose to be a free agent? No long term commitment to Pearson, the ability to be project based or work from home, all the while seeking information from your fellow campus buddies. Check out the promo video to entice you to sign up:

Be a STEM Pearsonite:

Maybe all of the previous Pearsonite opportunities aren’t to your liking, maybe being an intern for the CCSS profit maker is however. The company has a place for you there as well. What’s even more exciting is you can be a STEM Pearsonite, too!! Can’t get enough of Common Core? Need some STEM, Pearson covers you well!
Here’s their description of themselves, “Pearson is more than just the world’s leading learning company: we are a global organization revolutionizing both what and how people learn in and outside of the classroom.”

As a STEM Pearson Person you can data mine! You can test curriculum and assessments! You can influence social media for Pearson/STEM! Here’s a list of the cities where STEM Pearsonite are spreading their agenda:

  • Austin, TX
  • Bloomington West, MN
  • Boston, MA
  • Boulder, CO
  • Chandler, AZ
  • Centennial, CO
  • Columbus, OH
  • Denver, CO
  • Glenview, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Old Tappan, NJ
  • Portland, OR
  • Rancho Cordova, CA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Sandy, UT
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ
  • Washington, DC

Oh, I almost forgot, as an intern you are handled by a Pearson Mentor…and more career path incentives, training, and alignment. Unlike the other positions for leading the masses to convert to Pearson-ology, this unique group is the leaders with strong skills. To find out more, be sure to use the above website address and look up at the top for the other categories I’ve shared, as well as learning about the other ‘opportunities’ Pearson has to sway your students.

Pearson’s Outreach “Mission”:

Not content with our Pre-K through 20 year olds, Pearson’s got a bead on all the adults. I’ve included a website address where you can see all the agenda-driven events that are either archived or coming up soon. You wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to be a possible Pearsonite, now would you?! See: http://www.pearsoned.com/events-and-webinars/higher-education-events-and-webinars/

Pearson’s College/Career Ready Disciples:

Since it’s “From the Files Tuesday” here on my blog, it wouldn’t be complete without a download to share. You’ll love this one. All the ‘research’ Pearson could muster to tell us exactly how and what CCR (College/Career Ready) the Pearson Way can be. CCR_WEB_FINAL Pearson If you need more ‘subjective’ research, visit: http://home.pearsonhighered.com/research.html

Need Funding? Let Pearson Guide Your School:

To round out a fine CCSS/STEM/CCR army, you’ve got to get the leaders in on it as well. Pearson doesn’t disappoint here, no sir, not at all! No matter if your school is Title 1 – 1 billion, Perkins to Workings, they’ve got your back (just watch for the knife). Here’s where their Grant Keepers can get your school the money:

  • Title I
  • Title II
  • Title III
  • IDEA
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • Head Start
  • School Improvement Grants
  • Carl D Perkins
  • School Climate Transformation

The Danger of 21st Century Community Learning Centers:
From the list above, be sure you pay especially close attention to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. (If you’ve not heard, the 21stCCLCs are a ‘present’ to our nation from the likes of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. CCSSO, Council of Chief State School Officers is also working with other groups to get in on the action as well. The federal government is part of the process to.

Look into them, you’ll find the 21stCCLCs are what will replace our traditional schools systems..if all goes as they have planned. See: http://www.p21.org/ (for P21); To see all the results for the CCSSO’s plans and parts of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, see: http://ccsso.org/Search_Results.html?q=21st+century+community+learning+centers; the Federal Government’s role in 21stCCLCs? Oh, that’s another resource you’ll need in your state. See: nri_pb_agencies_final_9 You might also want to learn about the 2014 Conference, where several states got together and gleaned from each other. See: http://21centurymultistateconference.org/ *(Note, be sure to look at the very bottom of the page to see how the ESEA factors into all this.)
Maybe the Policy Updates from the After School Alliance, will help you, see: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/policyFedNewsArchive.cfm *(Note, be sure to see how Congress’s treatment of the budget factors in.)

