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Tuesday
Oct282014

Alabama's Unified and Comprehensive System of Learning Supports Under Tommy Bice --Will It Lead Children To Stumble And Can Pastors Afford To Be Silent?

"When schools experience chronic underachievement, the reasons are most often the social, emotional, and/or physiological problems of the child and his or her family situation," Dyer said. "The work of Dr. Adelman and Dr. Taylor faces this challenge straight on by bringing the theory of mental health issues to a practice that improves the learning conditions for all students."

Above is an excerpt from an article that touts Tommy Bice's leadership in developing a Unified And Comprehensive Learning Supports that can influence many other states.

According to Linda Murphy, a nationally renowned Educator/Activist, who has studied Dr. Bice's Comprehensive Counseling Guidance Proposal (as this is part of the Unified Supports)-- "This is a dangerous expansion of the authority of public schools into the private lives of students, which has never been allowed in American schools. This plan sets goals for changes in students’ emotions, feelings, attitudes, values and beliefs. The area educators call the "affective domain" (from Blooms Taxonomy)." 

The Alabama State Plan "is an integral part of the preparation of all students to be college and career ready. It serves as a framework to guide school districts, individual schools, and individual counselors in designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive, developmental, and systematic counseling program."

1. It "should be used by all Alabama public schools for developing and implementing comprehensive, outcome-based school counseling and guidance programs that meet the needs of all students."

2. "All students will receive a data-driven counseling program that promotes academic achievement, career readiness, and personal/social development", which includes their "attitudes, character, values and beliefs."

3. It is "aligned with ASCA National Model and its revisions and includes four interrelated components: foundation, delivery system, management system, and accountability."

4. The "ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs, and three revisions promulgate national school counseling standards." 

5. It "helps students achieve their full potential through four program delivery components: School Guidance Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services, and Indirect Services."

6. "Comprehensive school counseling and guidance programs are data-driven by student needs and provide outcome-based accountability measures that align the school counseling and guidance program with the school’s overall academic mission."

7. "VII. RESPONSIVE SERVICES--7.1 Every K-12 student receives prevention education to address life choices in academic, career, and personal/social development."

 Rest on Linda's important summary and warnings here.

Recent examples of one size-fits all mentality that is foundational to this nationalized education aka common core (which is invalid according to Professors Sandra Stotsky and Jim Milgram--see audio link to his and her interviews) was the story of the 5-yr old from Mobile, Al who did a suicide checklist and signed a safety contract without her parents.  This, because she drew a picture of a gun and said pew pew with her crayons. 

Mobile County school system Superintendent Martha Peek said the school counselor used the system-wide safety protocol that school system officials were instructed to use in any situation in which "a student indicates they may be considering any actions such as hurting themselves or hurting someone else," she said. "Unfortunately, with this incident, the one size fits all."

Another example is where schools in Dothan, Al gave out this suicide prevention flyer to all children from Elementary to 12th Grade."This introduces a concept about something very negative that can cause depression, fear and worry that is not necessary.  In the effort to prevent these problems they are actualy creating problems with children that have no connection to that in their life"-per Linda Murphy. 

It is ironic that Common Core Standards Initiative has been known to increase stress in children.  In states like Alabama where the implementation is slower because there is a waiver for teacher's evaluation not to yet be based on student's test results, many teachers are still rallying behind it.  However, many warnings of dangers are there, such as the signed statement from 500 Early Childhood and Mental Health ExpertsMary Calamia's testimony (she's a licensed clinical social worker who testified before New Yord's Board of Ed.), a NY teacher's testimony of the danger, Joan Landes--mental health therapist on the Psychological Damage of Common Core and video from child psychologist-Megan Koschnick.

