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December 6, 2016
CUE Policy and Legislation Update

Legislative Update for CUE Members - November 2016 | more leg updates

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative Policy Consultant

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2016-17 Advocacy Strategy: The focus on advocacy is to influence implementation of existing programs to include, collaborate with other education associations, be proactive development of the 2017-18 State budget, provide policy advise on the development of new State and Federal Education initiatives, and continue to monitor and take positions on current and emerging legislation and initiatives relevant to the CUE Advocacy Platform. As opportunities arise, CUE will be proactive in the development, co-development, and sponsoring of state and Federal legislation and resolutions. The CUE Advocacy Committee meets monthly to take positions on relevant bills and other related actions suggested by the CUE Legislation Consultants and the Committee members. The CUE Legislative Policy Consultants, John Cradler, and John Fleischman work closely with the CDE staff directly involved with educational technology to include Geoff Belleau and Jason Spenser.

 

Collaboration with Education Associations: CUE took a leadership role in the establishment of a State-level Educational Technology Alliance as described in a Winter 2015 OnCUE article prepared by the CUE Legislation and Policy Consultant.  The third meeting of the Alliance was hosted by the Capitol Advisor at their office in Sacramento. Associations represented at the meeting were CUE, K12 HSN, CCESSA, CEDPA, ACSA, and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF).  Other potential association members may include California Teachers Association (CTA), California School Boards Association (CSBA), Small School Districts Association, California State Employees Association (CSEA), and the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD).

 

The group shared the belief that we are stronger working together on shared issues and having a framework for collaboration will allow us to more rapidly respond to issues with a unified voice. Issues of mutual interest that we agreed to work on together in 2017-18. The members are in the process of preparing policy statements for these issues to be followed with an action plan

  1. Net Neutrality
  2. School and home access to broadband Internet
  3. Security and data privacy
  4. One-to-one access to computers and curriculum integration
  5. Professional development

 

The third meeting held on November 16th addressed the following topics:

  1. Review of policy statements submitted to include Professional Development, Net Neutrality, decided to add, “broadband access to schools and homes”, as a new topic.
  2. Discussion and agreement to prepare an Assembly/Senate Resolution that clearly states the position of the Legislature on critical policies, needs, and possible solutions related to technology in California education.
  3. Preparing for and conducting a hearing at the State Capitol to inform legislators about the critical current and future educational needs that can be addressed with technology.
  4. Reviewed and suggested edits to draft policy documents submitted by John Cradler and John Fleischman relating to professional development and net-neutrality. We will be preparing a draft of a possible Assembly/Senate resolution related these topics for consideration at the January meeting of the Collaborative.

 

There was much discussion about the perception the public seems to have that technology is being layered on top of education and sold to school by corporations without regard to documented needs and cost-benefits. For this reason, it was decided to focus on educational improvement in general with technology as the underlying focus of the collaborative. The Collaborative would also promote uses of technology that address documented needs backed by credible documentation of effectiveness in supporting education goals.

 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Update: As described in prior Updates and in OnCUE, ESSA was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015, and goes into full effect in the 2017–18 school year. The ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s federal education law, and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

 

As part of California’s transition to ESSA, California must submit an ESSA State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  The California ESSA funding will be part of a single coherent local, state, and Federal accountability and continuous improvement system that is aligned with and supportive of California’s priorities. The State plan for the Local Control Funding Formula and related Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and ESSA will combined into a single plan. This plan will provide the details on how districts will develop plans for their use of the funding.

 

The State Plan will describe the State’s implementation of standards, assessment, accountability, and school support and improvement activities. The State Board of Education (SBE) approved appointments of 17 members to provide input on the development of the Plan. The State has completed six regional meetings conducted at County Offices of Education to collect input for the preliminary plan. State plan is being developed in consultation with stakeholders according to the following timeline:

 

A number of potential funding opportunities are outlined in ESSA, as are a variety of options for state and local uses of funds. As with LCFF, it is up to the district level planning to determine specific allocations of funds. Some of the possible uses of ESSA funding include but are not limited to the following:

  • Literacy Education for All
  • Teacher and School Leader Incentive program
  • Effective Educator Development
  • School Leader Recruitment and Support
  • STEM Master Teacher Corps
  • “Well-rounded educational opportunities” activity
  • “Safe and healthy students” activity
  • Effective use of technology (up to 15% can be used for technology infrastructure)

 

For additional details and updates about the ESSA State Plan districts go the CDE Website at: www.cde.ca.gov/essa

Receive updates by joining the ESSA listserv. To subscribe, send a blank message to join-essa@mlist.cde.ca.gov

 

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel nominated for CUE Advocacy Award: 3. Commissioner Rosenworcel’s accomplishments at the Federal level clearly support the CUE Platform item number 14, Support of Underserved Areas: “CUE fully supports the creation and maintenance of equitable access to technology and technology applications for all students, teachers, and administrators in California, including those in rural and other underserved areas. It is the position of CUE that access to technology and technology applications should be the same for all learners in our state, regardless of geographic location or economic status. Equity of quality and service must be maintained.” 

