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Anti Fed Ed Warriors: Heads Up!

This is an urgent call to the Anti Fed Ed Warriors out there. While the chatter heads are going on about the reasons why or why not it’s a good thing the U.S. Government is ‘shut down’, one thing’s for certain. As far as the educational overreach, it’s ‘game on, as usual’.

To what am I referring? S 615 (the U.S. Senate’s latest attempt to re-authorize and/or to amend the 1965 HEA, Higher Education Act). S 615 is being sponsored by the CO Senator, Michael Bennet. The Bill also has Sen. Marco Rubio’s (FL) backing.

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The Urgent Call:

Warriors, I’m calling your attention to S 615 as it’s the 2nd Senate HELP hearing for the Higher Education Innovation Act. It is scheduled to go on as planned for Jan. 25th, 2018, according those answering the phones at Congress right now. That’s the day after tomorrow! Appearing as witnesses: Dr. Joe May (TX), Dr. Deborah Bushway (MN), Mrs. Donna Linderman (NY), Mr. Michael Larsson (MA), and, Dr. Barbara Brittingham (MA). This hearing begins at 10 AM (EST). It will be archived.

So, what’s S 615’s name? The Higher Education Innovation Act!! (*Congress is stuck on a pattern, Warriors. Look at some of the recent legislation turned laws. WIOA, for instance: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; the ESSA’s copious amount of language devoted to ‘innovating’ education. 

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In the years since CCSS was forced upon our nation, Congress still hasn’t learned that slapping ‘innovation’ on the same old reform doesn’t work!

January 25th is the same day Senate HELP will nominate a new Assistant Education Secretary* (Frank Brogan) for K-12th grades. This hearing begins at 2:30 PM (EST) and will be archived as well.

(*Note: the highlighted links for both hearings will take you directly to the U.S. Senate HELP website. You’ll need to refresh the link for the ‘live feed’.)

*Brogan is a close buddy of Jeb Bush’s, at least according to the Tampa Bay Times. As we know, Warriors, Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education is the ‘chief fallacy maker’ behind “National School Choice Week”. So, if we’re wondering about Pres. Trump’s commitment to end Common Core, we really should be protesting this nomination in double time.
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If you, like me, missed the first hearing on S 615 (held 1/18/18), you can find the archive here. This hearing discussed the supposed transparency associated with student debt and how Americans will be able to afford higher education. You’ll also want to access the Senate HELP Chairman’s 1/18/18 press release. You’ll see that according to Sen. Alexander (who does acknowledge federal education presence, but doesn’t apologize for it), that the background for S 615 is actually 4 and 1/2 years old and has had a whopping 18 bi-partisan meetings. As usual, Warriors, we’ve not heard of ANY of these meetings, nor been invited as serious ‘stakeholders’ to the table.

In the 1st archived hearing, no doubt you’ll hear lots about the need for data mining/tracking to be part of the ‘simplification’. You’ll also be ‘treated’ to lots of FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) rhetoric, too.

As other anti CCSS Warriors have shown us, the FAFSA has become a weapon against our students. FAFSA, also can be tied to a data breach, as well as the SETRA and FERPA legislation which Congress appears to be hell-bent on for a national data base. This type of data base would have Americans in schools, or not, tracked like never before.
(SETRA and FERPA stand for Strengthening Education Through Research Act and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.)

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Needed Background Context For You:

Warriors, if you’ve followed me long on this blog, or heard me speak out numerous times, you know I’ve been warning you for quite a while about the HEA being the last link in the chain of total birth to adult CCSS (Common Core State Standards) alignment. You also know that there are several others who have been just as diligent in warning our nation.

You may also know I’ve been able to prove how the current form of HEA is embedded in the K-12th grade law. It’s mainly embedded by Career Tech Education (CTE). Why? Simply put, the 2014 passage of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) used CTE as the adult version of CCSS in order to tie jobs to education.

For more context about HEA and ‘innovation’, let me point you to at least 2 reasons WHY Congress is uniting itself with the CCSS Machine:

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What’s “10/6”?
The ’10’ refers to the Agenda Points the U.S. Dept. of Education has had in place for some time. The ‘6’ refers to the Agenda Points the U.S. Dept. of Labor has had in place for some time.

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Much like ESSA, HEA’s re-authorization will continue the ‘worker’ mindset, not the academic mindset to needed to be a great and free nation!

10/6 was woven into WIOA, then ESSA. It was woven into the current HEA version (2008) and will be woven into the newer version of the HEA.

