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May 17, 2016
Skywalker Ranch to Host Second Annual CUE Super Symposium

25 Innovative Superintendents To Share Their Future Ready Ideas

 

For a second year, CUE producing a symposium exclusively for circle.pngsuperintendents to share practices that have been effective in transforming their districts to become Future Ready. The CUE Super Symposium is a forum of forward-thinking education leaders who gather over Summer break to share their best and most innovative practices. Only 25 County/District Superintendents primarily from California and Nevada will be invited to attend based on their application, of the best, actionable ideas that can be shared worldwide. As a National Future Ready Coalition Partner, CUE is well-positioned to offer support to these catalyzing education leaders.


The 2016 CUE Super Symposium will be held July 21-22, 2016 at the pastoral Skywalker Ranch at Big Rock. Over the course of two days, the superintendents will share their successes, innovations, issues, and ideas during dynamic sessions and reflective conversations overlooking the Marin County hills. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. on July 21 with keynote presentations and breakout sessions. The evening of July 21 will include a formal dinner, and the event concludes at 3:00 p.m. on July 22.

 

The inaugural 2015 event was held at the world-famous Hearst Castle, with nearly 20 Future Ready leaders in attendance. Each of the superintendents shared best practices in short, insightful presentations that were filmed and shared online.

 

Selected Superintendents will need to cover only their individual travel expenses as all meals and on-site transportation will be provided by CUE and sponsors, including Discovery Education. Together, CUE and its sponsors are underwriting the additional costs of the event.

 

Interested superintendents may apply for the CUE Super Symposium by submitting their application and link to their videos at cue.org/supersymposium. The 25 selected Superintendents’ presentations will be recorded on site and shared via CUE’s YouTube Channel.

 

Submissions are now being accepted and are due by May 22. Selected Superintendents will be notified by June 1. www.cue.org/supersymposium

 

 

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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



May 6, 2016
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Moving Towards Implementation

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

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative Policy Consultant

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Federal Update:

 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) moving towards implementation

 

President Obama signed the new ESSA in December 2015 bringing an end to No Child Left Behind's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and high quality teacher standards, as well as federal penalties for failing schools, replacing them with state-driven standards and accountability systems and greater local control over K-12 education. ESSA also established a new program that can support technology purchases and technology professional development, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program. For details on SSAEG program read the ISTE ESSA Whitepaper:

 

Now that ESSA is approved by the Congress and signed by the President, the U.S Department of Education (ED) develops specific rules, interpretations, and related guidelines with specific instructions on how to plan and implement ESSA at the State and District levels. The ED conducted meetings in

Washington, D.C. to obtain input from education leaders to help them formulate the guidelines for States and Districts.

 

CUE provides input to ED on ESSA implementation: The Executive Director of Future Ready, Sara Hall and the ED Director of Educational Technology, Joseph South invited CUE along with national associations to include ISTE, CoSN, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSO), NEA, NSBA, State Educational Technology Directors (SETDA), and others to provide input to the preparation of the ESSA guidance documents which would include developing and coordinating State ESSA plans, district planning for ESSA, accountability process, and more. John Cradler, CUE Legislation and Policy Consultant represented CUE at the meeting on April 26th, which addressed: 1) aspects of the state’s role in implementation of ESSA, 2) definitions of ESSA terms to include: digital learning, personalized learning, blended learning and openly-licensed educational resources, 3) language in Title IVA that would be helpful to clarify, 4) others areas in ESSA Title IVA that should be highlighted, and 5) provide illustrative examples suggested State and District guidance. It was predicted by the ED that final guidance to States would be ready by September 2016. CUE COO/CFO Marisol Valles also represented CUE at a special hearing on ESSA with Secretary King on May 10.

