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February 1, 2017
CUE Announces 2017 National Conference Spotlight Speakers: Including New Addition Karen Janowski, to be Featured Within CUE's Diverse Learners Symposium Event

CUE is excited to announce the Spotlight Speakers for its national conference to be held March 15-18, 2017 in Palm Springs. All conference speaker sessions, detailed descriptions and times as well as in-depth bios on presenters, will be listed in the Conference Online Program, available mid-January on the CUE website. Registration is currently open, and as the event has sold out for the last two years, do not delay.


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Dr. Darryl Adams, the world’s rock and roll superintendent, has spent almost 30 years as an educator and administrator with the goal of preparing students for college, career and citizenship. As former Superintendent for the Coachella Valley Unified School District, Dr. Adams led significant reform efforts, including “Measure X,” a 21st Century Mobile Learning initiative that placed an iPad in the hands of all 20,000 CVUSD students from preschool through high school. Dr. Adams has been named by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education as one of the Top 100 Superintendents in the Nation. President Obama praised Dr. Adams for his innovative work in ensuring that all students in his district have digital tools and broadband internet access. The President went on to laud Dr. Adams’ innovative and creative Wifi-on-Wheels program that provides Wifi to neighborhoods and trailer home parks with no connectivity through the use of Wifi routers on school buses that are then parked in these spaces.

Darryl’s Sessions:

  • Personalized Learning 4 All: Helping Them Find Their Passion in Life So They Never Have to Work A Day in Their Life!

  • Leave No Child Offline: Why Equity and Access to Digital Tools, Resources and the Internet are of importance to the Future of our Nation

  • What Does a 21st Century Administrator Look Like?

 

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Nicole is a ToSA and staff developer in Silicon Valley who has been teaching in K-12 for nearly 20 years. Passionate about creativity and technology integration, she has won many awards for her innovative teaching, photography, videos, and tutorials. Nicole has also been recognized as an Adobe Education Leader, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a Google Certified Teacher.

Nicole’s Sessions:

  • ToSA Connection

  • An Innovative Approach to Homework

  • Digital Storytelling and Creativity on the Go

 

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Hall Davidson supports global partnerships, teacher networks, and learning initiatives with technology in education. A renowned speaker in educational technology, he presents to audiences around the world.  These high-energy, impactful keynotes have built an impressive following as he tweets, blogs, writes articles and conducts webinars for leaders, educational publications, national associations, and teachers worldwide.

 

Davidson was an early adopting champion of educational technology, having co-authored TechWorks and co-founded one of the first OER’s. Thirty years ago he helped launch a curriculum-based media festival in his district and subsequently assumed the director's mantle of the California Student Media Festival, the nation’s oldest student media festival, where he still serves as judge and emcee. A member of the National Council of Teachers for Mathematics, he currently serves on the board for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), having previously served on the CUE board. After almost 30 years in STRS, he left to build the teacher community for Discovery Education. The DEN has now reached more than 2.6 million teachers worldwide through 70,000 teacher-led events. Click here for full bio


Hall’s Sessions:

  • Building a Media Festival: District, Building or Classroom. Whys and Wows

  • Leroy's Big Idea: Innovative Lesson Design Competition

  • Video Editing Workshop with Brad Montague and Hall Davidson (additional registration required)

 

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After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and after a quick stint as a Trainer, Fisher joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Fisher was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation. Fisher Technologies, Inc. is now an international company specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world. Click here for full bio

Leslie’s Sessions:

  • Tools You Can Use Tomorrow

  • The Web 2.0 You Might Not Know About

 

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Karen Janowski is an Assistive & Educational Technology Consultant, and Adjunct Professor at Simmons College in Boston, MA. She presents both locally and nationally about the importance of using ubiquitous technologies which remove the obstacles to learning for all students and is a passionate advocate of Universal Design for Learning. Janowski is an EdCampBoston and EdCampAccess organizer.

 

Karen will be featured within CUE's Diverse Learners Symposium (DLS) event.

 

Karen’s Sessions

  • Innovative Technologies for Learners with Reading Differences

  • Innovative Technologies for Learning with Writing Challenges

  • Disorganized and Unprepared: Technology Tools to Support Executive Functions

 

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Brad Montague is an award-winning writer and director working to creatively communicate hope to children of all ages. He is creator of Kid President, which began its life online and has grown into a New York Times bestselling book, television series, and movement for good among families, children, and classrooms around the world. He is also the force behind both “Socktober” -- an annual social campaign designed to help connect communities to their local homeless shelters and GO! Camp -- a week-long experience for teenagers who want to change the world. He and his wife, Kristi, own and operate Montague Workshop, a creative space dedicated to developing projects that inspire and encourage.