How? By CCSS/CTE/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math)/CCR (College and Career Readiness); or as ESSA called it, “Challenging State Academic Standards” are precisely where 10/6 intersect in each existing law concerning ‘education’ from a federal level. The intersection even has a name, “Career Pathways”.
Warriors, on Page 14 of S 615, the intersection of all this is visible:

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Closing:

Like the big blue picture above, Congress is working overtime to try to convince Americans that ‘innovation’ will solve ALL our educational woes. What they miss consistently is how MUCH ‘innovation’ is HARMING our students of all ages!

For your further contextual base, my most recent previously published HEA articles:
a) CBE (competency based education) is also woven throughout WIOA, ESSA, and, HEA. This will lay out how it’s a pattern set forth by the UN (United Nations).
b) Congress’s sense about education is definitely NOT academic-minded. This look from mid 2017 will lay out a plethora of workforce-based-education-career-tracks Bills.
c) This June 2017 article of mine traces the vast amount of UN-directed data tracking higher education (as also seen in Pre-K to 12th grades) has in place already.

Lastly, the House of Representatives passed its version of HEA on 12/13/17. It’s called the PROSPER Act. It too, is a trap.


Not For The Faint Hearted

Author’s note: This article contains unpleasant material. Please remember, the evidence and research are provided for you to decide.  We must be prepared and informed Warriors, not reactive Warriors

Oh, my fellow Anti CCSS Warriors..We have seen so many awful things happen to education in the past few years together. We’ve seen an increase in the ‘workforce training’ being passed off as ‘academic prowess’.

We’ve seen shifts in how the attitudes, values, beliefs, and, thinking have become so twisted we may not recognize who our children are. Because ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) codified CCSS, we will continue to see unwelcome changes in our nation.

However, what’s changing our children right before our eyes?

Globalism, collectivism, Communism, Socialism, and…………

SATANISM

Because Globalism and all the other ‘isms’ are tied to Common Core (remember, the roots of CC are in the United Nations, which has  been traced to demonic activities and beliefs.)

Part of the ‘sales pitch’ surrounding all this? “Fun”. One of my previously published articles showed you how the ‘fun’ was a guise devised by Robert Muller to steer our children to workforce based education for a socialist benefit. While the article was pointing out how homeschoolers are being pulled into this.


Back in 2014, I wrote an article about Evil having no place in education. It shows you the awful connections between Bill Gates, UNESCO, the World Core Curriculum and the Lucifer Publishing Company.

However, it’s what follows, which is the truly unpleasant (downright disturbing) educational activities you need to know about.



ASSCs:

Warriors, that’s the abbreviation for the After School Satan Clubs in America. Maybe you remember the news from 2016 about the school district in GA which was being asked to start up an ASSC.

According to CBN’s (Christian Broadcasting Network) website, Clubs (as of 8/17) are in Los Angeles, Pensacola, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Tacoma and Springfield, Missouri. Below, in the screen shot, notice the ‘fun’ pictures used to draw our children’s attention to the ASSCs:

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(*Note, as of this writing, Satanic Temples are in TX, GA, NY, OR, CA, LA, FL, AZ, MA, CO, MI, and WA. Coming soon: MO and OK. Where there’s a Temple, the ASSCs will also be. According to all the sources, ASSCs are targeting similar Christian Clubs. I did not find any mention of any other faith based clubs being targeted.)


Warriors, according to all the information I found, these Clubs are available to all school choices, not simply public school children.  If the two smaller versions (above) don’t look ‘fun’ enough, look at the way the Satanic Temple ASSC’s page on their website has depicted the ‘mascot’:

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Warriors, if you choose to investigate the website, notice that in the cartoon, the ‘hip devil’ is holding what resembles a candy cane.
I’ve provided you a look (below) at the permission slip with some added emphasis:

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Why the red and orange circles? The CCSS Machine has gone to great pains to sell the nation on how ‘great’ the critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and character building are with the aligned curriculum and resources. These resources include after-school programs.

The 4Cs (collectivism, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity) are the anchors of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math). The 4Cs are the anchors of Common Core, Career and College Readiness, Next Gen Science, Career Tech Education, STEM, C3 (College, Career, and Civic Life) and whatever else CC’s been re-branded as (ie: “Future Ready”)

The 4Cs, College/Career Readiness, STEM, and all which connects them are embedded in ESSA, too! More globalism ties in ESSA include the “UDL”, Universal Design for Learning”, Universal Preschool, and, massive data mining to track students from cradle to grave.

You may also notice there’s a “Protect Children” campaign that also is a Satanic Temple project. It’s against corporal punishment. Below, is a picture of the letter they have available to send to your School Board against any type of corporal punishment, including isolation rooms:

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(*Note: from the “Protect Children” page, this disclaimer,Please note that this tactic has not yet been tested in court. If a student who registers is subsequently harmed and we launch a legal challenge, the State would need to argue that their right to abuse children supersedes the religious rights of students.”)

