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Magnificent Monday Action Items for Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013

Remembering our Veterans today who have fought and many who’ve lost their lives for our country.  If you are a Veteran, we THANK YOU!

It’s Magnificent Monday!  MACC is starting it’s program of daily Action Items.  Thank you for standing with our nation’s schools and children.

1.  Call or E-mail Minnesota Senator Patricia Torres Ray, Chair of the Education Policy Committee, TODAY!  Tell her (or leave a message) of your concerns with Common Core (short calls are great, too) — 1. Poorly written standards 2. Curriculum aligning with Common Core through Pearson Textbooks 3. Data Collection and Data Mining, shared with federal government 4.  Combination of over-testing and data mining through ETS and AIR, 5.  Inappropriate teacher and principal evaluations based upon implementation of Common Core.  If anyone states, these are just standards… Tell them that they are way more than standards when tied to all of the requirements of the Race to the Top grants and No Child Left Behind waivers.

Senator Patricia Torres Ray

Phone:  651-296-4274  E-Mail: sen.patricia.torres.ray@senate.mn

Legislative Assistant: Blanca Martinez Gavina   Phone:  651-296-4274

2.  Write Tuesday, Nov. 12th @ 7:00 p.m. on your calendars for our monthly MACC STATE-WIDE CONFERENCE CALL with CHRIS TIENKEN of Seton Hall.  Professor Tienken will discuss testing related to data mining and the benefits of OPTING-OUT to your child, family, teachers and principals.  Kirsten Halvorson-Block will host Prof. Tienken.  All other callers are anonymous listeners, unless you have questions at the end of the call. Attend and invite friends!

3.  JOIN the national STOP COMMON CORE Profile Picture Campaign, running Tuesday, Nov. 12th – Friday, Nov. 15th.  Change your profile picture to the “Stop Common Core” image on Tuesday (directions on how to change your profile posted inside the event post).  Post 1 article a day so your friends can learn about Common Core.  Sample articles will be posted later today.  If you blog, post these articles to your blog.  If you tweet, post to Twitter under #stopcommoncore.

If you are truly concerned about CCSS, we hope that you would alert your friends and family of this educational reform threat set to engulf all of our children and grandchildren.  Let’s not let PARTISAN POLITICS or POLITICAL CORRECTNESS get in our way.  Our country has had quite enough of the divisiveness.  Common Core is coming at us from the Right and from the Left, so it is not a partisan issue.  Remember to state that CCSS is non-partisan when you post.  Be of courage, friends!!!  Let us know here, if you need any help.  We’ve got each others’ back!!!

MACC State-wide Conference Call: Testing and Data Mining: How the Opt-Out Movement Leads to Beneficial Consequences for Students, Families, Teachers and Principals – Nov 12th 7pm

Common Core Statewide Conference Call with Seton Hall Professor Christopher Tienken!
Topic:  Testing and Data Collection/Mining:  How the Opt-Out Movement Leads to Beneficial Consequences for Students, Families, Teachers and Principals
State-Wide Conference Call – November 12th 7 p.m.
Dial: 1-267-507-0240 Enter the Conference Code: 362722

Christopher Tienken, Ed.D. is an assistant professor of Education Administration at Seton Hall University. He has public school administration experience as a PK-12 assistant superintendent, middle school principal, and elementary school assistant principal. He began his career in education as an elementary school teacher. Dr Tienken’s research interests include the effect and influence of professional development on teacher practice and student achievement, the construct validity of high-stakes standardized tests as decision-making tools about student achievement and school effectiveness, and curricular interventions used in schools to improve achievement. His research about the effects of professional development on student achievement has been recognized by the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Staff Development Council awarded him the Best Research Award in 2008.

Dr. Tienken has authored a book, book chapters, and articles on his research interests and presents papers regularly at state, national, and international venues. His new book with Donald Orlich is The School Reform Landscape: Fraud, Myth, and Lies. He has ongoing research collaborations with colleagues at the University of Rome, Italy, the University of Catania, Sicily, and he has been an invited lecturer there as part of a European Union masters degree program. Dr. Tienken is the editor of the American Association of School Administrators Journal of Scholarship and Practice and the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Dr. Tienken was also named as a Visiting Scholar at the Universita` degli Studi Roma Tre, in Rome, Italy for the 2009-2010 academic year as part of their masters degree program: Master Pedagogia per la Persona, L’Organizzazione, La Societa`.

State-Wide Conference Call – November 12th 7 p.m.
Dial: 1-267-507-0240 Enter the Conference Code: 362722

STOP COMMON CORE Profile Campaign

Mark your calendars!!! On Tuesday, November 12 – 15, Minnesotans Against Common Core is taking part in a National Stop Common Core Profile Campaign on Facebook, Twitter and through Education Blogs. We ask everyone who is against Common Core to do the following:
1. Change your profile pic to the same Stop Common Core photo (to be provided).
2. Post on your personal wall asking each of your friends to also change their profile pic if they are against Common Core.
3. Post one article each day that week about Common Core. I am working on which articles to suggest. You can choose an alternate article if you don’t like the suggestions. The suggestions are meant to make this easy for everyone to just click share. The articles will be basic and avoid anything too political.

Many of the state groups are participating in this too so the photo and article suggestions will be the same everywhere. The idea is to flood our online social circle with the same message for four days. We are starting on Tuesday to avoid Veterans Day since many people like to post a themed photo on that day. The event will end on that Friday.

If you are not comfortable posting Common Core articles due to pushback from your facebook friends, make sure you have some facebook friends that have your back and can respond and comment on your wall.

We only have a few months to get the word out before our legislature begins their work. Let’s make sure everyone understands this issue!

Here is the link for profile pictures.

National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K–12

Yes, you read the title right, that’s the name of this new standard for kids: K, as in Kindergarten, to 12th grade.

“The National Sexuality Education Standards were further informed by the work of the CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT); existing state and international education standards that include sexual health content; the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten – 12th Grade; and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics5, recently adopted by most states.”

Read it for yourself, print it out, it might be something that you want to ask your child’s school about.