 

Over the years, Brad has helped several non-profits tell their stories and better connect with people. With a special emphasis on finding ways kids and grown-ups can work together, creating real change in the world has been at the heart of every project. From campaigns and collaborations with organizations like Feeding America and the UN Foundation, to projects with youth ministries and local changemakers building a house for homeless families in Little Rock, AR --  it’s all a joyful rebellion.

 

Brad’s Sessions

  • Video Editing Workshop with Brad Montague and Hall Davidson (additional registration required)

  • STAY SPARKY

 

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Tom Murray serves as the state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body as well as the US Senate, the US Department of Education, state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement digital learning while helping to lead Future Ready, Project 24, and Digital Learning Day. Click here for full bio


Tom’s Sessions

  • What Does an Innovator in a School or District Look Like?

  • Creating Tomorrow’s Schools, Today: 8 Keys to Unlocking the Schools Kids Need

 

Mark Ray

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Mark Ray is Director of Innovation and Library Services for Vancouver (WA) Public Schools and Future Ready Librarians Lead at the Alliance for Excellent Education. Named 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year and an NSBA "20 to Watch" in 2015, he has visioned, led and promoted 1:1 programs, professional development, digital learning and innovative library programs. Mark will be part of the Information Literacy Summit taking place on Friday, March 17.


Mark’s Sessions

  • So What’s Your Curation Strategy?

  • Compliance to Self-Reliance: Rebooting Digital Citizenship

  • Future Ready > “Digital” [Alt: Future Ready Is Greater Than "Digital"]

 

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Toni Robinson combines her experiences as an educator and a performing artist, inspiring audiences to make bold, balanced and meaningful changes in their professional practice. Toni was the co-host for Sunburst Visual Media’s critically acclaimed Excellence in Teaching series and worked as the host of the Professional Development Channel at Educational Management Group. Through her work as an educational consultant, she has created and conducted training programs in a wide-range of corporate, academic and nonprofit settings. Toni holds a BA in Spanish and an MA in Education from SUNY Albany and has completed extensive postgraduate work in Educational Technology at Arizona State University. In addition to her work in the United States, Toni has conducted workshops and training in Spain, South Africa, and Japan.


Toni’s Sessions:

  • Fostering Cycles of Access, Achievement and Advancement in the Digital Age

  • P3:  Unlocking Student Potential in the Classroom

  • Thinking and Learning in the Digital Era

 

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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 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.cue.org/national  | #cue17



 



February 1, 2017
CUE Rock Star Camp NGSS Edition - Amped Up Professional Development


Ready for some outside-of-the-box Professional Development that is interactive, fun, and tailored to the Next Generation Science Standards?

 

Join our Rock Star Teacher community, February 11 - 12, in Orcutt, California.

Geared toward Grades 6 - 12.

 

 

Hear about the experience from a past attendee, learn about the presenters, check out the Schedule, and Register today.

 

January 19, 2017
CUE Leadership to Celebrate Education in the Digital Age

Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO, CUE Board President Ray Chavez, and CUE Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler will be attending the Newseum Inauguration Celebration as well as The National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) Inaugural Ball on Friday, January 20 in Washington DC. The trio will represent CUE’s membership in meeting with key ed tech leaders, education policy experts and industry executives at both events. The theme of the latter event is “Celebrating Education in the Digital Age.”

 

The Newseum will host its Presidential Inauguration Celebration Experience from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Newseum is an interactive museum of free expression located steps from the inaugural parade route on historic Pennsylvania Avenue. Also in attendance will be the ISTE Board of Directors and leaders from dozens of educational organizations.


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CUE is an Honor Roll Partner of the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training’s (NCTET) Inaugural Ball. It is held every four years and takes place at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The event honors two past CUE featured speakers, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and CUE Super Symposium alum S. Dallas Dance. NCTET is the primary coalition of leading education and industry organizations promoting the role of technology in teaching and learning. CUE joined as a partner last July.

 

CUE’s presence at the event recognizes the crucial role the organization, and by extension,  California and Nevada, plays in educational technology policy and implementation on national level.

