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August 26, 2013
Kate Petty (@techclassroom) Announced as CUE's Blog Editor (wait - CUE has a BLOG?!?)

Kate Petty

Yes, it's true! CUE has a blog and it now has a bona-fide classroom teacher and CUE member behind the rss feedKate Petty (@techclassroom) has taught high school in Orange County, CA for ten years and has been blending, flipping, and welcoming BYOD in her class for the past three years.  


She is CUE’s LeRoy Finkel Fellow of 2013 for her work with 20-Time in Education.  She is also a Google Certified Teacher, Project-Based Learning Certified, Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, Leading Edge Certification Trainer, and a CUE Lead Learner.  Kate is on the OCCUE board and serves as webmaster. She also knows her way around the Marvel universe....take a peek!


Welcome, Kate!

August 1, 2013
CUE Selects Juli Kimbley as Professional Learning Specialist

Walnut Creek, Calif., August 5, 2013 -- Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc. is excited to announce that Juli Kimbley will be joining CUE as a Program Specialist for its professional development programs. This expansion is in response to the recent increase in demand for CUE’s educational technology services.


Juli Kimbley“I am thrilled that Juli can join the team. She will be an asset to our rapidly growing program as we continue to find new and innovative opportunities for educators,” said Danny Silva, CUE’s Professional Learning Coordinator. “Juli will be able to manage projects as well as to provide project support that will keep our system running smoothly and effectively.”


In conjunction with Mrs. Kimbley joining the team, the CUE professional development program will be renamed “Professional Learning." This renaming reflects the expanded diversity of courses, workshops and resources CUE now offers to the educational community. Among its offerings, CUE produces the Innovative Educators Advanced Studies Certificate, Rock Star Teacher Tech Camps, Google Teacher Academies, Common Sense Media and other workshops that are timely and relevant to what teachers and administrators need in the classroom today. In addition, CUE is actively involved in non-event-based curation and development projects such as evaluating YouTube videos and other educational resources and aligning them to Common Core standards as well as developing certification materials for Google, Leading Edge Certification and others. Mrs. Kimbley will assist and help manage many of these projects.


“I look forward to bringing my experience and skills to this position,” said Mrs. Kimbley, who began her new job on July 19. For more on Juli Kimbley, please visit her website at www.about.me/julikimbley.

July 31, 2013
CUE and OCDE Extend Free Common Core Leadership Summit Registration to California Superintendents

Walnut Creek, CA., July 30, 2013 -- Computer-Using Educators, Inc. (CUE) and the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) are extending a complimentary, non-transferable registration to all California Superintendents to attend the Core Leadership Summit: Blended and Personalized Learning on August 15, 2013 in Costa Mesa, Calif.

The summit is a one-day event designed to provide learning opportunities for school leaders preparing to shift to Common Core and computer-adaptive assessments. A dynamic lineup of speakers is scheduled for the summit including Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University who will provide the keynote on Personalizing Learning.


Full article

July 1, 2013
Common Core and Educational Innovation to be Focus of Core Leadership Summit

Costa Mesa, CA. - Computer-Using Educators, Inc. (CUE) and the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) are proud to offer an exclusive, one-day conference for educational leaders dedicated to the new Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The emphasis for this event is on blended and personalized learning, with Dr. Eric Mazur, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University, giving the keynote address on that topic.


“OCDE is delighted to partner with CUE to bring together a dynamic lineup of thought-provoking educators who will stimulate conversations around 21st Century Learning for our Orange County Leaders,” said Christine Olmstead, Administrator, Office of Academic Content, OCDE Instructional Services.


In addition to Dr. Mazur, featured speakers at the summit will include Dr. Barbara Nemko, Superintendent, Napa County Office of Education; Alan November, Educational Innovator, Senior Partner and Founder of November Learning; Catlin Tucker, Author and Teacher, Windsor High School Sonoma County; and Dr. Beverly Young, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, CSU and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Executive Committee.


"With California poised to implement computer-based adaptive assessments statewide in the next year, it is essential to provide the best possible preparation for school leaders" said Mike Lawrence, CUE's Executive Director, continuing, "partnering with OCDE, given their deep knowledge and expertise on Common Core, will give educators an excellent way to start the year off with their eyes open to the challenges ahead." 

The event will be held at the Costa Mesa Hilton, in Costa Mesa, CA. Registration for CUE members is $199 for the August 15, 2013 summit. Non-CUE members are $249, and new CUE members are $239. Lunch wil be provided for all registered attendees. More information about the summit can be found at: www.core13.org.