 

Commissioner Rosenworcel urged the FCC to free up more of our airwaves for unlicensed spectrum use making additional Wi-Fi connectivity possible in more places which would help bring more broadband to low-income households with school-aged children.  Rosenworcel has been a leading champion of updating national education technology policies in order to wire the country’s schools and libraries with broadband. She is responsible for popularizing the term “Homework gap” and has brought attention to the need of students to get online when they are outside of school. On March 31, the FCC voted 3-to-2 to expand the Lifeline program, which currently subsidizes telephone access for low-income Americans. Commissioner Rosenworcel was one of three of the five FCC Commissioners to vote “yes” on the expansion. She is also a major proponent of Net Neutrality.

 

Recently, a member of the Senate was intending to block or put a hold on FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel's reconfirmation to the FCC. Because of quick action by the ISTE Advocacy Network with support of CUE this hold was lifted. However, we are not sure about the future for her as the Trump is opposed to much of what has been accomplished with Rosenworcel’s efforts.

 

State Legislative Update:

AB 2329, Assemblywoman Bonilla signed by the Governor: AB 2329, a bill actively supported by CUE, requires the SPI to convene an advisory panel to develop recommendations for a strategic computer science implementation plan. The panel would represent multiple stakeholders, including parents, teachers, students, advocates, policymakers, and leaders from state and local government. The CDE has established an internal working group and is in the process of drafting recommendations to be reviewed by the representative panel as defined in AB 2329. As mentioned in the last update, this bill is intended to provide for:

  • Broadening the pool of teachers to teach computer science
  • Ensuring all students have access to computer science courses
  • Procuring a pathway for computer science to count toward high school graduation and college admission
  • Providing access to computer science in both college and career pathways
  • Ensuring school districts have adequate broadband connectivity and access to hardware and software

 

Proposed legislation: Internet for all Now Act: Proposed legislation being developed by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF): The bill would focus on broadband adoption for the most disadvantaged residents to achieve 90% access by 2023. Following are some of the major purposes of this bill:

  1. Requires the CPUC to identify priority Unserved areas to achieve Legislature’s goal of 98% deployment in each region and set objectives for timely decisions.
  2. Maintains funding priority for last-mile unserved households and allows improvements in underserved areas only if adjacent to unserved areas.
  3. Ensures most disadvantaged residents living in publicly-subsidized housing will be online and able to participate in the Digital Economy to get out of poverty.
  4. Allocates $150M to Office of Emergency Services to connect county and state fair sites with command centers for emergency response.

 

I am participating on a CETF committee to provide input to the language for this proposed legislation. CETF has not identified the author yet but have several State Legislators in mind.

 

Relevant State Propositions: CUE has taken positions on Propositions 51 and 55 as they have a significant impact on education funding. Most of the California Education Associations have taken and published their positions on these two Propositions. Clicking on the PDF HTML provides the details prepared by the Legislative Analysist’s Office (LAO). http://www.lao.ca.gov/

 

Proposition 51: School Bonds. Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statutory Amendment:  Proposition 51 passed (yes 54%) which makes it possible for the State to sell $9 billion in general obligation bonds for education facilities ($7 billion for K-12 public school facilities and $2 billion for community college facilities).

 

Proposition 55: Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare. Proposition 55 passed (yes 62.1%) which makes it possible to increase Income Tax on high-income taxpayers, which are scheduled to end after 2018, would instead be extended through 2030. Increased funding for schools and community colleges from roughly half of the revenue raised by the measure. This measure extends for 12 years the additional income tax rates previously established in 2012 by Proposition 30.

 

Superintendent Torlakson’s Comment on Proposition 55: Education leaders State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, along with former Superintendents Delaine Eastin and Jack O’Connell, are voiced their strong support for Proposition 55 on the November ballot. Prop. 55 maintains the taxes on the wealthiest Californians to prevent billions in cuts to education and other vital services. At the recent CTO Roundtable, Superintendent Torlakson mentioned that even with passage of proposition 55, California still ranks 43rd in the nation in terms of education funding.

 

Former State Superintendent of Public Delaine Eastin to run for California Governor: Delaine Eastin recently announced that she is a candidate for State Superintendent. Delaine was a strong advocate for the infusion of technology into teaching and learning. When State Superintendent, she convened a committee that developed and Educational Technology Master Plan known as Connect, Compute, and Compete (1996) which informed legislation and educational technology policy at that time. When she was a four-term member of the State Assembly, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, and co-authored legislation that established the California Technology Assistance Projects (CTAP), Model Technology Schools, School Based Educational Technology Grants. Delaine, has been a keynote speaker at CUE and is currently actively involved in supporting the School2Home project supported by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF). She was the architect of the first “Net Day,” where 30,000 volunteers joined Eastin, President Clinton, and Vice President Gore in an electronic “barn raising” which motivated the proposal by VP Gore to introduce the e-rate.

 

Action taken on the Educational Technology Blueprint: On November 10th at the CTO Roundtable in Sacramento, Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced that we will be reconvening the Educational Technology Task Force, a 49-member committee of representative educators that developed the Blueprint. The intention is to review progress made so far with implementation of various recommendations in the plans as well as determining future actions to be taken. Mike Lawrence is planning to invite the Task Force to meet at the Spring CUE conference in Palm Springs to discuss actions taken and continue with planning the future strategies for implementing the Blueprint.

