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Warrior’s Guide to ESSA

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How the CCSS Machine is acting over ESSA.

To you, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, I salute your diligence in fighting the overreach of Common Core, Competency Based Education, Career Tech Ed, College/Career Readiness, and all that goes with them for the Workforce based education system we see happening every day.

I congratulate you on your use of patriotism to see that the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is a farce for American education.

However, we have much to do. Why? As I shared in my ‘Weekend News’, the full U.S. Senate will either confirm or deny Dr. John King as the Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Ed. on March 9th, 2016. But, there is MORE!

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How the Anti CCSS Warriors are acting over the ESSA.

 

The List of ESSA Fools:

Not that we don’t already know there are lots of ESSA fools, but for a refresher, here are the groups of a newly formed coalition, Sen. Alexander revealed have already begun working hard of revamping education to fit the ESSA. (Source: the Senate HELP Committee Hearing from 2/25/16)
National Governors Association, The National Educators Association, School Superintendents Association (aka: American Association of School Administrators),
American Federation of Teachers, National Conference of State Legislators, National Association for the State Boards of Education, The National School Boards Association, National Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals, the National Teachers Association, and with the support of the Chief Council of State School Officers.

Why are they fools? First, they are well known CCSS Machine members. Secondly, they all have gone out of their way to align education and lie about how great the alignment is. Their third foolish action? Helping spread the misinformation about the ESSA and the return of the States sovereignty in education.

Leading this fools battalion? The U.S. Congress and the mainstream media! Has the misinformation worked? Absolutely!

 

The Focus of the Anti CCSS Warriors:

From the time the ESSA was voted on and passed into law, our sole focus has been exposing the TRUTH about how the federal government, NOT the States will run education.

From today forward, you, the Anti CCSS Warrior, will have a document with proof of just how the federal government has hidden this control in plain sight. This document is one I created for my state’s legislators. I share it with you so you can continue (or begin) to help your legislators see the TRUTH. As always, in this War Against the Core, we don’t have much time.

Our actions MUST be planned well, carried out with purpose, and focused on our target: Ending federal control of education. The document is titled ‘ESSA Proof of National Control, Not State Control’. It is an “Open Office Document” which will download to your computer first, then you should be able to open it successfully. Be a ‘modern day Martin Luther’ and nail this document on the legislators doors!

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Closing:

Anti CCSS Warriors, this is the time to be radical, not shy. This is the time to strike fear into the Senate’s direction. They seek re-election. They won’t get our votes should they confirm Dr. King. While I am not suggesting physical aggression toward another person, I am suggesting we use a ‘hostage-like attitude’ toward the process of Dr. King’s confirmation. We have the POWER, not Congress. It is time we use that power to its fullest!

It is STILL a government of the people, for the people, and by the people!

Oh, and one last thought, while you contemplate whom to NOT vote for, 19 of the 22 members of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee voted FOR the ESSA!

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Weekend News: Your Anti CCSS Back To School Wish

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Jpeg image credit: imgion.com

Warriors, have no fear, I’ve not converted to the supportive side for “Common Core”. I’m still VERY MUCH opposed. However, as we all know, it is the time of year our schools are gearing up for “Back to School”. For many of us, that means MORE CCSS. During this past week, I shared with you how the Bic Ink Pens Company is hosting a BTS (Back to School) Contest full of ‘Common Core English Language Arts’ lessons. What else is lurking out there? Plenty! This weekend’s news feature is the CCSS laden “Parent Toolkit”.

“Education Nation”:

Using Twitter as a tool for building support for Back to School, this NBC News project (NBC is part of the CCSS Machine), has a current campaign called “#SchoolYrResolution”. Who’s contributing? Everyday parents like you and I; Pearson Publishing; The American Heart Association; Education Nation and NBC personalities; Parent Toolbox (another NBC Education Nation project); doctors; and, school districts. While most everyone’s contributions are varied, it is the Pearson Publishing contributions that are the most pointed…toward MORE parent involvement. If you’re not familiar with the ideas Pearson has about more parent involvement (a nice way to phrase their real meaning of ‘compliance’), I urge you to find out for yourselves. As far as “Education Nation’s Parent Toolbox” goes, it’s slam full of pro CCSS social-emotional mind bending.