 Core Leadership Summit

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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

About the OCDE Instructional Services Department
The Orange County Department of Education strives to make a difference in Orange County Classrooms through World-Class resources, services and opportunities for parents, educators, students, and community members. The Instructional Services Division is dedicated to support professional development and student learning in Orange County school districts. Our purpose is to build the knowledge base and instructional expertise so that all students meet or exceed California Standards. We believe that change in practice only happens when educators learn and practice over time. Leadership Development, Instructional Technology, Teacher Development, Curriculum and Standards and Learning Support in prevention and intervention are the focus areas of our work. | www.ocde.us/InstructionalServices

June 18, 2013
CUE is Hiring! Program Specialist for Professional Learning

Now Hiring!CUE is seeking candidates for full-time employment. Interested applicants should send required materials to cuejobs@gmail.com

  • Deadline: Sunday, July 7, 10 pm (Pacific)
  • Interviews: Wednesday, July 10 (morning), CUE Office, Walnut Creek
  • Required Materials: cover letter, resume/CV, letters of recommendation (optional) 
  • Compensation: negotiable


Job Description


Title: Program Specialist

Status: Exempt (not subject to overtime)

Supervisor: Director of Operations (Evaluations)


Position Summary: The Program Specialist reports to the Professional Learning Coordinator to support non-conference professional learning programs. Administrative duties include but are not limited to: managing data, preparing reports, communicating with participants and program partners, development of programs and speakers, evaluating and accounting.


Required Qualifications: Experience in K-12 education is required. Strong technical knowledge of innovative educational technology tools required. Must have a current, valid teaching credential, or have requisite K-12 experience within the past five years. Must be a resident of California or Nevada to apply.


Recommended Qualities:

  • Two to three years recent experience leading professional development to educators

  • Understanding of Common Core State Standards

  • School or district administration experience


Principal Tasks:

  • Maintain database for CUE’s Professional Learning efforts
  • Generate invoices and accounting follow-ups
  • Operate and maintain the Professional Learning voicemail and emails
  • Analysis of evaluations for Professional Learning events
  • Research and prepare reports
  • Assist with recruiting and evaluating CUE Lead Learners (speakers)
  • Assist with producing CUE Professional Learning workshops and programs
  • Assist with developing CUE Professional Learning curriculae
  • Assist with marketing efforts
  • May need to travel to and coordinate CUE Professional Learning events as needed
  • 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. May be required to drive to client or vendor sites. Will be required to travel for Annual and Fall Conferences and some Professional Learning events. These will require 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.

June 13, 2013
California Student Media Festival Celebrates Student Creativity

CSMFWalnut Creek, CA., June 14, 2013 - Computer-Using Educators, Inc. (CUE), in conjunction with PBS SoCal, is hosting the 47th annual California Student Media Festival this Saturday. The festival, the nation’s oldest, is dedicated to honoring student achievement and highlighting student creativity through media.

This year’s recipients will be featured from 9am - 12pm on June 15, 2013 at TCL Chinese Theater, formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese Theater, in Hollywood. While it is free to attend, the event is now “sold out” due to high interest. A waiting list is now available.

“Media is among the most powerful learning tools, and the Festival provides a way to showcase learning in a fun and engaging way,“ said Mike Lawrence, the Festival’s Director.

Hall Davidson, the Festival’s emcee and former Director shared, “Every student knows that

somehow, somewhere, deep inside, he or she is a star. Students just need help discovering the moment. By tying the festival experience to learning, the festival makes the curriculum a path toward recognizing that inner stardom. The process works—and kids will work hard to be part of it.”

PBS SoCal will be capturing the highlights of the festival to produce a one-hour special to air on Sept. 5 at 7pm.

For a list of winners and for more information on the Festival, check out www.mediafestival.org.

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May 29, 2013
CUE Announces Resolution in Support of CTAP and SETS

At its annual board meeting May 22, 2013, Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc.’s Board of Directors announced a resolution in support of the California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) as well as the Statewide Educational Technology Services (SETS), both of which are in danger of being unfunded and eliminated from the proposed budget.

Walnut Creek, CA (PRWEB) May 29, 2013

Resolution in support of CTAP & SETSAt its annual board meeting May 22, 2013, Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc.’s Board of Directors announced a resolution in support of the California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) as well as the Statewide Educational Technology Services (SETS), both of which are in danger of being unfunded and eliminated from the proposed budget.

“CTAP is the only statewide technology program in place in California. Along with SETS, CTAP funding assures districts and teachers that they have the tools, the training and the proper resources for educating 21st-Century students,” said Robert Craven, CUE board president. “This is especially critical when Common Core standards are being implemented. The technology must be there and must be functional so that testing is accurate and is not disrupted. To implement an entirely new system without a solid infrastructure is worrying. We could not believe in this more strongly.”