 

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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



January 18, 2017
State Education Budget Proposal for 2017-18
CUE Policy and Legislation Update

Legislative Update for CUE Members - January 2017 | more leg updates

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative Policy Consultant

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State Education Budget Proposal for 2017-18

On January 10th, the Governor released his proposed State Budget. This budget is submitted to the State Legislature for review and possible amendments. On May 15, a revised budget is released to the Legislature and again reviewed and amended as needed, with a final budget presented to the Governor in July 2017. The Governor then will sign a final budget which may or may not include all recommended amendments. Go to http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf for State budget details. CUE will provide State Budget updates as changes emerge over the next few months.   

                                    

Cost-of-living overall increase: Citing recent revenue declines and uncertainty about the future, Gov. Jerry Brown has lowered funding for schools by $500 million in the current year and is proposing little more than a cost-of-living increase in the 2017-18 budget.

 

Proposition 55: Brown said that his administration would not issue any of the $7 billion bonds for K-12 school facilities that voters approved in November with Proposition 55 until the Legislature established better auditing procedures to document how the money will be spent. In November, voters approved extending the increase on income tax rates for the state’s top 2 percent of earners. Proposition 55, which was supported by CUE, will not fully take effect until 2018-19 and will not affect next year’s budget.

 

Proposition 98: Declining revenues lowered the minimum spending guarantee under the Proposition 98 funding formula by $1.8 billion over three years. The projected increase in 2017-18 would be only 2.1 percent above what the Legislature approved in June for K-12 schools and community colleges. The minimum spending guarantee under the Proposition 98 funding formula would drop by $500 million to $71.4 billion for this year and would rise next year to $73.5 billion. Districts would not have to cut their budgets this year.  However, they would receive the amount anticipated a month late at the start of next year, in July.

 

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF): Brown has made it his priority to fund the transition to the LCFF that provides extra money for high-needs students, including low-income students and English learners. The state is still on target to reach full funding in 2020-21. That’s the point at which every district will receive at least the inflation-adjusted, pre-recession funding it received in 2007-08. Many districts with large percentages of high-needs students already are funded well above that level. But for next year, funding will remain where it is this year, at 96 percent of full funding. As has been discussed in prior updates and OnCUE articles, LCFF would be the major source of funding for educational technology which means that districts would need to incorporate technology applications and hardware into their Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP).

 

Assembly/Senate Joint Resolution to sustain Net Neutrality

CUE representatives, John Cradler and John Fleischman, proposed a resolution to be potentially adopted by the California Legislature that would support establishing net neutrality as a State priority followed by legislation to maintain net neutrality as a California initiative. Assembly Member and Speaker Pro-Tem, Kevin Mullin offered to take this on and be a sponsor of such a resolution and work with us on its development. He felt this was very important since President Trump intends to repeal the FCC version of Net Neutrality and appoint new Commissioners. 

Early in December, Assembly Member Mullin decided to introduce the California net neutrality Resolution but to add language related to providing access to unserved or underserved homes. We will be working with Mullin’s staff in Sacramento on the language of the resolution and next steps during January and Februrary 2017. The resolution will need to be presented to, and voted on, by the California Assembly and Senate during the current legislative session.

 

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel nominated for CUE Advocacy Award:

The CUE Advocacy was unanimous and the Board approved Rosenworcel, recently nominated by John Cradler, to receive the award. Recently she agreed to attend the CUE Conference in Palm Springs to receive her well-deserved award. 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.” 

 

As mentioned in the last update, 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. Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate did not approve her continuation as an FCC Commissioner. It is reported that this was due to political pressure from President-Elect Trump. Additionally, Trump has stated that he would reverse many of the FCC rulings to include net neutrality.

 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Update

As described in the last 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 be combined into a single plan. This plan will provide the details on how districts will develop plans for their use of the funding.

 

Possible Trump-related change in ESSA: The Federal education budget proposed by the Obama administration is still being reviewed by Congress. Changes to the way spending on schools must be reported under the Every Student Succeeds Act—along with a dramatic political fight in Washington about proper use of federal money in schools—are part of the picture as schools prepare for the new environment under ESSA come the 2017-18 school year. However due to language within ESSA, Trump’s new education secretary will have a restricted role. For details on how Trump could impact ESSA go to: http://understandingessa.org/what-will-trumps-administration-look-like-for-education/

 

With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency and Republicans' continued control of Congress for at least the next two years, the prospects for increased education funding are not clear at this time. Also, the priorities for the use of ESSA funding may change due to rumors that the new Secretary of Education along with the President, are suggesting that States allocate a portion of the ESSA funding to support charter and/or education vouchers. For additional details and updates about the ESSA go to the CDE Website at: www.cde.ca.gov/essa. You can receive updates by joining the ESSA listserv. To subscribe, send a blank message to join-essa@mlist.cde.ca.gov