www.parenttoolkit.com
http://www.parenttoolkit.com

 

The Mind Bending:

By simply searching the PT (Parent Toolkit) with the phrase “Common Core”, I got back the following results: Academics, 12 articles;  Health and Wellness, 19 articles; Social and Emotional, 8 articles; lastly, the latest news on CCSS, 48 articles.
Titles among the latest news include how grit and persevering CAN be taught and then there’s one detailing their version of STEM (as you know, I’ve shared a true version of STEM with you many times). Repeated in several different articles: sex, bullying, on-line behavior, money management, and lots more. Under social/emotional, you’ll see empathy, diversity, and how to collaborate. As far as the experts putting all this information together for you, the parent, there are several of them. You’ll see their names and smiling faces, but to learn more about them, you need to click on each of them. I would encourage you to look into them. Most folks, will do what we’ve seen before: add the ‘expert’ title to a face featured on a famous website and leave it at that. That’s what the CCSS Machine is banking on..that we WON’T investigate those experts they use. But, oh, how we’ve proved them wrong.

 

The Other Supportive CCSS Machine Members of Parent Toolkit:

Curious about how many of the experts were dyed in the wool CCSS supporters, I searched for information. Not getting the results I bargained for, however, did lead me to the ‘other’ pro CCSS groups involved in ‘Parent Toolkit’ and as such, part of the efforts to sway parents toward the CCSS Machine.

Hunt Institute is a well known part of the CCSS Machine (if you don’t know how, please find my fellow anti CCSS Warrior, LadyLiberty1885’s blog and search for “Hunt Institute”)
NEA, Khan Academy, Council of Great City Schools, Sesame Street, the National PTA, SAT, and many others. See: http://www.parenttoolkit.com/?objectid=E0F96EB0-20A6-11E3-8EC10050569A5318


What We Can Do:

Share this news with other parents, first of all!
Second, why not visit the Twitter page for the School Year Resolution and make a few anti CCSS truths available.
Look into the Parent Toolkit’s experts, philosophies, and use these are guidelines for interviewing those school officials who will be leading your students this year. Are they of the same mindset? If so, use your true knowledge of social emotional damage CCSS causes! Remember, most pro CCSS folks have no evidence to support its worth, yet we have evidence to support its harm! Use it!!

NBC’s tie to CCSS:
The PolitiChicks‘ article: http://politichicks.com/2014/08/gates-funds-commoncore-coverage/

Khan Academy’s CCSS page:
https://www.khanacademy.org/commoncore

National PTA: The group has several pro CCSS position papers, look in the “Position Papers” tab.
http://www.pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3444

NEA: They were invited into the CCSS Machine’s fold by the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers AND the NGA (National Governors Association). The two groups who OWN the CCSS copyright!
http://www.nea.org/home/46665.htm

Hunt Institute: This organization has partnered with both the National PTA and the CCSSO to produce pro CCSS propaganda.
http://www.hunt-institute.org/resources/2014/06/pta-common-core-videos/
http://www.ccsso.org/resources/digital_resources/common_core_implementation_video_series.html

Closing:

So, my anti CCSS Warriors, what is your Back to School Wish? We know we want to be Common Core free. We still have time to influence our national level legislators as they are home on break right now. The Student Success Act and the Every Child Achieves Act are both being updated and enlarged. The bills are’omnibus’ bills. This is BAD. As we’ve seen with other mammoth bills, this means all kinds legislation unrelated to education will be thrown in! We know we desire a post secondary education free of the CCSS’s CTE (Career Technical Education), CP (Career Pathways), and the recently revealed CBPs (Competency Based Pathways). This means we must be on top of the re-authorization of the HEA, Higher Education Act.
Keep going, my friends, we’ve got lots to do.

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Ed Leaders Aligned Standards?!

