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In part II of this STEM policy update, we hear from Lindsey Gardner about STEM and CTE.

Educational leader Fred Ende predicts a focus on STEAM, blended learning and collegial circles.

Gifts

What employees really want doesn’t come in a box or require a bow. And it’s certainly not restricted to December.

Networking

Ever try speed networking? Here are some potential benefits.

Technical

Technical knowledge is great, but when you become a manager or a business owner, you need to shift your mindset.

Net neutrality repeal: Don't panic

An education policy expert tells why repealing net neutrality is not a death blow to education.

Professor Scott McLeod discusses how educational leadership can adapt to best serve students.

Bringing customer communication into the digital age

From chatbots to voice technology, read about how food and beverage brands are adapting their communication strategies for today's digital consumers.

Tips for makerspaces, maker projects

This Tech Tip roundup offers ideas for makerspaces, maker projects, sketchnoting, more.

Wellness

Even with these awareness-building efforts, there’s still a huge stigma attached to talking about mental health in the workplace.

Leadership potential

10 key steps you should be taking if you want to be a credible, influential leader.

What’s trending? From distraction trends to Genius Hours, don’t miss these most-read stories.

Chefs say 86 these dishes, ingredients in 2018

Put down the pumpkin spice and step away from the jarred salad. Chefs weigh in on what trends to skip in 2018.

Listen

Here are some questions to help you become a better listener -- and a better helpmate for your colleagues.

Holiday treats, news from In-N-Out drew SmartBrief readers this week

From holiday candy preferences to In-N-Out's expansion plans, see which stories were most popular among SmartBrief's food and beverage readers this week.