 

Trump’s Education Agenda

As discussed in the last update, 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's positions are clearly supported and stated in the education approach advocated by Betsy DeVos,  recommended by Trump to be the next Secretary of Education. In general she would like to privatize education through the use of vouchers and charter schools.  A recent EdSource article states: “Her single-minded focus on finding alternatives to public education – largely in the form of taxpayer-supported vouchers and other ways to underwrite tuition for private schools – is unmatched by any other previous occupant of the post.” https://edsource.org/2017/devos-sets-precedent-as-secretary-of-education-without-strong-commitment-to-public-schools/574836?utm_source=Jan.+6+digest+-+John&utm_campaign=Daily+email&utm_medium=email

 

ISTE and other National Education Groups to address the Trump education agenda

Education Associations will participate in Inugaration event in Washington DC, sponsored by the National Coalition for Technology Education and Training (NCTET). CUE representatives Ray Chavez, Mike Lawrence, and John Cradler will be in attendance as it provides an opportunity to meet with representatives and advocates for national associations, including ISTE, CoSN, NCTET, NEA, NSBA, CCSSO, and others. The objective is to discuss possible actions to take at the National, State, and local levels to sustain and possibly improve education and technology related programs, policies, and legislation over the next four years.

 

State Legislative Update:

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.

 

CUE supports this bill which is now being introduced. CETF is organizing opportunities for persons supporting this bill to provide testimony and support letters. CUE has already signed on to support this legislation and intends to meet with legislators to support the bill.

 

Collaboration with Education Associations: As discussed in the last update and in a prior OnCUE article, CUE took a leadership role in the establishment of a State-level Educational Technology Alliance. The fourth meeting held on February 1, 2017 will address the following topics:

 

  1. Continue to review and agree on policy statements submitted by members
  2. Continue planning for an informational hearing at the State Capitol for legislators
  3. Discuss the Governor’s proposed State Education Budget
  4. Address potential changes suggested by the Trump agenda.
  5. Other items to be determined.

 

It is anticipated that the Alliance members will help to support the net-neutrality resolution and legislation discussed as well as other initiatives supported by CUE.

 

California Launches a New Accountability System

In addition to increasing funding and fundamentally restructuring the distribution of funds to school districts, the LCFF substantially changed the system of school accountability. The new system shifted from a state‐controlled system focused on compliance to a locally controlled system emphasizing local accountability and improved student outcomes. In the new system, each school district, county office of education, and charter school develops and adopts a Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update. These plans identify local goals for all students in eight state priorities and describe planned actions, services and expenditures to achieve those goals.

 

The new school accountability system—using multiple measures of student success —provides a more complete picture of how schools are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population than a single test score. The initial phase of the new accountability tool recently adopted by the State Board of Education includes a concise set of state and local performance measures that address the state priorities under the Local Control Funding Formula. The new accountability tool promotes equity by highlighting any disparities among student groups, furthering the state’s commitment to the highest need students and closing achievement gaps.

 

An important part of the new accountability system is a web‐based tool developed by the California State Board of Education that will help identify strengths and areas in need of improvement. County offices of education, the state Department of Education and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence will provide technical assistance and intervention for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools identified as needing additional support. County offices of education will continue to play a critical role within California’s emerging system of support for schools, often serving as the best line of assistance within this new structure. The State Board will further refine the accountability tool and develop a new state plan for use of federal funds in the coming months. The State Board will also continue to renew and develop the system of continuous improvement that provides assistance for struggling districts and schools.

 

Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin to run for California Governor: Delaine Eastin recently announced that she is a candidate for Governor. Delaine was a strong advocate for the infusion of technology into teaching and learning. When State Superintendent, she convened a committee that developed an Educational Technology Master Plan known as Connect, Compute, and Compete (1996) which informed legislation and educational technology policy at that time. 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, and 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).

 

CUE Advocacy Strategy: The focus on advocacy is to influence implementation of existing programs to include collaboration with other education associations, to be proactive in the development of State legislation, provide policy advice 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 continue to 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.

 



January 11, 2017
EdSurge CEO to Interview LeVar Burton at Lead 3

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UPDATE: March 2017 - The conversation with LeVar Burton is now Thursday, April 20.

 

Betsy Corcoran, EdSurge CEO, will facilitate the conversation with LeVar Burton, actor, producer, author and entrepreneur set to take place at Lead 3 Symposium, April 20-22, 2017. The luncheon keynote will be held on Thursday, April 20 at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach in Southern California. EdSurge will also present a session entitled "Silicon Valley Secrets: What School Leaders Need To Know about Technology" following Thursday's interview.



