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CUE 2016 Fall Conference Keynotes



Marco Torres, Keynote SpeakerDave Burgess

Opening Session & Keynote, Friday, October 28, 8:15 - 9:30 am

Dave Burgess is the New York Times best‐selling author of "Teach Like a PIRATE" and co‐author of "P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators." He received national recognition as recipient of the 2014 BAMMY Award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.


As an award‐winning  teacher from San Diego, California, Dave was recognized as Teacher of the Year, a Golden Apple recipient, and a faculty standout for 17 
consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. He specializes in teaching hard‐to‐reach, hard‐to‐motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.   His dynamic and inspirational message coupled with his outrageously energetic performance style has transformed classrooms and sparked an educational revolution around the world.


CUE 2016 Fall Conference Opening Session & Keynote Description:

Teach Like a PIRATE

Join New York Times Best‐Selling author Dave Burgess for a high‐energy, entertaining, and inspirational program that will transform the way you look at your role as an educator. Learn how to dramatically increase student engagement, design wildly creative lessons, and build a course that is a life‐changing experience for your students. 


Using a unique combination of magic and humor, Dave will reignite your passion for the education profession and show you exactly how to make school an amazing place that has students wanting to knock down the walls to get in. 

Teach Like a PIRATE has sparked a full‐scale revolution in the educational world and has inspired teachers from all over the globe to achieve new levels of excellence in their schools and classrooms. This program is your chance to experience the one‐of‐a‐kind presentational style of unbelievable intensity and outrageous energy that has transfixed audiences at packed venues across the nation.


Dave Burgess's Workshop:

Teaching Outside the Box: A Crash Course in Creative Brainstorming

Dave will be available to sign books from 9:45 - 10:45 am Friday, October 28th at the CUE Gear Store (A103, Administration Building)


Rachel GardnerRachel Gardner

Closing Session & Keynote, Saturday, October 29, 3:15 - 4:30 pm

Rachel Gardner is a freshman at Stanford University where she studies computer science and entrepreneurship as she prepares for a career launched by her unique high-school experience as the first CEO of Chap Research. Started at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, this extracurricular program inspires innovation through project-based learning. Rachel has been developing the program since age 15, when she was the team lead and programmer for the original project, a wireless robotics controller called the Chap Remote. Rachel is lead inventor on US Patent #9043031 for the ChapR, and led the manufacturing,  marketing, and shipment of over 150 units to FIRST Robotics teams around the world. Rachel then assigned her patent rights to Westlake High School, and created Chap Research to give other students the same opportunities. Since its inception, the program has completed a total of 13 projects and published three research papers. Rachel now works to spread the model of Chap Research, speaking at events such as SXSWedu and TCEA.


CUE 2016 Fall Conference Closing Session & Keynote Description:

Innovation Education: From Whiteboard to Reality

In an education system often focused on rubrics and step-by-step instructions, students aren’t learning the creative problem solving skills they need to excel. Meanwhile, businesses are demanding the skills to innovate and design from scratch. We need to bridge that gap between industry expectations and classroom experiences.

Chap Research is an innovation program within Westlake High School in Austin, Texas that endeavors to teach the skills needed in industry. This session will be exploring a student perspective through the experiences of the student CEO and founder of the program. Only two years old, the program has already had a significant impact on its students, and it strives to serve as an example for other schools.


Walt Disney Family MuseumWalt Disney Family Museum

Recognized nationally for its integration of STEAM curriculum—The Walt Disney Family Museum will spotlight its most recent technology-based learning developments. Representing the museum’s education department, Katherine Coogan and Antonia Dapena-Tretter explore the potential for simple technological tools in the classroom to increase problem-solving skills for students of all ages.

With special attention paid to the museum’s signature Multiplane Camera Classroom Kit, Kate and Antonia demonstrate how Walt Disney’s 1937 innovation in animation introduced depth of field into movies such as Snow White (1937) and Pinocchio (1940). During this participatory keynote, select volunteers from the audience bring characters and backgrounds to life when invited on stage to try stop-motion animation first hand.