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Update on “Of Late”

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

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

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

Where I Left Off:

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

Heading West:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Getting Back To The “Most Likely”:

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

Meanwhile In North Dakota:

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

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

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

ReTool Your School:

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

https://vimeo.com/album/3269852

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

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

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

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

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

Innovation Kills:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Stop, North Carolina:

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

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

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Closing:

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

FTF: Crossing into CCSS Land

Every noticed a subject so important yet so not discussed properly?
Every noticed a subject so important yet so not discussed properly?

Sometime in the last 2 weeks I promised you, my readers and followers, that I’d get back to looking into where CCSS/CTE hides in plain sight among us. Today, I’ll pick that trail back up. It’s a very important aspect of the CCSS Machine we shouldn’t ignore.

If you’ll recall, I’d just been to an educational conference which was targeting home educators. (see the original article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/terrific-tuesday-anti-ccss-news/ 
) In the original article, I shared with you the grabs for attention marketers use to draw in folks from ALL educational choice avenues. Remember, those avenues could be a private charter, a public-private charter, a virtual school, a private school, a homeschool, or a faith-based school.

While the advertising may not always shout “Common Core” or “Common Core related”, look beyond the slick sales pitch and “Boom!” there you find it. UGH! What’s an anti CCSS Warrior to do? Get informed, show others, and help beat the CCSS Machine’s propaganda. The remainder of today’s article will look at some other curricula sources with CCSS  ties.

Why Would Companies Want to Be Overt?:

This is a question I’ve asked myself a million times. Especially considering how many companies know they can reach those in private education (which, in my current state of residence {NC}, includes home education). I firmly believe it has a two-fold purpose: a) makes the company more profitable b) feeds the lie that somehow those students who aren’t using CCSS tied resources will be left out, fall behind, or not measure up. What a crock of CCSS crap! (pardon my language, please)

“The Critical Thinking Company” (http://www.criticalthinking.com/full-curriculum):

A long-time trusted resource for many who choose to educate outside the traditional public schools. They’ve also thrown their hat into the CCSS ring. Here’s a portion of their statement:
“The skills and concepts taught in our products are the result of our surveys of state and national educational standards. We will continue to avoid any topic in any set of standards that is overtly political. We firmly believe it is not our place to attempt to influence the politics or values of any student. Most Common Core Standards are already found in various state standards, but the list of Common Core Standards is not complete. Since a large number of states (45) have signed on to Common Core Standards, The Critical Thinking Co. will now include Common Core Standards in its broad survey of state and national standards to determine the skills and concepts taught in each grade level subject, but we will not base our products solely on any one set of standards.”

Warrior Warning: Critical thinking is NOT in its purest form in the Common Core Standards. Research and proof of this is available. There are alternatives to Common Core with critical thinking that ARE in a pure form. Don’t be fooled by the CCSS Machine’s weak argument that ‘critical thinking’ via the Standards is worthy.

“Kumon Learning Centers” (http://www.kumon.com/resources/kumon-and-the-common-core/):

Kumon’s website tells you they aren’t necessarily aligning to the CCSS, but they are certainly in the game of augmenting it. See for yourselves with their statement on literature: “With over 50 years of experience, Kumon is internationally benchmarked and contains the elements essential for studying college-level calculus and advanced literary texts such as Shakespeare. The Common Core aims to be internationally benchmarked, has a broad array of learning goals and shares many core competencies such as proficiency in advanced algebra and understanding Shakespeare.

Warrior Warning: Research and proof have shown how Shakespeare are advanced algebra are used in Common Core. 

“Learning By Grace” an Online Homeschool, (http://www.learningbygrace.org/):

This is indeed one of the trickiest brochures I’ve seen. If you aren’t super observant, the highly identifiable logos of PearsonMacGraw-Hill, or, the many others there will go unnoticed..and that’s, I believe, the plan of the those running the CCSS Machine. Here’s a screen shot to show you.

Be sure to enlarge this one.
Be sure to enlarge this one.