As a Common Core warrior, it is important to state that education reform in the realm of the CC Standards finds us uncovering alignment from all angles. No matter if it is directed toward the students, teachers, administration, or other areas in education, there is always something there which points (either very subtly or very glaringly) us back to the CCSS Machine. My example today is the new “Digital Promise”/“Getting Smart” Education ‘white paper’. Below is a screen shot from the paper, be sure to enlarge it to see more and to find out where you can download it for free. As a CCSS warrior, you’ll need it. In the event you cannot enlarge the shot, here’s the website address: http://cdno3.gettingsmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Preparing-Leaders-for-Deeper-Learning-FINAL.pdf

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Not only will you find the Asia Society, the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO), the Alliance for Excellence in Education, named in the white paper, but the Bush Society, the New Leaders, and the updated educational leaders standards from the ISLLC (Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium). The two of the main organizations presenting the 2015  ISLLC Standards  are the CCSSO and the NPBEA (National Policy Board for Educational Administration). I was able to find the 2014 CCSSO ISLLC Public Comment report (which I’ve provided for you). Why go back to that report? In the introductory pages, you’ll find a list of other organizations involved in educational leadership alignment. (For example, AIR (the American Institute of Research), the NGA (National Governors Association, as in the other 1/2 owner of CCSS copyrights) You’ll also be able to access the sentences surrounding the fact that these aligned, updated educational leader standards are for “45 states and the District  of Columbia”.
See: Draft 2014 ISLLC Standards 09102014

Six Standards for Educational Leaders:

The ISLLC has a set of 6 Standards for educational leaders. Many websites and publications have them listed for your informational purposes. One site, which I’m providing not only has them in a concise form, but also has a live link back to the CCSSO you may wish to follow. That embedded live link goes to the CCSSO’s resource page where you can access the original 1996 Educator Standards. See: http://schoolbriefing.com/isllc-standards/

ASCD Weighs In:

The ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) has also given their thumbs up on the updated 2015 ISLLC Standards. They’ve also expressed their concerns about the Standards. Why do I involve the ASCD? ASCD is a well identified educational leadership resource…it also is 100% Common Core aligned. It has roots in Gates Foundation funding, it impacts educational leaders on all levels, in every state. To see their concerns and comments for all that’s new in educational leadership standards: http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/policy/ASCD-ISLLC-Comments.pdf

Should you wish to explore the evidence I’ve found (as have other anti CCSS warriors) about ASCD’s involvement with Gates/CCSS, I’ve provided my set of articles in one link for you: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=ASCD (*NOTE: as always, in each of my articles I supply the links, documents, and resources so you can read, study, and discern for yourselves.)

To access another anti CCSS warrior and her findings:
LadyLiberty1885’s ASCD article: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/11/12/common-core-aligned-itunes-apps/

Digital Promises Ties to CCSS:

“Digital Promise” is another portion of the CCSS Machine. It also can be found by another name:  ‘National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies’. What’s noteworthy is the under the NCRAIDT name, you can learn it originated as part of the non profit entities of the U.S. federal government. Straight from the DP’s website history page:

“Digital Promise is an independent, bipartisan nonprofit, authorized by Congress in 2008 as the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies through Section 802 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush.

With an initial Board of Directors recommended by Members of Congress and appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama formally launched Digital Promise in September 2011. Startup support came from the U.S. Department of Education, Carnegie Corporation of New York, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

Here’s the DP website address: http://www.digitalpromise.org/
Here’s the White House’s Fact sheet on Digital Promise: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/15/fact-sheet-digital-promise-initiative

Closing/Action Steps:

First, if you’ve not been able to see the connections between the 2015 ISLLC Standards for Educators and the pro CCSS groups involved, please go back and re-read this. While you probably won’t see any of the documents spell out “Common Core State Standards”, you can easily identify the known groups, people, and agenda of CCSS. Remember, many of the pro CCSS buzzwords/phrases are rich in these documents.

Second, notice the involvement of the well known, pro CCSS public private partnerships involved in educational leader reform. Did you notice the level of encouragement for MORE P3 involvement in educational leader reform? It is definitely there.

Third, share this with an educational leader. Talk with them. What are they experiencing? Is there are way we can reach out to them and help them NOT to become aligned to Common Core and its mission?