Registration for the event is open, and space is still available within the hotel room block. This year's event marks the 10th symposium, which is jointly produced by ACSA, CUE and TICAL. Team and large group rates are available. Administrators-in-training and teacher leaders (ToSAs) are also welcome.

 

Betsy Corcoran

About Betsy Corcoran:

Elizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran is co-founder and CEO of EdSurge , an award-winning news and information source on education technology. EdSurge delivers weekly newsletters, runs a vibrant jobs board, and a series of powerful Summits that bring together educators and entrepreneurs who are decision makers. Ms. Corcoran is an award winning journalist. She spent 10 years with Forbes, where she served as Executive Editor for technology at Forbes Media. She’s also been a staff writer for the Washington Post, a member of the Board of Editors of Scientific American and a Fellow in the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University. She’s been a featured commentator on programs including Forbes on Fox, CNBC, and NBC's "Press Here.” She was named a “Rock Star” of education in 2013 and a Fellow of the Pahara Institute in 2016. Her sons attend public school in California.

 

LeVarAbout LeVar Burton:

LeVar Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his industry peers for three decades, and continues to enjoy longevity truly rare within the industry. His deftness in avoiding stereotype continues to be a hallmark of an incredibly diverse career. 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 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 5 NAACP awards, LeVar 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 LeVar is one of the most followed people in the world on Twitter, with over 1.7M followers.

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.

 



December 6, 2016
CUE Announces 2017 National Conference Spotlight Speakers: -- Darryl Adams, Nicole Dalesio, Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher, Karen Janowski, Brad Montague, Tom Murray, Mark Ray, and Toni Robinson --

CUE is excited to announce the Spotlight Speakers for its national conference to be held March 15-18, 2017 in Palm Springs. All conference speaker sessions, detailed descriptions and times as well as in-depth bios on presenters, will be listed in the Conference Online Program, available mid-January on the CUE website. Registration is currently open, and as the event has sold out for the last two years, do not delay.


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Dr. Darryl Adams, the world’s rock and roll superintendent, has spent almost 30 years as an educator and administrator with the goal of preparing students for college, career and citizenship. As former Superintendent for the Coachella Valley Unified School District, Dr. Adams led significant reform efforts, including “Measure X,” a 21st Century Mobile Learning initiative that placed an iPad in the hands of all 20,000 CVUSD students from preschool through high school. Dr. Adams has been named by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education as one of the Top 100 Superintendents in the Nation. President Obama praised Dr. Adams for his innovative work in ensuring that all students in his district have digital tools and broadband internet access. The President went on to laud Dr. Adams’ innovative and creative Wifi-on-Wheels program that provides Wifi to neighborhoods and trailer home parks with no connectivity through the use of Wifi routers on school buses that are then parked in these spaces.

Darryl’s Sessions:

  • Personalized Learning 4 All: Helping Them Find Their Passion in Life So They Never Have to Work A Day in Their Life!

  • Leave No Child Offline: Why Equity and Access to Digital Tools, Resources and the Internet are of importance to the Future of our Nation

  • What Does a 21st Century Administrator Look Like?

 

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Nicole is a ToSA and staff developer in Silicon Valley who has been teaching in K-12 for nearly 20 years. Passionate about creativity and technology integration, she has won many awards for her innovative teaching, photography, videos, and tutorials. Nicole has also been recognized as an Adobe Education Leader, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a Google Certified Teacher.

Nicole’s Sessions:

  • ToSA Connection

  • An Innovative Approach to Homework

  • Digital Storytelling and Creativity on the Go

 

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Hall Davidson supports global partnerships, teacher networks, and learning initiatives with technology in education. A renowned speaker in educational technology, he presents to audiences around the world.  These high-energy, impactful keynotes have built an impressive following as he tweets, blogs, writes articles and conducts webinars for leaders, educational publications, national associations, and teachers worldwide.