The proposal by Alabama Superintendent Tommy Bice to pass a Comprehensive Counseling Guidance was presented to the SBOE on 9/11 worksession see pdf file on this link:https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=70577&MID=1610

Note the  Preface of the document:

 

The Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance State Model for Alabama Public Schools (the State Plan) presents a model that helps students prepare to be college- and career-ready in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development. Counseling and guidance is an integral part of each school’s total educational program. The counseling and guidance program helps students achieve their full potential through four program delivery components: School Guidance Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services, and Indirect Services. This document, The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs, and its revisions should be used by all Alabama public schools for developing and implementing comprehensive, outcome-based school counseling and guidance programs that meet the needs of all students.

With that in mind look at what's in the ASCA Standards For Students:

PS:A2 Acquire Interpersonal Skills
PS:A2.1 Recognize that everyone has rights and responsibilities
PS:A2.2 Respect alternative points of view
PS:A2.3 Recognize, accept, respect and appreciate individual
differences
PS:A2.4 Recognize, accept and appreciate ethnic and cultural
diversity
PS:A2.5 Recognize and respect differences in various family
configurations

Above should be studied by Pastors throughout.

Importance of Data: Yes. Data may be the most important part of the ASCA National Model!

Research for yourself and if you don't think Alabama needs to pass Dr. Bice's Comprehensive Counseling Guidance then please call your school board and let them know and while you're at it--call Governor Bentley (334) 242-7100 and send him a fax too at (334) 353-0004 (leave paper trail.)

There is so much to learn about the Common Core Standards Initiative and we hope you will make time to listen to Dr. Duke Pesta explain to you what's in store with this nationalized education system.  Knowledge is powerful...come join us links to conferences here:  http://www.standinthegapnow.com/

 





Friday
Oct172014

Loss of Parental Authority=Out of Control Departments of Education=Common Core Standards Initiative=Comprehensive System of Learning Supports=Affecting Students' Emotions, Feelings, Attitudes, Values and Beliefs

For too long, majority of parents have forgotten that the price of freedom is vigilance.  A country that led the world in industrial advances, the land of so much opportunity, had what we thought as an excellent education system.  We trusted that system for far too long.  Unfortunately, we are now having to get informed rather quickly of how the education system has changed.  Below are some points with links for you to consider whether or not it is time for you to Stand in the Gap and find out more.  We hope you will as no one can defend your child better than you -- but without knowledge how can you??  Be sure to attend one of the Stand in the Gap Conferences On November 7-9th (7th In Mobile and 9th in Helena).  Please check on www.StandintheGapNow.com

Hear interview with Professor Sandra Stotsky who was asked to be on Common Core's National Validation Committee but refused to validate them.

Hear interview with Linda Murphy, Oklahoma Educator, who helped get Oklahoma out of Common Core.

See link to pdf of SBOE September Work Session on Comprehensive Counseling Guidance Model For Alabama...Better hurry--vote by SBOE maybe coming soon...Get informed!

 

In an article from UCLA(click on right side under News Release article on  New Directions for Student &
    Learning Supports Initiative
)-Tommy Bice is touted for leading the nation.  Here are some key points:

 

Tommy Bice's unified program statewide: "Alabama's schools are off to a good start. I am very optimistic. If Alabama's schools are half as effective as we think they will be, Alabama will influence many other states."

Starting with 10 school districts, Alabama's Unified and Comprehensive System of Learning Supports places emphasis on addressing all the factors that interfere with students' success at school. Additional Alabama school districts will be phased in over the coming years.


Linda Felton-Smith, director of the Office of Learning Support in Alabama's department of education. "It unifies and moves student supports away from reacting to problems and toward system development, with a strong emphasis on prevention and early intervention."

"This new direction will help advance Alabama's PLAN 2020, which outlines four priorities, including the learners, the support systems, the school systems and the professionals," said Tommy Bice, Alabama's state superintendent of education. "Each of these four components of the plan has to function together like an 'eco-system' so that we can meet our objectives of improving student growth and achievement, closing the achievement gap, increasing the graduation rate and increasing the number of students that are college- and career-ready. Student support is a vital part of that total system."