 

Prioritizing Blueprint Topics: During June and July 2016, it was decided to update the Blueprint priorities to help inform decisions regarding current and future priorities for education technology in California. The strategy for the update was to convert the 19 Blueprint topics into a survey that would be administered to a sample of California educators. A sample of 164 persons involved in education with 41% as teachers and the remainder technology support and administrators and others. Following are the ranking of the 19 recommendations by the respondents on a scale with 1 as low to 5 as high priority:

  1. Provide at least one Internet-connected devices to students and educators (4.5)
  2. Enhance tech integration throughout K-12 and higher education (4.5)
  3. Prevent cyberbullying and protect student data (4.4)
  4. Monitor and expand network bandwidth to support one-to-one computing (4.4)
  5. Pursue measures to close the digital divide for students and homes (4.3)
  6. Pursue statewide and regional enhancement of broadband connections (4.3)
  7. Instruct all students in technology use and programming (4.3)
  8. Create programs for Ed Tech professional development (4.2)
  9. Remove barriers that restrict instructional use of technology (4.2)
  10. Advocate for instructional technology and related professional development (4.1)
  11. Design School facilities to support technology resources (4.1)
  12. Provide professional development for technology with learning assessments (4.0)
  13. Recognize students who demonstrate 21st century skills and State standards (3.9)
  14. Provide regional and State tech support in the within the context of LCFF and LCAP (3.8)
  15. Build capacity for informed decision making re digital learning resources (3.8)
  16. Establish standards for development of low-cost shared digital learning resources (3.9)
  17. Create a State level senior-level position for educational technology (3.6)
  18. Create tools for evaluation of educational technology use by teachers, students, and parents (3.4)
  19. Explore the deployment of statewide cloud computing data (3.3)

 

Meeting with Assembly Member Kevin Mullen, Assembly Speaker Pro-tem: On November 17th, I met with Assembly Member Mullin to discuss education legislation and specifically technology issues. Kevin is the son of Gene Mullen, prior Senator and Assembly Member whom co-authored previous legislation to re-authorize CTAP. In his role as Speaker Pro-tem, he makes the budget recommendations to the Speaker and has input on all Assembly Bills.  I reviewed the major education technology issues with Kevin and his major issues are broadband access to underserved schools and homes and educator professional development.

 

At a follow-up meeting with Assembly Member Mullen, presented the idea about having the Assembly introduce a Resolution supporting the Net Neutrality policy already approved by the FCC as a California policy adopted by the Assembly and Senate. Mullen offered to take this on and be a sponsor of such a resolution and will work with us in December and January to work out the details. He felt this was very important since President Trump intends to repeal the FCC version of Net Neutrality and appoint new Commissioners. 

 

Trump on Education: The future of education–especially at the National level is uncertain at this time as indicated by the following quotes by Mr. Trump. Trump states that,” if we don't eliminate the U.S. Department of Education completely, we certainly need to cut its power and reach. Education has to be run locally. Common Core, No Child Left Behind, and Race to the Top are all programs that take decisions away from parents and local school boards. These programs allow the progressives in the Department of Education to indoctrinate, not educate, our kids.”

 

Trump states that students should be able to attend a magnet school, a charter school, or a public or a private school. He says that American schools are no better than those in a developing country, and Common Core standards are a “disaster.” Mr. Trump said the $20 billion in Title I grants for poor students would come from existing federal spending. Rather than sending federal education dollars to schools, as the existing system does, Mr. Trump proposed giving block grants to states, which would have the option of letting the dollars follow students to whichever school they choose, including a charter, private or online school.

 

Trump on Net Neutrality: With Donald Trump headed to the Oval Office in 2017, the FCC's network neutrality regulations could be in danger of getting the ax -- a move that might embolden internet service providers to hike prices for consumers and content companies. The FCC's Open Internet Order, adopted in February 2015, bans internet providers from blocking or slowing down traffic as well as from engaging in "paid prioritization" schemes that give preference to content providers who pay for the privilege. The rules also reclassified broadband internet service as a common-carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act, giving the FCC much more latitude to regulate the industry.

 



November 17, 2016
CUE and Partners Announce 10th Annual Leadership 3.0 Symposium -- LeVar Burton and Candace Singh to Keynote --

CUE will once again co-produce the Lead 3 Symposium in collaboration with ACSA and TICAL, to take place April 20-22, 2017 in Redondo Beach, California. Lead 3 is the only educational innovation event designed for administrators by administrators. LeVar Burton, Literacy Advocate, and Dr. Candace Singh will be featured at the event’s two keynotes.


This year’s theme is Transform the Way You Lead, and sessions will focus on keeping student data safe in the cloud, creating successful blended learning and makerspace programs, the need for digital citizenship, Future Ready Schools, common core and smarter balanced assessment strategies, G Suite in education, iOS deployment, leading edge certification and more. In addition to participating in the sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from other administrators and to talk through some of today’s educational challenges and connect with others facing similar challenges and opportunities.


