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15 Body Language Blunders Successful People Never Make

Our bodies have a language of their own, and their words aren’t always kind. Your body language has likely become an integral part of who you are, to the point where you might not even think about it.

If that’s the case, it’s time to start, because you could be sabotaging your career.

What follows are the 15 most common body language blunders that people make, and emotionally intelligent people are careful to avoid.

1. Slouching is a sign of disrespect. It communicates that you’re bored and have no desire to be where you are.

Digital Marketing Solutions for Nonprofits

Technology Playground is hosting its Digital Marketing seminar for nonprofits “Looking Great In Your Donors/Customers Inbox.” This is a free seminar specifically designed for nonprofit organizations and local businesses that look to get maximum ROI on their donor and/or customer list.  This seminar will help you avoid common mistakes and maximize your emails for powerful impact! You’ll learn: Branding beyond the logo, readability,  sharability, and more.  Free gift to the first 15 registrants. Valued at $25. The seminar is being held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at Mt Pleasant Public Library 3160 16th St.

Future Innovators Scholarship

The National Society of Black Engineers Washington DC Professionals Chapter has opened the Future Innovators Scholarship!

This is a $1,000 merit-based scholarship awarded to local African-American senior high school students planning to pursue degrees in in the fields of engineering, computer science, mathematics, or applied science.

Cap & DollarsThe NSBE DC Future Innovators Scholarship Application is due by Friday, March 3, 2017. If you have any questions about completing the application, please contact scholarships@nsbedc.org

NSBE’s mission is “To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically,

Celebrating TIERific Public Charter Schools

Last week, we hosted a celebratory luncheon in downtown DC at the National Press Club on the recently released school quality reports with more than 40 Tier One schools. This event was a way to honor each school’s accomplishment and to also celebrate the 20th year of public charter schools.

Learn more about each TIERific top-performing schools:

Two Rivers PCS 4th Street (link is external)
This school has been Tier 1 for five straight years.

New Report Shows Public Charter Schools Headed in the Right Direction

Today, the city released the School Equity Reports (link is external) for the fourth year in a row.  The reports provide unprecedented levels of information on how well each public and public charter school in the District responds to the diverse needs of the students they educate. By providing apples-to-apples comparisons of schools and presenting the results in a format that is easy to understand, the reports signal potential problems, help schools focus on areas that need to improve, and guide parents as they make decisions about their child’s education.

DC Public Charter School Board Releases School Quality Ratings!

WASHINGTON, DC – A new citywide report shows public charter school quality continuing to rise. The report, released by the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB), is a comprehensive look at education for public charter schools throughout the District of Columbia serving grades prekindergarten (PK) to 12 and adult programs. The results show students living in every Ward of the city are benefitting from attending top-performing “Tier 1” public charter schools.

Today’s release covers schools serving grades PK through eighth grade.  DC PCSB will release results for high school and adult public charter schools in early November.

Scott Pearson: We’ve Considered Lots of Other Innovative Ideas. Why Not Unionized Charters, Too? (And Rebuttal)

By Scott Pearson | Originially Published by Education Post (link is external)

Most charter leaders look at the prospect of a unionized workforce with horror. Work rules, seniority-based placement, and onerous due process all are at odds with the charter model of flexibility, nimbleness, and a single-minded focus on kids’ learning.

But I’ve seen it work differently. Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles embraced unions from the outset, and negotiated a thin union contract appropriate for a charter school’s way of operating.

[Template] How to Create a Successful Email Marketing Plan in Minutes

Let’s be perfectly honest.

You know that consistency is an important part of successful email marketing.

Every year, you promise this will be the year you create (and stick to) an email marketing plan.

And every year, something comes up and your plan falls by the wayside.

Why you need an Email Marketing Plan Template

Sometimes good intentions aren’t enough. You need a plan to stay focused,

9 Apps that immediately make life easier

9 Free Apps That Immediately Make Life Easier

There is nothing more valuable than time. These apps help you make better use of it.
9 Free Apps That Immediately Make Life Easier

Apps are everywhere. Research has shown that Americans on average spend nearly three hours per day using mobile apps, and on top of that we tend to put that time into fewer than five apps daily. If you’re going to spend so much of your life working on, listening to or playing an app, it better be worth it, right?

Whether they’re free,

5 Mobile Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Use

5 Mobile Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Use

5 Mobile Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Use

Today’s entrepreneur has a wealth of information, connectivity and resources available instantly and immediately via the Internet. This level of access has helped spawn a new renaissance for entrepreneurship, as young and experienced entrepreneurs alike find it ever easier to get exactly what they need to create ideas, execute plans and perfect their approaches.

But not all of these tools are widely known. With millions of mobile apps available, how do you know which ones are worth pursuing unless someone points you in the right direction? 

Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

‘Music probably does something unique. It stimulates the brain in a very powerful way, because of our emotional connection with it.’
‘Music probably does something unique. It stimulates the brain in a very powerful way, because of our emotional connection with it.’ Illustration: Sophie Wolfson

The multimillion dollar brain training industry is under attack. In October 2014, a group of over 100 eminent neuroscientists and psychologists wrote an open letter warning that “claims promoting brain games are frequently exaggerated and at times misleading”. Earlier this year, industry giant Lumosity was fined $2m,