WYBI: “STEM to STEaM”, Ties to Common Core, Pt. 1

Maybe you've heard of STEM, but have you heard about STEM to STEaM?
Maybe you’ve heard of STEM, but have you heard about ‘STEM to STEaM’?

Some months ago, I shared with you that I’d dug into how STEM and Common Core are related. It’s not a popular subject. Why? Most folks don’t want to see how the two are directly hinged together. However, if we’re going to effectively FIGHT CCSS, we must know all the places it lurks!
Did you know the CCSS Machine has rolled out yet another ‘new’ portion of education reform? Yes, it’s called “STEM to STEaM”. In the first of multi day installments, I’ll share with you what else I’ve been able to uncover.

“STEM to STEaM”, What Does It Mean?:

We know STEM is short for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”. Those supportive of Common Core aren’t content (are they ever?) to leave education alone. No, it appears a constant barrage of ‘new’ standards is always upon us. So what does the “STEaM” portion of the above phrase mean? “Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math”. I’ve also shared with you, in the past, how the Arts have already sold out to Common Core via the National Arts Common Standards (see:
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/rmt-ccss-hits-the-sour-notes/ and b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/rmt-national-humanity-common-core-style/ )

Enter CCSS: a Vehicle for Education Reform:

According to the publication I’ve referred to many times, “Common Core: A Global Education” by Berit Kjos, the roots of what we now know as CCSS began about 100 years ago. Then, in 2004, an agreement between Bill Gates and UNESCO was entered into. The purpose? Global curriculum. (See: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=13825) Contrast those few facts with these following nuggets I found in the PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology) Report from Sept. 2010.

1) What we know as STEM now, in their report, came alive in the 1980s and its purpose was to have aligned and benchmarked education standards. 2) To ensure this happened, as well as securing a way for the other agenda items PCAST had laid out, it was decided the BEST way to accomplish ALL of this was by inserting them into the CCSS as it was just getting off the ground. (remember, this report is from 2010, and the Common Core was just being unleashed in the States via Race to the Top funding.) To access the 2010 Report:
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Enter STEM, the Driver of the Vehicle:

Using this same Report, let’s look at some of the exact words from page 12. These 5 items will lay out the agenda hiding behind what we’ve always had in education: science and math. We’ve also had engineering and technology. But, when you take these subjects and filter them through national standards, the ‘engine’ begins to grind down to a halt.

STEM-capable citizenry, a STEM-proficient workforce, and future STEM experts, the Nation must focus on two complementary goals: We must prepare all students, including girls and minorities who are underrepresented in these fields, to be proficient in STEM subjects. And we must inspire all students to learn STEM and, in the process, motivate many of them to pursue STEM careers.”

It is on this same page and the ones immediately following that you will see the Council’s plan unfold: use the Common Core Standards, train STEM certified teachers who will be the ones teaching STEM subjects, create more federal programs, initiatives that encompass the entire community (such as “Inspire”, “21st Century Community Learning Centers”, etc.)
Here’s an excerpt: “Stronger leadership, coherent strategy and greater coordination are essential to support innovation in K-12 STEM education. Toward this end, the Federal Government should (i) create new mechanisms, with substantially increased capacity, to provide leadership within each of the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation; (ii) establish a high-level partnership between these agencies; (iii) establish a standing Committee on STEM Education within the National Science and Technology Council responsible for creating a Federal STEM education strategy; and (iv) establish an independent Presidential Commission on STEM Education, in conjunction with the National Governors Association, to promote and monitor progress toward improving STEM education.” Funding for STEM (the federal government has earmarked billions of dollars)  and the number of programs connected (at least 220) is staggering. The public private partnerships participating, not only in the classrooms, but in the lesson planning, STEM related contests, community outreach programs, and including even our public libraries,  all are part and parcel of the federal plans for our students. Something else  you need to know about STEM: ‘The National Science Foundation is the only federal agency whose primary mission includes supporting education across all fields of science and engineering. As such, funding for STEM education at the NSF impacts not only, but also the entire federal STEM education effort.’ See the resource for the Funding: stemfund

The question I’m sure you have by now is ‘why’? Why is all this attention being paid to STEM? In a short and simple phrase, ‘the American greater good’. From the viewpoint of the Common Core, ‘the global economy’ and ‘being career and college ready’.