 Be sure to look at link to the pdf to the Alabama Comprehensive Learning Supports that is listed in article see http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/aladesign.pdf.


Here's Memo on which districts are in:


Thomas R. Bice, Ed.D.
Secretary and
Executive Officer
GORDON PERSONS BUILDING • P.O. BOX 302101 •MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA 36130-2101 • TELEPHONE (334) 242-9700 • FAX (334) 242-9708 •WEB SITE: www.alsde.edu
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Communication
July 31, 2013 334-242-9950
comm@alsde.edu
ALABAMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MOVES TOWARD A
COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM OF LEARNING SUPPORTS
Department Releases New Learning Supports Design Plan and First Districts to
Participate in Roll-Out
Montgomery, Ala. — As part of a steadfast commitment to ensure a world-class
education for all students, the Alabama State Department of Education is releasing a
Comprehensive System of Learning Supports design document and district roll-out plan.
ALSDE officials, area superintendents and representatives from Scholastic will discuss the
new design at 9:30 a.m., Aug. 2, 2013, in Room P104 of the Gordon Persons Building, 50
N. Ripley St., Montgomery, AL.
“We are so optimistic about the power of this new design that builds on previous efforts to
address the barriers to learning and teaching and re-engaging disconnected students,” said
Dr. Linda Felton-Smith, Director, Office of Learning Support. “It unifies and moves
student supports away from reacting to problems toward system development with a strong
emphasis on prevention and early intervention.”
The intent is to fully integrate the learning support system as a primary component of our
school improvement policy and practice and focus on:
• Reframing current student/learning supports programs.
• Re-deploying resources.
• Developing in-classroom and school-wide approaches, including learning
supports found effective in the state’s high-poverty/high-achieving schools.
• Developing the capacity to implement learning supports through leadership
training.
• Revamping infrastructures at the school, district, and state levels.
• Developing and implementing accountability indicators directly related to the
learning support system and fully integrating them into school improvement
accountability.
-moreTen
districts including Bessemer City, Chickasaw City, Etowah County, Butler County, Decatur City, Perry County, Calhoun County, Dothan City, Shelby County, and Lauderdale County will implement the design starting this fall. Other districts will be phased in over the coming years.
“This new direction will help advance Alabama’s PLAN 2020, which outlines four priorities, including the learners, the support systems, the school systems, and the professionals,” explains Dr. Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of Education. “Each of these four components of the plan has to function together like an ‘eco-system’ so that we can meet our objectives of improving student growth and achievement, closing the achievement gap, increasing the graduation rate, and increasing the number of students that are college- and career-ready. Student support is a vital part of that total system.”
Our work in Alabama to design and implement this exciting body of work is being supported by Scholastic Consultant Dr. Rhonda Neal-Waltman, former Assistant Superintendent with Mobile County Schools, and Drs. Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor from the UCLA Center for Mental Health.
The news conference will be available for LIVE viewing on the Alabama State Department of Education’s Ustream Channel at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/alabama-depart:ment-of-education. After the meeting, the archived video is available on the site. If you have comments or questions, please call Communications at 334-242-9950 or send an e-mail to comm@alsde.edu.
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Look up the ASCA National Model

http://www.ascanationalmodel.org/foundation

PDF]ASCA National Standards for Students - SAS

https://www.pdesas.org/.../ASCA_National_Standards_for_Students.pdf
Citation Guide. When citing from this publication, use the following reference: American School Counselor Association (2004). ASCA. National Standards for ...


Read this from Linda Murphy:

Look at Out of Control Ed:

5 yr old forced to sign safety contract:

Middle school students who participated in a controversial sex education program in Hawaii were rewarded with gift cards from the University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies. The gift cards, valued at between $10 and $20 each, were issued to 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds who participate in Pono Choices. About $52,200 of a $5 million grant from the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health was used to buy the cards.

Look at what you're hearing throughout the state and throughout the country and decide for yourself--can you afford to look the other way?

Hosea 4:6King James Version (KJV)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.