Warriors, the video contained in this undated  Newsletter is downright chilling. Not because of the images, the background ‘song’.

According to the Forbes article about the ASSCs, the writer also thought the video was chilling. Temper that with this article from the Federalist. It carries the tone of  ‘let’s step back a minute’. While I think what the author is sharing is worth listening to, I know, as a Mom, there is MUCH to be watchful of anytime Satan enters the picture.


Warrior Concerns:

Why did I include the video, if it’s so creepy?

1) We need to know! How can we protect our students from the CCSS Machine if we do not know all the ways IT seeks to destroy our children? After all, so much is available to them on-line. Have they seen this video?! We must know! It must be discussed.

2) Warriors, we need to understand with Satanism comes mind control and mental health concerns (The Temple has a group known as the Grey Faction).

3) I am not stating mental activities will be carried on during an ASSC gathering. But look at the ‘art’ pages below in the pictures. Strong mental images.

4) Knowing how damaging the SEL (Social Emotional Learning) is and how much of it is codified in ESSA, we should be VERY active in finding out what’s in our schools. With ESSA’s mandate for MORE after school, community wide programs, we MUST be very diligent in finding out what groups like the ASSCs are out there, how will they have access to your students? With the recent new appropriations from Congress which increase the amount of mental health ‘activities’ in/outside schools, we must DEMAND we be informed before any actions are taken!

For example, look below:

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Warriors, let’s remember, the Clubs have access to young minds. Once they ‘see’ something like this (below), how will they ‘un-see’ it?? In 2014, I showed you a similar issue with a children’s book of ABCs.

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Warriors, this is the flag of the Satanic Temple from Facebook. Remember, they are the same group running the After School Satan Clubs:

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A Last Concern, based on Evidence:

Warriors, I know this is quite a bit to process. Believe me, I know. However, remember when I shared near the beginning that the CCSS Machine is rooted in the UN? So much of what’s above is also in the CCSS Machine. Is Satanism present in the United Nations?

From 2009, this article reveals the symbolism found in the New York headquarters. From 2016, this article from the New American Magazine ties the UN, Satanism, and the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) together. The ‘common’ bond? It appears to be the combined efforts of Robert Muller and Alice Bailey (a known occultist).

Closing:

Warriors, due to the season we are in, so close to Halloween, keep a watchful eye for anything which seems to harm your family (pets included). We know the CCSS Machine is full of tricks. We know ESSA is no gift of greatness for our education system. We understand the dangers of any ideas which do not fit our family belief system, MUST not be indoctrinated. 

FTF: A Chip off The Education Block

Sure, you've heard of private schools, but have you heard of 'micro' schools?!
Sure, you’ve heard of private schools, but have you heard of ‘micro’ schools?!

Anti CCSS Warriors, we have another education reform ‘wannabe’. Consider it a chip off the old CCSS Machine’s block.. What AM I talking about?! “Micro Schools”, of course! If you haven’t heard of them, that’s okay, I recently discovered these schools, too.
One other question we will address is how this ties back to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).

So, What is a ‘Micro School’?

I found out about them via the Gates Foundation supportive, CCSS Machine member: Ed Week. (See: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/01/27/micro-schools-could-be-new-competition-for.html?r=608439843&cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1-RM)

Like its name, these schools are small in size (typically no more than an entire school population of 150). Unlike traditional schools, micros have all the students in one classroom.  While the article suggests these schools are like the old-fashioned one room schoolhouses, there is absolutely NOTHING old fashioned about the agenda behind these small schools. As an anti CCSS Warrior, see if you can catch the agenda the CCSS Machine has laced through these modern minis.

AltSchools, the Supposed Leader in Micro Schools:

This group is mentioned in the article I have linked you to (above). You can access their website, https://www.altschool.com/
From their ‘About Us’ page, their mission statement begins with, ” AltSchool is a collaborative community of micro-schools that uses outstanding teachers, deep research, and innovative tools to offer a personalized, whole child learning experience for the next generation.”
(*Note, be sure to watch the embedded video with the smiley faced guy.)
You should love the fact he is a businessman now involved in education. While that doesn’t seem so bad, listen to his pro CCSS companies he rattles off. (example: Google) Don’t miss his plug for project based learning (which is rooted in another progressive, pro CCSS Machine member, The Buck Institute. (my previously published look at PBLs:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/sic-em-saturday-ccss-progressives-and-pbls/ )

Currently, AltSchools are in CA, NY, IL. To see the AltSchool locations in their entirety,
https://www.altschool.com/about-us#our-parents
(*Note, be sure to click on one of the existing locations to look at the floor plan. You will see what many other traditional schools are doing, totally transforming them to be open locations with centers.)

