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    Common Core Close Connections
    by Susan Ohanian

    Rachel Etienne has a BS in Mathematics and Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), US Department of Education, lists her as "an ELA/literacy professional development specialist and ELA/literacy coach for OCTAE's Implementing College and Career Readiness Standards project."

    According to Education Week, teachers came to Baltimore from as far away as Anchorage to get wisdom about common Core from Etienne in a conference sponsored by Council of the Great City Schools and Student Achievement Partners. Etienne, a literacy specialist with Student Achievement Partners, cited an example of how basals "ask the teacher to think through the hard parts for the kids, model them, and move on," leaving little opportunity for students to come up with other ideas or interpretations of the text.

    Etienne has been working with Student Achievement Partners for a number of years. A PowerPoint with her name on it dates to 2007.

    Student Achievement Partners
    Context in Context

    Rachel Etienne
    Member of the Literacy and English Language Arts Team
    Student Achievement Partners (SAP)

    In 2013, she was also on hand to brief education publishers about Common Core.

    Of course, in the Common Core world, people labeled experts wear a lot of hats. In 2012-13, Etienne was also a coach in the New York City COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATIONAL PLAN (pdf file)

    Creating for the Common Core: Next Steps from the Experts

    NBC Calling

    Rachel Etienne Opening Remarks at NBC Education Nation

    The US Department of Education Connection

    The LINCS Community is a community of practice (COP) for adult education practitioners funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). This professional learning space brings together adult educators worldwide to work together toward one common goal—providing high-quality, evidence-based learning opportunities to adult students.

    Event Title: A Deep Dive: What's Behind the New Professional Development Materials for ELA/Literacy CCR Standards?

    Event Type: Online Discussion

    Date(s): April 6-10, 2015
    Rachel Etienne is an ELA/literacy professional development specialist and ELA/literacy coach for OCTAE’s Implementing College and Career Readiness Standards project. She has created and curated online curriculum resources for educators, led professional development in literacy for instructional leaders, and coordinated teams of researchers and teachers to disseminate best practices in literacy instruction. Her current work involves providing high-quality professional development services to schools, districts, states, and professional organizations in order to improve teachers’ content knowledge and classroom effectiveness while implementing the CCSS. Mrs. Etienne formerly worked as a classroom teacher and literacy coach for the New York City Department of Education, the Archdiocese of New York, and several nationally recognized charter school organizations.

    In their Common Core webinar series, Education Week offered a May 14, 2014, webinar sponsored by Keys to Liberty: Tapping Teachers to Play a Lead Role in Shaping Common-Core Implementation where presenter Rachel Etienne was identified as the literacy and professional development specialist, Student Achievement Partners.

    And so on and so on and so on.

    This is offered as just one very small example of how the U. S. Department of Education, Student Achievement Partners, Education Week, NBC News, and the New York City Department of Education have acted together to deliver what Bill Gates wants.

    Rachel Etienne is just one tiny needle in the mammoth haystack. It might be interesting to know the process undergone by a math major to became a literacy delivery expert. But then, who wants to watch sausage being made?

    — Susan Ohanian
    November 12, 2015

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