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April 30, 2017
Seeking 'Engaging' Leader for CUE's Director of Member Engagement



  • Deadline to apply: May 12
  • Required Application Materials: CV/Resumé, 2-3 letters of recommendation, 1-2 page writing sample on your favorite hashtag(s), and why.
  • Position: Full-Time, Exempt (not subject to overtime) 
  • Location: Remote, must be able to work from home
  • Interviews: May 17, 24 or 31
  • Projected start date: July 3
  • Compensation: Nonprofit Competitive, including benefits package 
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CUE is seeking a high-powered communicator with a passion for networking with innovative and inspiring educators to take our community to the next level. Successful candidates will be engaging personalities that believe that the smartest person in the room is the room!

You’d be joining the premier non-profit educational technology organization in the Western US to help better serve our community. We’ve experienced rapid growth in the last few years, and we seek to provide world-class service to those educators that call themselves “CUE members.”

About the Position

This newly-formed position, reporting to the CEO, brings together a mix communication, community and celebration of our unique educational community. The position would work remotely, supported by fellow members of the CUE team spread across the Western US and beyond. We are seeking a team-player with a great sense of humor and a passion for celebrating educational excellence.


The position would be the keeper of CUE's Story - leveraging our non-profit's powerful narrative to inspire the next generation of educators to innovate beyond the four walls of the classroom.

The position requires a self-starter used to motivating and inspiring others to achieve without depending on an in-office culture for success. The candidate must be comfortable managing volunteers, staff and consultants to complete tasks, exceed expectations and tell the story of our members across an array of media platforms.

About the CUE team

CUE, a small nonprofit association focused on inspiring innovative learners, was founded in 1978. We produce 100+ events per year, including The National CUE Conference in March, drawing 7,000+ attendees. We have over 10,000 members and have a thriving community supported by 20+ local affiliates and 7 topic and job-alike-based learning networks. Our advocacy team actively participates in legislative and policy discussions, encouraging a positive policy environment for educational technology and professional development. We strive to provide world-class professional learning through our conferences, symposia, workshops and events, both in-person and online. We enjoy having fun together - be warned, “Talk like a Pirate Day” is celebrated among CUE staff.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Direct both our traditional and ‘new media’ communications, including the OnCUE Journal, member newsletters, media kits, advertising, social media, blog and corporate messaging. This position would leverage consultants, volunteers and CUE staff to deliver on CUE’s vision of “a community inspiring innovative learners.”

  • Direct awards program, recognizing educational heroes from within and without the CUE Community.

  • Direct the Volunteer Leadership Coordinator in supporting CUE’s community of affiliates and learning networks through regular points of contact, culminating each year with the Leadership Development Institute, a free event to rally, encourage and equip our most active volunteers.

  • Direct our Press Relations team to manage relationships with education and media partners to expand on CUE’s messaging and earned media coverage.

  • Direct the preparation and production of all printed and digital CUE publications, including the OnCUE Journal, books, Annual Report and Conference Programs, as well as the potential development of a CUE “news service” that provides regular pedagogical and edtech insights to members.

  • Support CUE events through proactive messaging and telling CUE’s story.

  • Advise CUE leaders on strategy, vision and community building across all of CUE’s programs.



The team member will be required to travel to our Walnut Creek office and selected events throughout the year. We anticipate travel to be 25%.

Qualities of the Successful Candidate

The team member we pick must bring together a passionate energy for connecting people, a talented mastery of the written and spoken word, an infectious enthusiasm and an up-tempo work ethic to keep pace with our fast-moving team of edu-innovators. He or she should have 3-5 years experience in educational community engagement, publishing, marketing or related field.

He or she must have a solid understanding of community management, social media, recognition programs and educational technology. They should already have a large PLN, and understand how to nurture, encourage and galvanize a community around educational innovation.  