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LeVar Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his industry peers for three decades. Launching his acting career in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television series ROOTS, Burton found himself on the cover of Time Magazine at the age of 19. Shortly thereafter, Burton achieved further global acclaim as Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series and in feature films. From 1983 until 2009, Burton was the host and producer of the beloved Peabody Award winning PBS children’s series, Reading Rainbow. The honored recipient of 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and five NAACP awards, Burton has demonstrated in his career that he can do it all, whether acting, directing, producing or writing. No greater proof of his enduring appeal and deep personal connection with his audience is the fact that Burton has more than 1.9M Twitter followers across the world. The event will feature a live, facilitated conversation with LeVar Burton, including a Q&A with attendees on Friday, April 22.


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Dr. Candace Singh will kick off Lead 3 with her keynote on Thursday, April 20. She has served as the Superintendent of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District since 2011. She began her career in public education in 1985, serving as an instructional assistant, elementary and middle level teacher, assistant principal, principal, district curriculum leader, and now, superintendent of schools. Dr. Singh also continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member at California State University San Marcos, inspiring and preparing future school leaders to develop cultures and systems that contribute to higher levels of achievement for all students.


Under the leadership of Dr. Candace Singh, FUESD has undergone an academic and cultural transformation that has resulted in unprecedented growth in student achievement, dramatically improved school cultures that inspire leadership, and the effective integration of innovative technology to support personalized learning for students and adults.


Nearly 400 leaders attended last year’s event, and organizers aim to have 500 attend this year.  “Lead 3 continues to provide a safe environment in which top school and district administrators, CTOs, TOSAs and curriculum leaders can transform the way they lead,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO.


Lead 3 is produced through the collaboration of three organizations: the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL), and CUE. The Lead 3 mission is “three organizations, one mission -- educational leadership for the 21st century.”  


Registration is open now and will be available on site. Discounted team rates are available for groups of three or more and for those interested in attending Saturday. Additional information on the event, including hotel and registration details can be found at www.lead3.org.


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About the Leadership 3.0 Symposium

Since 2008, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), CUE, and the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) have joined forces to produce an annual two and a half day symposium focused on educational leadership for the 21st century. | www.lead3.org

More info at: @lead3 #lead3


About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org


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November 4, 2016
Educators Get Inspired at CUE Fall Conference STEAMpunk Playground

The CCUE_Fall2016_Logo Website.pngUE 2016 Fall Conference was packed with brilliant keynote speakers, inspiring sessions, and networking time for excited educators. But perhaps the most fun came as attendees entered the STEAMpunk playground and got to experience the joy of creating and engaging with tools like robots and flying drones, 3D printing, coding and programming alongside Apple Distinguished Educators and CUE STEAMpunks.


The atmosphere was one that you would expect in a place called a playground -- excitement, happiness, and maybe even a bit of impatience as educators got to “play” with the different stations. “It's one thing to read about these amazing tools on social media, but it's a whole other thing to experience these hands-on. More importantly, I got personalized feedback on how I can better implement them at our school,” said Bill Selak, Director of Technology, Hillbrook School.


The CUE STEAMpunk playground is a newer addition to both the CUE National and Fall conferences. Created by CUE, with support from Apple, the CUE STEAMpunk playground was open to all conference attendees on Friday, and in addition to the hands-on sessions, the playground offered give-away, “quick start” lesson plans that can be used in all grade levels from Kindergarten to college.


Jon Corippo, CUE Director of Academic Innovation, explains the draw of the playground: “Educators know the value of the STEAM subjects -- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math -- but they seldom get to experience all the innovations and cool things that are available in these areas. Having a space for educators to get in and do some hands-on work alongside top STEAM leaders means that they will take that enthusiasm and knowledge back to their classrooms to inspire and reach their students.”


The CUE STEAMpunk playground will be part of CUE’s 2017 National Conference to be held March 15-18 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. Registration is currently open at www.cue.org/conference.


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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org | #fallcue




October 28, 2016
CUE Announces World-Renowned Mindset Expert Jo Boaler Will Provide Kickoff Keynote at 2017 National Conference

CUE is thrilled to announce that Jo Boaler will be the Kickoff Keynote speaker for the CUE 2017 National Conference to be held March 15-18, in Palm Springs, California. In her keynote address, The Mindset Revolution, Boaler will share recent and important research on both the brain and mathematics learning that has profound implications for students’ mathematics achievement. The kickoff keynote will take place, Thursday, March 15 from 8:30 am - 9:30 am in Oasis 4 of the Palm Springs Convention Center.


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Dr. Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and the co-founder of youcubed, the web channel dedicated to giving teachers and parents the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics. She is also an analyst for PISA testing in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning. Her PhD won the national award for educational research in the UK, and her book Experiencing School Mathematics won the “Outstanding Book of the Year” award for education in Britain. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), and a former president of the International Organization for Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME). She is the author of nine books and numerous research articles. Her latest book is Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching (2016).


Boaler serves as an advisor to several Silicon Valley companies. She was an Aspen Ideas speaker and a White House presenter on girls and STEM. Her work has been published in the Times, The Telegraph, The Financial Times and many other news outlets. She was recently named one of the eight educators “changing the face of education” by the BBC.


Registration for the CUE 2017 National Conference is now open. For more information or to register, visit www.cue17.org.