The curriculum? Forget about seeing your student as a person, this group is after “T-shaped learners”.  What the heck is a “T-shaped learner”? An excerpt, “…Students who have a wide breadth of knowledge across all subjects and depth in the subjects that they are passionate about. In addition to cultivating strong social-emotional skills, AltSchool students build competency across core academic areas: math, science, English language arts, and social studies. Through our before- and after-school co-curricular offerings, students delve even deeper into subjects of interest, including drama, arts, coding, and foreign languages.”
The educators? All 21st Century ones. See the entire description of both curriculum and educators, https://www.altschool.com/education#curriculum
(*Note: the heavy use of technology and the reference to aligning to the most recent education discoveries.)
From the FAQs, this loaded statement of CCSS Machine groups in the curriculum:
‘AltSchool’s learning objectives draw from a variety of standards and metrics as a framework for instructional design. Our Lower and Middle School instruction is informed by the Common Core, National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Next Generation Science Standards, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), among others.’

Helping fund AltSchools? Facebook and Apple owners! Yep,  these two pro CCSS Machine members even made the news about their investments. See: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/05/04/altschool-scores-100-million-from-mark-zuckerberg-and-others/26740867/
(*Note: be sure to read where the AltSchool founder reveals that there are non-profits and other investors on board as well.)

Other financial backers? “Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, Harrison Metal, John Doerr, Jonathan Sackler, Learn Capital, Omidyar Network, and other leading investors.” To learn more about why these investors are lining up in huge support of AltSchools, you will need to see the AltSchools Press Release from 2014. It explains that the schools are a ‘certified B organization’. What does THAT mean? Heavy on social justice issues with a large collective mindset. See the entire press release: https://www.altschool.com/press-release-11-17-14

Want to better understand what a B Organization truly is? As an anti CCSS Warrior, you will be quick to pick up on the main themes, the global aspects, and the money to be made.

 

New Orleans, TX, and Globally: Micros Coming Soon!

Also included in the featured EdWeek article about AltSchools, were the facts that New Orleans public charters are considering the AltSchool way of education; that at least one private school in TX is already involved (since 2009); that  Catholic schools could be well served; how  comprehensive high schools could learn from AltSchools; and, that several non-USA locations are benefiting from AltSchools.
Warriors Against the Core
, are you seeing the pattern?

Not included in the NAIS:

AltSchools, according to the EdWeek article are not being tracked by the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), so there may be many MORE micro schools in the world. However, my question is, are AltSchools accredited at all? One CBS interview from 2015, reveals the groups is in the process of becoming accredited. See: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/altschool-alternative-education/
Anti CCSS Warriors, do you recognize an issue here?

As Far as How This Plays into the ESSA:

Besides the red flags I have recently raised about the ESSA and technology/data/digital, the AltSchools have all sorts of CCSS Machine ties to overlook or assume they won’t be part of the ESSA written educational future in America. All this said, the AltSchools are considered ‘alternative education’. That phrase is most definitely used in the ESSA.
Alternative education evidence based state practices your LEAs (Local Education Agencies) can use to support a student: Page 99; Alternative routes for SEAs (State Education Agencies) to certify supporting programs: Page 111;  any alternative education method in regards to correctional facilities: Page 266;  alternative means of receiving a high school diploma: Page 793; For Native Americans, alternative education, standards, assessments: Page 811; The bigger the LEA, the bigger the funding weighed alternative: Page 946;Alternative routes for educators to teach or school leaders to lead: Pages 141; 305; 318; 322; 398; 800; 972-981 (ESSA Final Conference Report).

 

Related:

Considering my last 3 articles went into great detail about the digital and technology ties the ESSA has now put into action for all of us, you might wish to factor schools like AltSchools into the mix. You may find their other EdWeek article about the big push for technology and data worth using as knowledge, too. See: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/01/13/the-future-of-big-data-and-analytics.html

If you haven’t see the last 3 articles where you are given the CCSS Machine ties, the ESSA page numbers and related MUST KNOW information.
How much digital and technology the ESSA is mandating:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/

How the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s IES will assess not only students, but entire families for digital and technology: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

How State Grants for public places and other funding is being manipulated and will continue to be thanks to the ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/state-digital-education/

How comprehensive high schools/post-secondary education are extensions of the CCSS Machine via CTE (Career Tech Education):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/tech-thursday-caps-via-career-pathways-is-still-ccss/

Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation was also featured in the original EdWeek article above. Their website: http://www.christenseninstitute.org/

Be sure to grab their publication on using schools as community hubs (also embedded in the ESSA via Title One funding)). The publication is published by the Brookings Institute, a huge CCSS Machine member. : http://www.christenseninstitute.org/publications/schools-as-community-hubs/

How the NAIS/NCTM are tied to the CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/sic-em-saturday-ccss-in-christian-schools-even-more/

Next Generation Science Standards and CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/wybi-wednesday-silent-classrooms/

CASEL, 21 Century Community Learning Centers and CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/weekend-news-the-state-of-ccsss-sel/

FTF: New CCSS “Unpacking” Guide

This is from 21012. Just published (2015), is a new 'unpacking guide' from another company.
This is from 21012. Just published (2015), is a new ‘unpacking guide’ from another company.