By participating in STEM programs( which are made available to every educational choice out there: public, private, charter, parochial, homeschool), we are in essence allowing an agenda that is not our own to be a part of our family, our school, our curriculum and lesson plans. STEM extends well beyond 12th grade and does, in fact, present itself in community colleges, proprietary post secondary schools, public and (some) private universities and colleges. In short, as we’ve seen with CCSS, if the school receives federal money, STEM is there.
Related resource: http://www.districtadministration.com/article/helping-stem-take-root (an article detailing federal overreach into education via STEM)
Related resource:

The website to access the data for STEM from pre-K to Workforce. http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/sei/edTool/explore.html
The website to access the data for STEM from pre-K to Workforce.
http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/sei/edTool/explore.html

Federal, top down control of any choice in education is not only wrong, it’s illegal. In case you missed it, not only is the Dept. of Education mixed in this, so is the NGA (National Governors Association)…half owner of the CCSS copyright.

Here's the CCSS pipeline. The NGA and the CCSSO have ensured our students are put through this. Notice the similarities to the STEM one above?
Here’s the CCSS pipeline. The NGA and the CCSSO have ensured our students are put through this. Notice the similarities to the STEM one above?

Closing:
Coming in the next installment: the ‘gas’ for the vehicle (CCSS) that’s needed for the driver (STEM) to succeed…STEaM. It will be packed with ‘can’t miss’ information!

FTF Tuesday: “Align and mine”, Part 2

Last week I shared with you detailed information about the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s grant awards given in rounds to help align data mining with the U.S. Dept. of  Education. The connector? CCSS aligned Workforce. For a reminder of last week’s post, see this picture.

Click to enlarge to see which round your state receive 'align and mine' money. IF you do not see a color on your state, you've not been awarded money yet.
Click to enlarge to see which round your state receive ‘align and mine’ money. IF you do not see a color on your state, you’ve not been awarded money yet.

In the past few days, Missouri Education Watchdog (as well as a few other anti CC warriors) has posted information about global connections in education via India. As a result, a ‘new’ resource was revealed. “Connectallschools”. What struck me, was the year the program is using as its goal: 2016. Then, I remembered, in researching the first article, I saw a page on the “Workforce” website about big changes in 2016. Coincidence? Let’s find out.

“Common Measure”:

On the DOL’s (Department of Labor) website,  http://www.doleta.gov/performance/guidance/tools_commonmeasures.cfm, {“ETA”, this stands for Employment and Training Administration. ETA is a part of Dept. of Labor (DOL)} Before we get too far, don’t read the top portion of the page just yet, I want you to understand FIRST, the foundation for what’s written at the top. Why? Because, if you only read the top, it sounds so normal, so innocuous, you may not catch the true meaning of what’s in store.

For our purposes, let’s start at the section that’s titled “Common Measure”. At the beginning of this section are the changes being made OR those which WILL be made. Don’t go there just yet.. It is the attachments you want to start looking into. Go to “Attachment D” (Workforcemeasure). This pdf goes into detail about which groups of people have been measured since 2005. Why is this important in the context of CCSS? Because one of the largest groups measured is the Youth. It’s so big, it is broken into 2 subcategories, Younger Youth, 14-18 and Older Youth, 18-21. You’ll find this age group at the bottom of page 15 and ending at the top of page 21. The document also tells you 3 funding streams from the federal government are used with not only the Youth, but Adults (those 22 and older) and the Displaced Workers. For brevity’s sake, we’re focusing on the Youth, however, since by the time all the changes are in place, it appears everyone will be impacted, you should go back and read the entire document.

From pages 15-21, notice how many times the different youth age sub categories are being measured, how many ways they are measured. Note when the measuring begins (age 14 in most cases). Okay, so you didn’t see CCSS in there by name did you? No, it’s not there. However, knowing what we know now about all the job assessments, Career Pathways, etc. is it coming together for you where this is connecting? I hope so. However, if you’re not quite sure, that’s okay too.