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We strive to inspire innovative learners. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org


About the CUE National Conference

The CUE National Conference is the largest education technology conference in California and among the largest in the United States with more than 6,000 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit www.cue17.org | #cue17

 

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October 25, 2016
CUE Offers FREE Membership to over 20k New CA Teachers

CA Induction ProgramOctober 25, San Diego, CA - Today, at a meeting of California Induction program leaders, CEO Mike Lawrence extended one year of free CUE membership to each of the 20,000+ new teachers currently involved in this statewide effort to support and train them. 

 

"In recognition of the extreme teacher shortage our state is facing, CUE wanted to extend to California's newest teachers access to our network of the region's most innovative educators," said Lawrence. 

 

Any 2016-2017 induction program participants should contact their Regional Conveners to take advantage of the opportunity. Memberships must be redeemed by Dec. 31, 2016 and will extend 12 months from the date of registration. 

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About CA Induction

CA Induction is a state-funded program co-sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

 

The program engages preliminary credentialed teachers in a job-embedded formative assessment system of support and professional growth to fulfill the requirements for the California Clear Multiple Subjects, Single Subject, and Education Specialist credentials. Induction programs are locally designed and implemented in accordance with the Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Induction Programs and aligned to the California Standards for the Teaching Profession 

October 19, 2016
CUE Student-Powered Showcase Set to Inspire Educators

Walnut Creek, Calif., October 19, 2016 -- CUE is thrilled to welcome the Student-Powered Showcase (SPS) to the CUE 2016 Fall Conference that will be held October 28-29 at American Canyon High School in Napa Valley. Five teams of students from local area schools will be interacting with conference attendees and encouraging them to get involved with their projects, whether it be programming, robotics or solving everyday problems through technology. The showcase will take place in the campus multi-use room on Saturday, October 29 from 11:30am-1:30pm.

 

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In 2003, the Student Technology Showcase debuted as part of CUE’s National Conference in Palm Springs. The Showcase was originally sponsored by the California Department of Education and supported by county offices of education and featured student technology-integrated projects that aligned with California state standards. Since the advent of STEAM and the Maker Movement, the showcase has transformed to reflect how students are learning by doing. In this inaugural SPS at Fall CUE, attendees will see amazing examples of what students can accomplish when given support and the confidence to succeed.

 

 

“The Student-Powered Showcase embodies the whole spirit of the STEAM/Maker Movement,” said Stacy Deeble-Reynolds, CUE Student Event Coordinator. “When students are given the opportunity, they will amaze you with their ingenuity, their creativity, and their desire to succeed. The SPS will inspire conference attendees and will show them what students are capable of.”

 

While teachers will be present at the Saturday event, each team project is led by and is the responsibility of the students. To get more information on creating a student team and applying for a future showcase, visit the CUE website at cue.org/studentshowcase. Applications for the National SPS open November 1 and close on November 30. Fall SPS applications are accepted April 1-30, 2017. Teachers of selected teams receive free registration for the CUE National Conference.

 

The CUE 2016 Fall Conference is Sold Out. Registration is open for the CUE 2017 National Conference, March 15-18, in Palm Springs, California.

 

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. As a nonprofit educational organization, we are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org



October 5, 2016
In Honor of World Teacher Day, Nominate your EduHero!

CUE invites members to nominate educational champions for its annual awards program. 

NOMINATE

AwardsSuggestions for awards are due November 15:

  • Platinum Disk
  • ISTE's Making IT Happen
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • Technology Leader of the Year
  • Legislator of the Year
  • Advocate of the Year, now including the eLearning Advocate!

 

Nominations for awards are due December 8:

  • Gold Disk
  • Site Leader of the Year
  • Emerging Teacher of the Year
  • eLearning Educator of the Year - NEW!

 

NOMINATE

September 29, 2016
2016-17 Advocacy Strategy

Legislative Update for CUE Members - September 2016 | more leg updates

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative Policy Consultant

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2016-17 Advocacy Strategy: As described in the previous Legislative Update, the focus on advocacy will be to: influence implementation of existing programs to include; collaborate with other education associations; be proactive development of the 2017-18 State budget; and provide policy advise on the development of new State and Federal Education initiatives. We will continue to monitor and take positions on current and emerging legislation and initiatives relevant to the CUE Advocacy Platform.

 

Collaboration with Education Associations: CUE is taking a leadership role in the establishment of a State-level Educational Technology Alliance as described in a Winter 2015 OnCUE article prepared by the CUE Legislation and Policy Consultant. After much discussion and planning the first preliminary meeting of the Alliance was hosted by the Capitol Advisor at their office in Sacramento. Associations represented in person at the meeting were CUE, K12 HSN, CCESSA, and on video conference were, CEDPA, ACSA, Imperial COE. Other potential association members may include California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), California Teachers Association (CTA), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), California School Boards Association (CSBA), Small School Districts Association, California State Employees Association (CSEA), and the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD).

 

The group shared the belief that we are stronger working together on shared issues and having a framework for collaboration will allow us to more rapidly respond to issues with a unified voice. Based on conversation at the first meeting, following are the issues of mutual interest that we agreed to work on together in 2017-18. At the October 6th meeting, the intention is to create policy statements for these issues and create an action plan

 

  1. Net Neutrality

  2. Security and data privacy

  3. One-to-one access to computers

  4. Curriculum integration

  5. Professional development

  6. Home access to computing devices and the Internet

 

Other discussion topics that emerged in the meeting included:

 

  1. Broaden the focus or purpose to be on “modernizing” or improving teaching and learning with the integration of effective and appropriate technology into instruction and learning.