CUE’s Resolution is as follows:

In recognition of the importance of the activities and services conducted by the regional California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) and Statewide Educational Technology Services (SETS), the CUE Inc. Board of Directors hereby passes a resolution to voice their support for the maintenance of funding of the regional California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) and Statewide Educational Technology Services (SETS) as a separate line item in the California education budget, consistent with the documented success of CTAP and SETS as a cost-effective strategy for supporting the educational technology needs in our geographically diverse state.

CUE supports increasing funding and expansion of CTAP and the SETS to support needs related to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the related computer adaptive assessment system and the rapid increase in the use of online and blended learning and technology access by schools and students.

In addition, the board approved Vanitha Chandrasekhar as the new co-chair of the Legislative Advocacy Committee who will join John Cradler who continues in that role. Chandrasekhar steps in for Marianne Pack who just finished out a three-year term.

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About the CUE Board of Directors 
CUE is guided by a nine-member volunteer Board of Directors, one third of whom are elected by the membership each year. The board is made up of active or retired K12 educators, University and Higher-Ed professors, members of the educational IT community and representatives of Educational Technology businesses or other non-profit organizations. | http://www.cue.org/boardofdirectors

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. | http://www.cue.org

May 24, 2013
CUE Seeking Blog Editor

Now Hiring!CUE is currently seeking an independent consultant to provide editorial services for CUE's blog (blog.cue.org). The position will require 12-16 hours per month July 1 - December 31, 2013. Contract may be extended pending review. Compensation is competitive. Consultant will report to the CUE's Marketing and Programs Coordinator.

Duties will include:

  1. Solicit original, engaging and relevant blog posts by prominent authors, including: CUE members, Affiliate and SIG leaders, leaders, staff, thought-leaders, featured speakers, industry experts, and more.
  2. Work with CUE staff and volunteers to increase readership and engagement
  3. Assist in initial (re)branding and outreach efforts for the blog
  4. Edit 1-2 original posts per week, writing and securing permission to re-post pieces as needed
  5. Collaborate with CUE's OnCUE Journal Editor, serving alongside them as advisors to the CUE Communication Committee


Successful candidates should have expertise in:

  1. Editing
  2. Writing on engaging topics in education
  3. Educational trends
  4. Social media and educational technology

Interested applicants should reference "Blog Editor" in the subject line and send a resume/CV, at least two reference letters, link(s) to sample blogging work and letter of interest to jobs@cue.org by June 14, 2013. Ideal applicants are CUE members in good standing. Successful applicant will begin work the week of July 1. 

May 16, 2013
CUE Announces Reboot of San Francisco Affiliate

CUE SF logoWalnut Creek, CA., May 16, 2013 -- Computer-Using Educators, Inc. (CUE) is proud to welcome its latest CUE affiliate in San Francisco. The new organization serving educators within San Francisco County and nearby cities will officially begin operating July 1 under the leadership of its co-presidents, Karen McGarrah and Susan Kameny. Its return provides services and support for the San Francisco region which have been absent for the last decade.

“We are pleased to welcome back our San Francisco affiliate and wish them great success,” said CUE Board President Robert Craven. “We know how valuable our affiliates are and how they serve our members in the areas they represent. San Francisco is in good hands.”

The new organization been approved as a 501(c)3 tax exempt subordinate organization, joining CUE’s other 19 affiliates. Every un-affiliated CUE member living within its boundaries will automatically become CUE SF members on July 1. It will hold its first event sometime in August or September of this year.

For more information on joining CUE SF after July 1, please login to CUE.org or contact Amy Jenkins, CUE’s Office and Membership Coordinator (cueinc@cue.org).

May 9, 2013
CUE Seeking Grant Development Coordinator

Now Hiring!CUE is currently seeking an independent consultant to oversee grant writing and development for the organization. The position will require 16-20 hours per month depending on grant opportunities, June 1 - December 1, 2013. Contract may be extended depending on success of grant development efforts. Compensation is competitive and negotiable. Consultant will report to the CUE Executive Director.

Duties will include:

  1. Research grant opportunities related to several core CUE programs, including: Common Sense Media PD, Infinite Thinking Machine, Leading Edge Certification, Common Core Implementation, STEM Learning, Digital Publications, educational outreach and more.
  2. Work with CUE staff and volunteers to lead grant writing efforts.
  3. Assist in initial program and funding setup for successful grants.
  4. Assist in evaluation of funded programs.
  5. Produce quarterly report on activities.


Successful candidates should have expertise in:

  1. Grant development
  2. Educational trends
  3. Non-profit funding
  4. Social media and educational technology
  5. Writing, editing and data analysis 

Interested applicants should reference "Grant Developer" and send a resume/CV, reference letters and letter of interest to jobs@cue.org by May 31, 2013. Successful applicant will begin work the week of June 1.