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Get Your Free Money Here!

Warriors Against Fed Led Ed, when you hear me mention the CCSS Machine, you know I am referring to the P3 (Public Private Partnerships) controlling EVERYTHING connected to education in America. Everything from the laws to the curriculum is included.

When I say “Fed Ed”,though, are you thinking only CCSS (Common Core State Standards)?

Fed Ed means SO much more! Here are the top examples: Common Core, Career Tech Ed, Career Tracks/Pathways, Career Clusters, Next Gen, STEM, College/Career Readiness, Challenging State Academic Standards, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills Ready, AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Community Colleges, Public Universities, some Private Colleges, Learn to Earn schools, and all the other connecting entities/programs in PreK to Grad School.

Because there is SO much ‘fed ed’, that means there’s LOTS of federal money (aka: your taxpayer burden) to be had.

What’s more, is the CCSS Machine is just itching to help you not only SPEND that money in your schools, but can show you how to get it!

 
The Money Train Stops Here:

Recently, I saw an article (link is below) about groups sold out to Fed Ed. These groups want to be the ONES to guide you to get the most E-Rate funding for your school possible.

Knowing I’ve written at least 2 articles about how the federal government has used this seemingly innocent fee on your phone bill (or your internet bill) to ram CCSS Machine reform down our throats, I knew I had to find out more. Especially knowing how full of digital upgrades and technology purchases ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)  has written in as requirements.

ESSA has also tagged roughly $850 million just for these activities alone.That’s a hefty taxpayer burden, don’t you think? What happens when all that ‘free to your schools’ money runs short? Who picks up the tab? The citizens! Either through an increased tax burden OR a bond (taxes paid later over  a long period of time). Trouble is, either way, those paying taxes now will be impacted as well as those who will be paying taxes in the future!

Think of it this way, our money used against us in the name of progress/success/readiness.

Group #1:   “Funds for Learning (FFL)” (website: https://www.fundsforlearning.com/)
fflessa

How I found “FFL” was through this article:
https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/resources/maximizing-e-rate-updated-program-is-custom-built-for-connectivity-in-schools.html (*Note: in the screen shot above, you’ll see the main point I focused on, the ConnectEd Initiative. ESSA has portions of ConnectEd embedded: Digital Promise, Computer Science for All, and more.)

Here’s an excerpt from the article, where I learned more about E-Rate/ConnectEd:
Most critically, the agency shifted its funding focus to meet the digital goals outlined in President Obama’s ConnectED initiative: Now, instead of helping schools subsidize their telephone bills and basic internet connectivity as it has done since 1997, the E-Rate program is focused on helping schools obtain affordable high-speed broadband connections to campus (known as Category 1 funding) and Wi-Fi equipment and services (known as Category 2 funding) so they can enable high-capacity digital classroom instruction.The change couldn’t have come at a better time, according to John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning, an E-Rate consulting firm. “The need is so great for connectivity inside of schools, and the E-Rate program as it’s designed now is custom-built for this,” he says. “It’s a real game changer.””
(*Note: In ESSA, Title One funding has been shifted, too. In that shift are the ‘capital purchases’ schools must make. A capital purchase example is buying computer equipment. Where you’ll find this shift ‘hiding’ is in the update from ‘targeted student support’ to ‘whole school support’.)

Other, need-to-know, highlights of the article include:
1) The author, He
ather B. Hayes, goes on to share top tips for schools to get all the access to the ‘free’ E-Rate funding. That is, after she laments that many K-12 schools aren’t lining up in droves to get this ‘free money’.

2) Mentioned in Hayes’ article are (Group #2) CoSN (Consortium of School Networking), (Group #3) Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), and, The e2e Exchange (Group #4).
(*Notes: A) CoSN is a sold out CCSS Machine member and is actively helping redefine what student readiness should be! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/ready-or-not/
B) USAC is also sold out to the CCSS Machine.
See how: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/your-home-or-bust/  )

3) It appears school leaders are having trouble applying for the E-rate funding due to the EPCs (E-Rate Productivity Centers). When I looked these Centers up, it lead me right back to USAC (see #1). Below is a screen shot of the 4 step process. The Centers help you
gain discounts when purchasing digital services for your schools/libraries.

erateproccess
To see the entire illustrated process:
 http://usac.org/_res/documents/sl/pdf/handouts/application-process-flow-chart.pdf

4) E-rate Funds will be spread out over the next 5 years.

5) The Funds are not meant only to be used for digital technology, but curriculum and other school wide accessed programs/services/resources.