  2. Consider calling the entity the “Modern Learning Collaborative” rather than ET Alliance with  continued discussion of what to call the entity

  3. Preparing for and conducting a hearing at the State Capitol to inform legislators about the critical current and future educational needs that can be addressed with technology.

  4. Focusing on professional development of educators offered by associations, beyond CUE to insure that the role of technology is communicated

  5. Establish State Budget priorities that can be supported and actively advocated by all members of the Collaborative.

 

There was much discussion about the perception the public seems to have that technology is being layered on top of education and sold to school by corporations without regard to documented needs and cost-benefits. For this reason, it was decided to focus on educational improvement in general with technology as the underlying focus of the collaborative. The Collaborative would also promote uses of technology that address documented needs backed by credible documentation of effectiveness in supporting education goals. The next meeting of the Collaborative is set for October 6th, in Sacramento at the Capitol Advisors Office.

 

Meeting with Assembly Member Kevin Mullen, Assembly Speaker Pro-tem: Recently I met with Assembly Member Mullin to discuss education legislation and specifically technology issues. Kevin is the son of Gene Mullen, prior Senator and Assembly Member whom co-authored previous legislation to re-authorize CTAP. In his role as Speaker Pro-tem, he makes the budget recommendations to the Speaker and has input on all Assembly Bills. He is also a supporter of, and works closely with, Assembly Member Bonilla–CUE Advocacy Award recipient, and Sunne McPeak, CETF President, another CUE Advocacy Award recipient.

 

I reviewed the major education technology issues with Kevin and his major issues are broadband access to underserved schools and homes and educator professional development. He asked that I meet with him and his staff to discuss any proposals or bills of interest. He also offered to help organize the hearing with the appropriate Assembly committees. Kevin’s home region is San Mateo County but he represents the State as Speaker Pro-Tem. I am a member of his home-office education advisory committee.

 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Update: As described in prior Updates and in OnCUE, ESSA was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015, and goes into full effect in the 2017–18 school year. The ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s federal education law, and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

 

As part of California’s transition to ESSA, California must submit an ESSA State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  The California ESSA funding will be part of a single coherent local, state, and Federal accountability and continuous improvement system that is aligned with and supportive of California’s priorities. The State plan for the Local Control Funding Formula and related Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and ESSA will combined into a single plan. This plan will provide the details on how districts will develop plans for their use of the funding.

 

The State Plan will describe the State’s implementation of standards, assessment, accountability, and school support and improvement activities. The State Board of Education (SBE) approved appointments of 17 members to provide input on the development of the Plan. The State has just completed six regional meetings conducted at County Offices of Education to collect input for the preliminary plan. State plan is being developed in consultation with stakeholders according to the following timeline:

 

Plan Development Timeline

Plan Development Activities

April–May

• Engage stakeholders in surfacing questions, decisions, and opportunities

June–July

• Develop plan outline based on draft regulations from U.S. Department of Education (ED)

• Begin drafting Plan

• Continue stakeholder engagement activities

August–September

• Draft plan completed

• 30-day public comment period

October–November

• Incorporate public comment and State Board of Education(SBE)feedback into Plan

December–January

• Plan approved by SBE, sent to ED

 

A number of potential funding opportunities are outlined in ESSA, as are a variety of options for state and local uses of funds. As with LCFF, it is up to the district level planning to determine specific allocations of funds. Some of the possible uses of ESSA funding include but are not limited to the following:

 

  • Literacy Education for All

  • Teacher and School Leader Incentive program

  • Effective Educator Development

  • School Leader Recruitment and Support

  • STEM Master Teacher Corps

  • “Well-rounded educational opportunities” activity

  • “Safe and healthy students” activity

  • Effective use of technology (up to 15% can be used for technology infrastructure)

 

For additional details and updates about the ESSA State Plan districts go the CDE Website at: www.cde.ca.gov/essa

Receive updates by joining the ESSA listserv. To subscribe, send a blank message to join-essa@mlist.cde.ca.gov

 

State Legislative Update:

 

AB 2329, Assemblywoman Bonilla, AB 2329 requires the SPI to convene an advisory panel to develop recommendations for a strategic computer science implementation plan. The panel would represent multiple stakeholders, including parents, teachers, students, advocates, policymakers, and leaders from state and local government. The SBE is required to consider these recommendations and develop the implementation plan. The recommendations will include, but not be limited to:

 

    • Broadening the pool of teachers to teach computer science

    • Ensuring all students have access to computer science courses

    • Procuring a pathway for computer science to count toward high school graduation and college admission

    • Providing access to computer science in both college and career pathways

    • Ensuring school districts have adequate broadband connectivity and access to hardware and software

 

AB 2329 passed unanimously in both the Senate and Assembly and is now on the Governor’s desk. CUE has submitted a support letter asking Governor Brown to sign this bill.

