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Anne Wujcik, EditorThe Education Commission of the States (ECS) has been busy these past few months as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. ECS is a national organization created to serve the needs of the states. It brings together governors, state legislators, K-12 and higher education department chiefs and other education leaders, tracking state policy trends, providing unbiased advice and creating opportunities for state leaders to learn from one another. Recently it has released a series of Policy Analysis and Education Trend reports on a variety of subjects. These reports are tightly focused and typically backed up by a related database that details policy or actions across the 50 states. They serve as great starting points if you want to explore a new market or think through a new marketing approach.

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Voice from the Industry

Elliott Levine, Americas Education Strategist at Hewlett-PackardFakedIn: How Much of Your Professional Social Network Are Frauds?

Some people may get put off when I reply to unknown LinkedIn connection requests by asking, “How do we know each other?”

I guess you could call me the Nev Schulman of the business community. Catfish don’t just run their games in the social space but in the business world as well. But here, those that play the game do so more than just to play with people’s emotions. They do so to take people’s hard-earned money.

So what can you do to prevent yourself from being prey to LinkedIn predators? Just follow the “CASH” approach to professional networking:

  • Connect Responsibly
  • Ask
  • Scan
  • Hide

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamWell, it's the last Friday in April, and we will soon turn the page on another month. How can that be? I have a bunch of scoops for you this week so read on right now....

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More States Are Including Computer Science in High School Graduation Requirements

To encourage districts to offer high school computer science coursework -- and to encourage students to complete computer science classes -- some states have amended high school graduation requirements to either allow or require computer science to fulfill math, science or foreign language course requirements. A new Education Trends report from Education Commission of the States highlights what states are doing to address the need for quality computer science and coding education.

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New NASBE Resource Guides States through Science Standards Adoption

A new NASBE resource, New Science Standards: A Readiness Assessment for State Boards of Education, guides state boards of education through the complex process of reviewing, adopting, and implementing new science standards, such as the Next Generation Science Standards. Central to the resource is “self-assessment matrix” that walks states through a series of questions to gauge their overall readiness to adopt and implement science standards, identify gaps, determine which processes and policies are appropriate, and monitor progress toward implementation. The guide also includes suggestions for policymakers to begin communicating key decisions to the public.

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