It seems fitting for my “From the Files” post, that we look at CCSS and it’s unpacking. After all, if we’re going to continue to see students fail, teachers frustrated to the point of resigning, and other staff members saught after for MORE CCSS alignment, we need to know the latest. The graphic you see above is from 2012, supposedly as the CCSS was just being rolled out.  Just by the sheer fact the Standards needing an ‘unpacking’ guide should tell you that even then, the Standards were convoluted, but I digress. I will add that according to most veteran teachers I have talked to during this War Against the Core, educational standards are to be SO clear and concise, a teacher automatically knows how to approach them on their own. However, as we’ve seen with the CCSS Initiative’s agenda, nothing (or no one) connected to education can accomplish much ‘on their own’, it has to be all one way…sadly, that’s the ‘Common Core Way’.

A Bit of History:

From 2012, (where you’ll find the graphic above) and the State of NY, watch this short video and note how ‘talked down to’ the teachers are. Before you scream at me over that statement, consider that teachers have graduated colleges and universities, obtained many degrees, thus, they shouldn’t need to be told how to draw a circle, find the nouns or verbs, BUT that’s just what this presenter is doing!



Did you notice the makeover of “Bloom’s Taxonomy” to fit the CCSS?! While “Bloom’s” is considered a great model for education, it is OUTCOME based education. As such, it makes sense CCSS folks in NY would use this. We anti CCSS Warriors know and have proven CCSS is all about ‘student outcomes’, ‘leveraging’, and on and on.

Not to pick on NY, I wanted to see what the CCSS official website had for ‘unpacking’. So, I found this You Tube video from THE CCSS official site. It’s from 2013. In the 2012 video, you saw the main point as how to ‘unpack’ or utilize the CCSS. This one instructs you on how to read and utilize CCSS!

Did you notice that not even 1 minute into this short video, you heard CCR (college and career readiness)?! Did you spot that the example was a K-5 page?! Did you hear that math isn’t supposed to be taught in an exact order, but rather clustered together? If you’re a parent who has wondered WHY your students struggle with math, this is key information! “No sequential order”, that is a disaster happening before our very eyes every single day throughout our nation when it comes to math. For math to make any sense, there MUST be a sequence. Is it any wonder we have students AND teachers giving up, burning out, and quitting?!

Fast Forward to 2015:

Just published by the Learning Sciences International (part of the Robert Marzano group) has a NEW CCSS ‘Unpacking’ guide. It’s by Toby J. Karten (a staff member of LSI) and is all about ‘inclusion’ for students and teachers using CCSS. Now, if you don’t know who Robert Marzano is or what Learning Sciences International does, I urge you to read my previously published articles, which I will include at the conclusion of this article. In short, LSI and Marzano are using CCSS for globalist mindsets and bending social and emotional learning (another huge part of CCSS indoctrination).

All that said, you’re probably wondering about the guide, after all this article is about ‘unpacking CCSS‘.
You can find the book on LSI’s website for sale in their ‘bookstore’ tab. Website: http://www.learningsciences.com/ When you visit the website (if you’ve not done so before) notice the names of the programs designed for students and educational staff. Just awful, in my researched opinion.
In order to promote Karten’s new book, LSI hosted a webinar (10/28/15). I’ve included in here for you. It’s just about 1 hour. Some of the key points are listed below for you. Please, don’t take my word for it, watch it, share the information with parents and others fighting this CCSS scourge.

Key points:
a) using CCSS for inclusive classrooms
b) affirming what you already know about CCSS
c) different strategies for using CCSS even better
d) at about 3:09, Karten points you to the crayon drawing beside her picture. It’s here she states the ultimate goal of CCSS is CCR (college and career readiness) {*personal note: please listen to how she describes the picture}
e) what will ‘trip the CCSS up?’ No support!!
f) special needs students, anyone who is ‘outside’ the ‘normal’ is used as an example in this presentation. You’ll see IDEA talked about, IEPs for IDEA students, etc. *7:08 in the video)
In case you’re not watching the video, here’s her slide for IEPs and CCSS:
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g) CCSS is successful for ALL learners, differences or likenesses, aside.
h) collaboration is a non negotiable part of CCSS. This extends to not only teachers and other educational staff but the students families as well!
i) 19:10 different strategies for more CCSS modeling and monitoring of the students (which is to be an on-going process) are revealed (they are repeated at 26:30 as well in not only their ‘alphabet soup’ forms, but what each stands for)

