Common Core brings crew to BCS
Ohanian Comment: Go to Common Core Endorsing Partners. Read the list, noting how many have something to sell.
Go to the Beaufort County Ed Tech Center website and you find lots of links to Common Core. This small sample indicates the rather extraordinary sweep of this Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded initiative (helped along by Race to the Top bribes).
- This link to Utah has an extraordinary statement justifying the Common Core, which contains these two assertions which cannot be documented:
The Utah Core Standards are aligned to scientifically based content standards. . . .Utah parents, educators, and subject-area experts participated in the creation of the Common Core State Standards.--Utah State Board of Education [emphaiss added]
The Utah State Board of Education links to the Common Core Mapping Project, a project financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I wonder how they are able to trademark the term "Common Core." Reminder: Expert advisors to this project include Antonia Cortese, longtime officer of American Federation of Teachers. You can find the rest here.
Date: December 2009
Purpose: to develop K-10 ELA curriculum aligned to the Common Core standards under development by CCSSO and NGA
- Teaching Channel, hosts a "bank of videos of teachers implementing lessons aligned with Common Core." The Teaching Channel received seed funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Its board of directors includes venture capitalist and CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, and Deputy Director and Financial Planning and Analysis at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Currituck County Race to the Top: Common Curriculum and Assessment Project Overview ["a guaranteed and viable curriculum"]
- Lyon County Pacing Guides [Nevada] (including kindergarten where the key vocabulary for
unit one includes: Artist, author, description, illustration, illustrator, informational book, line, opinion, poem, poet, poetry, rhyme, rhythm, stanza, story book,verse.
More Kindergarten Key Vocabulary Aligned with Common Core
Unit 2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English
capitalization punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Unit 3: Key Vocabulary: Character, compare, contrast, exclamation, mark, fantasy, fiction, imaginary,key events, non‐fiction,question mark, questioning, real, setting, who, what,where, when, why, how.
Unit 4: Key Vocabulary: Adding, information, cause, composer, effect, gathering information,informational text, KWL chart, questioning.
Unit 5: Key Vocabulary: Antonyms, compare, contrast, different, multiple texts, opposites, settings,similar.
Unit 6 Key Vocabulary: Cause, creative process, different, effect, explanatory writing, revision,similar.)
Grade 3, Weeks 13-18 Key Vocabulary: Biographies, complex sentence, compound sentence, coordinating conjunction, note taking, power point, presentation, research questions, simple sentence, subordinating conjunction, opinion, fact, notable
Grade 5 Unit 1 Key Vocabulary: Biography, dialogue, homonym, homophone, literal and figurative language, poetic techniques: rhyme scheme, meter, stanza, metaphors, similes, alliteration, onomatopoeia, spoonerism, theme (and variation), narrative, ideas, organization, final, conventions, personification, hyperbole, pre-write, rough draft, edit, revise, publish, fact.
Grade 8 Unit 1 Assessment Standard: Establish and maintain a formal style.
Kindergartners get "effect" as key vocabulary in Unit 6. "Affect" comes as key vocabulary in Grade 7, week 2.
Meanwhile, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction purportedly provides a way to cement the Appendix B exemplars into the curriculum by providing links to locate them in a free, public domain--everything from a John Ciardi poem for kindergartners to Ovid's Metamorphosis for 9th. (This Latin masterpiece written in dactylic hexameter, the form of the great heroic and nationalistic epic poems, and completed in AD 8, is listed by NC as 'story'; well, yes, but. . . )
Book I: Cosmogony, Ages of Man, Gigantes, Daphne, Io;
Book II: Phaëton, Callisto, Jupiter and Europa;
Book III: Cadmus, Actaeon, Echo, Narcissus, and Pentheus;
Book IV: Pyramus and Thisbe, Hermaphroditus and Salmacis, Perseus and Andromeda.
Book V: Phineus, the Rape of Proserpina;
Book VI: Arachne, Niobe, Philomela and Procne;
Book VII: Medea, Cephalus and Procris;
Book VIII: Nisos and Scylla, Daedalus and Icarus, Baucis and Philemon;
Book IX: Heracles, Byblis;
Book X: Eurydice, Hyacinth, Pygmalion, Myrrha, Adonis, Atalanta, Cyparissus;
Book XI: Orpheus, Midas, Alcyone and Ceyx, Aesacus;
Book XII: Iphigeneia, Centaurs, Achilles;
Book XIII: the Sack of Troy, Aeneas;
Book XIV: Scylla, Aeneas, Romulus;
Book XV: Pythagoras, Hippolytus, Aesculapius, Caesar.
After checking a number of the links, I can report that many don't "work." Nonetheless, I regard the list as an imperative for Homeschooling--for those unwilling to join the revolution against the Common Core.
Note: Throughout Common Core curriculum documents the imperative to Establish and maintain a formal writing style pops up. Throughout college, professors told me they liked my writing but that "others" might object to its informality. Obtaining a master's degree in medieval literature from the University of California, Berkeley, required a lot of writing. Professors again told me they liked my writing but that "others" might object to its informality. Then, after leaving the classroom, I made my living as a staff writer for a teacher magazine. When they hired me they commented on my "accessible" writing style. I have published more than 300 articles in publications ranging from The Atlantic and The New York Times to Phi Delta Kappan and a research report for the Education Policy Studies Laboratory using this non-formal style. I have published 25 books using that style.