6) Lots of ‘help’ is available to those school leaders applying..non-profits with CCSS Machine agenda are only happy to offer guidance through the mandatory 28 day bidding competitions.

7) If you’d like to see the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) document about E-rate funds in schools/libraries:
http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db0912/DA-16-1023A1.pdf
(*Note: the federal law this activity is protected under is the Communications Act of 1934 (and all its amendments.)

 


Related Resources:
1) My article about the ESSA and digital ”updates”: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/state-digital-education/
(*Note: has ESSA digital/technology page numbers, links to the other ESSA articles directly tied to E-Rate and/or the digital push in education, and more you can use to find the CCSS Machine’s overreach in your State.)

2) The USAC’s Schools and Libraries Committee leaders and their duties:
http://www.usac.org/about/about/leadership/sl-committee.aspx

3) The Funds for Learning Partners:
https://www.fundsforlearning.com/FFLServices/affiliations.php (*Note: SETDA (State Education Technology Directors Association is among them. You can find out more about them in my article above in #1.)

4) e2e Exchange is the nation’s leading entity when it comes to E-Rate consulting. Below is their “Connectivity Gap” illustration:

e2eex
To see the leaders of e2e Exchange: http://www.erateexchange.com/about.htm (*Note: be sure to watch the almost 2 minute video from the President.)

5) The Gates Foundation funds awarded to CoSN:
 http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=CoSN

6) The OLC (Online Learning Consortium’s Feb. 2015) pdf on ‘Tracking Education’:
http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/gradelevel.pdf (*Note: Pearson is a partner!)

7) The OLC received over $2 million for digital/technology educational alignment from the Gates Foundation in 2015: http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/news_item/online-learning-consortium-expands-digital-learning-initiative-gates-funding/

Closing:

Warriors, no matter who is elected, ESSA and all its mandates, requirements, and related CCSS Machine member groups are going to keep going on with their agenda.
We must use information like this to help expose this agenda.

Is It “Yes” or Is It “No”?

Recently, my fellow Anti CCSS/ESSA/Fed Ed Warriors, I shared with you how BOTH Chambers of Congress have chosen to use our tax dollars to continue the illegally based education reform.

Included in the continued overreaches are funds for aligning entire communities to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) mandates. There are other items as well which should be of concern. If you missed either one, but sure to use the bottom left arrow at the end of this article. It will send you back to the Senate article (“Setting Us Up”). Embedded in the Senate article, you’ll find the House’s article (“Sure Fire Disaster: Fed Ed”)

The remainder of today’s article is in response to a reader’s comment/question.

I had posted the House article on Sunday to the Facebook page “Moms Against Duncan”. In the article was the fact that Museum and Library Grants (M & L Grants) are tied to the CCSS Machine. I not only shared how the House is using FY (Fiscal Year) 2017 funds to keep this up, but I linked my previously published article with details on HOW M & L Grants are being used by the CCSS Machine (before, during, and after ESSA’s passage into law).

One reader responded with the fact her local area had a Millage Tax vote for their library and wondered if this tax is somehow connected to all the education alignment. She also shared that scare tactics were used before the vote took place. The rhetoric was pretty much vote ‘yes’ or libraries will be forced to shut down.

This reader sent me the link to all these events to see if I could dig out the truth.

The News Source:

Warriors, here is the link I was sent: http://yes4muskegonlibraries.org/
As best as I can tell, Muskegon is located in Michigan.
What’s a ‘millage’ tax? Basically, its a unit used to calculate how much your property is worth. This is usually done for personal property taxes. However, from a quick internet search, it seems many communities are using the millage rate tax calculations as a way to raise money for expanding libraries.

librarymill
If you’re like me, the “Despite Protests” article jumped out at you. I clicked on it and found that in SE Arkansas, a battle was brewing. Here’s an excerpt from the full article,
“Despite an existing state law that requires legislative bodies to place millage issues requested by library boards before voters, three members of the Pine Bluff City Council voted Friday to ignore that law, shooting down a request by the Jefferson County Library Board to place a millage increase initiative on the November General Election ballot.” To see the entire article for yourselves:
http://www.pbcommercial.com/news/20160826/despite-protests-library-tax-will-be-on-november-ballot

Wow, this raises a question to consider. Are our local communities doing this?
I wonder if Muskegon did. Let’s see what else we can find.

According to the Muskegon Library article, the millage tax proposal didn’t pass. However, this sent the town leaders on a goose chase for how to FUND the library.

Going To Follow The Money?