(*Note: Let me pause here to point out that not only are these resources available to home educators, but in some cases these are used in private schools, private charters, or by those in the more traditional education choices as extra curricular resources. When it comes to Common Core, we must investigate the resources carefully!)

Funcation Academy, (www.funcationacademy.com):

This one is very puzzling to me. The flyer I received said absolutely nothing about Common Core. The website has almost no information about the Standards, that is easily seen. The mission statement certainly doesn’t tell you anything that would be identifiable as CCSS related. However, visit the virtual academy and slowly the CCSS begins to appear. For example in the ‘enrichment programs’ you’ll see the “IReady” program. “IReady” is from Curriculum Associates. CA is most definitely CCSS aligned. The “Funcation” site is based in FL, however, the Curriculum Associates page I’m providing as proof of evidence for CCSS alignment features NC (North Carolina). See the below link for Curriulum’s proof:  http://www.curriculumassociates.com/products/ready-north-carolina-overview.aspx#.VYit3_lViko

See “Funcation’s Enrichment” page:
http://funcationacademy.wix.com/favirtualcampus#!enhancement-program/c1t8g

Lastly, for Funcation’s information, you’ll want to see what the owner of the Academy says about Common Core.
Here’s a quote from a conversation she was involved in in 2014,
“I am aware that each state has a different curriculum. I personally love CCSS. I was just speaking to why some might be resistant because not all states have figured out their curriculum. I fully understand the difference between the curriculum and standards and I am glad it is working in your state.”
To see the entire context of the conversation, see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/18/ednext-2014-survey_n_5688376.html (*NOTE: the conversation is in the “Comments to Article” section)

Warrior warning: Are you spotting how purposefully the CCSS is being hidden by these companies?

“Logic of English” (www.logicofenglish.com):
When I spied the booth for this company, even the slogan used caused me to wonder about the connection to CCSS. “Combining the Science of Reading with the Joy of Learning”.  Once on the website, the suspicions were confirmed. In the K-1st grades, a program of theirs called “Foundations” is 100% aligned to the Common Core. Don’t take my word for it, read theirs, Foundations takes children from non-readers to independent readers over the course of three engaging and multi-sensory levels of language arts instruction. The curriculum meets the Common Core standards for Kindergarten and First Grade.” If want to see the 160 lessons with the CCSS strands by number: https://www.logicofenglish.com/schools/common-core

Warrior warning, I spotted a comment from a charter school employee. Proof these companies aren’t just for one educational choice.

Are There Others Out There?:

Tech Thursday: Upskilling America: Part 2

Today is Part 2 of our look into
Today is Part 2 of our look into “Upskilling”.

Yesterday, I introduced you to the big push for Career Tech Education (the adult version of Common Core) from the AACC’s WDI (American Association of Community College’s Workforce Development Institute) perspective. There was quite a bit revealed. From the acknowledged partnership of  the Gates Foundation, but the Gates Foundation grant recipient (the grant was to purposefully align to CCSS), Khan Academy, to the AACC’s desire to help align K-12 through college.
However, there was SO much MORE in between.
Today, we will learn a bit more about the organization and go into a bit more detail about some of the ‘loose ends’ from yesterday’s article. If you’ve not had the opportunity to access the article, here’s the link:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/wybi-upskilling-america-part-1/
I’ve also included the link to the Tamara Scott Radio Show where she invited me to discuss the “Upskilling of America”. Here’s the link to the archived discussion. My portion will begin at the 18:51 time mark. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/61959153

Picking Up Where I Left Off:

In yesterday’s post there were several groups or CCSS/CTE geared activities I said I’ve reveal more in Part 2. This is that section. I’ll be going in order of those indications. If you need to open one window of your internet browser with “Part 1” and another with “Part 2”, that would help you keep as much organized for future reference as possible.