 

ESSA does not guarantee more technology without local action: It is important for educators to know that while it is possible to use ESSA/SSAEG funding for educational technology and related professional development, the State and especially the district ESSA plans must include line items and budget to actually use these funds for educational technology. Educators must take the initiative to participate on local committees and influence their district leadership to make technology a priority for use of State and district ESSA funding. There will usually be other local priorities that will compete with educational technology. This is also the case for allocating State LCFF funding for technology by incorporating educational technology objectives and activities into the LCAP. This has been discussed in prior CUE Legislative Updates and emphasized in CUE Advocacy Sessions. It is anticipated that CUE will be producing guidelines and examples for educators to use for leveraging both ESSA and LCFF funding for technology.

 

The Internet Lifeline Program and closing the Homework Gap:

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. This was considered a major breakthrough and was strongly supported by CUE, (see the last Update at www.cue.org/legupdate_4_16).

 

New legislation threatens FCC ruling and authority: H.R. 2666 (The No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act) passed the U.S. House 241-173 on April 15. It now heads to the U.S. Senate. The measure could:  1) Strip the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of authority to investigate consumer complaints about schemes used by big Cable/Internet companies to price-gouge consumers (data caps, overage fees, etc.), 2) Undermine historic net neutrality consumer protections that give the FCC the authority to defend Internet customers against unjust or unreasonable prices and business practices, 3) effectively strip the FCC of its ability to act on consumer complaints and protect Internet customers from price gouging and threats to net neutrality. CUE will oppose H.R. 2666 along with CETF, ISTE, and other entities that support expanded access to, and use of the Internet.

 

State Update

 

AB 1758, Stone, The Internet For All Now Act:  introduced in February 2016, sets a goal of 90% of all households online by 2023 and authorizes funding to assist low-income households get online so that our most disadvantaged residents can be included in the Digital Economy. This bill is now referred to as the Internet For All Act of 2016. Status: This bill died due to significant opposition from various industries who suggested that the bill went too far and extended Internet access more than was necessary.

 

AB 2680, Bonilla, Parent Engagement: This bill would fund locally developed plans submitted by school districts and county offices of education that offer potentially effective strategies for training parents and families of children birth to age 18 to become actively engaged in the education of their children. Requires LEAs that elect to receive funding for these purposes to notify the SPI no later than June 1, 2017 of their intent to participate. Requires adopted plans be posted on the LEA's website. Provides that the funds approved for these purposes will count toward Proposition 98. Amendments taken will:1) Include a focus on parent involvement activities that are more strongly associated with increased student achievement and to eliminate duplicative provisions, and 2) Clarify the allocation of funds will be distributed on the basis of an equal amount per average daily attendance among participating LEAs. Status: Referred to Assembly Appropriations Suspense file on 4/27/16.

 

AB 2329, Bonilla, Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan: This bill Establishes a computer science strategic implementation advisory board to develop a K-12 computer science strategic implementation plan. Amendments taken will: 1) Delay the board's establishment until July 1, 2017, 2) Delete the requirement that a CDE representative sit on the board, 3) Require that the SPI appoint a student representative to the board, 4) Authorize the advisory board to report on any other barriers LEAs face regarding computer science education. The bill requires the advisory board to make recommendations in increasing the participation from students traditionally and currently underrepresented in computer science education and professions. Status: Referred to Assembly Appropriations Suspense file on 4/20/16.

 

Local Control Funding vs. Categorical Funding: Focus for State Ed. Technology funding remains at the local level with LCFF being the major source of funding for Educational Technology. The Governor and the State Board of Education continue to be very committed to not funding any new categorical programs and continue block-granting all education funding directly to districts in order to maximize local control and decision-making. For this reason, there have not been opportunities to pursue State legislation that would set aside funds for any specific educational technology programs or projects. However, CUE intends to help districts with ideas and strategies for incorporating technology into the LCAP as a way to fund educational technology.

 

Input to prioritize Ed Tech Blueprint and the CUE Advocacy Platform topics: The CDE has not yet provided the data from the ranking of the Blueprint items by participants in the CTO Forum. We are gathering input from the Advocacy Committee to re-prioritize the CUE Advocacy Platform topics. We will report these results as they become available.