If you’d like even more of a context in background about 21st CCLCs, be sure to use the search bar of my blog. Use ‘venture capitalists’, or “Silicon Valley” to access the articles and vast networking others are going to to rearrange how education is conducted in America. Lastly, if you’ve heard me speak out on Women on the Wall, you’ve heard me refer to the eerie “KnowledgeWorks” and their “Strive Together” Program.

Closing:

My warriors, do you see the picture here? Pearsonites doing Pearson’s bidding while marching to the agenda of those with plans to re-arrange our educational landscape. As we’ve known for quite some time the CCSS Machine is looming, it’s large, and it’s coming for our future leaders.

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:

canvasapp

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:

 http://www.educause.edu/about/mission-and-organization/roots-educause 

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

http://www.educause.edu/about/mission-and-organization/international-engagement

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!

 

 

FTF Tuesday: Meet SHEEO

We all love a great discovery, don’t we? Especially in finding out about how far and wide the net is cast across our nation when it comes to Common Core. Today, you won’t be disappointed. We’re going to be finding out about SHEEO, The States Higher Education Executive Officers Organization. They are regular partners with the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) and the U.S. Dept. of Education. We know so much already about the USDofEd, CCSSO, we’ll be homing in on this ‘new’ organization.

SHEEO, partner of The CCSSO and others:

(www.sheeo.org) According to the website the organization has been around since 1954. Among its purposes, it serves the member states via their higher educational systems, helping shape education policies, and being a liaison between states and the federal government. Currently, there are 55 members from many different states and Puerto Rico. The Executive President is the Executive Director for the Higher Education System in Alabama, Gregory Fitch. Be sure to discover who represents your state. My SHEEO representative is the President of the University of North Carolina, Thomas Ross. We have 17 campuses across our state. As a parent of a student at one of the UNC member schools, I’m not surprised to discover the link, but it is proof, that none of us are ‘safe’ from the overreach of CCSS. (Common Core State Standards)
*Note: You’ll want to especially look at the SHEEO members from the states which didn’t ‘adopt’ the Common Core, like Alaska or Texas. Why? Because, as I’ve written extensively about, the College and Career Readiness, the Adult Common Core will be in post secondary (aka higher education) institutions. This encompasses community colleges and on-line learning as well.

Partners of SHEEO include the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), the College and Career Readiness Project, and the National Center for Educational Statistics. There are other partners you’ll want to investigate as well.

Current Projects:

1) College and Career Readiness Partnership (CCRP). Here’s an excerpt that you MUST read and share, “In December 2010, three national education leadership associations—the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO)—joined in a College and Career Readiness Partnership (CCRP) to promote broad implementation of new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). Through its combined network of leaders, the CCRP works collaboratively to address those issues that reside at the intersection of the PK-12 and higher education systems. Primarily, this includes addressing what is needed for successful utilization of the CCSS and common assessments of student achievement, both to improve college readiness in PK-12 and to make effective use of these assessments for placement and other decisions in postsecondary education.”    In June 2011, the CCRP staff worked with the Steering Committee to select a first Cohort of seven states—Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, Wisconsin—to work closely with the Partnership through State Leadership Teams on the statewide goal of effective, cross-sector, Common Core implementation.” The following excerpt is from the AASCU’s announcement, “The Phase II timeline is October 2012 – December 2013. Missouri, Oregon, Wisconsin will continue as Cohort 1 of Phase II and five new states will be invited to join as Cohort 2 for Phase II.” According to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Lumina Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation fund the entire Project. Both are well known CCSS supporters.  This organization has its own set of CCR initiatives going. If you can access a copy of their published “Serving America’s Future: Increasing College Readiness”, you can find out more. Unlike the other files I share on Tuesdays, this one isn’t free. In fact it is $30.00. You can access for free the “Executive Summary” of the detailed report,     http://www.aascu.org/CollegeReadiness/ExecutiveSummary/   

*Note: While at the AASCU website, be sure to check out their member states, schools. Be sure to look at the territories and international locations included.

