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Are you preparing and encouraging your business & information technology students take the new Computer Science Principles exam?

Read this link to learn about "More than half of girls took the new AP Computer Science Principles test. It's the capstone of a more flexible AP course that covers topics such as database analysis and Internet security, as well as permitting teachers to select which coding language to teach...The number of students of color taking the exams also rose to about 22,000, or 20 percent of the tested pool. Their growth, too, was concentrated in the new exam. About 59 percent of students of color took AP Computer Science Principles." 
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Still considering it for 2017-18

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Dear Colleagues,

Do NOT miss this low cost, two day conference opportunity to “Ready, Set, Go” back to school to implement the required components of Academic and Career Planning (ACP) on August 21-22 in Madison!

ACT NOW: Registration and hotel rooms are still available, but room block prices are beginning to EXPIRE!

2017 Special Features make this LOW COST summer ACP professional development a MUST ATTEND!
• THREE National Keynote Leaders will speaker on Career Pathways, Career & Technical Education, AND ACP
• Breakfast, Breaks, Lunches included- with LOTS of Coffee
• Popular Sessions from 2016 are repeated, ALONG with NEW sessions covering a range of topics for Elementary, Middle AND High School
• UW Stout again provides an opportunity to earn 2 credits- undergrad OR grad
• Post-conference Workshops AND use of Monona Terrace space to utilize for Team Planning Time after the Closing on Tuesday!

Spend your valuable summer PD time at the lakes in Madison learning to help your students transition to college and career readiness!
Feel free to forward this message widely.
Direct any specific conference questions to at 608-267-2274.

Shared with Business & Information Technolgy educators on behalf of the DPI ACP Team.

We are looking at starting a school store to sell a variety of items. We are looking for suggestions on what are popular items both food and non food. If you could also include what you use for a POS system it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Amy Bires
Xavier High School

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How to Use the Google Drive Desktop App to Sync Your Files Anywhere---not sure how this integrates with school network policies so be sure to test this locally before promoting to your school/district community. 

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Companies scramble to fill these in-demand cybersecurity roles: Penetration testers, chief information security officers and cybersecurity engineers are the three most in-demand cybersecurity roles this year, staffing agency Mondo reports. These positions will continue to be in-demand through 2018, the agency predicts, with many companies offering perks, benefits and higher salaries to fill the roles.

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Research supports learning through gaming...Here area few quality opportunities to utilize materials that are available through Money Smart Week (MSW). The link below may take you to the MSW homepage when you access the Learn menu to discover more about Competitions, Teacher Resources, Games, and a Scavenger Hunt.

If you find something you like that is available online with Money Smart Week, then please consider adding the resource to WISELearn as we continue to expand alignment to our Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Financial Literacy and our Wisconsin Standards for Business & Information Technology. Visit and browse resources by subject or keyword.

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Final registration reminder for the Academic & Career Planning Conference. Was your staff waiting to register until the start of the next fiscal year after July 1? Did you have a change is school/district leadership? Are you ready for the ACP implementation requirements for 2017-18? Were you recently selected to be part of your ACP planning team?

Visit to learn more and use the link below to get registered for the 2017 DPI ACP Conference scheduled for Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22.

Hello! Our school store is looking into updating its POS system this fall. I was wondering what system all of you are currently using in your school stores? Pros and Cons? Any recommendations or systems to avoid? Any help or insights you could provide would be appreciated. Thank you and enjoy your day!

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Wis. seeks to fill shortage of skilled workers: About 77% of employers in Wisconsin struggle to find skilled workers, according to a survey by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Officials say businesses and institutions of higher education in the state are taking a multifaceted approach to addressing the shortage. Wisconsin Public Radio (7/13)

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Save the Date--Gateway College is hosting the ATEA (American Technical Education Association) National Conference. Of specific interest to you may be the Information Technology Pathway on March 22, 2018 (10 am to 4 pm)--Gateway will invite K-12 IT instructors to this day of events.

In the IT Technology Pathway, attendees will have the opportunity to choose between IT Certification or IT Educational tracks. These will be facilitated by expert faculty or industry representatives. On March 21, there will be industry tours, and then on March 22 each Pathway will have teaching and certification tracks for the participants. 
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