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A Shiny New Coat

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we all know the story of the “Emperor’s New Clothes”, right?
Basic themes in the story are vanity, money, and deception.

Those same basic themes can pretty much sum up the educratic shift in our classrooms across the globe. Here in America, we’ve definitely seen the greed and deception take our academics away and replace it with workforce training.

So, what happens when you take a CCSS Machine member group like IBM, attach a shiny new coat of deception to education and add it to a notoriously bad on-line school? 

A slick sales pitch with a hidden agenda attached!

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The “New Collar” Is Still A Servant’s Collar:

Warriors, IBM’s CEO, back in 2016, came up with a new phrase for the same old CCSS Machine alignment: “new collar jobs”. Below is her opinion column in USA Today:

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Part of the CEO’s plan for ‘new collar jobs’? P-Tech Schools (I exposed them years ago). These schools are 6 year high schools which focus on industry skills at a ‘community college’ level.

Community colleges have been called ‘Camelot’ (by the CCSS Machine) for their access to all school choices intersecting and the ability to carry on (or introduce) CTE, Career Tech Education, CCs (Career Clusters), CPs (Career Pathways), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math), dual enrollment, and, concurrent enrollment.

IBM, late 2018, announced that Ireland became the first country outside of the US, to adopt P-Tech. Notice how IBM is taking credit, as well as using ‘local educators’ as the creators.

Warriors, IBM’s CEO is an appointed member of the new National Council for the American Worker (aka: National Workforce Council), here in the US.

K-12, Inc., A Long Time CCSS  Machine Member Group:

Warriors, back in 2015, I showed you how K-12, Inc. was in the CCSS Machine, as well as in co-operation with the NASBE (National Association for State Boards of Education). If you followed me back then, you also know I shared with you the struggle NC (where I live) had with keeping K-12, Inc’s. terrible track record out of the State, only to allow it in the end, as a school choice. Then, there was the overreach by K-12, Inc. into homeschooling. If you read their recent “Student Impact” report, you’ll see lots of hype about increased student engagement.

So, with such an awful past, why is K-12, Inc. still in the ‘education’ business? Look below for one reason why:

This is the recent ad K-12, Inc. ran on social media:

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The goal for K-12, Inc. NOW, is to be a part of building a national career readiness infrastructure. One of the ways this will happen, is ‘the right education’, not “more education”.

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How will the K-12, Inc. folks know they’ve helped close the ‘skills gap’ (another CCSS Machine fallacy)? By sending “K-12 powered” students into the workforce.

As far as the partnerships K-12, Inc. is building to have all the career readiness infrastructure take off? A direct quote, “To do this, we are aligning with higher education institutions, school districts, and industry partners to offer career training. We are working to pair this training with summer jobs, externships*, paid internships, drop-in training, and part-time and full-time employment opportunities.”
(*Note: ‘externship’ is a temporary training period.)
Be sure to notice which ‘top companies’ K-12, Inc. mentions to work for in the article linked above.

In that article, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce was cited. I showed you last year (2018) how Georgetown was assaulting real education with quasi-education.

The Report the Center on Ed/Workforce has published (which K-12, Inc. is basing their infrastructure plan off of) doesn’t state ‘Hey, we’ve got a few suggestions.’ It clearly states their findings are ‘requirements’. Among those ‘requirements’? STEM jobs!

Warriors, below is WHY Georgetown University is so biased about an educated workforce:

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If you cannot read the print, Lumina Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and, the Gates Foundation are the main funders of the Georgetown Center on Education for the Workforce.

So, if you’re going to change the national infrastructure to career readiness, these are a few of the groups which will be involved.

The Career Readiness Partner Council:

Warriors, if you’ve not heard of this Council, it’s been around since 2012. Housed in the Advance CTE National Association (a huge CCSS Machine group). The list of Council members is long. You’ll see all of them are CCSS Machine members, too.

CEP (Center for Education Policy):

Warriors, this CCSS Machine member group has published many CCR (College/Career Readiness) documents. Most are geared for one goal: 21st competency skills graduates.

JFF (Jobs for the Future):

Warriors, be sure to look at their “Opportunity Works” program for workforce readiness.