A) Cengage’s tie to Career Tech Ed (therefore it’s tie to CCSS):
First, the website: http://www.cengage.com/us/

What they do (in their own words): “Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K–12, professional and library markets worldwide.”
(*Note: Since data and the privacy of it is a ‘big deal’, I’m including the link to the privacy statement. Why? Be sure to see how special conditions are laid out (for example: Cengage and all its websites may have different privacy parameters)


The Common Core/Career Tech Ed tie?: Yes, it’s there. If you’ve heard of “Ed2Go”, that’s Cengage. If you’ve used a Delmar course book or used a National Geographic educational resource, that’s also Cengage. Here’s Cengage’s National Geographic CCSS page: http://ngl.cengage.com/assets/html/ccss/ ; Here’s Cengage’s Workforce CTE partner page: http://solutions.cengage.com/WorkforceDevelopment/Partnerships/
(*Note: Related to this is Cengage’s involvement with ACTE (Association for Career and Techncial Education). ACTE is also in unison with P21, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the NASDCTEc (National Association of School Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium). Read the announcement: http://www.p21.org/news-events/press-releases/986-acte-nasdctec-and-p21-release-qup-to-the-challengeq-report)

Even more about Cengage:
If you’ve fought CCSS very long, you know Houghton Mifflin Publishing is also CCSS aligned (as are their CTE items). However, Cengage was able to buy HM’s higher education assets. Cengage has a global impact. Here’s the (undated) press release from Cengage’s website: http://news.cengage.com/higher-education/cengage-learning-completes-acquisition-of-houghton-mifflin-college-division-assets/
Here’s a screen shot you’ll need to see:

Be sure to enlarge this so you can see the source cited.
Be sure to enlarge this so you can see the source cited.

Who’s invested in Cengage? I found one group called APAX Partners (a UK based private equity firm). APAX was worth over $40 billion on 12/31/14. They list Cengage as worth $12 billion. (See Cengage’s page on the APAX site: http://www.apax.com/investments/traditional-media/our-investments/cengage-learning/ then, APAX’s funding page: http://www.apax.com/inside-apax/company/funds/) There’s an article I found that tells MUCH more to the story of APAX and Cengage’s interaction. You’ll need to read it for yourselves to fully appreciate the situation–especially when you read Cengage whisked away Pearson Publishing’s Chief Education Salesman. See: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Apax-buys-Cengage-debt-with-equity-in-danger-4428532.php ,Then, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-12-12/cengage-hires-pearson-s-education-sales-chief-stone
One last tidbit about APAX, they were vying for the Pearson IDC (Interactive Data Corporation). Here’s an excerpt, “Apax Partners has dropped out of the auction for Interactive Data Corp. (IDC), the U.S.-listed financial data provider majority owned by U.K. publisher Pearson PLC (PSO), a person familiar with the situation told Dow Jones Newswires Wednesday. Pearson, which also publishes the Financial Times newspaper and owns a large U.S. educational publishing business, hired Goldman Sachs (GS) in January to conduct a “preliminary review of strategic alternatives” for IDC in which it has a 61% stake.” To see the entire article, http://www.advfn.com/nyse/StockNews.asp?stocknews=IDC&article=42111039

One last thing about Cengage (be sure to enlarge it to see the ‘slap in the face’ title):

Here's one idiot book I can do without.
Here’s one idiot book I can do without.

B) Dr. Bumphus and “Camelot”:

If you’ve been able to watch the video I shared in yesterday’s article, you’ve been able to hear Dr. Bumphus’ words about community colleges. In yesterday’s post was just one of the articles laying out the parts that make up this “Camelot” time for community colleges. However, I wanted to see if we could find more.
For starters, I first wrote about Dr. Bumphus back in April 2015. I was looking into CHEA (Council for Higher Education) and its links to CTE and CCSS, boy did I find a tremendous amount of information! I won’t repeat all of it here, but I do encourage you to read the article. There is SO much you can use in your fight against the CCSS Machine! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/ftf-chea-cte-ccss-and-america/