 

We will provide updates on these bills and initiatives as they are amended or passed as well as suggestions on how to support specific items and any legislation relevant to the CUE Advocacy Platform. If you have questions about legislation and policy related to Educational Technology contact the CUE Legislative Policy Consultant at: cradler@earthlink.net 



May 3, 2016
CUE Debuts BOLD Symposium

Update: On pause for 2016,

COMING - Summer 2017

 

A Premiere Lesson Design Event for the West Coast

 

CUE is thrilled to announce its new Blended Online Lesson Design (BOLD) Symposium, taking place June 22- 23, 2016 at Burton Valley Elementary School, in Lafayette, California. Registration for the event begins at $199 for CUE members at www.cue.org/BOLD.

 

The event is a reboot of the eLearning Strategies Symposium, an event first launched four years ago. The BOLD Symposium was created to enhance both the skills and visions of District Office, County Level, and Site Level Administrators, TOSAs, Tech Coaches and classroom educators. The Symposium will present best practices for blended lesson design, learning platforms, and even physical learning spaces! The event will feature three unique strands: the Lesson Maker's Faire, the Classroom Simulator and the first-ever Classroom Cribs design showcase.

 

Twenty of CUE’s Lead Learners will be sharing their most innovative 1:1 and blended lessons in the CUE Lesson Maker’s Faire -- where attendees will have access to all the project-oriented and highly digital lesson plans via supporting web pages. This will be a valuable opportunity for districts and educators seeking to move their classrooms to the cloud and to leverage best practices in their districts, schools and classrooms.

 

All major learning platforms, including Apple, Google and Microsoft will be presenting their solutions in the Classroom Simulator sessions, allowing district personnel and innovative teachers to compare the best tools available in the context of a classroom experience. 

 

The Classroom Cribs design showcase, featuring equipment from HP, furniture from Bretford, and whiteboards from Diversitrack will feature two renowned educators -- Erin Klein (@kleinerin) and Ed Campos Jr (@EdCamposJr) -- who will redesign two REAL classrooms using additional video screens, flexible seating and classroom enhancements that will be affordable for any district to emulate. Erin Klein is a co-founder of ClassroomCribs.com, a web page that seeks to create learning environments that maximize student learning by escaping the classroom cliche of lined-up desks.

 

Longtime partner iNACOL will continue its support for the reinvented Symposium, with the organization’s COO, Bruce Friend, kicking off the June event.

 

For Symposium details and registration, visit www.cue.org/BOLD.  

 

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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

 



May 2, 2016
Dave Burgess to Keynote CUE 2016 Fall Conference

Educators will Learn to Teach Like a PIRATE

 

CUE is thrilled to announce that Dave Burgess will bring his innovative “Teach Like a PIRATE” presentation to the CUE 2016 Fall Conference, October 28-29 at American Canyon High School in Napa Valley.

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Dave Burgess will deliver the opening keynote on Friday, October 28 at 8:30 a.m. 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 specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity. His message is dynamic and inspirational and has transformed classrooms and sparked an educational revolution.

 

Burgess received national recognition as the recipient of the 2014 BAMMY award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. He has also received honors in his own district in San Diego, California where he 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.

 

Burgess’s keynote address will combine both magic and humor to illustrate how each educator can make school an amazing place that has students wanting to learn. The presentation is a one-of-a-kind experience of unbelievable intensity and outrageous energy.

 

The CUE 2016 Fall Conference sells out quickly. To find out more, visit  http://cue.org/fall Registration opens shortly.

 

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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

 

April 23, 2016
CUE Board Election Results - "Class of 2016"

The 2016 CUE Board of Directors election ended Thursday, April 21 at 5:00pm. All candidate information, including their statements and an interview with CUE member John Ittelson, can be found online. 