Related resources:
Marzano, LSI:

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/monday-musings-purposed-embedding-for-the-core/ (This one highlights the global aspect of the Marzano Institute before it became the LSI)
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/monday-musings-rigor-walk/
(This article describes for you the ‘rigor’ LSI is after in our schools and how it grades both staff and students)
Project Based Learning:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/sic-em-saturday-ccss-progressives-and-pbls/
Special Needs, IEPs, IDEA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/monday-musings-idea-when-good-goes-ccscte-bad/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/tech-thursday-cte-ccss-and-special-needs-in-post-secondary-education/


Closing:

Anti CCSS Warriors, please, read, review, and share all this information. From the pro side of CCSS, you heard it: with out support, CCSS will not succeed! That’s our intent..to NOT support it. However, many others must know this, too!

RMT: The Other Side of the ESEA Battle?!

One set of voices urges Congress to save our children; one set of voices urges Congress to correct proposed legislation.
One set of voices urges Congress to save our children; one set of voices urges Congress to correct proposed legislation.

Good Warrior Day to you, anti CCSS fighters. We’ve been gearing up for a ‘showdown’ so to speak for months now over HR5, S1177, and  other proposed CCSS/CTE laced legislative bills before Congress in Washington. It’s down to the wire. The voting surrounding most of these is set to possibly happen in a couple of days.

While those of us fighting to END the newer versions of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act), there are those pushing to FIX the newer versions! No, this fact isn’t new news, but what is new, is the amount of fervor on the ‘fix it’, ‘get it right’, or that other pro CCSS aspect; the ‘pass it now!’ groups.
We’ve seen the #StopECAA, #StopCommonCore, and other Twitter handles used to raise awareness for the HOW and WHY our education system needs to be set free from the illegally based CCSS. We know how often those social media outlets (and many others related) are shared in an effort to get all anti CCSS warriors in the game. Case and point, today, many anti CCSS warriors will be active in the efforts to STOP Congress.

Many of our fellow anti CCSS warriors have exposed those from the ‘pass it now’ group of pro CCSS sections, but have we really looked at the ‘fix it’ sector? I think we should.

#getESEAright:

It appears this Twitter handle is related to the NEA (National Educators Association). Specifically an offshoot of their 2015 Conference going on now. (another riddle for today could be ‘Why is the NEA 2015 Conference so conveniently scheduled before a huge voting issue in the U.S. Congress?’ However, I’m digressing with that query.) It’s important to note that the NEA is very supportive of the CCSS Machine. (see:
http://www.nea.org/home/46653.htm)

Here’s a screen shot for youas proof of the Twitter page and its related group:
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So, what are some of the ‘getting it right’ parts of ESEA?

According to these attendees of the NEA2015:
One conference attendee’s tweet, “All Kentucky students deserve an opportunity to learn and be successful!”

A member from NY, “Please speak up for students to #getESEAright. The Every Child Achieves Act is a good start.” (this same person said the ESEA is ‘standing up’ for students)

Here’s a visual from another ‘tweet’:

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From NC, where I live, comes this picture of an unknown person. This particular picture was used as a way to influence the elected officials this went to. If you live in NC, you know these officials voting records concerning CCSS and/or education.

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The AFT (American Federation of Teachers) is gathering at least 10,000 letters to the U.S. Senate in support of the ESEA, so far not quite 2, 500 have been sent. If you’d like to see the letter, https://actionnetwork.org/letters/pass-the-every-child-achieves-act

Believe me, there’s much more on this particular Twitter page.

One point I must stress however, is this:
While most of the sentiment is correct that the versions of the ESEA on the table need to be overhauled, the danger is in the rhetoric of just WHAT needs correction. If you look at the above evidence, note what’s been generalized..what’s taught. It seems the ONLY specific this ‘get it right’ group is after is ending the testing, or ending the ‘teaching to the test’.

While these are worthy goals, the overall CCSS/CTE alignment is completely UNSPOKEN! CCSS/CTE is SO toxic to our education we MUST not leave any portion OUT when seeking change! To do so, is to not protect our students and teachers ENOUGH.

If we aren’t specific about ending CCSS/CTE alignment how can we expect Congress to abandon it?!