National Informal STEM Network:

Warriors, this Arizona State University and Univ. of MN backed on-line group, have all sorts of STEM activities (which are CCR dressed as fun)

CCREC (College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium):

Warriors, this group works with certain States and those States GEAR UP grants.
GEAR UP
is a federal program which is 100% workforce based. It uses STEM, CCR, CCSS, and, CTE. The Consortium also partners with Act, Inc. and is a heavy student data collector.

NCPN (National Career Pathways Network):

Warriors, be sure to read their “Items of Interest” section. You’ll see CTE and STEM promoted. You’ll also see the IBM ‘open collar’ article. You’ll want to read about the German based ‘vocational dual training system’, too. (*Note: among the top items of the German study, are economic goals, social goals, and, personal goals.)

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Warriors, don’t forget to change an infrastructure you have to have legislation. So Congress is an obvious CCSS Machine group to watch in all this.

Don’t forget, all the job websites (like Monster and Indeed, etc.) will have career readiness or career assessments. Our federal government gives States grants for One-Stop Job/Employment Centers. These will be huge CCR locations.

Closing:

Warriors, the last place we will need to watch for ‘infrastructure’ changes in education is the HEA (Higher Education Act) as it is readied to become re-authorized. I have shown you over the years, how the HEA is the last link in the cradle to grave workforce education chain. Career Readiness will be a huge part of the new version.

Believe me, the educratic emperors will be strutting all over the nation with THAT shiny new coat of deception.

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Red words are my added emphasis.

(My article where the above image first appeared.)

**Personal note: Warriors, I’ll be offline until the first part of April due to computer issues and family business. Take care until we meet again!

Use our time apart to review any of the past week’s mega articles, jam packed with links for your Warrior’s belt.


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The Global Game

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we well know the ‘fed ed’ wouldn’t exist as it does right now, if it weren’t for the global education agenda. Just last week, while writing for the Patriot Institute, I came across the World Education, Inc. website.

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Warriors, the list of groups funding this corporation is a massive one. So many of the CCSS Machine members. We’ll look closer at the World Education, Inc. in a bit. First, let’s use a game show perspective.

It’s not enough that many of these members have ganged up on America, no, it’s like the CCSS Machine is playing us for all it can. Like a sick and twisted game show. Instead of American education being treated like a winner with lots of wonderful prizes, education has been reduced to a wheel of disaster.

Why would I use a wheel? Look below:

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Warriors, this type of wheel includes everyone involved in education, not just students.
Below, is one wheel for teachers only:

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Here’s another depiction of the disasters in education, thanks to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). As you can see, no education choice will be a winner in escaping the overreaches.

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Do you see Warriors? A wheel represents no beginning and no end. It goes around and around.

Think about some of the other images you’ve seen connecting the CCSS Machine to education. Chunks, clusters, pipelines, and, straight arrows.

World Education, Inc.:

Warriors, in the first screen shot, you may notice the ‘since 1951’ phrase. From their website, this excerpt, “Founded in 1951 to meet the needs of the educationally disadvantaged, World Education has worked in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as in the United States. Working in concert with private, public, and nongovernmental organizations, World Education initiatives support effective local management and promote partnerships between local organizations.”

Here’s a YouTube video about the corporation. Below is a screen shot from the 2016 Annual Report:
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Source 

What else is in the Annual Report? Teacher Professional Development in the US; funding from CCSS Machine members (The U.S. Dept. of Ed, The U.S. Dept. of Labor, UNICEF, the UN Foundation, and the AIR, American Institutes for Research); and the Board members with their organization’s name. CCSS Machine members Harvard University and MIT are among those represented.

From the World Education, Inc.’s archives, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s ‘contributions’:

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Currently, there are 5 World Education initiatives in the U.S.

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Supporting these in the U.S. are 39 College and Universities and/or their Systems, 18 Corporations (including the GED Testing Service from Pearson), 12 Foundations (see below), 37 U.S. Government agencies (including the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s CTE, Career Tech Education, Office), 82 Non-profit groups (includes quite a few well known CCSS Machine member groups), and, 4 Union and/or Workforce Development Boards.

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Warriors, in a week or so, the World Education, Inc. is having a Conference for workforce based education. One of the key note speakers? A 2009 Obama nominee for the U.S. Dept. of Education as the Under Secretary. She now leads the College Promise Program. Dr. Martha Kanter. Her bio can be found here. When I first wrote about the College Promise Campaign, the same logo you see below was used in a “Heads Up” Project. The overall goal for the College Promise: free community college for all.