The library article also mentioned the Muskegon Area District Library asking its patrons to vote (August 2016), as the current millage expires 12/16. Eighty percent of the Library’s funding comes from the millage tax. The District Library even hired an outside firm to conduct a survey.

Mitchell Research and Communications. The head of Mitchell is also a board member of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. (Hhmm…a big CCSS Machine warning bell there. Remember, Gates Foundation gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce millions so they could pass on the money to the State Chambers. The express goal? Alignment to Common Core, Career Tech Ed)

Below is a screen shot you may find interesting about Mitchell Research’s OTHER education related activities:

mitchellresearch

To learn more about Mitchell Researchhttp://mitchellresearch.net/

Back to the Muskegon District Library’s website. Would I find any CCSS Machine clues there? Would I be able to find out more about the millage tax and/or the Museum and Library Grants?

To access the District Library’s website: http://www.madl.org/
In their 2015-16 Budget I didn’t find any M & L Grants, but I did find that between the local taxes and the State Grants (including those for special needs), this District has quite an income. To see their budget: http://www.madl.org/images/pdfs/BUDGET2015.2016merged.pdf

While that may seem like a dead end, we need to see what money the State received in the way of grants to determine if an M & L Grant was awarded. Remember, where you find the M & L grants, you find the CCSS Machine and its agenda. Part of the agenda in ESSA is community alignment in the name of ‘student success’.

The other part? Communities will be held accountable for their part in your child’s education. Another CCSS Machine ‘benefit’ of the M & L grants? It ties to WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. How? Those seeking jobs who don’t have access at a home computer will likely use the local library’s. Add that to the fact the library is a public place, job training sessions will also be held there. This all ties into the technology infrastructure and data mining, too.

Before we leave Muskegon District Library, get a look at their agenda (aka ‘strategy’):

muskegonagenda

MI State Grants for Museums and Libraries:

Over the past 5 years: $21,824,354.00 awarded to MI from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. (see: https://www.imls.gov/grants/grants-state/state-profiles/michigan)

The grants support upgrading/maintaining technology. They are based on population (guess where that information comes from? The U.S. Census) These grants do a whole lot more, too. If you refer back to my articles “Hitting the Books” and the “Hitting the Books, Part 2”, you can find out TONS of truth you won’t find elsewhere when it comes to the CCSS Machine and our communities.

According the 2011-2015 Michigan 5 Year Evaluation for being eligible to receive M & L Grants, it appears the Governor eliminated governance over the State’s Library and that power now rests with the Dept. of Education.  See this excerpt, “During the plan period the Library of Michigan experienced tremendous change in both funding and its location within the Michigan state government. The agency experienced cuts of up to 20% in its annual budget as well as substantial decrease in staffing levels. Since 2000 the Library staffing levels have decreased from approximately 75 positions to a current 33 positions, not all of which are currently filled. In addition to these internal issues the organization as a whole was declared to no longer be an independent state agency and was moved under the Department of History, Arts and Libraries, HAL. In 2010 the Governor eliminated HAL and moved the Library of Michigan once again. Currently, the state library is under the authority of the Department of Education as a departmental unit.

This Evaluation also revealed a sub-grant called “Modeling the Future”. The sub-grant information below is a bit dated, but the agenda isn’t. Innovation is a huge, top-down mission for education.

misub

Warriors, I do believe I’ve found the answer as to WHY Muskegon’s District Library was pushing so hard for the millage rate. IF States can’t match the fed led grants, they cannot qualify! Those libraries are hardly in danger, but by using the scare tactic, I can see how it was successful!!

To see where I got this from:
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/hal/lm_LSTAfactsheet08_287053_7.pdf

Closing:

Warriors, while the reader was concerned about MI, know that the M & L Grants are nation-wide as well as applicable to all US Territories.

Once again, I thank each of you who trust me enough to find the evidence you seek. By doing so, we are helping others to know where to look in their local areas for how the CCSS Machine is grinding them down.

Monday Musings: The CCSS “Are You Kidding Me?!” Files

While this cartoon was depicted a U.S. Congress run by monopolists, it can easily resemble the 'CCSS Machine' running  education.
While this cartoon was depicted a U.S. Congress run by monopolists, it can easily resemble the ‘CCSS Machine’ running education.

As October winds down, anti CCSS Warriors, the hype supporting CCSS appears to be ramping up. Today’s post will show you how. Use the information to keep the pressure to STOP ‘Common Core’ (and all its aliases)!