One last visual you need to see, as an anti CCSS Warrior:

If you don't know what groups NASBE holds allegiance to, here's my previously published article exposing Gates, Pearson, and other key CCSS Machine members. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/sic-em-saturday-do-you-know-nasbe/
If you don’t know what groups NASBE holds allegiance to, here’s my previously published article exposing Gates, Pearson, and other key CCSS Machine members. (see below)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/sic-em-saturday-do-you-know-nasbe/
This one lays out the money and agenda

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/fom-the-ccssos-hungry-eyes/
This one lays out the agenda and ties to the NGA (National Governors Assoc.) and the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers)

What’s also being left unsaid is how all of this is tied to the overhauling of the HEA (Higher Education Act) and the overhauling of the Zero to Three Year Olds.

(*NOTE: CCSS/CTE are heavily laced in the HEA! I just published a huge article yesterday on how the CCSS/CTE agenda is being geared for the little ones.) 

We, as anti CCSS warriors and citizens only have today to fight. We’ve not a clue if we’ll be blessed with a tomorrow.

We’ve ONE ‘shot’ to make our voices heard. We’ve ONE opportunity to expose our Congress members to the TOTAL array of CCSS/CTE issues laced in ALL the education proposed legislation. We’ve not time to pick and choose parts of CCSS/CTE to hold on to, or to see improved. Common Core/Career and Tech Education is ALL illegally based, untested, not educator based, and UNACCEPTABLE!

After much research, time, and effort: my 2014 jpeg creation showing CCSS is preK to post-secondary.
After much research, time, and effort: my 2014 jpeg creation showing CCSS is preK to post-secondary.

WYBI Wednesday: RttT, STEM, Education Waivers

Thus far this week, there’s been  a timely inter-connected theme for my :education waivers, Common Core, and our individual states are being impacted. Today’s post is no different.

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I broke this article late last night to my fellow NC anti CCSS warriors due to the 2 day State Board of Ed meeting beginning in just a little while. However, there is much for the rest of the states to use as information. I encourage you to review the past 2 days posts if you would like to use all 3 of the waiver posts as weapons. Today’s article, how the waivers continue to point back to Race to the Top.

Thanks to transparency, accountability laws, and requests for information, our job of finding tools to fight Common Core has been made SO much easier. Recently I was tipped off about a regularly scheduled State Board of Education meeting happening today and tomorrow here in NC. One of the agenda items caught my eye. NOT for the subject matter, but for the ‘Network’ mentioned. In fact, it’s called the “RttT STEM Affinity Network”.

The RttT STEM Affinity Network:

Housed in NC’s Dept. of Public Instruction is this ‘lovely’ component given to us, the citizens by the Race to the Top funding, that also ‘gave’ us Common Core. If you are new to my blog, you’ll need to know that STEM was the main agenda item set up by the PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) who, in turn, created a game plan given to the White House. Common Core was the ‘perfect’ guise to use in incorporating STEM into our lives. (see:  https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/)

Here’s an excerpt from the NC DPI on the “Affinity Network”, “The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s (NCDPI) dedication to building a world-class workforce through innovative STEM education has partnered with The North Carolina New Schools to build a network of STEM-themed high schools throughout the state. North Carolina New Schools in collaboration with NCDPI has identified 20 themed high schools tied to the economic development of the state.  These schools serve as either Anchor or Affiliate Network high schools that reflect the areas workforce development in either: Aerospace, Security, and Automation, Biotechnology and Agriscience, Energy and Sustainability, or Health and Life Sciences.” 

NC New Schools is Gates Funded since 2006. Over $1 million dollars has been given to the project. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2006/04/OPP41526
NC New Schools is Gates Funded since 2006. Over $1 million dollars has been given to the project. See:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2006/04/OPP41526

To see the NC DPI’s website page on the other items related,

 http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stem/schools/rttt/

Enter the ‘Consortium for Educational Research-North Carolina’:

Known as CERE-NC for short, this group has been crucial in reporting the success of NC’s use of RttT funding when it comes to the partnership project of NC New Schools and STEM Affinity Network.  The STEM report I found on-line from this group, (which consists of SERVE Center of the University of Greensboro, Friday Institute (a  pro CCSS group)housed at the NC State University, The University of NC at Chapel Hill, NC Institute of Public Policy) Why a STEM report? It was part of NC’s Race to the Top Evaluation and a kind of ‘where do we go from here’ message. I’ve included the final version of the 2013 CERE-NC, STEM Affinity Report for you. RttT-STEM_Y3-Report_FINAL_12-05-2013

Here’s a list of the items most crucial to our fight:

  • 2013 marks Year 3 of NC’s RttT involvment, according to the report, page 181
  • New Schools and Friday Institute were deemed ‘objective’ in their findings, page 180
  • The Appendices, especially the Curriculum Development and Student Surveys, begins on page 78
  • A 4th year report which was to be finalized in Sept. 2014 should reveal where the Network under the RttT Initiative is headed. (see page 75) Why this is important is since the RttT funding is be non existent beyond 2014, what replaces it will be in question.