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The World Education, Inc. has a monthly newsletter called the “Change Agent”. The current issue is all about Career Pathways. I’ve written several articles about the Career Pathwaysworldedchangeagent
To access the free webinar slides, go here.

The World Education, Inc. is trying so hard to sell its work as ‘expert’. When you take into consideration all the ties to the CCSS Machine, it’s not expertise they have, it’s alignment!

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Closing:

Warriors, please know that when I share things like this, I am not blaming those involved in education who are fighting by our sides. I AM blaming the CCSS Machine for its continued game of ruining America’s education system. I AM speaking up and highlighting what the CCSS Machine is doing so we can be as informed as possible.
We cannot fight a war if we do not know all the opponents.

I’d personally like to see education become a winning ticket for everyone! Personally, I’d love to see the CCSS Machine destroyed.

Tech Thursday: Adult CCSS Reading

Today's article uncovers the almost $10 million dollar grant for adult literacy.
Today’s article uncovers the almost $10 million dollar grant for adult literacy.

Would you believe an almost $10 million dollar grant given to the National Research and Development Centers was given back in 2012 and ends in 2017? Would you believe it’s tied to Common Core ELA? Would you believe it’s geared for ADULTS both in the USA and Canada? Read on, my Warriors!

The Grant:

You can find the grant information by following this link: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/details.asp?ID=1343
The government organization awarding this money? The IES (Institute for Educational Sciences)
How much money was awarded? Exactly $9,999,985.00!
The institution receiving all that dough? Georgia State University.
The purpose? Research and Development for Adult Literacy. Here’s an excerpt about the purpose, “The Center for the Study of Adult Literacy (CSAL) seeks to improve our understanding of ways to advance the reading skills of struggling adult learners reading at the 3rd to 8th grade levels. The Center will both conduct exploratory work on underlying cognitive and motivational processes that contribute to or impede reading development and develop and evaluate a multi-component reading intervention for this population. In addition, CSAL will examine the adequacy of measurement instruments and assessments for this population. CSAL is a collaborative effort across four research sites: Atlanta, Georgia; Memphis, Tennessee; and Toronto and St. Catharines, Canada. Struggling adult readers in both the United States and Canada will participate.”

Now, it’s important to point out that staff members of CSAL include experts in childhood and adult education, psychometrics, educational technology, and statistics. Helping all this reading intervention along? AIR (American Institutes for Research)! How did I discover that pro CCSS/CTE backing group? On the grant project’s website. (see: http://csal.gsu.edu/content/homepage)

Before we proceed, I want to highlight the incentous relationship between the IES, the CSAL, the NCER, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. First, you have the head: the U.S. Dept. of Education, follow that with the IES as the neck. Then, two arms, one for the NCER and the other for the CSAL. So, what you have is lots of money staying within the U.S. Dept. of Ed, but in different arms of it. Confused yet?! Don’t fret, the bottom line is that money is being used for adult literacy educational reform. But..it is Common Core ELA? Let’s press on…
(*Note: If you’d like to see ALL the related ‘body parts’ of the IES, see: http://ies.ed.gov/ncer/randd/ Be sure to look at all the current research grant programs going on)
The Fact Sheet:

If you want the ‘facts’, here’s a link for you. This one takes you to the flyer GSU and the rest of the grant project have put together. See: http://csal.gsu.edu/sites/csal.gsu.edu/files/CSAL_Factsheet_2015.pdf
Here are just two of the ‘facts’ I’ll share, you can read the rest of them on your own.
1) A curriculum is being written for learners to use.
2) A computer program will teach them to read.

The Common Core/CTE?:

Okay, so far, we’ve gotten the U.S. Dept. of Education and some of its sub-departments, so we know that’s ONE aspect of CCSS/CTE (Common Core State Standards/Career Technical Education); we’ve seen that AIR’s connected, so that’s a SECOND aspect of alignment. But..is there more?!  Oh yes, my anti CCSS Warriors, there most certainly is! Where did I find those featured below? On the website of the almost $10 million grant project!