 

Davidson was an early adopting champion of educational technology, having co-authored TechWorks and co-founded one of the first OER’s. Thirty years ago he helped launch a curriculum-based media festival in his district and subsequently assumed the director's mantle of the California Student Media Festival, the nation’s oldest student media festival, where he still serves as judge and emcee. A member of the National Council of Teachers for Mathematics, he currently serves on the board for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), having previously served on the CUE board. After almost 30 years in STRS, he left to build the teacher community for Discovery Education. The DEN has now reached more than 2.6 million teachers worldwide through 70,000 teacher-led events. Click here for full bio


Hall’s Sessions:

  • Building a Media Festival: District, Building or Classroom. Whys and Wows

  • Leroy's Big Idea: Innovative Lesson Design Competition

  • Video Editing Workshop with Brad Montague and Hall Davidson (additional registration required)

 

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After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and after a quick stint as a Trainer, Fisher joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Fisher was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation. Fisher Technologies, Inc. is now an international company specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world. Click here for full bio

Leslie’s Sessions:

  • Tools You Can Use Tomorrow

  • The Web 2.0 You Might Not Know About

 

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Karen Janowski is an Assistive & Educational Technology Consultant, and Adjunct Professor at Simmons College in Boston, MA. She presents both locally and nationally about the importance of using ubiquitous technologies which remove the obstacles to learning for all students and is a passionate advocate of Universal Design for Learning. Janowski is an EdCampBoston and EdCampAccess organizer.

 

Karen is featured within CUE's Diverse Learners Symposium (DLS) event.

 

Karen’s Sessions

  • Innovative Technologies for Learners with Reading Differences

  • Innovative Technologies for Learning with Writing Challenges

  • Disorganized and Unprepared: Technology Tools to Support Executive Functions

 

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Brad Montague is an award-winning writer and director working to creatively communicate hope to children of all ages. He is creator of Kid President, which began its life online and has grown into a New York Times bestselling book, television series, and movement for good among families, children, and classrooms around the world. He is also the force behind both “Socktober” -- an annual social campaign designed to help connect communities to their local homeless shelters and GO! Camp -- a week-long experience for teenagers who want to change the world. He and his wife, Kristi, own and operate Montague Workshop, a creative space dedicated to developing projects that inspire and encourage.

 

Over the years, Brad has helped several non-profits tell their stories and better connect with people. With a special emphasis on finding ways kids and grown-ups can work together, creating real change in the world has been at the heart of every project. From campaigns and collaborations with organizations like Feeding America and the UN Foundation, to projects with youth ministries and local changemakers building a house for homeless families in Little Rock, AR --  it’s all a joyful rebellion.

 

Brad’s Sessions

  • Video Editing Workshop with Brad Montague and Hall Davidson (additional registration required)

  • STAY SPARKY

 

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Tom Murray serves as the state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body as well as the US Senate, the US Department of Education, state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement digital learning while helping to lead Future Ready, Project 24, and Digital Learning Day. Click here for full bio


Tom’s Sessions

  • What Does an Innovator in a School or District Look Like?

  • Creating Tomorrow’s Schools, Today: 8 Keys to Unlocking the Schools Kids Need

 

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Mark Ray is Director of Innovation and Library Services for Vancouver (WA) Public Schools and Future Ready Librarians Lead at the Alliance for Excellent Education. Named 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year and an NSBA "20 to Watch" in 2015, he has visioned, led and promoted 1:1 programs, professional development, digital learning and innovative library programs. Mark will be part of the Information Literacy Summit taking place on Friday, March 17.


Mark’s Sessions

  • So What’s Your Curation Strategy?

  • Compliance to Self-Reliance: Rebooting Digital Citizenship

  • Future Ready > “Digital” [Alt: Future Ready Is Greater Than "Digital"]

 

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Toni Robinson combines her experiences as an educator and a performing artist, inspiring audiences to make bold, balanced and meaningful changes in their professional practice. Toni was the co-host for Sunburst Visual Media’s critically acclaimed Excellence in Teaching series and worked as the host of the Professional Development Channel at Educational Management Group. Through her work as an educational consultant, she has created and conducted training programs in a wide-range of corporate, academic and nonprofit settings. Toni holds a BA in Spanish and an MA in Education from SUNY Albany and has completed extensive postgraduate work in Educational Technology at Arizona State University. In addition to her work in the United States, Toni has conducted workshops and training in Spain, South Africa, and Japan.


Toni’s Sessions:

  • Fostering Cycles of Access, Achievement and Advancement in the Digital Age

  • P3:  Unlocking Student Potential in the Classroom

  • Thinking and Learning in the Digital Era

 

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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 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.cue.org/national  | #cue17



 

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

UPDATE: March 2017 -
The conversation with LeVar Burton is now Thursday, April 20 and Candace Singh will provide the keynote on Friday, April 21 .

 

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 Thursday, April 20.


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Dr. Candace Singh will deliver her keynote on Friday, April 21. 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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