First up, Special Needs:

Those running the CCSS/CTE Machine have made it no secret that ALL students, regardless of their educational choice OR abilities are to be run through the streamlined fare ‘Common Core Standards’ and all its accompanying resources. This, sadly, impacts our special needs kids. IF your family receives any IDEA funding, you are being subjected to CCSS in some way. When the schools receive their IDEA funding (and this includes post-secondary schools or all kinds), your students are most definitely being slammed with Common Core, Career and College Readiness, STEM, and, Career Ed Tech.  To find out MORE, please refer back to https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/monday-musings-idea-when-good-goes-ccscte-bad/
If you would like the ECS (Education Commission of the States) document from 2014 where plans to collect more ‘measurements’ of special needs students progress as well as their parents, see: SPtracking To see another way the special needs students were tracked, is a report from 2004. See: SpecNeedsDataCollect If you’d like to learn just how toxic the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) via HR5 (Student Success Act), please read Anita Hoge‘s article where she speaks in plain English how special needs students (as well as all the other types will be marginalized horribly).
http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anita113.htm

 

Here Come the STEM, CCSS latest moves:

Most folks balk at me when I even dare to mention how STEM is tied to CCSS, yet, the evidence is there. In case you didn’t see the news about the STEM Act passed into law at the federal level, here’s the article where I shared all the news about it. The Act is named “The STEM Education Act of 2015”. Why would a new Act concerning education be a problem? First, it’s at a FEDERAL level! As in ‘federally led education’. On Twitter anti CCSS Warriors refer to it as ‘fed led ed’. Secondly, the federal level law dictates a certain type of course now be included in STEM. Seriously?! Yes!! So where was the parental input? Where was the local level of education? It was excluded…just like we’ve seen from D.C. more and more in our recent past. This Act involves several other federal agencies in education, alignment, and data mining! This Act is so overreaching into education, it will not stop at the school yard’s boundary. No, this one takes education into almost every informal learning environment we could possibly use. For example, your libraries, museums, field trips, and so on. Again, HR5 (see above) has stealthily embedded the CCSS tied-STEM into the language as part of the  ‘afterschool programs’ and ‘wraparound services’.
Read all about it: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/wybi-tying-stem-to-ccss-again/
If you’d like to see the archive where I was able to find the STEM tie to HR5, refer to:
http://wpllc.net/tag/hr5/

Rumor Has It:

I’m including my release of this past “Weekend’s News” because you have to get the vital information somehow! What do I mean? I’m referring to the ‘block’ I received from social media when I was sharing the truth about what’s up in America and CCSS. Once again, (this isn’t my first time being blocked), and, as other anti CCSS Warriors have experienced, the CCSS Machine tried to stop me. But, the funny thing about truth is..it ALWAYS wins! Thankfully, several of my fellow Warriors, picked up the story and passed it on for me. However, there are many others who didn’t get the what’s up. So, I’ll state briefly WHY the “Weekend News” was so controversial it got blocked.
1) It named certain people as being involved in the corruption of education in America
2) I openly displayed the social media site in some of my screen shots
3) Point by point CCSS/CTE/STEM tied programs were specifically named and tied back to a well known university
4) Of those named, two are legislators in NC and another is running for the US Presidency
5) I exposed the fallacy which was shared over social media that NC had removed CCSS recently, when in fact, the original source was from 2014 AND didn’t tell the entire story!
Get it while you can: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/weekend-news-ccss-rumors-abound-at-least-in-nc/

I urge you, read the article. It IS so vital to our War Against the Core! You need to see just how far the CCSS/CTE Machine is going to place specific people in very educational influential positions. Yes, we’ve seen this before, BUT the operators of the CCSS Machine are becoming less and less stealthy about it! We MUST act! We MUST continue to expose the injustice that is happening every day in America via education reform! We know the bottom line isn’t an academic education, it’s about a ‘talent pipeline’ to feed a ‘workforce agenda’.