“Equipped for the Future” from the University of Tennessee (see: http://eff.clee.utk.edu/)
To see the executive summary of how aligned EFF is to the CCSS: EFFUT

“Council for the Advancement of Adult Literacy” (CAAL), based in New York, NY. (see: http://www.caalusa.org/about.html)
To see how CCSS/CTE bound this group is, be sure to read the portion of the website’s homepage where Carnegie Foundation and the Ford Foundation are given credit for helping create the Council. More CCSS/CTE pro supportive groups also give lots of money to the Council (see: http://www.caalusa.org/funders.html). There you’ll see some of the most familiar CCSS funders like Lumina, Verizon, the Joyce Foundation, and many more.
Among the CAAL publications, is this ‘gem’. It’s all about the data mining for Career Pathways! (CP is another part of the Career Tech Education)Please note that the published date is 2010, before the GED was aligned, before the Longitudinal Data Collection systems were united. Also of note, the CLASP(Center for Law and Social Policy) is mentioned in the footnotes concerning data mining. I’ve written about CLASP before to expose their CCSS/CTE ties. See this article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/tech-thursday-ccss-workforce-pushing-labor-reform/
To see the CAAL publication: LongitudinalCoreTrackingElements-Indicators52710

“Commission on Adult Basic Education” (COABE), based in Syracuse, NY.
(see: http://www.coabe.org/)

To see their CCSS/CTE allegiance, just look at the screen shot below:

When I took this screen shot, the words were changing from
When I took this screen shot, the words were changing from “Test Ready, Future Prepared” to “Now Available the College and Career Readiness Standards”.

This Commission has around 13, 000 members devoted  “To promote adult education and literacy programs, including Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Family Literacy, Skills Development, Workforce Development, and other state, federal, and private programs which assist undereducated and/or disadvantaged adults to function effectively.” If you’d like to read the rest of the Commission’s mission, see: http://www.coabe.org/mission/
If you look around the website a bit more, you’ll see the USA is divided into regions.
You’ll also find their new publication about “New Pathways” which details how the COABE is embracing the WIOA’s(Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) education/workforce alignment. (in other words, MORE Common Core Career Tech and Pathways). See: COABE_stratg_broch_v4

“Center for Applied Linguistics” based in Washington, D.C.
See: http://www.cal.org/
This group (non profit) has an entire Common Core State Standards section. See: http://www.cal.org/content/search?SearchText=common+core+state+standards
Founded in 1959 with a Ford Foundation grant, CAL is very supportive of the CCSS/CTE.
Be sure to access their 2014 Annual Report where you can find out that this group impacts K-12 educators, those working with immigrants and refugees, and how they are helping with the ‘next generation of assessments’. See: http://www.cal.org/who-we-are/annual-reports

Are there others groups like the ones above? Yes, there are. I’ll be looking up close at them in a later, not yet written article.

Closing:

While all the information above is certainly very revealing about how in-depth the CCSS/CTE Machine is going beyond K-12, I want to re-direct your attention to one of my very first anti CCSS blog articles where the CCSS Adult Standards were shared.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/common-core-after-high-school-reality-check/

How does it all interconnect? Simply put: the Common Core curriculum

Monday Musings: CCSS Tech Schedule

"EdSurge" just announced all the technology based conferences for the next year. You can be sure the Common Core  Machine will be there.
“EdSurge” just announced all the technology based conferences for the next year. You can be sure the Common Core Machine will be there.

The ‘Common Core Machine’ is busy cranking out all kinds of support/resources/gadgets to promote our continued alignment as a nation.  Continue to read on to find out how the Gates Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the New Schools Venture Fund, Graham Holdings, GSV Capital, Imagine K12, and Learn Capital are behind this effort.

The “EdSurge” Announcement:

Recently “EdSurge” (an independent education technology resource for ‘anyone’) released the 2015-16 technology education conference schedule. If you enlarge the graphic you’ll have a first hand guide to the technology companies devoted to the CCSS Machine. In my introductory paragraph I shared with you some well known pro CCSS organizations. If you’re wondering how I discovered who backs and supports EdSurge, it is on their website.
See the screen shot, then visit their website:
surgesupportWhat’s interesting about “EdSurge” is if you read the “Ethics Statement” provided, you’ll run across this paragraph, “All our investors support journalistic independence; they do not attempt to influence our coverage. We have received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Joyce Foundation to support the development of our website. We have received funding from GSV Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund, Learn Capital, Catamount Ventures and the Women’s Venture Capital Fund.” Okay, is it just myself, or do you question how ‘independent’ a media source can truly be with pro CCSS backing like this? Somehow I’m not ‘sold’ on this concept of ‘objectivity’. From my research, any time you run across a group so heavily supported by agenda driven money, you’re more likely to be ‘subjective’ in your efforts. Let’s move on, shall we?