The top three vote-getters are:

Kim Harrison

 

Kim Harrison

Affiliate Nominated: Capitol CUE (CapCUE)
Director of Technology
Washington Unified School District
Sacramento, CA

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Diane Main

 

Diane Main

Affiliate Nominated: Silicon Valley CUE (SVCUE)
Director of Learning, Innovation and Design
The Harker School
Campbell, CA

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Andrew Schwab

 

Andrew Schwab

Incumbent
Chief Technology Officer
Union School District
San Jose, CA

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All three candidates will begin their term on July 1. CUE thanks all five candidates for their willingness to serve. Six-year board veteran Kyle Brumbaugh and three-year board member David Malone will cycle off the board at this time. The three candidates will join continuing members: Jason Borgen, Ray Chavez, Tim Green, Suzanne Mitchell, Lainie Rowell, and Roger Wagner.

April 5, 2016
The Internet For All Now is the Current State and National Priority

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

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative Policy Consultant

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CUE 2016 Advocacy FoIMG_3418.jpgcus: A major CUE 2016 National Conference focus was on various initiatives and legislation related to connecting all schools and homes to the high-speed Internet. This was evidenced by: a presentation by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, on home access to the Internet; State Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s opening speech referencing leaving no child off-line; the Legislative Advocacy Award given to Sunne McPeak for establishing the Internet for All Now initiative; a CTO Forum to inform Superintendent Torlakson on school district connectivity needs; and the focus of the Legislative Advocacy Session on Internet access related legislation. Even Closing Keynote Pearl Arredondo’s message included a plea for improved home access! The following summarizes the current Federal and State initiatives relating to the emphasis on Internet For All Now

 

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: In an address to the CUE 2016 National Conference attendees, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel focused on bridging the Homework Gap. She stated that, “Today, roughly seven in ten teachers assign homework that requires access to broadband. But FCC data suggest that as many as one in three households do not subscribe to broadband services at any speed—due to lack of affordability and lack of interest.” A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that more than half of teachers in low-income communities said that their students’ lack of access to online resources at home presented a major challenge to integrating technology into their teaching.

 

The Commissioner emphasized that the FCC-supported E-rate and Lifeline updates will help close the homework gap by promoting appropriate Lifeline-supported mobile devices with Wi-Fi functionality. She also discussed the new E-Rate 2.0, which supports more Wi-Fi connections in our libraries. She urged the FCC to go further by freeing 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. For more details and the full text of Commissioner Rosenworcel’s statements go to http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db0321/DOC-338474A1.pdf  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.



California EmergiIMG_8716.jpgng Technology Fund (CETF): At CUE 2016 National Conference, the Legislative Advocacy Award went to Sunne McPeak, President and CEO of CETF for her long-term and intensive efforts to help enable access to the high-speed Internet by all persons in all locations and by linking schools to homes. CUE is expanding its alliance with CETF to include collaboration on State and National policy and legislation Internet access to schools and homes. CETF is a non-profit corporation established pursuant to requirements from the California Public Utilities Commission for the purpose of providing leadership statewide to close the "Digital Divide" by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband to unserved and underserved communities and population and to advocate for Federal and State policies related to affordable Internet access. 

 

CETF is creator of the Internet for All Now campaign, and supports policy decisions and cross-sector collaborations that promote affordable broadband and digital literacy for low-income Americans.  CETF has filed comments at the FCC to extend the federal Lifeline Program to include broadband. CUE has joined CETF by signing on to the CETF statement to the FCC providing the reasons they should support Internet for All and Net Neutrality initiatives. For details about CETF go to http://www.cetfund.org.

 

State and Federal Internet-related Initiatives

 

1. Net Neutrality: On November 10, 2014, President Obama called on the FCC to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality–the principle that says Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all Internet traffic equally. On February 26, 2015, The FCC voted in favor of a strong net neutrality rule to keep the Internet open and free. CETF initiated a campaign joined by CUE and many others urging the FCC to support Net Neutrality. For details and information about support from President Obama on this initiative go to https://www.whitehouse.gov/net-neutrality.

