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Anne Wujcik, EditorMDR's EdNET Conference kicks off this Sunday in Baltimore. The registration list shows healthy representation from both long-established education market companies and start-ups and entrepreneurs. I'm looking forward to seeing long-time friends and meeting the many new players. For those of you unable to attend, we'll be sharing information on trends and insights shared at EdNET in future issues of the News Alert.

Just a few things to be aware of this week.

Congress has passed a Continuing Resolution that will fund FY 2015 government operations through Dec 11, 2014. Funding levels essentially flat with those of FY 2014.

For anyone here in Chicago, Startup Weeekend Education kicks off tonight, Sept 26, at 6PM at National Louis University, the site of last year's successful inaugural event.

October is Connected Educator Month, the third annual celebration of professional collaboration, designed to help more educators get proficient with social media. It's not too late to get your message in front of participating educators.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education and Getting Smart have launched the My School Information Design Challenge, a national competition to rethink and redesign the way in which key data is presented on school report cards.

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hellerresultsTomorrow’s Whole Earth Simulations: Connecting Students to the World They’ll Face

Watching animated films like Frozen or one with extraordinary special effects like Gravity gives us a small hint of how far high-powered visual display computing has come in recent years. Married with increasingly powerful machines perfected for big data analysis, and complex multivariate simulation modeling tools, high-power graphic display systems are beginning to emerge capable of whole earth simulations. Efforts along these lines have been made for decades for weather forecasting and understanding global oceanic flows like El Nino. Increasing scientific and political concern about global issues, such as chemical and aerosol pollution and climate change, have ratcheted up the development of whole earth simulation models by government, academic, and research institutions around the world. We’ve got a ways to go before the models have this power, but we’re getting there.

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

Vicki Smith BighamOk friends, happy Friday! The Snoop is headed to Baltimore today as our team prepares for EdNET 2014, and I sure hope you are headed there, too. It will be an amazing time, both in learning from the programming planned and with that all-important networking. I hope you have your appointments planned, but before you head out, check up on my scoops for you....

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New Report Card Rates Teaching and Learning Conditions Worldwide

Education International (EI), the organization representing educators around the world, has presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon with a preview of its findings and recommendations for continued international focus on education. To accompany this release, EI will convene a panel of education leaders and educators from around the globe to examine what has been achieved and what must be done to ensure education is the bedrock of any post -2015 development agenda. EI will also unveil its Education for All (EFA) report card, an assessment of teaching and learning conditions worldwide, to ensure that the global debate on education reflects the reality of the classroom and that the voice of education professionals is heard as we enter the final year before the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Report Card Makes Case for Continued Reforms in Education

Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the fourth edition of its Leaders & Laggards series, A State-by-State Report Card on K–12 Educational Effectiveness. The report provides an in-depth evaluation of data and a careful analysis of K–12 performance and policy across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The state-by-state report card evaluates educational effectiveness in 11 categories: academic achievement; academic achievement for low-income and minority students; return on investment; truth in advertising: student proficiency; postsecondary and workforce readiness; 21st century teaching force; parental options; data quality; technology; international competitiveness; and fiscal responsibility.

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