If You’d Like to See the “Who’s Who” at EdSurge’s Conferences:

“EdSurge” is pretty cheeky, I’ll give them that. Why do I state this? Go back to the first screen shot. You’ll see it’s bright, colorful, and packed with information an anti CCSS Warrior can use. The ‘cheeky’ part (in my opinion) is that “EdSurge” has put this up for sale, so you the customer, can enjoy it 24/7. No! I’m not spending one dime of my money to knowingly support Common Core. I protest my tax money being used for it, but as we’ve seen, the citizens didn’t get to choose HOW our tax money has been used to undermine education.


You can also download a free 2 page pdf of the schedule of conferences, if you like. It’s free, as far as I can tell. Why the poster is worth accessing is this: you can see which cities and states are hosting. Why would we need this? If we’re going to fight the CCSS Machine, we have to mobile, we have to be ready to meet it head on. The main entities hosting the various themed conferences are a “who’s who” in the CCSS landscape. For example, one city will be hosting a conference lead by the NCEA for faith-based K-20 education leadership training; another will find the AASA gathering school superintendents to celebrate 150 years (no, that’s not necessarily a negative, but consider any time you gather to celebrate the past, the focus shifts to the future. It’s the future we need to be prepared for); another city’s conference will find inACOL hosting a blended learning ‘tell all’. This list of indoctrination grinds on! If you’re not sure how the above examples are entrenched in all things CCSS, I’ll be sure to provide links for you in the closing.
To access this all important tool:
 https://d3e7x39d4i7wbe.cloudfront.net/static_assets/Conference_Infographic_8.5x11_2.pdf

“EdSurge” Summits:

Another service “EdSurge” can provide you is Education Leadership Summits. Educators can attend for free. Companies are encouraged to foot the bill. (ie: Public, private partnerships; ask yourselves, how many times the CCSS Machine relies on P3s to carry out its mission?)  What the summits cover for you, the educator? The latest in education solutions AND technology. See the educator day parameters: https://www.edsurge.com/summits/educator and https://www.edsurge.com/summits/administrator

What about the businesses, what do they have to do to get involved? Showcasing the latest products designed to help you implement educational ‘success’. See the business requirements:
https://www.edsurge.com/summits/companies_sponsors

The “Fun” Video:

Here’s the YouTube sales pitch for “EdSurge’s” Educator Summits. Notice the vendor in yellow. Listen for the CCSS buzzwords, too.

The “EdSurge” Panel Discussion:

Back in 2012, “EdSurge” hosted a panel discussion to showcase a new initiative called the “Maker Education Initiative”. I’m providing the You Tube link for your background information. Why? Among the panelists is a U.S. Dept. of Education representative. Again, listen to the buzzwords, the rhetoric, and the ‘whole learning’ concept as it relates to CCSS (verbally admitted at about the 8:22 mark) and the heavy suggestions toward STEM (which is also absolutely tied to CCSS).

To learn more about “Maker Education Initiative”, visit: http://makered.org/
To see what groups sponsor “Maker”, visit: http://makered.org/about-us/sponsors/
From the “Makers” 2013 Annual Report, I found this one statement in the introduction, “Our flagship program, Maker Corps, exhibited the potential of an innovative online training model to empower facilitators with the confidence to lead unique, quality making experiences at their institutions. By placing trained Maker Corps Members in settings such as children’s museums, libraries, schools, and community-based organizations, we were able to reach more then 90,000 youth and families across 19 states.” To read the rest of the annual report (which is very telling of so much more): Annual-Report-Design_1.8.15_FINAL_web

Closing:

If you’re interested in finding out more about the NCEA (National Catholic Educators Association) and their ties to Common Core, please see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/rmt-have-you-heard-of-the-cccii/ 
(even if you are not of the Catholic faith, please consider reading this as it contains links to other faith-based CCSS tied information)

To understand more about inACOL( the International Association for K-12 On-line Learning), I offer you this resource: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/fom-friday-knowledgeworks-or-knowledge-quirks/

To find out how the AASA (American Association of School Adminstrators)is involved in CCSS, here is my article from last month (packed with all kinds of links): 
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/tech-thursday-upskilling-america-part-2/

Warriors, we have lots of ground to cover this summer. Let’s get organized and get out there!