 

 

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2. Lifeline and Linkup Reform and Modernization: On January 31, 2012 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved Lifeline Internet, a major expansion of the popular government’s free cell phone program. On March 31, 2016 the FCC approved expansion of Lifeline to include, 1) Establishment of an affordable high-speed Internet service plan for all low-income households offered by and through all broadband providers in the $10/month range, 2) Capitalization of an independent fund to support community-based organizations, schools and libraries to assist in enrolling eligible low-income households and participate in true public-private partnerships, and 3) Appointment of an oversight advisory body to ensure transparency and accountability with a broad base of stakeholders and community leaders knowledgeable about broadband adoption. A major provision of the updated Lifeline plan sets up a new entity, called the National Eligibility Verifier, to act as a neutral party to determine electronically which households are eligible for Lifeline. CUE has joined CETF to sign the letter of support for Lifeline sent to the FCC. For more details and updates go to: https://www.fcc.gov  and  http://www.cetfund.org/node/8789 .  

 

3. The Internet For All Now Act  (AB1758): by Assemblymember Mark Stone, introduced in February 2016, sets a goal of 90% of all households online by 2023 and authorizes funding to assist low-income households get online so that our most disadvantaged residents can be included in the Digital Economy. This bill is now referred to as the Internet For All Act of 2016. The CUE Advocacy Committee is watching this bill as it progresses.

 

 

4. Parent Bonilla.jpegEngagement Legislation: (AB 2680) related to parent student learning and engagement was just introduced by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla. This bill would fund locally developed plans submitted by school districts and county offices of education that offer potentially effective strategies for training parents and families of children birth to age 18 to become actively engaged in the education of their children. The CUE Legislative Advocate is working with CETF and Assemblymember Bonilla to add amendments to this bill related to the use of the Internet to connect homes of underserved students to the high-speed Internet.

 

 

Related CUE Advocacy Activities:

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CTO Forum: At CUE 2016 National Conference, the California Educational Technology Professionals Association (CETPA), the California Department of Education (CDE), and CUE co-sponsored a Forum facilitated by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson and his staff to obtain input regarding local and regional district need related to Data Privacy, Equity of Access, and Infrastructure Investment and to continue building stronger relationships and learn how CDE can better support districts in deploying technology that supports learning and improved student outcomes. The major objective of the Forum was for the CDE to learn from district leaders about challenge, concerns, opportunities, and specific actions CDE can take to support their work and advancing the deployment of technology. For more details on the results and recommendations from the CTO Forum connect to CETPA at: cetpa.net

 

Action on the California Educational Technology Blueprint:  In 2014, Superintendent Torlakson established a Task Force of educators (most of which were CUE members) to develop a California Educational Technology Blueprint with specific recommendations to be referred to by both the CDE and the State Legislature as possible actions to take. Time has passed since the Blueprint was prepared so a process was established for educators to update and prioritize the 19 recommendations. Participants in both the CTO Forum and the Legislative Advocacy presentation at CUE 2016 National Conference were asked to rank each of the items on a 5-point scale from Very Important to Can Wait for Now. As a CUE member reading this update, you can also rank the Blueprint items by going to https://goo.gl/Vyxc9A and entering your level of importance rankings. You can also estimate how soon each item should be implemented, from 6-months to 2-years, by going to https://goo.gl/QvhJkC.

 

Collaboration with ISTE Advocacy Efforts: ISTE Chief External Relations Officer, Craig Thibaudeau, traveled from the Washington DC ISTE Office to Palm Springs to participate in the CUE 2016 National Conference. Craig facilitated FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel  speaking at CUE 2016 National Conference. The CUE Legislative Consultant and Craig established some strategies for ISTE to support California efforts to help enable the new Federal ESSA funding to support the use of technology in education. Also, CUE signed the letter prepared by ISTE to urge Congress and the US Department of Education to include technology as one of the resources to be included in the emerging guidelines to states related to planning and allocating ESSA funds. For more information about the ISTE Advocacy information and program go to: www.iste.org/advocacy/take-action.

 

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Updating the CUE Legislative Advocacy Platform: The CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee has re-formatted the Legislative Advocacy Platform with icons to designate five major categories addressed in the Platform. We will be updating the Platform as new priorities emerge and others are determined by the Advocacy Committee to no longer be relevant. The Platform and much more about CUE Advocacy can be found at: www.cue.org/advocacy.