Just who wants this "formal writing style?"
Subscript: Here is a timeline of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funding of Common Core. Note that they started putting out the seed money for this takeover of curriculum in public schools in 2008--with a grant to the Military Child Education Coalition, whose purpose was "to create an alliance with Achieve and other national partners to support ADP Common Core Math Standards, identify middle school supporting content critical for mobile students, and create training modules accessible to parents, students, and educators."
2012 National Governors Association Center For Best Practices: $37,674
2011 New Venture Fund: $378,000
2011 Learning Forward: $999,795
2011 The University of the State of New York: $600,000
2011 Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth: $500,000
2011 Technet Foundation, Inc.: $200,000
2011 Military Child Education Coalition $149,965
2011 Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. $4,356,000
2011 Council of State Governments: $369,623
2011 Khan Academy Inc.: $4,079,361 2011 National Writing Project: $2,645,593
2011 National Indian Education Association: $500,000
2011 Council Of The Great City Schools: $4,660,988
2011 Council of Chief State School Officers: $9,388,911
2011 Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence: $198,206
2011 Creative Commons Corporation $462,955
2011 American Federation Of Teachers Educational Foundation $1,000,000
2011 Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction $75,000
2011 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development $3,024,695
2011 The Achievement Network $1,500,596
2011 National Governors Association Center For Best Practices $1,598,477
2011 Reasoning Mind, Inc. $742,996
2010 MetaMetrics, Inc. $3,468,005
2010 New Visions for Public Schools, Inc $7,999,935
2010 Pennsylvania Department of Education $526,960
2010 Kentucky Department of Education $1,000,000
2010 Center for Teaching Quality, Inc. $395,836
2010 Georgia Department of Education $1,509,962
2010 Florida Virtual School $2,021,928
2010 Alliance for Excellent Education, Inc. $3,200,004
2010 Khan Academy Inc. $1,464,667
2010 Albuquerque Public Schools $500,000
2010 School District of Philadelphia $500,000
2010 Cleveland Metropolitan School District $497,752
2010 Research for Action Inc $1,309,409
2010 Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Inc. $151,431
2010 Forsyth County Schools $151,200
2010 New York University $40,282
2010 Council Of The Great City Schools $100,000
2010 Council of State Governments College-Ready Education (U.S.) $399,953
2009 Common Core Inc. $550,844
2009 James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation, Inc. $5,068,671
2009 Alliance for Excellent Education, Inc. $551,336
2009 National Association of State Boards of Education $450,675
2009 Thomas B. Fordham Institute $959,116
2009 Regents University Of California Los Angeles $576,191
2008 Military Child Education Coalition $269,998
by Vail Stewart Rumley
If you walk into John Cotten Tayloe Elementary School today, you may just think you’re on the set of a Hollywood movie — lights, camera and action included. These lights and cameras are provided by the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project. And the action taking place? It's in the classroom. It's teaching.
The film crew arrived in Washington with Lorraine Griffith, the educator who led area second- and third-grade teachers in consecutive three-hour seminars at the Beaufort County Ed Tech Center on Wednesday. Griffith is the lead writer of Common Core Curriculum Maps for English Language Arts, developed to go hand in hand with the Common Core State Standards adopted in North Carolina in 2010.
Griffith was part of the team that united educational state standards and practical teaching applications with the curriculum maps, by providing the actual tools to help teachers create the "content-rich curriculum" and the means to help their students thrive in the new learning environment.
She shared the ways to create curricula for the shifts in educational focus because of the new standards. For second-graders, the shift applies to reading fluency, encompassing more than just the ability to decipher words -- it involves comprehension, understanding the use of language and, to a lesser extent, speed. They'll need that skill when they move to third grade and that grade’s shift to informational texts. Rather than reading a chapter about the U.S. Constitution, these students will be getting their information from the primary source -- the actual U.S. Constitution.
Glenda Moore, Beaufort County Schools' grades K-5 curriculum coordinator, and Ashley Padgett, grades 6-12 curriculum coordinator, explained that going directly to the source is one of the reasons why the study of language will be of greater focus.
"What's beautiful about this is that they'll have poetry, nonfiction, fiction, oral compositions, all revolving around a common theme," said Padgett.
According to Moore, interaction between teachers and students will be more flexible, more open-ended and more conversational.
"We're making our kids think," said Moore.
Today, a few teachers at John Cotten Tayloe School will have the opportunity to implement the new teaching style in their classrooms. The footage taken will be part of a Common Core Curriculum Maps (ELA) training documentary that will be used by teachers in all 50 states.
Moore is credited with creating the opportunity to be a part of the documentary that will be instrumental to all public-school teachers in the country. A two-year long email conversation with Griffith paved the way for the free seminar with Griffith and the film crew's arrival.
"We are so fortunate to have (Griffith) here," said Moore. "She's the lead writer of the K-3 curriculum maps. You can't get better than the person who wrote it."
The "movie" being filmed in Beaufort County today won't have a blockbuster opening weekend. According to Padgett and Moore, the payoffs will be much greater.
Vail Stewart Rumley with extensive notes by Susan Ohanian
Washington Daily News
May 02, 2012
Index of Common Core [sic] Standards