WYBI: New America Ed Central, Pre K to High Pay

If you don't New America Ed Central, you need to!
If you don’t New America Ed Central, you need to!

New America Ed Central:

Website: http://www.edcentral.org/ 

Who’s behind the organization:  “The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.”

Who backs or contributes to the New America Foundation? “The program’s work is made possible through generous grants from the Alliance for Early Success; the Annie E. Casey Foundation; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; the Grable Foundation; the Foundation for Child Development; the Joyce Foundation; the Kresge Foundation; the Lumina Foundation; the Pritzker Children’s Initiative; the Tides Foundation; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; and the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation.”

Do you see how many of the  above listed funders are known Common Core Standards backers?!

For Early  Learners:

Besides heralding Sen. Alexander’s update to NCLB (No Child Left Behind), there are ways to target the earliest of learners in the classroom. How?? I’m so glad you asked.  By assessing the link provided, you can see all kinds of early learning items from alignment to CCSS to assessments. You can read why the commentators are quick to point out that researchers and policy makes are ‘slow’. See: http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2015/01/08/index.html?intc=EW-QC15-LFTNAV

For PreK-12th Grades: 


 On this page, you’ll see how the CCSS loving group is all about the E-rate legislation that will help to embed not only CCSS, but data mining too. In my article “A Cup of Coffee Can Now Data Mine”, I tell you HOW CCSS, the E-rate and our local libraries, schools are all set for alignment. See: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223

For Those in  Post Secondary Education: 

On the webpage for ‘Higher Education’, you’ll see a shameless plug for the recent ‘free community college’ push. See: http://www.edcentral.org/highered/ Now, in case you missed it, I wrote recently how Common Core Standards are already in community colleges across the nation. There have been other anti CCSS warriors spout off about the plan as well.

The Biggie: 

While all the above is enough to make the anti CCSS warrior scream, you’ll need to save it until you see this. A FEDERAL education budget project. Again, look above to the names of the groups backing the New American Foundation’s Project, “New Ed”!!

Second on the list of Advisors for the Federal Education Budget Project is Linda Darling-Hammond!! Excuse me, does anyone need a reminder of how pro CCSS she is?!
Here are the members of both groups in the advising capacity, straight from their website:

  • Richard Lee Colvin, Executive Director, Education Sector
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles Ducommon Professor of Education, Stanford University
  • Robert Greenstein, Founder & CEO, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution/Stanford University
  • Bryan C. Hassel, Co-Director, Public Impact
  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Director, Congressional Budget Office
  • Sharon Lynn Kagan, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University; Professor Adjunct, Child Study Center, Yale University
  • Dr. Ashby Kilgore, Superintendent, Newport News Public Schools
  • Charles Kolb, President, Committee for Economic Development, former Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy to President George H. W. Bush
  • Gregory McGinity, Senior Director of Policy, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
  • Becky A. Smerdon, Founder & Managing Director, Quill Research Associates, LLC

Congressional Working Group

The Budget Project also supports a Bipartisan Congressional Working Group on Education Funding that aims to generate fiscally responsible proposals that improve the size, distribution, and effectiveness of federal education funding. We operate as an expert “shadow staff” for Working Group Members providing them with new ideas, briefings, independent analyses, and technical assistance on education funding and budget issues. Current and past members include:

  • The Honorable Michael R. Castle (R-DE), United States House of Representatives ** Member, Education and Labor Committee
  • The Honorable Susan M. Collins (R-ME), United States Senate ** Member, Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
  • The Honorable Artur Davis (D-AL), United States House of Representatives ** Member, Ways and Means Committee
  • The Honorable Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), United States House of Representatives ** Member, Appropriations Committee ** Member, Budget Committee
  • The Honorable Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT), United States Senate ** Member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • The Honorable Thomas R. Petri (R-WI), United States House of Representatives ** Member, Education and Labor Committee

I sure hope you see the irony that all these pro CCSS folks are backing federal education money, when ‘federal’ should have no business or portion of ‘education’!

For added research, be sure to look at the Federal Education Budget Project publications. You’ll see reports for those with special needs, amassing more data AND much more. See: http://febp.newamerica.net/publications

The Chirpy, Feel Good Promo:

Below, I’ve provided you with a short You Tube promo the New American Foundation has produced. Notice who’s in it, note what’s said. Then, filter that through the above lens of Common Core support. (Note: be sure to look the the entire channel of You Tube Videos from New America Foundation…they’re up to more than just education alignment)

Parting shot: 

Showing pro CCSS pride!
Showing pro CCSS pride!