As far as another one of those “Camelot” speeches or bullet points, I was able to find this one from Winston-Salem, NC. In it you’ll be able to read how not only that he is an inspiration to some, but where he used to work (Voyager Expanded Learning’s Higher Education division), and that among his closest friends is the head of the NC Community College’s governing body, Dr. Scott Rall. Notice also that he’s served on several presidential task forces. As far as Dr. Randall’s influence, consider his NC General Assembly report.
Scott Ralls – CTE in NCCCS
Now, why would I include this report? In the article from Winston-Salem, Dr. Bumphus made sure he called NC’s community colleges a success. As a leader who is brimming with “Camelot” talk, ‘success’ is part of that feeling. It also can’t hurt that if we’re so busy trying to align all our post-secondary education, that we use each other’s models to continue the ‘collaboration’ factor involved. Dr. Rall’s report also shows those national certificates that Tamara and I were discussing in the radio interview.
Related:
If you’d like to learn a bit more about Voyager, here’s an article I found about Voyager being sold, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/proquest-company-to-acquire-voyager-expanded-learning-75817707.html When you read it, notice how expansive the Voyager reach was. Notice the partners like Smithsonian and Discovery Channel…both are ‘all in’ when it comes to CCSS/STEM and CTE. To see Discovery Learning’s (notice how many channels are involved) CCSS page: http://corporate.discovery.com/search/?search_what=ALL&search_terms=common+core+&search_by=0
Smithsonian’s page: http://www.si.edu/Search/Index/default/1?q=career%20technical%20education
(*Note: where you find one: CCSS, CTE, or STEM, you’ll find the others)

Dr. Bumphus also mentioned that he laid out all the “Camelot” talk in a C-Span 45 minute video. Here’s the link:
http://www.c-span.org/video/?323798-5/washington-journal-walter-bumphus-community-college-plan

C) Those Aligned School Superintendents:

Back in Sept. 2014, I wrote a series of 3 articles featuring several state superintendents who’ve sold out to CCSS/CTE. I’m providing all the links. Each article has many useful links embedded in them.
First one: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/fib-o-meter-friday-state-superintendents-common-core-standards/
Second one: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/fib-o-meter-friday-more-cc-aligned-superintendents/
Third one: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/fib-o-meter-friday-even-more-state-superintendents-common-core/

If you read yesterday’s article or viewed the video, you know Dr. Bumphus called out the upcoming meeting between the Association of School Superintendents and the AACC. The meeting is to accomplish MORE alignment between K-12 and local colleges. AASA (American Association of School Administrators) is the official name of the group known as the “The School Superintendents Association”. I’ve also written about their sellout to all things CCSS, CTE. Both articles AASA are featured in are from 2015.
First one: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/fom-friday-ccss-cant-be-wrong/
Second one: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/tech-thursday-caps-via-career-pathways-is-still-ccss/ (*Note: as I always do when I write, all links are provided for your use in your battle)

D) That Re-engineering Ed Conference from Feb. 2015:

Dr. Bumphus also mentioned a conference which was set aside for ‘redesigning education’. Here’s the AACC’s page dedicated to that Feb. 2015 event: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/newsevents/Events/nsrde/Pages/default.aspx
The “Action Plan” presented at the event: Houston Community College

E) Snap-On and Other Corps in CTE Mix:

For this section, I’m including my “Wow!” article about some of the biggest CTE supporters. Snap-On’s main guy was the featured speaker in yesterday’s video. Snap-on is hardly alone in aligning workers via CTE. I’m not spilling the beans of some of the big names supporting it either. I want you to read them for yourselves. See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/rmt-vp-unions-career-tech-and-common-core/
If you accessed the Cengage Workforce/CTE partners page above, Skills USA was among them. I point this group out because this was one brought up several times in the video from yesterday. To see how devoted to CTE and STEM, Skills USA is: http://skillsusa.org/about/why-career-technical-education/stem-and-cte-alignment/

Related:
To read about other post-secondary aligned publishers like Cengage (above):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/tech-thursday-post-secondary-pulisher-cc-alignment/

To read about the Adult Standards for CTE, CCSS, etc.:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/common-core-after-high-school-reality-check/

To learn about the National Career Pathways Network:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/

To learn about CCSS and the Post-Secondary Research:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/wybi-wednesday-national-center-for-post-secondary-research-and-ccss/