Looks like Delaware’s quest for a “Dream Team” funded by Gates et.al. has turned into a PBS style beg-a-thon seeking to unleash “Common Core Ambassadors” upon us, like locusts I’m sure.

FYI re: LearnZillion, they are 100% Corporate ed reform bullshit: http://learnzillion.com/about

From: Jamila Riser <jqriser@gmail.com<mailto:jqriser@gmail.com>>
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013 10:42 AM

Subject: Fwd: An opportunity to share with the Math Coalition

FYI-Please see message below.

Hi Jamila,

My name is Posie Wood, Michael Watson asked that I reach out to you for help in recruiting amazing teachers for the “Delaware Dream Team,” a professional development opportunity sponsored by the DDOE in partnership with LearnZillion. We’re looking for top teachers who are eager to join a community and become Common Core ambassadors to the state and Michael thinks that you could help us reach such great teachers through the Math Coalition. I’m including a description of the opportunity and information about how to apply.

The application is due on November 11th, would it be possible to share this opportunity with the Math Coalition?

Apply to join the Delaware Dream Team

LearnZillion, in partnership with the Delaware Department of Education, will select 40 talented teachers from across the state to join a Delaware Dream Team.  We are looking for teachers at any grade-level and in any subject area who want to broaden their impact, learn from content experts, and challenge themselves in new and exciting ways. Selected teachers will work with LearnZillion’s Common Core coaches and Delaware colleagues in online PLC’s in the winter and spring of 2014 with the goal of creating original formative assessment tools and resources, which will be published and made available to all Delaware teachers on LearnZillion.com<http://learnzillion.com/>. Selected teachers will also attend “TeachFest,” a 2.5 day kick-off event in early January where the Dream Team will meet with coaches and colleagues, dive into the standards, and begin building a community of Delaware Common Core ambassadors. In addition to Common Core professional development, teachers will also receive a $500 stipend. All expenses related to attending TeachFest will also be covered.

Learn more and begin your application at delawaredreamteam.fluidreview.com<http://delawaredreamteam.fluidreview.com/>. You can also sign up for an informational webinar here<https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7375545243114962946>. Applications are due on November 11, 2013, 11:59pm EST.
Questions? Email applications@learnzillion.com<mailto:applications@learnzillion.com>.

Thank you so much! Please let me know if you have questions or concerns!
Posie Wood

Posie Wood
Director of Professional Learning and Community
225-244-5561<tel:225-244-5561> | LearnZillion.com<https://app.getsignals.com/link?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.learnzillion.com%2F&ukey=agxzfnNpZ25hbHNjcnhyGAsSC1VzZXJQcm9maWxlGICAgICrv9gKDA&k=59731390c8ba490c99d4c09e0b6fcd64>


Jamie Gass: Is Common Core Legal?

Diane Ravitch's blog

Jamie Gass, who directs the conservative Pioneer Institute in Boston, is a historian and a determined critic of Common Core. While most conservatives support Common Core (Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Mitch Daniels, Tony Bennett, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce), Gass opposes Common Core and the testing because–among other reasons– he thinks that both are a violation of federal law. Read his latest column here.

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Cody: Are Newspapers Independent or Lapdogs of Their Owners?

Diane Ravitch's blog

Anthony Cody wrote a post in which he reviews how the newspapers have reacted to important issues.

First, there was the great editorial in a Vermont newspaper, patiently explaining that public schools belong to the public, “not hedge fund managers and entrepreneurs,” and they serve public purposes.

Then he points to the Lap Dog editorial in the Los Angeles Times, which defended embattled superintendent John Deasy, whose decisions may be costly and harmful, but who must ultimately prevail over those who were elected by the public to be Deasy’s employer. The L.A. Times, in other words, voices the anti-democratic views of its owner, who obviously cares very little for democratic niceties like elections. John Deasy is the darling of Eli Broad and Bill Gates, so his wrong-headed decisions must be defended, free from any judgment by no matter the elected board. In the eyes of this newspaper, Deasy is the…

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Additional Wrinkle: Excess Radon Emitted From Data Center


The Data center is slated to use gas developed from the Marcellus Shale region to our northwest.

Unlike the old sources of natural gas in Texas and Louisiana, the Marcellus Shale natural gas has a high concentration of Radon.

Radon has always been known to embed itself in natural gas.  However the gas coming into Newark’s Data Center Power Plant, will have a higher concentration of radon. from the shorter distance it travels, and from the higher concentrations known to abound in Devonian shales ranging between 8 and 32 times more powerful that that found in Gulf gas wells.

A high of 2576 pCi/L. versus a low of 37 pCi/L for Gulf and Texas natural gas.  Furthermore, at at half life of 3.8 days, radioactive radon will have a higher concentration traveling just 300 miles at 10 miles per hour as opposed to 1800 miles through a trans-continental pipeline.

Being an…

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What You Must Know About Common Core


Every major blog is carrying this article.  I apologize for joining on… but its author says everything I’ve said about it for almost half a year now, in one letter….

If you don’t understand Common Core, or still believe the News Journal Editorial Board or those Weekly Gubnatorial addresses that no one listens to,  this one page letter explains why parents of all political persuasions are united in getting this out of our public schools…..


I did not return to the classroom this year and I want to apologize. I am truly sorry for having left you. It was the hardest decision I have ever made. I want you to understand why I left. It had nothing to do with you. I still love you and believe in you. You are still amazing and you can do anything you want to do. I did not give up on you…

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