As far as the ‘high pay’?? That comes IF you follow their aligned early ed to high ed program via a CCSS education, I guess. At least that’s the sales pitch.

Tech Thursday: Workforce Common Core Style

I love research. I always have and will continue to love it…especially when it leads me to so many off the beaten path locations where Common Core and Career Pathways intersect. Frankly, any place CC and post high school intersect. Why? Because we’ve been fed the line so often of how CC is only K-12! ‘Cow chips and bull feathers’!

Common Core: education's cow chips
Common Core: education’s cow chips

First stop, Work Force, 3 One:

If you’ve not heard of this particular program, it’s okay. As we have learned in researching the CCSS, we have come to know  there are SO many MORE programs, initiatives, agendas, and departments involved in it, that almost daily, we’re finding something new.

This particular project (as I’ll call it) is from, the Dept. of Labor. However, like all the other Career Pathway, CTE (Career Tech Education), or Workforce programs, etc., they are also tied to the U. S. Dept. of Education using Common Core as their tool of choice.  Recently, I shared much of my research with you on this very subject.

So why “Workforce 3 One” ? Let’s see if we can find out. Here’s a snippet from their website,
“Workforce3 One, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (ETA), is an on-line interactive communications and learning platform designed to build the capacity of the Workforce Investment System. Members include the public workforce system and its strategic partners, such as employers, Federal agencies, community- and faith-based organizations, and educators. Workforce³One supplements other technical assistance provided by the Employment and Training Administration’s national and regional staff to build the capacity of the workforce investment system to successfully meet the employment needs of America’s workforce and employers.” (see the rest: https://www.workforce3one.org/page/about).

Much like any of the connectors to CCSS, there’s a back story. This ‘WF3One’ is no different. In fact, it’s roots come from a Workforce Strategy Center’s  “Building a Higher Skilled Workforce: Results and Implications from the BridgeConnect National Study”.

Support for the Study came from the Joyce Foundation, back in November 2010.

If you aren’t aware, bridge programs, as defined by the Study, “Bridge programs are a 21st-century idea for helping prepare low-skilled individuals for jobs that require more education. Known by many names—integrated education and trainingcontextualized learning, embedded skills—bridge programs assist students in obtaining academic, employability, and technical skills they need to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and training and the labor market”.  The goal? Assisting the student in career track employment, employability, or postsecondary pursuits.

Supporting all this for at least a decade (remember, this was published as ‘new’ information back in 2010) were:  Lumina Foundation for Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation from the private sector. From the U.S. Federal level, setting policies,  U.S. Dept. of Ed, U.S. Dept. of Labor. From the state policy setting level, IL, TX, WI, WA, and others (not identified) were also key in moving this along.

Nine paths contained in more than any one of the 16 Career Clusters featured in ‘Common Career Technical Core’ (known as “CTE” for short) are named in the Study. For a refresher, those 16 Career Clusters are Agriculture (Food and Natural Resources), Architecture and Construction, Arts (including A/V Tech and Communications), Business Management and Administration, Education and Training, Finance, Government and Public Administration, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Information Tech, Law (Public Safety, Corrections and Security included), Manufacturing, Marketing, STEM (Science, Technology and Math), Transportation (includes Distribution and Logistics). Of the states participating, they reported community colleges and high schools were the biggest partners in helping create the bridges. The largest funding source, federal funds under the “Adult Education” (included Family Literacy, community colleges as well as K-12 schools).
To see the rest of the Study (bridge_connect_report_2010-11)

Next Stop, “Career Ladder” or “Competency Pyramid”?