There’s even more to help us connect the dots.  For instance, “Attachment C” should help.  (see: workforceeddescript) These, my friends are the parameters the federal government is using to gauge how competent we are. Notice when you access the document, the assessments used at the bottom of each page. You should see “WorkKeys” in there. Well, what’s so bad about “WorkKeys”? 1) It’s from ACT, Inc., owned by the College Board; 2) it’s being used as a job profiler for students AND a ‘you want to work, you have to have been assessed and matched for your job’ for adults; 3) Because it’s owned by College Board, it’s 100 % CCSS aligned; 4) massive amounts of data collection that is shared all over the globe.

As far as those other measures? CASAS, or Comprehensive Adult and Student Assessment Systems. In other words, they measure basic skills. Here’s where they are employed: “CASAS is a nonprofit organization that focuses on assessment and curriculum development of basic skills for youth and adults. CASAS is used by federal and state government agencies, business and industry, community colleges, education and training providers, correctional facilities, and technical programs.” They, too are aligned to the hilt with CCSS. (See how: https://www.casas.org/product-overviews/curriculum-management-instruction/CCCS) ABEL, or Adult Basic Learning Examination, is owned by Pearson Publishing, Inc. Pearson is one of the most CCSS profitable companies in existence. Here’s who’s measured on their assessments: ‘ABLE™ is appropriate for use with adults in a variety of adult education programs, including Tech Prep programs, GED programs, and adult literacy programs. The content is appropriate for adults and accommodates the non-reader. Level 1 – Adults with 1-4 years formal education, Level 2 – Adults with 5-8 years formal education, Level 3 – Adults with 8+ years formal education.’ (want to read more about ABLE? http://www.pearsonassessments.com/learningassessments/products/100000311/adult-basic-learning-examination-second-edition-able-able.html#tab-details)

Let’s move on:

Okay, you, by now, hopefully have the full understanding of why I wanted you to go these places BEFORE you went to consider those new changes. Remember, all of the above has been going on for a while.

Where we are now:

With the passage of the 2014 WIOA (Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act)  it has embedded Workforce training and education to align with Career Pathways. Career Pathways are CCSS aligned via middle schools, high schools and stretch into CTE or CT (College Tech Career CCSS or College Transfer CCSS). I hope you see the pattern. Get everything to align via education, assessments, then put them to work. Here’s an excerpt from the DOL’s WIOA website, “DOL, in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS), is working diligently to ensure that states, local areas, other grantees, and stakeholders are prepared for implementation of WIOA.” One date the trio of U.S. Federal Departments is holding out for: January 18, 2015 is when the 3 Depts. reveal the proposed rules for WIOA and January 22, 2016 is when the 3 get to publish the final rules for implementing the WIOA. A full 1 and 1/2 AFTER the Act was signed into being.

Now that you know all this, go back and re-read the changes to be made with this new knowledge. Then, go back up to the to and read the introductory paragraph again.  Are you able to better grasp what is being accomplished? If you would like to see the other key dates for the Workforce plan. http://www.doleta.gov/wioa/pdf/WIOA-Key-Implementation-Dates.pdf

A “Unified Plan”:

Have you already looked at the WIOA timeline? If so did you notice a ‘deadline for state Unified Plan submission? While we’ll get to the ‘state UP’, let’s look at the federal one first.