From ‘Your’ U.S. Dept. of Ed:

As you read this, the US DofEd is hosting a “Parent Camp”. I kid you not. If you use Twitter, be sure to look up ‘#ParentCamp’. You won’t believe the ‘shuck and jive’ dribble about education leading parents. Better yet, why not scoot over to the US DofEd’s Family Engagement page. There you can find all kinds of things the Dept has put together to show you HOW to parent THEIR way! Think I’m joking?! Read this excerpt, “If effective cradle-to-career educational partnerships between home and school are to be implemented with fidelity and sustained, engagement initiatives must include a concerted focus on developing adult capacity, whether through pre- and in-service professional development for educators; academies, workshops, seminars, and workplace trainings for families;” Want to read the rest? Be sure not to miss that one of the 4Cs in this parental persuasion is ‘human capital’!
USDofEDparent

 

From The US Chamber of Commerce’s Education and Workforce Committee:

Their latest efforts? Using local Workforce Boards to highlight the skills gap needs to be closed. As I’ve shared in the past (as have other anti CCSS Warriors, there is NOT a skills gap! The CCSS Machine has presented the fallacy that such a gap exists, but it does not)

The skills gap 'fear factor' fallacy is successful because those spreading it, use the wrong numbers s their source.
The skills gap ‘fear factor’ fallacy is successful because those spreading it, use the wrong numbers as their source.

By the way, the article to which the Chamber refers is worth reading. Get it:
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-688751-employers-workforce.html
Here is the picture the “Register” chose for the article:
skilltree

So, my fellow Warriors Against CCSS, we have MUCH to do and not much time in which to accomplish it!

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Aligned Summer

No matter how fun it appears, a summer CCSS machine program is still full of agenda!
No matter how fun it appears, a summer CCSS Machine program is still full of  cruel agenda!

Ahh, summer approaches. While you may have plans of relaxing fun, the CCSS Machine has a fully ‘locked and loaded’ menu of intentional alignment to illegally crafted Standards. Would you know where to spot them?

CCSS, Summer Style:
Type in “CCSS Summer” as a search option. If your results are anything like mine, almost 500,000 results will appear. One such group is “Student Achievement Partners, Inc.”. They are hosting  summer courses around the country. They partner with your local schools, so you may not always see “SAP”, you may see “Achieve the Core”, or some other innocuous name.

“SAP, Inc.” was  founded by David Coleman, Jason Zimba, and Susan Pimentel. They are a non-profit group. From their website, http://www.achievethecore.org, “Student Achievement Partners, Inc. was founded by David Coleman, Susan Pimentel and Jason Zimba, lead writers of the Common Core State Standards. We are a non-profit organization with one purpose: to help all students and teachers see their hard work lead to greater student achievement.” (the preceding excerpt is from their http://achievethecore.org/about-us page.) I urge you, as an action step to read the entire ‘About Us’ page. You’ll see how the group is careful to point our where their money comes from (or not), who’s on the governing board, and more. (*Note: be sure to expand the ‘see more’ option near the bottom of the page.) As far as funding, I bet as a studied anti CCSS warrior you can guess at least one of the partners funding this group. That’s right, the Gates Foundation!! See their huge grant to the SAP suckers (sorry, couldn’t resist that jab). http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2012/06/OPP1061551

So how does “SAP, Inc.” wind up in your school if they don’t receive taxpayer money? Easy, they get invited by your community. One “Become a Core Advocate” page of SAP’s, you find out that “Core Advocates live and work all across the country, in 46 states. As of 2014, Core Advocates in 13 states have also launched their own local networks, which are teacher-led and focused on addressing Common Core needs specific to their states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Washington state and Washington, DC.”  You can read more about the networking, agenda driven advocates:
http://achievethecore.org/page/1026/core-advocate-national-page 

Below is a screen shot of 2 of the other  SAP, Inc. partners responsible for helping CCSS aligned resources (be sure to see what summer ‘fun’ they have planned).
sapsucker
There are all kinds of CCSS Summer groups, programs, and resources out there. This is just ONE group with a monumental grasp on the nation. Action step: Look behind that summer program or class BEFORE you sign up!!

I could spend all day pointing out other CCSS Summer plans, but I want point out other CCSS Machine plans for the other illegally based portions of Common Core. Why do I say illegally based? Each one of the following categories is based off the CCSS in some way. Knowing CCSS was illegally crafted and thrust upon us, it is reasoned the rest of the associated arms of education reform are as well.

A “CTE” Summer?:

Could your family be facing a Career Tech Education filled summer as well? You bet!! I was able to find a 2006 Association of Career and Technical Education’s plan for redesigning high school. However, their approach targets the teachers first. How so? Summer conferences and workshops! Here’s the ‘re-design’ plan: Reinventing_American_High_School So how will you know if your state is hosting a summer conference? Here’s the ACTE Arizona’s 2015 Summer Conference page as an example. Action step: AZ isn’t alone, on my quick search I found that CT, PA, AL, TX, GA, and many others are also hosting summer career tech education conferences. If you can attend, do so!! If not, access the documents connected to the Conferences!
AZ’s page:
https://login.acteaz.org/registrations/view-areas

Remember, ALL 50 states have CTE!
Remember, ALL 50 states have CTE!