 

Proposed legislation: Internet for all Now Act: Proposed legislation being developed by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF): The bill would focus on broadband adoption for the most disadvantaged residents to achieve 90% access by 2023. Following are some of the major purposes of this bill:

 

  1. Requires the CPUC to identify priority Unserved areas to achieve Legislature’s goal of 98% deployment in each region and set objectives for timely decisions.

  2. Maintains funding priority for last-mile unserved households and allows improvements in underserved areas only if adjacent to unserved areas.

  3. Ensures most disadvantaged residents living in publicly-subsidized housing will be online and able to participate in the Digital Economy to get out of poverty.

  4. Allocates $150M to Office of Emergency Services to connect county and state fair sites with command centers for emergency response.

I am participating on a CETF committee to provide input to the language for this proposed legislation. CETF has not identified the author yet but have several State Legislators in mind.

 

Relevant State Propositions: CUE may want to consider taking positions on Propositions 51 and 55 as they have a significant impact on education funding. Most of the California Education Associations have taken and published their positions on these two Propositions. Clicking on the PDF HTML provides the details prepared by the Legislative Analysist’s Office (LAO). http://www.lao.ca.gov/

 

Proposition 51: School Bonds. Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statutory Amendment.    PDF HTML

 

A YES vote on this measure means: The state could sell $9 billion in general obligation bonds for education facilities ($7 billion for K-12 public school facilities and $2 billion for community college facilities).

 

A NO vote on this measure means: The state would not have the authority to sell new general obligation bonds for K-12 public school and community college facilities.

 

Proposition 55: Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare. PDF HTML

 

A YES vote on this measure means: Income tax increases on high-income taxpayers, which are scheduled to end after 2018, would instead be extended through 2030. Increased funding for schools and community colleges from roughly half of the revenue raised by the measure. This measure extends for 12 years the additional income tax rates previously established in 2012 by Proposition 30.

 

A NO vote on this measure means: Income tax increases on high-income taxpayers would expire as scheduled at the end of 2018.

Prioritizing Educational Technology Topics

 

California Education Technology Blueprint Survey:  During June and July 2016, it was decided to update the Blueprint priorities to help inform decisions regarding current and future priorities for education technology in California. The strategy for the update was to convert the 19 Blueprint topics into a survey that would be administered to a sample of California educators. A sample of 164 persons involved in education with 41% as teachers and the remainder technology support and administrators and others. Following are the ranking of the 19 recommendations by the respondents on a scale with 1 as low to 5 as high priority:


              1. Provide at least one Internet-connected devices to students and educators (4.5)
              2. Enhance tech integration throughout K-12 and higher education (4.5)
              3. Prevent cyberbullying and protect student data (4.4)
              4. Monitor and expand network bandwidth to support one-to-one computing (4.4)
              5. Pursue measures to close the digital divide for students and homes (4.3)
              6. Pursue statewide and regional enhancement of broadband connections (4.3)
              7. Instruct all students in technology use and programming (4.3)
              8. Create programs for Ed Tech professional development (4.2)
              9. Remove barriers that restrict instructional use of technology (4.2)
              10. Advocate for instructional technology and related professional development (4.1)
              11. Design School facilities to support technology resources (4.1)
              12. Provide professional development for technology with learning assessments (4.0)
              13. Recognize students who demonstrate 21st century skills and State standards (3.9)
              14. Provide regional and State tech support in the within the context of LCFF and LCAP (3.8)
              15. Build capacity for informed decision making re digital learning resources (3.8)
              16. Establish standards for development of low-cost shared digital learning resources (3.9)
              17. Create a State level senior-level position for educational technology (3.6)
              18. Create tools for evaluation of educational technology use by teachers, students, and parents (3.4)
              19. Explore the deployment of statewide cloud computing data (3.3)

              

CUE Legislative Advocacy Platform Priority Rankings: In additional to ranking the Blueprint recommendations we decided to have the Advocacy Committee members, using a scale with 1 as low to 4 as high priority, rank order the CUE Legislative Advocacy Platform items. Following are the rankings provided by 12 of the respondents:

 

      1. State funding for teacher and administrator professional development (3.9)

      2. Sustained funding for technology (3.9)

      3. Continuous funding for technical support (3.7)

      4. Technology integration into current and emerging tech initiatives (3.5)

      5. Fully funded professional development (3.6)

      6. Support of underserved areas (3.4)

      7. Digital content (3.4)

      8. Student privacy (3.3)

      9. Curriculum support (3.3)

      10. Alliance with other entities (new item) (3.3)

      11. Federal education initiatives (3.2)

      12. A statewide education technology plan (3.2)

      13. High speed network for homes (new item) (3.2)

      14. Research-based technology applications and services (3.2)

      15. Online learning (3.1)

      16. Career-long professional development planning (3.1)

      17. Integrated network and K-12 High Speed Network (3.0)

      18. Administrative uses of technology (3.0)

      19. California Education Technology Blueprint (2.7)



Analysis: It is evident that most items on each survey were rated as moderate to high. It is evident that closing the digital divide, sustained funding, technology integration into instruction, and professional development are among the highest priorities. CUE is adding items to the Speak-Up national survey which will provide a much larger sample size. 