Yes, the ‘good ole’ WIOA includes a “Unified Plan”. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Requires States to Strategically Align Workforce Development Programs: WIOA ensures that employment and training services provided by the core programs are coordinated and complementary so that job seekers acquire skills and credentials that meet employers’ needs.
  •  Every state will develop and submit a four-year strategy – in the form of a single unified strategic
    plan for core programs – for preparing an educated and skilled workforce and meeting the workforce needs of employers.
  • Promotes Accountability and Transparency: WIOA ensures that Federal investments in employment and training programs are evidence-based and data-driven, and accountable to participants and tax-payers.
  •           Core programs are required to report on common performance indicators that     provide key employment information, such as how many workers entered and retained employment, their median wages, whether they attained a credentials, and their measurable skill gains.
    Core programs must measure the effectiveness of services to employers for the first time.
    DOL and DoED, with input from stakeholders, will establish a common performance accountability system for the core programs.
    • Negotiated levels of performance for the common indicators will be adjusted based on a statistical model that takes into account economic conditions and participant characteristics.
    • Performance reports for states, local areas, and eligible training providers will be publicly available.
    • Programs will be evaluated by independent third parties at least every four years.
    Fosters Regional Collaboration: WIOA promotes alignment of workforce development programs with regional economic development strategies to meet the needs of local and regional employers.
    • States will identify regions within their state.
    • Local areas in regions will have coordinated planning and service delivery strategies.
    Improves the American Job Center (AJC) System: WIOA increases the quality and accessibility  (to see the rest of the overview: http://www.doleta.gov/wioa/pdf/WIOA-Overview.pdf)

My State’s Unified Plan is called “NCWorks!”:

As aligned to CCSS as NC is, I really didn’t think we WOULDN’T have a plan, I just was a bit surprised who has the document. NC Dept. of Commerce! (see: http://www.nccommerce.com/Portals/11/Documents/Commission/Commission%20on%20Workforce%20Development%20Strategic%20Plan%202014-16.pdf) In this report, it is shared that no less than 6 State level departments have aligned to streamline our NC Workforce. Leading the charge? Our governor and the General Assembly, according to the Dept. of Commerce. The State and the Community Colleges according to the Governor’s Press Release from April 2014. Either way, it’s further proof that more and more of a dragnet is being readied for our citizens.

Key Words: 

Have you noticed in each of these files, or each of the resources that the same words are being used to make everything sound so positive? For example, data will be collected, but only for accountability purposes. The unifying is for speed and ease of use by all.
“ConnectAllSchools”:

How this ties in? Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Now, you wouldn’t guess if all you saw was the cute video:

To access Connect/Schools, http://www.connectallschools.org/about/overview Partnership for 21st Century Skills can be found at: http://www.p21.org/

Partnership? 

Straight from the P21’s website, P21 Members: American Camp Association, Apple Inc., Bahcesehir K-12 Schools, Cable in the Classroom, The College Board, Common Sense Media, Crayola, Destination Imagination, EdLeader21, EF Education, Education Networks of America, Fisher-Price, Ford Motor Company Fund, Gale Cengage Learning, Goddard Systems Inc., Intel Corporation, JP – Inspiring Knowledge, Learning.com, LEGO Education, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Education Association, PBS, Pearson Foundation, People to People Ambassador Programs, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, VIF International Education, and The Walt Disney Company. The U.S. Leading states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

There will be nothing very American about any school by the time the Global 6 anchors are in place. No more USA education standards, no, these will be replaced by global ones..for students AND teachers. Language learning will be revamped, schools will get made over to become ‘whole child’ (don’t get me started), school districts will regulate and align even more, and tons of global competitions. The framework: P21_State_Framework_on_Global_Education
How did P21 feel about the recent passage of WIOA? They were thrilled. Here’s the press release, http://www.p21.org/news-events/press-releases/1463-p21-applauds-bipartisan-action-on-workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act

Last but not least: 

The National Governor’s Association, half of the CCSS copyright owner, back in 2013, had this to say about a trained Workforce, “For Americans to stay competitive in the global economy, it will take bold transformation and modernization of our nation’s education and workforce systems and a stronger federal-state partnership.   Every member of the workforce must be given the opportunity to realize their full potential over the course of their careers in order to keep pace with the ever- evolving demand for new skills and knowledge.” This is from the Preamble to their Policy Position on Workforce. The document is called, “Building a World-Class Workforce”.

Conclusion:

Not only did we prove “ConnectAllSchools” and Workforce are connected, look how many other entities we picked up along the way. {Note: If you wish to look back on my blog entries for any of the related topics mentioned here, please do. If you would rather access more information elsewhere and would desire my help in pointing you in the right direction, please leave me a comment. Thanks for your support.}