 

Continued updating on emerging legislation: The quarterly CUE publication, OnCUE, provides more details on specific bills and initiatives such as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Local Control Funding Formula (LCAP) and others. All issues of OnCUE are archived and accessible at www.cue.org/oncue/archive. Also, at each CUE conference, there is a session providing updates on legislation as well as an opportunity for you to interact with the Advocacy co-chairs and CUE Legislative Consultant. As new legislation and initiatives relevant to priorities stated in the CUE Platform emerge, CUE will review, monitor, take positions, and suggest amendments as needed.

We will provide updates on these bills and initiatives as they are amended or passed as well as suggestions on how to support specific items. If you have questions about specific legislation and policy related to Educational Technology contact the CUE Legislative Policy Consultant at: cradler@earthlink.net 

 

March 16, 2016
CUE to Honor Education Heroes at 2016 National Conference

Palm Springs, California – CUE will honor 16 outstanding Ed Tech professionals during its National Conference in Palm Springs, March 17-19, 2016. These individuals are being recognized for infusing curriculum with technology, for leading through innovation, and for continually finding creative ways to help students succeed. Detailed award descriptions and history can be found at: www.cue.org/awards.

 

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Platinum Disks are CUE's highest award, awarded rarely and in recognition of career-long contributions.

Burt Lo

Director II, Digital Curriculum

Stanislaus County Office of Education

Vivian Goldschmidt

Project Specialist

Orange County Department of Education

 

 

GOLD DISK

Robert Craven | Senior Director, Technology at Tustin Unified School District.

Lisa DeLapo | Asst. Director of Technology, Lafayette School District

Genevieve Kahlweiss | Third Grade Teacher/ Digital Coach, Saint Columban School, Diocese of Orange

Donna Levy | Principal, Clark County School District - Las Vegas, Nevada  

Matt Miller | National CUE Conference Volunteer Chair, Grace Miller Elementary, Bonita Unified

Sharon Sutton | Consultant, 21st Century Learning

 

TILL – TECHNOLOGY IN LEARNING LEADERSHIP*

Gay Krause | Executive Director, Krause Center for Innovation  

 

LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR/LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS*

Sunne McPeak | President and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund

Mark Takano | Congressman for the 41st District of California, House of Representatives

 

OUTSTANDING EMERGING TEACHER*

Andrea Kamradt | Teacher, San Andreas High School, SBCUSD

 

OUTSTANDING TEACHER*

Margaret Agbowo-Onyewuenyi | Career Technical Education (CTE) Instructor, Berkeley Technology Academy, Berkeley Unified  

 

SITE LEADER OF THE YEAR

Amy Fadeji | Principal, Penngrove Elementary School, Petaluma City School District

ISTE’S MAKING IT HAPPEN  

Tim Landeck | Director of Technology Services, Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Christine Olmstead | Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, Orange County Department of Education

 

Those winners marked with an ‘*’ above have been submitted for consideration to the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) for similar awards. ISTE will announce its winners at its annual conference in Denver, CO June 26 - 29, 2016. ISTE will also honor both of CUE’s Making IT Happen recipients at the event.

CUE thanks these educational heroes and their nominators for inspiring us with their innovations, their creativity and their integration of technology into curriculum and the educational process. For more information about the awards, please go to www.cue.org/awards.

 

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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 educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org



March 10, 2016
CUE Rock Star Specialty Camps Debut MATH Edition

Walnut Creek, Calif., -- CUE is excited to announce its second specialty Rock Star Teacher camp -- this one devoted entirely to mathematics from 6th grade and up. Rediscover how awesome teaching math can be with session titles like Assessment for the Win, Math Talks and Problem Solving, Visual Patterns and Problem Solving, 360 Math Classrooms and much more! CUE’s first CUE Rock Star MATH Edition will take place at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, CA on May 14-15, 2016.