 

September 22, 2016
CUE Announces Cathy Hunt Will Provide Closing Keynote at 2017 National Conference

Cathy HuntWalnut Creek, Calif., September 22, 2016 -- CUE is excited to announce that Cathy Hunt will be the Closing Keynote speaker for the CUE 2017 National Conference to be held March 15-18, in Palm Springs, California. Hunt’s keynote, The Art and Soul of Education, will be presented at an earlier time, 12:00 - 1:15 pm, on Saturday, March 18 in the Oasis 4 ballroom of the Palm Springs Convention Center.

 

With her irrepressible energy and dynamic presentation style, Cathy Hunt will provide educators with a new perspective on creative technology integration. As she states, "A redefinition of creativity is required for the contemporary student, but when we look beyond the buzzwords and catchphrases, what does ‘being creative' really mean? Have you considered that every moment in teaching is a creative act? Or that to be creative is to be fully human?” Hunt, a well-known advocate for the creative integration of technology in education, has developed ground-breaking programs for students around the world that combine hands-on, tactile, and collaborative ways of working with mobile devices.

 

As an award- winning educational consultant, presenter, author, and experienced Arts Educator at St. Hilda’s School on Australia’s Gold Coast, she has worked with tens of thousands of teachers globally to connect creative technology and cutting-edge pedagogical approaches with diverse learners. Hunt is probably best known for her work on iPadartroom.com, a home base for educators to engage with innovative ideas, resources, and technology for learning that combines paint and pixels.

 

Hunt is an Apple Distinguished Educator currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Asia-Pacific region. Recent accolades include the 2016 ISTE Mobile Learning Innovation Award, two Digital Innovation in Learning Award honourable mentions from Edsurge/Digital Promise, and 21st Century Learning International’s Teacher of the Year finalist. Cathy’s iBook, More iPad Art also won Best Non-Fiction and Best Reference title at the iBA Awards in Nashville, TN. Registration for the CUE 2017 National Conference is now open. For more information or to register, visit www.cue17.org.

 

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We strive to inspire innovative learners. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org

 

About the CUE National Conference

The CUE National Conference is the largest education technology conference in California and among the largest in the United States with more than 6,000 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit www.cue17.org | #cue17

September 13, 2016
CUE Seeking Up-Tempo & Tech-Savvy Professional Learning Assistant

Love technology?

Are you a details-oriented person?

Do you like working in a mission-driven environment?

CUE wants YOU!

Be the logistics person behind the edu-awesome CUE Professional Learning experiences...

 


Be Our Professional Learning Assistant!

  • Deadline to apply: September 30
  • Required Application Materials: CV/Resumé, (optional: letters of recommendation)
  • Position: Full-Time, Non-Exempt, Hourly (subject to overtime) 
  • Location: CUE's Walnut Creek Office
  • Interviews: October 3-14
  • Projected start date: November 7
  • Compensation: Nonprofit Competitive, including benefits package 
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Note:  The CUE PL Assistant serves in a non-instructional role.

 

Position summary: This non-exempt, hourly position supports all of CUE’s Professional Learning program activities. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: being an engaging, positive first point of contact for members, attendees, volunteers, lead learners and vendors for the CUE professional learning programs; providing a variety of skilled administrative and clerical duties directly related to CUE’s professional learning programs; supporting the CUE professional learning staff in all aspects of administrative duties with accounts payable/receivable, communicating with Independent Contractors, maintaining data, data entry and preparing reports.


Qualifications:  No educational experience is required. Minimum of AA required; excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, data entry, Google Drive; High proficiency in using office productivity (e.g.: Word, Filemaker, Excel, intermediate web editing, Gmail) software; skilled in database management; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Ability to work effectively in high-stress environment during peak seasons.

 

Principal Tasks

  • Answering and dispatching the CUE Professional Learning (PL) phone line and email.
  • Assist and maintain with logistics and planning for the PL programs and partnered events such as but not limited to templates, calendars, evaluations, records, handbooks, online schedules, databases, catering, travel and scouting hotels.
  • Assist with PL consultants such as lead learners, volunteer faculty and event sites.
  • Assist with PL income and expenses such as check requests and invoices.
  • Process and maintain PL event registrations.
  • Order and keep an inventory of CUE PL materials, including shipping to events.
  • Prepare word processing, spreadsheet, and database projects.
  • Researches and prepares reports as assigned, including PL Partner metrics.
  • Assists with CUE National and Fall conference set-up onsite.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Other Essential Functions: Regular and punctual attendance and dependability in meeting commitments and deadlines are essential functions of this position. Must be available and willing to work overtime when needed and on occasion, a flexible schedule especially before conferences. May be required to drive to client or vendor sites. Will be required to travel for National and Fall conferences and overnight time away.

 

Physical and Mental Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, including but not limited to: ability to sit for prolonged periods, operate a computer and telephone, work effectively when working in isolation, work effectively as a part of a virtual team and concentrate on a variety of details when faced with interruptions and changing work priorities. Specific physical abilities include: the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit and occasionally is required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


  • Deadline to apply: September 30
  • Required Application Materials: CV/Resumé, (optional: letters of recommendation)
  • Position: Full-Time, Non-Exempt, Hourly (subject to overtime) 
  • Location: CUE's Walnut Creek Office
  • Interviews: October 3-14
  • Projected start date: November 7
  • Compensation: Nonprofit Competitive, including benefits package

 

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