To find out more about the CCRP, Defining_College_Career_Readiness Be sure to remember, states which do not ‘adopt’ CCSS, do indeed have ties to this project. For example, Texas has “Project Share”. Also, research the paper’s author. You’ll be glad you did.

Somewhat related: This excerpt is from 2009, that I found on-line, “There is a new effort coming under way which I will be involved with and documenting closely to set data standards in the country. This is being done in partnership between USED, CCSSO, SHEEO”   

To read the rest of the 2009 information,  ( http://thejackl.org/tag/sif-pesc-duncan-used-gates-ccsso-sheeo/)

2) MSC, Multi State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment. “The MSC is designed to produce valid data summarizing faculty judgments of students’ own work, and also seeks to aggregate results in a way that allows for benchmarking across institutions and states. The primary goal of the initiative is to provide assessment data that will allow faculty and institution leaders to assess—and improve—the levels of student achievement on a set of cross-cutting outcomes important for all disciplines. With the active support of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), nine states—Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah—agreed to collaborate in the development and pilot testing of a different model for learning outcomes assessment—a model that is rooted in campus/system collaboration, in authentic student work, and in faculty curriculum development and teaching activity. The project builds on efforts in Massachusetts (as part of its Vision Project) and builds on the AAC&U LEAP initiative through which it developed a common set of rubrics—VALUE Rubrics—to assess the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes.” Below is a graphic you’ll want to notice in detail, so click to enlarge it.

Student data, shared with Labor.
Student data, shared with Labor.

To check our your state’s data sharing: http://www.sheeo.org/resources/publications/strong-foundations-state-state-postsecondary-data-systems-2012-update-data

3) Lumina, SHEEO and your state’s funding:

This project is known as “Moving the Needle”. “The State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) association supports the Lumina Foundation’s push to reach a 60% college attainment rate in the United States by moving from an access agenda to a focus on both access and success. As the membership organization for the state-level governing and coordinating boards of higher education, SHEEO is focused on state-level policy and the role(s) the states can play to reach the goals of the completion agenda. As such, SHEEO is uniquely positioned to understand and consider the varying state contexts that our members operate within and use this knowledge to evaluate state policy recommendations related to college affordability.”

To read more about this,  Moving_the_Needle_041414

4) Common Education Data Standards (CEDS), this project works with AIR (Association for Institutional Research), WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) which is funded by the Gates Foundation, and the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council. There are other partners as well, so be sure to check them out. CEDS began in 2009. To learn more about just what is ‘common’ and what isn’t, http://www.airweb.org/EducationAndEvents/IPEDSTraining/AdditionalResources/Pages/CEDS.aspx

From the PESC (Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council), this is a list of which organizations are involved in CEDS:

The CEDS User Group participants include representatives from:

  • AcademyOne
  • ACT
  • AEM Corporation
  • Brandon University
  • California School Information Service (CSIS)
  • Choice P20 Solutions
  • College Board
  • College Source
  • Colorado Community College System
  • Ed-Fi
  • Ellucian
  • eScholar
  • Florida International University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hobsons
  • IBM
  • Jenzabar
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • National Association of Student Loan Administrators (NASLA)
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Naviance
  • North Dakota Department of Education
  • Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC)
  • Oracle
  • Parchment
  • Perceptive Software
  • QIP
  • Questionmark
  • Rapid Insight
  • RTI
  • SCRIP-SAFE International
  • SIF Association
  • State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
  • State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO)
  • Triadvocates
  • Turning Technologies
  • USA Funds
  • US Department of Education, Office of Under Secretary

The current Co-Chairs of the CEDS User Group are:

  • Hans L’Orange, Vice President for Research and Information Resources, SHEEO
  • *Tony Romano, Director of Information Technology, National Student Clearinghouse

To see even more about student data collection: http://www.pesc.org/interior.php?page_id=208 When you visit this page, be sure to notice the banners that flash up at the top. Don’t miss the one about collaborating for the students greater good.

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