BoardNews: Winter 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of our board management newsletter. Today, you'll find an article on choosing the best Coding curriculum for your school, tips and tricks for better policy management, plus recent Company news including information about the highly anticipated BoardDocs Plus.

Don't miss the BoardDocs team at NSBA's 76th Annual Conference, April 9 & 10 in Boston. There, we're hosting "A Night on the Harbor" at the iconic J.F.K. Library & Museum! Next up, mark your calendars for our 2016 eGovLIVE Conference in Atlanta, GA -- registration details below! The BoardDocs team is busy traveling the US with a full calendar of state conferences, so please check our Upcoming Events to find out when we'll be in your area.

Christen McKay, BoardNews Editor-in-Chief

Now, let's get started ...

 

Check Out Team BoardDocs at NSBA's 76th Annual Conference - Booth #615!
If you're headed to Bost
on next month, consider these informative NSBA peer discussions:

  • The Language of Code: Why This Crucial Skill Needs to be Taught on Saturday, April 9: 10:30 - 11:45 AM (Rm 211) presented by Dr. Ember Conley, Superintendent, Park City School District; Mr Aristides Ioannides, President and Chief Architect, Emerald Data Solutions; Grant Smith, K12 Classroom Projects Facilitator, Emerald Data Solutions.
  • Making Policy Management Manageable with Cloud-based Services on Saturday April 9, 1:30 - 2:45 PM (Rm 213) presented by Heather Masshardt, Policy Consultant, Pennsylvania School Boards Association; Angela De Los Santos, BoardDocs Policy Specialist, Emerald Data Solutions.
  • Cost Savings and Efficiency with an Enhanced Experience: Paperless Board Meetings on Saturday April 9, 3:45 - 5:00 PM (Rm 255) presented by James Page, Director of Information Technology and Project Planning, New York State School Boards Association.
  • Engaging Stakeholders: Online Agendas are a Win-Win Solution for Communities - and your District! on Sunday April 10, 8:30 - 9:45 AM (Rm 255) presented by Ari Ioannides, Emerald Data Solutions President and BoardDocs Creator.

Going to NSBA? Join Us at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum!
You’re invited to join Emerald Data Solutions for a once-in-a-lifetime party on Saturday, April 9th, 7-10 PM! This is the one event not to be missed, or soon forgotten. You’ll explore the recreated world of the Kennedy Presidency for a “first-hand” experience of John F. Kennedy’s life, legacy and leadership, including JFK's Oval Office Desk, US Space Program's Freedom 7 Space Capsule, Jacqueline Kennedy’s Dresses, plus a live 18-Piece Swing Band! Light hors d’ouvres and drinks included.
More Event Details Here

Emerald Data Solutions Launches Highly Anticipated BoardDocs Plus  
Sixth-Generation BoardDocs Software Delivers Unprecedented Features, Speed and Flexibility
In late 2015, Emerald Data Solutions released BoardDocs Plus for all new subscribers. The major service enhancement enables organizations with multiple public governing bodies to leverage BoardDocs to provide a distinct and comprehensive suite of services to each group. BoardDocs has always supported unlimited types of meetings for different committees; and now with the all new Plus for BoardDocs Pro and LT, each governing body can have separate confidential meetings, document managers and administrative access. Through Plus, BoardDocs services provide a granular level of security so only authenticated users in each group can access their meetings, agenda items or even parts of an agenda item. No other solution offers that level of flexibility or security.
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2016 eGovLIVE Registration is Now OPEN!
The 14th Annual eGovLIVE Conference will take place September 7 - 9 at the
Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Attending eGovLIVE is the very best way to maximize your board management investment. As always, our conference will provide valuable, timely information and the opportunity to network with other governance representatives from across the nation, in a relaxed and informative atmosphere. Plus, we cover registration, breakfast, lunch and extra conference activities for all BoardDocs subscribers. Register Today!

Choosing the Right Coding Curriculum
Most resources that teach kids coding fall into two main categories: student-centric and pre-directed. Both types have their merits and drawbacks, keep reading to help you determine which is best for your school.
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More Effective Policy Management Starts Here!
Hello, again, BoardDocs Family! As a Policy Specialist, I work with a huge amount of policy content. If you are responsible for the maintenance and management of policy in your organization, I’m guessing you do as well. And while it’s possible you enjoy all things policy, like I do, it’s fairly unlikely (from my experience). I’ve worked with many incredible leaders and professionals who are not afraid of hard work, who still cringe at the thought of working with policy. My first question when working with them is, “Do you really dislike policy? Or do you dislike the administrative tasks associated with maintaining policy?” The answer is typically the latter.
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District Administration Names BoardDocs to Top 100, 6th Consecutive Year
Governance Technology Leader Recognized for Dramatically Improving Board Effectiveness
District Administration magazine has named BoardDocs a “Top 100 Product of 2015” by District Administration readers. For the sixth year in a row, BoardDocs has received this prestigious award, recognizing K-12 education services and products that support educational innovation. We'd like to extend our greatest appreciation to our subscribers for their ongoing support!
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