STEM Summers:

Yes, by far and away, my pointing out that STEM is part of the CCSS Machine has gotten me the most heated criticism. However, the factual documents I’ve shared throughout my writing have proven otherwise. STEM is the agenda behind CCSS! If you’d like the document which proves this, please contact me. But let’s keep focused on the summer ahead.

STEM summer camps, on-line classes, and even public library programs will be everywhere AND hosted by any number of organizations. Action step: before you sign your family up, look behind the scenes of the program. Here’s just one of the thousands of STEM summer resources: http://www.stemsummerexperience.com/ Based near where I live this popular (and that’s part of the problem..STEM camps are geared to promote fun while building invisible chains to agenda). Watch the promotional video and see if you can spot the invisible agenda item:

Another example, this time from a city wide approach (meaning public funds are used AND more than likely private funds as well) from NY. See: http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2015/05/07/city-offers-new-stem-summer-program-to-hundreds-of-students/#.VU4b0vlViko

Here’s another example, this time from the local community college/university approach.

To learn more:  http://www.careercornerstone.org/pcsumcamps.htm
To learn more:
http://www.careercornerstone.org/pcsumcamps.htm

Next Generation Science Standards:

Like it’s cousin, CTE, NGSS will be focusing on the teachers this summer. In July 2015, take your pick, ‘sunny’ CA or ‘happening’ NJ. Here’s how it’s being promoted, “Join NSTA for one of two first-ever summer institutes to help science educators and leaders implement the NGSS. Each event kicks off with a special keynote address from Barbara Morgan, former NASA Astronaut and Distinguished Educator in Residence at Boise State University, then continues with an engaging series of sessions given by NGSSexperts and differentiated for two grade bands: elementary and secondary.”  CA’s agenda: http://www.nsta.org/docs/2015SummerInstituteAgendaAnaheim.pdf
NJ’s agenda: http://www.nsta.org/docs/2015SummerInstituteAgendaAtlanticCity.pdf

Action step: If you’re not sue how CCSS and NGSS are intertwined, read the Eagle Forum’s articlehttp://www.eagleforum.org/publications/educate/july13/next-generation-science-standards-common-core-incognito.html
Action step: If you want the actual appendix that lays out for you the direction connections:
AppendixM-ConnectionsToTheCCSSForLiteracy

STEM to STEaM Summers: 

You may or may not be familiar with the newest movement from the CCSS Machine. It’s called “STEM to STEaM”. The “STEaM” part stands for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math”. I’ve not written much about this to date. Not because I haven’t researched it, but because it was do to be published in a national magazine. However, the publisher has since changed its mind and declined my article. Not to fear..it will appear here! You’ll hopefully be amazed to the point of action when you find out all I’ve uncovered. However, let’s keep this on the upcoming summer.

The official website, STEM to STEaM’s opening line is a classic rhetoric filled statement we’ve seen in much of the CCSS Machine’s propaganda..the U.S. economy. Read it for yourselves, “In this climate of economic uncertainty, America is once again turning to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future.” Website: http://stemtosteam.org/

As far as this summer, look for all kinds of ‘fun’ from all angles: public AND private (just like STEM).

Here’s an example from East Carolina University: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/STEM-STEAM.cfm Which part of the University is hosting this? Why the College of Fine Arts and Communication! The selling point, a community outreach. Another collegiate example? The University of TX at Dallas. See: http://www.utdallas.edu/atec/steam/

Another example: A private Christian school’s summer STEaM/STEM camp. This school is located in CA. Look at the way in which the camp is sold to the parents. From the 7 to 12 year old’s camp, “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math will be used to solve the daily individual, partner, and group challenges.  The essence of STEAM/STEM is problem-based learning for 21st century students.” From 5 to 10 year old’s camp: “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math will be used to solve the daily individual, partner, and group challenges.  The essence of STEAM/STEM is problem-based learning for 21st century students.  Aspiring scientists and engineers plan, build and test their designs, and then improve them until they are successful.”
For the older camp, see: https://www.tccs.org/event-registration/index.php?option=com_vikevents&task=viewevent&itid=90&Itemid=676 For the younger camp, see:
https://www.tccs.org/event-registration/index.php?option=com_vikevents&task=viewevent&itid=81&Itemid=676

PBLs, the 'latest, greatest' invention in education?!
PBLs, the ‘latest, greatest’ invention in education?!