Workforce 3 One is SO complete they have on-line tools for you to use to build your career..of course it will be aligned. The first one is the ‘CP’ or Competency Pyramid. The biggest portion of the pyramid is reserved for those things you’ll need to succeed in your school journey (which may involve several) or work and will require you to complete each of the 3 portions: personal effectiveness, academic and workplace competencies. The next set of levels, contains 2 portions of competencies: industry sector and industry-wide. Near the top contains 4 portions: occupational specific knowledge, occupational tech, occupational specific and management. To see how to ‘customize’ your pyramid, visit: http://www.careeronestop.org/CompetencyModel/careerpathway/CPWGenInstructions.aspx

What if you prefer the ladder? Well, that tool bases itself off your pyramid. It details for you the differing jobs available to you in your cluster of career choice. Then, how viable the job will be (as in will always be needed, etc.), how much you’ll earn at said job, how many years or levels of schooling you’ll need. I’ve given you the link for the Healthcare Cluster (as that is the one field tying Affordable Health Care, Workforce, Common Core, and STEM together in a nice big bundle).

 http://www.careeronestop.org/CompetencyModel/careerpathway/ReviewCareerPathways/LongtermHealthCare_CPW.pdf

GED is the next stop:

If you’ve not heard it before now, know that the GED has been aligned to the Common Core Standards as of 2014. Read about it from my fellow anti CCSS buddy, Lady Liberty1885,  who posted the announcement back in July 2014.

http://stopcommoncorenc.org/common-core-aligned-ged/

 

The title of this study which is below, “Beyond the GED: Promising Models for Moving  High School Dropouts to College” (published 2014, funded by another set of CCSS supporters, American Council on Education and MetLife Insurance (if you didn’t know “Snoopy’s” Company was into CCSS, here’s a link to my September 2014 article for Prevent Common Core‘s website: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1154))”

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Named in this study are more bridge projects, as well as the attempt to align Adult Ed to CCSS.

I previously wrote about the community colleges aligning to CCSS, so any adult (remember, 22 or older) attending will be introduced to CC there.

However, it appears more Adult Ed aligning is still in the works (see page ES-6). Courses will be aligned to career tracks, as we well know by now. Where this study is a bit different is it also discusses those concurring credit bearing classes or courses all kinds of students take. OH, I’ve failed to mention that in my research based opinion, the title of the study is very presumptuous. NOT every student who takes the GED is a high school dropout. To suggest such is a sign of misinformation. There is so much in this report, you’ll need to read it for yourselves. Just know you’ll see MORE rigor, MORE streamlining, MORE aligning of outcome based education, and finally, MORE college/career readiness!

Next on the journey, P21:

This entity, Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a busy one. Recently, it’s been popping up almost everywhere I search high and low. Their contributing study for Workforce 3 One is called “21st Century Readiness for Every Child: A Policymaker’s Guide”.  policymakersguide_final

Now, as best as I can tell this report was published in 2010. The rhetoric is ripe with suggestive language eluding to CCSS, but doesn’t name it outright. The cow chips picture from above would fit here nicely, because the level of fertilizer in this report is extremely worthy. Almost from the first word to the last one, the same worn out buzzwords we’ve heard about how we must compete globally, how we need to improve critical thinking and on and on. Be sure you check out the list of Partners:

To name a few well known offenders: Pearson, Scholastic, Crayola, Lego, Walt Disney, Dell.

Last stop, Carnegie Corporation of NY!

Yes, those of us familiar with CC know, sooner or later this company will surface. Here’s their contribution to helping align Workforce to Common Core. “Opportunity by Design: New High School Models for Student Success” First words, I kid you not, are about not only Common Core, but Next Generation Science Standards! (see: http://carnegie.org/fileadmin/Media/Programs/Opportunity_by_design/Opportunity_By_Design_FINAL.pdf) If you live in NY or NC, your state is featured as a success model for early college schools, of course, CC aligned. “The Common Core and Next Generation Science
Standards offer school systems an historic opportunity to reshape themselves to support innovative school designs and replace today’s outmoded, industrial-model secondary schools.” It is further stated that the Standards (both CC and Next Gen) are catalysts for change. This report even uses the ‘pipeline’ reference for students. UGH! If you know anyone who needs more cow chips, load up with this one.

Need a makeover? This report has 10 suggested guidelines designed to makeover schools. I won’t mention all of them, so be sure you read the Report. You wouldn’t want to miss these guidelines: “Be porous and connected”, a fancy way to say community learning centers. “Develops and deploys collective strengths”, sorry, this sounds more like I’m in the military. You’ll see the usual buzz CC phrases here as well.

So, did we ever discover why the strange title for Workforce? I didn’t see a ‘smoking fire’, did you? Well, while we won’t find what the 3 One means from above, there’s a WF 3 One You Tube channel, full of all kinds of information. Here’s one way the ‘ease of use’ for job seeker and employer are sold..all with no mention or hint of Common Core.

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