Competitive, director-level compensation will be provided with an increasing ladder of a monthly health and retirements benefits package. A generous vacation, holiday and sick time package offers time off to ensure a healthy work-life balance. We also host regular staff and volunteer retreats to provide a nourishing reinforcement of the cause-based work we do.

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, mobile phone, tablet 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.

Other Details

CUE is an equal-opportunity employer, compliant with all hiring practices and current law. We seek a diverse team, providing a representative voice for those we serve in the educational community.




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April 26, 2017
CUE Announces Results of 2017 Election

Walnut Creek, California, April 26, 2017 – CUE is proud to announce the results of its 2017-2018 Board of Directors’ election. Jason Borgen (Incumbent), Director of Learning & Innovation, Portola Valley School District; Myra Deister, Teacher, Fullerton Joint Union High School District; and Adina Sullivan, Educational Technology Coordinator, San Marcos Unified School District will join the six continuing members to make up the nine-member board. The new and re-elected directors will begin their three-year terms on July 1, 2017.

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The official candidates were announced at cue.org and interviewed on CUE’s YouTube Live channel in February. They were also introduced at the General Session Keynote at the CUE 2017 National Conference in Palm Springs on Friday, March 17, and available to speak with conference attendees on Friday and Saturday of the conference. Voting took place from midnight on March 18 through 5:00 p.m. PST on April 20, 2017.

To read the board members' statements or to watch their video interviews, access the CUE election page.  CUE thanks all five candidates for their willingness to serve.


CUE Board

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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.
| 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. | www.cue.org

April 19, 2017
CUE Member Discount to BLC in Boston!

Dear CUE,

This is a special invitation for CUE Educators to attend Building Learning Communities conference in Boston this July 26 – 28 in historic Boston.

Alan NovemberMy name is Alan November, and for the past 17 years I have hosted Building Learning Communities (BLC), an innovative, leading-edge education conference. Last year we had participants from 25 countries. This year, we already have registrations from the Ministry of Education in Singapore and the top teacher’s college in China as well as educators from across the U.S. While we have a world-class program we also have world-class participants. Each year we have many California educators who attend.

In partnership with CUE, I want to extend an invitation to attend BLC with a $150 discount. I think you will find BLC17 will challenge even the most tech savvy educator with innovative concepts that can lead to improved student achievement.

I have had several attendees tell me that BLC can provide an entire year’s activities for using technology to transform instruction in their schools. My team and I work hard all year to build a global program that provides the highest possible professional development experience. For example, this year, change management guru, Dr. Rob Evans, author of the Human Side of School Change, will lead us through a special presentation on how to manage innovation with our colleagues. We also have 9 year old Olivia with 20K Twitter followers who is an absolutely amazing force for connecting with authors and illustrators.

BLC17I invite you to browse through our program at www.novemberlearning.com/blc. You will see that we also have pre-conferences, July 23-25, including a special day on coding at the MIT Media Lab. When you register please use the code sent to you in the April CUE Up! newsletter take advantage of the discount.


Bonus: CUE will once again be facilitating CUETips throughout BLC17! Stop by and say hello....


I look forward to seeing you in Boston this July! 

Very Best, 

Alan November


April 7, 2017
Seeking Districts for SETDA Curriculum Review

As a SETDA Affiliate, CUE often gets requests for participation in their efforts. Below is one such effort for you to consider:

Dear Curriculum and Instructional Materials Leaders,


SETDA (www.setda.org) is currently supporting the coordination of research interviews (by a third party) designed to give insight into how schools and districts are planning to adopt new science and social studies core curriculum given states’ more robust learning standards and conscious shift to digital resources. SETDA is in search of district or school leaders that may be interested in participating in a short phone interview (30 minutes) to provide their perspective on curriculum review for core content. If your school/district plans to review core curriculum in the next year, please take the time to influence curriculum development by completing this Google Form and participating in an interview. 




The purpose is to find out how states/districts are making approved core content and purchasing decisions, what decisions they are making, and why, for social studies and science core curricula, especially given the disruptions caused by more robust learning standards and increased use of technology tools and resources in schools. We hope to use this data to examine national trends.



