BoardNews: Fall 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of our board management newsletter. Included is an introduction to more efficient and effective policy management, one organization's journey towards significant cost savings, plus recent Company news. Today, you'll also read several articles that focus on the importance of coding in K-12 Education. In addition, we've announced our 2016 eGovLIVE Annual Conference dates and host city -- details below!

This fall, 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.

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We're excited to announce, the 14th Annual eGovLIVE Conference will take place September 7 - 9 at the
Atlanta Marriott Marquis. 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. Stay tuned as new details become available!

"Corporate Support for Coding" in Education Week
After a degree in information systems, Grant Smith worked in Silicon Valley. Responding to a calling to teach, Grant became an Arizona Teaching Fellows, an alternative certification program sponsored by The New Teacher Project. Smith created a curriculum guide that draws from one hundred open resources including and Khan Academy. The sequenced K-8 lessons are aligned with Common Core and next-gen science standards. Ari Ioannides, president of Emerald Data Solutions, provider of BoardDocs, read about the coding program in Edutopia. Ari had learned to code at a disadvantaged school and it proved to be his pathway to a successful career.
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What Do Preteen Girls Think About Coding?
It's no secret that there is a huge gender gap in computer science. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, girls comprise only 19% of all AP Computer Science (CS) test-takers. Also, only 15% of all undergraduate CS degrees are earned by women.
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Introduction to BoardDocs Policy
Hello BoardDocs family! I’m Angela De Los Santos, the resident BoardDocs Policy Specialist. Many of you have worked with me and know my passion for all things policy. Trust me, I know that my affection for policy is not shared by all. Even so, at BoardDocs, we’re trying to change that by striving to make policy easy enough and attractive enough that people will want to update and read it.
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"Why would you pay more to do something the hard way?"
An interview with Southeastern Regional Vocational School District Superintendent Luis Lopes
Bottom line, using BoardDocs saves Southeastern Regional time and money. According to District Superintendent Luis Lopes, the times savings are more than 50%, minimum. But the printing, reproduction and postage costs are the most measurable, which more than pays for the annual costs of the system. “We were spending close to 19K per year, and that was a very conservative number."
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Inc. Magazine Recognizes Emerald Data Solutions 5th Consecutive Year
Company Dominates Governance Technology Industry with Monumental Sales Growth Year after Year
Inc. Magazine has named Emerald Data Solutions one of the fastest growing private businesses in the nation on its 33th Annual Inc. 500/5000 List. The list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America's independent‐minded entrepreneurs.
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