Is this the crew you want running our union? But read on:
About inBloom Inc.
inBloom Inc. is a nonprofit organization established to carry forward the mission of the Shared Learning Collaborative, which is to work to make personalized learning a reality for every U.S. student. inBloom provides technology services that allow states and public school districts to better integrate student data and learning applications to support sustainable, cost-effective personalized learning. inBloom is funded with initial philanthropic support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York. For more information about inBloom, visit www.inBloom.org.
Old Secretaries of Ed just keep getting consulting gigs. Margaret Spellings is on the board of directors of the new inBloom enterprise. Here are the rest.
Take a look at the Governance and Organization Technical Advisory Group:
In addition to seeking advice from more than 100 education, technology and business advisors, inBloom benefited from a six-member governance advisory group with a range of expertise. This former group committed significant time to help design and set up the long term governance and organizational structure for inBloom, Inc.:
Michael Horn, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Education, Innosight Institute
Michael Lomax, President and CEO, United Negro College Fund
David Riley, President, Alembic Foundation
Andrew Rotherham, Co-Founder and Partner, Bellwether Education Partners
Cheryl Vedoe, President and CEO, Apex Learning
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
AFT dues-paying members, how much will you stand for?
inBloom is nonprofit. All its providers are for-profits. inBloom Providers are the usual suspects.
If you can stand the horror, an inBloom white paper on standards alignment, providing chapter and verse of how they sequence learning.
This whole package provides a bit more information about what the Common Core Gates Standards are really up to.
You can see a small excerpt in Gates Foundation Anal-Retentive, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Strikes Again.
Here's an excerpt from an inBloom white paper Learning Standard Alignment in inBloom Technology, page 20. Copyright 2012 inBloom, Inc. and its affiliates. They want all the skill duckies in neat little rows. No one seems willing to put a name on this document. I don't think there's a human name in the whole paper. The paper describes:Objective assessment results provide an important measure of student fulfillment of learning objectives. Again, for inBloom compatible applications to analyze student objective achievement, assessment results must be provided to the inBloom Data store. But assessment metadata, indicating standard alignment, must also be included in the inBloom Data store; assessment maintainers, vendors and educators will need to provide this alignment information.