CUE Rock Star MATH Edition will bring an awareness to and explore the convergence happening between math instruction and technology. Great tools like Google Sheets, Desmos, Bootstrap World and many more available on the web are taking math “off the worksheet.” This two-day math event will work to change how instruction is delivered to create a classroom workflow that moves well beyond algorithms and worksheets.

 

Led by classroom leaders who are directly involved in changing math instruction in their own classrooms, attendees will be thrilled, entertained and inspired. The faculty for this event has world-class credentials: Fawn Nguyen, John Stevens, Matt Vaudrey, Ed Campos Jr and Michael Fenton are all Rock Star Math Instructors and will deliver rich sessions that are Common Core-Ready, digital, exciting and innovative.


 

To register for the CUE Rock Star MATH Camp or to see what other camps are offered, check out www.cue.org/rsmath and the CUE Rock Star Teacher site on www.cue.org for locations and dates.

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in inspiring 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



March 9, 2016
CUE Rock Star Specialty Camps Open with STEAM Edition

Walnut Creek, Calif., Wednesday, March 9, 2016 -- For the past seven summers, CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps have changed the way thousands of teachers engage their students. Now, CUE is set to bring that teaching to a new and deeper level by offering specialized camps that focus on a narrow group of subjects and skills. The first offering will be the CUE Rock Star STEAM Edition that will take place at Orcutt Academy High School in Orcutt, CA on April 9-10, 2016.

 

CUE Rock Star STEAM Edition will focus on the tools and pedagogy of the STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). As most STEAM sessions tend to be an add-on or an “outlier” session at a PD event, CUE built this two-day camp to dig deep into these core subjects.

 

The faculty for the CUE Rock Star STEAM Camp is world-class, featuring leaders like Chris Scott (Minecraft), Fawn Nguyen (Math), Ed Campos (Math), Henry Danielson (MakerSpace), Scott Spector (NGSS) and Julie Goo (STEAM coach) leading hands-on, classroom-tested models for teachers looking to advance their classroom practice, max out on SAMR and more.


 

 

To register for the CUE Rock Star STEAM Camp or see what other camps are offered, check out cue.org/rssteam and the CUE Rock Star Teacher site on www.cue.org for locations and dates.

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Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in inspiring 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



March 8, 2016
CUE Announces California Schools Chief to Speak at 2016 National Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., March 8, 2016 -- CUE confirmed today that the top education chief in the state of California will address attendees at the CUE 2016 National Conference. Tom Torlakson will be attending the conference on Thursday, March 17 in the afternoon and then speaking Friday, March 18, at the General session. His remarks will begin at 8:00 am in Oasis 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center before the General Keynote address given by Hadi Partovi.

“We are thrilled to have California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson again address the attendees of the CUE National Conference,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO. “When our conference can provide a platform for the highest ranking education official in the state, we at CUE are both honored and humbled as this visit underscores the importance of professional learning opportunities like the CUE National Conference – as well as the importance of teaching, technology and innovation in California.” 

Torlakson, who has placed a top priority on making sure all students learn in 21st century classrooms equipped with a fast connection to the internet, said the conference will highlight technology in education. “This is a great opportunity not only for educators to share their success stories, but also for educators to learn from others about how to use technology in the classroom to prepare students for college and 21st century careers,” he said.

 

In addition to remarks from Torlakson, featured speakers at the National Conference include keynote presentations from Hadi Partovi, entrepreneur, investor, and co-founder of Code.org; Pearl Arredondo, principal of San Fernando Institute for Applied Media (SFiAM); and Brad Montague, who along with Robby Novak are co-creators of Kid President. Spotlight speakers at the Conference include Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher, Lisa Highfill, Cindy Moss, Thomas Murray, Luis Perez and Joyce Valenza.

 

All conference speaker sessions, detailed descriptions and times as well as in-depth bios on presenters can be found on the CUE Guide at 2016.cue.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 and oldest education technology conference in California and among the largest in the United States with nearly 7,000 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit www.cue2016.org.