If you are knowledgeable of the evaluation process and any resulting decisions (administrators preferred) AND science and/or social studies core curriculum should be in the review process this year (2017- 2018), or will be evaluating next year 2018 -2019 (or both), complete this Google form.



Please be assured that this contact information will only be used for the purpose of this research project and the information will not be shared.



Please add the name of the contact, email address, district name and size, along with telephone number to this Google form by March 30, 2017. Please contact Melissa Greene, Director of Strategic Partnership at 202-715-6636 ext. 703 or atmgreene@setda.org if you have any questions.



Thank you, 


Mike Lawrence


March 31, 2017
CUE Director of Academic Innovation, Jon Corippo, Honored as EdTech Leader

Walnut Creek, CA., March 31, 2017 -- CUE announced today that Jon Corippo, CUE’s Director of Academic Innovation, was named a Leadership Award Finalist for 2017 by EdTech Digest. Corippo was one of five finalists for the Advocate Award for Leadership.


The EdTech awards “recognize people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere,” according to the publication’s website. “Featuring ed tech’s best and brightest, the annual recognition program shines a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders, and innovative trendsetters.”

Upon hearing the news, Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO commented, “CUE is thrilled that EdTech Digest recognizes the leadership Jon provides to the educational community, and we are glad to have him on the CUE team!”

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Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation, responsible for CUE's professional learning throughout California and Nevada. Jon keynotes, leads and designs Professional Learning experiences all over the country. Jon's core PL skills are focused on 1:1 deployment, Common Core, Project Based Learning, social media skills and Lesson Design. Jon is the creator of the CUE Rock Star Camp Series, The CUE Rock Star Admin Camp Series and directs both the CUE Super Symposium and JET Review Program.

Jon is a Google Certified Innovator (#GTAWA 2011), has been a Lead Learner for a Google Teacher Academy (#GTAMTV2), and is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, who facilitated sessions in Final Cut Pro for the 2013 Apple Institute in Austin, TX. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL-based high school in 2008 and which was named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE Teacher of the Year as well. Jon has served as an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Technology at the county level. Jon’s last district was selected as a Future Ready District, implementing 1:1 from 7th grade up, adding coding, 3d printing, PBL and Minecraft: Education Edition in all K-8 schools, among other notable innovative activities. He was also named one of the NSBA’s 20 to Watch in 2016.

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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


March 24, 2017
Remembering Seymour

Seymour Papert's CUE Conference Keynote Address (2000) from Gary Stager on Vimeo.

“We’re not Computer-Using Educators. Our goal is no longer to get computers out there. Everybody knows now that everybody needs computers. We won that battle twenty years ago, ten years ago, five years- wherever you want to take the cut off point. But it's won. What we are now about is changing mindsets about fundamental things. How do you think about learning? How do you think about kids? How do you think about school? How do you think about yourself and your relationship with your family and your kids?”

Seymour Papert, CUE National Conference, May, 2000 

What Seymour Meant to Us by cueinc on Scribd

Seymour Papert (Bob Kramer/SPA Magazine/Courtesy of the MIT Media Lab)

Seymour Papert’s CUE Conference Keynote Address (2000) from Gary Stager on Vimeo.

The quote above is from the transcript of that keynote. Thank you to Whitney Hoffman and Gary Stager for their efforts in preserving it.

March 14, 2017
CUE to Honor Education Heroes at 2017 National Conference

Palm Springs, California, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – CUE will honor 13 outstanding Ed Tech professionals during its National Conference in Palm Springs, March 15-18, 2017. These individuals are being recognized for infusing curriculum with technology, for leading through innovation, and for continually finding creative ways to help students succeed. Detailed award descriptions and history can be found at: www.cue.org/awards.