‘The primary focus of implementation in the schools is on changing instruction to incorporate the Common Instructional Framework across all subject areas, while development of STEM projects and themes is a secondary focus.’ (an excerpt from page 74) In reference to certain Affinity schools visited.

Reoccurring themes I saw:  Use of data collection; use of digital technology; more student led teaching; needing the staff and community buying-in; how great STEM/CCS are; leaving larger schools and creating smaller, comprehensive schools; combining early college that streamlines/aligns and thereby over-emphasizing the need for college/career readiness; confusion over which group schools should be accountable to, LEAs, NC’s Dept. of Public Instruction or the NC New Schools. STEM’s underlying agenda that depends on extending ‘learning’ into 21st Century Community Learning Center activities; big dependence on P3s (Public Private Partnerships) like SAS (a well known Common Core supporter and data mining company); ‘rigor’; ‘relevance’; ’21st Century skills’.

Before we move on..

Here’s one principal’s view, “With the Common Core and NSP [New Schools Project], it’s all about critical thinking and problem solving and that’s what we’re leaning towards more and more and we’re trying to move away from the traditional sit and get. . . . I would say that 80 to 85% of the faculty have embraced the [NC New Schools Design Principles]. We have very few naysayers.”

How this ties to the educational waivers:

Since I just published this on Monday, a couple of days ago, I know that it means for NC, continued implementation of everything that was included in our initial application. Here’s an excerpt, ““NC has been granted an extension of one year on the ESEA waiver. I see there are several things a group from the US Dept. of Ed have found while considering NC’s extension. One that strikes me, is a ‘monitoring report’, then I see almost at the closing of the letter, this, “I am confident that North Carolina will continue to implement the reforms described in its approved ESEA flexibility request and advance its efforts to hold schools and school districts accountable for the achievement of all students.” ” (see the rest: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/monday-musing-educational-waivers-friend-or-foe/)

So, does your state have a STEM Affinity Network or a CERE?

Not by those exact names, however. I did find the following that may help you track down the STEM/RttT connections for your states.

  • Battelle (http://www.battelle.org/our-work/stem-education/stem-learning-networks) manages at least 2 STEM networks with funding from the Gates Foundation. The Ohio STEM Learning Network (http://www.osln.org/hubs/), the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (where they were the pilot program for STEM Boy Scouts programming), see their strategy plan until 2018: http://thetsin.org/news/resource/tennessee-stem-stragegic-plan/
  • Battelle also manages the STEMx Network, which covers many of the States. The tag line for STEMx, “Transforming STEM Education and Workforce Development in the states, by the states.” (http://www.stemx.us/about/) Member states: MI, TX, OK, NM, NC, ID, IN, OR, KY, WA, NY, AZ, CA, GA, and DC (District of Columbia).
  • IF you do not see your state listed above OR if you want to find out more from your state listed above, follow these suggestions:
  • Check with your state’s Dept. of Public Instruction, remember, I found my journey beginning at the State Board of Education’s meeting agenda announcement.
  • Notice over the past 3 days when I’ve written about waivers and education, how many colleges and universities are involved. Check your state’s higher educational institutions. Much of the research pertaining to your state will be housed there, studied there, or involved in some way. Think outside the colleges of education, if needed. I found one educational research group hidden in the college of surgery and physicians because it was considered a science project.
  • Go back to the initial RttT application for your state. See what provisions your State Board of Ed promised. Follow the paper trail from there. Each plan had to be reviewed, accepted as a draft, affirmed as an action, then a copy returned to each state. Follow ups by the state level education departments has had to be made each year. You should be able to access each of those reports.
  • Check where your state is in the Waiver re-authorization process. See my post from Monday of this week on where to access that information.
  • IF all else fails, exercise your citizen’s right to a FOIA letter (Freedom of Information Act).
  • Remember, even IF your state didn’t receive the initial RttT funding, each state is impacted by the educational waivers, by workforce, and by STEM. Being sold by at least 13 federal agencies, promoted by the U.S. President’s massive budget for it, and all the clamor of the public private partnerships, STEM will NOT be going away.

Related resources:

From the US Dept of Ed, their STEM page, http://www.ed.gov/stem

From the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, a paper about the rise of STEM in America (be sure to note how the National Science Foundation had a big hand in this, then refer back to the PCAST report and connect the dots): http://www.iteea.org/Resources/PressRoom/AustraliaPaper.pdf

Finally, if you would like any more suggestions, have any leads from your states, or have questions, comments to send my way, I’d love to hear from you. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your fight.