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

scott-30.jpgScott Smith | Teacher, Golden West High School, Visalia School District

(historical photo)



Stacey Campo | Technology Integration Specialist for Career Technical, Adult and Alternative Education

Katie Warren | Teacher Specialist, Glendale Unified District Office

Adina Sullivan | Educational Technology Coordinator, San Marcos Unified School District

Joe Wood | Instructional Technology & Assessment Director, Natomas Charter School


Sophia Thomas | Mathematics Teacher, Leadership Public Schools, Richmond


Marielle Venturino | Teacher, Blended Learning Specialist, Mar Vista Academy


Kevin Honey | Principal, Sequoia Middle School


Kevin Silberberg | Superintendent, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District


Shauna Hawes | Teacher, Valley View Middle School


Jessica Rosenworcel | Former Member, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)


Barbara Nemko | Superintendent, Napa County Office of Education

John Ittelson | Professor Emeritus, California State University, Monterey Bay

Those winners marked with an ‘*’ above have been submitted for consideration to the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) for similar awards. ISTE will announce its winners at its annual conference in San Antonio, TX, June 25 - 28, 2017. ISTE will also honor both of CUE’s Making IT Happen recipients at the event.

CUE thanks these educational heroes and their nominators for inspiring us with their innovations, their creativity and their integration of technology into curriculum and the educational process.

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About CUE

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

March 14, 2017
CUE Teams with CDW-G to Offer Professional Learning

Palm Springs, Calif., Wednesday, March 15, 2017 -- Select CUE Professional Learning offerings are now available through a new partnership with CDW-G, providing a synergistic approach for when educators or districts move to 1:1 instructional models. CDW-G is a leading provider of technology solutions to education, government and healthcare.


Now available from CDW-G are two distinct professional development offerings:

  • CUE Launch is a hands-on, gamified and modern approach to professional development (PD). CUE Launch is built to help prepare key educators to pass the Google Educator Level 1 Exam. Working in cohorts of 25, educators will have two days of training that focus on the very best ways to use Google’s Education Suite and on changing the way they teach. All CUE Launch events are led by Google for Education Certified Trainers who are also full-time educators. A Microsoft-specific version of CUE Launch is currently under development.


  • CUE Rock Star Black Label Camp is beneficial for training hundreds of educators in a single district for maximum impact. Participants may include teachers, librarians, administrators, and district staff or mixed groups. Customizable by grade level, core subject or mindset (PBL, STEAM, Makerspace), the Black Label allows for greater use of PD dollars by bringing the Rock Star camps to the school or district. CUE Rock Star Black Label events are focused on developing skills for teachers in a high-energy, hands-on environment that gives them tech-infused working models to implement immediately.


David Hutchins, CDW-G’s vice president of education, commented on the partnership. “We work with our K-12 customers to identify the best technology solutions to meet their needs, ensuring schools and districts have resources that will make a difference in the classroom. We are excited to announce our professional learning partnership with CUE. Together we will help educators get the professional development they need to best serve their students by finding unique and engaging ways to use technology in the classroom.”


For more information regarding CUE’s professional learning solutions, visit www.cue.org/cdwg.



March 10, 2017
CUE Stands with Students by Vigorously Opposing HR 610

Walnut Creek, CA - March 9, 2017 |  Also known as the “Choices in Education” Act, HR 610 reflects Secretary DeVos’s agenda, ignoring evidence as to what actually works in public education while promoting privatization of education. HR 610 limits federal education spending only to states who agree to comply with private school voucher programs. Studies have shown that voucher programs do not improve education opportunities for the vast majority of America’s students. 


This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states. The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA's geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.


Repealing ESEA eliminates the following programs:

  • Title I—Financial Assistance to Local Educational Agencies For The Education Of Children Of Low-Income Families
  • Title II—School Library Resources, Textbooks, and other Instructional Materials including digital resources
  • Title III—Supplementary Educational Centers and Services
  • Title IV—Educational Research and Training
  • Title V—Grants To Strengthen State Departments Of Education
  • Title VI—Other General Provisions


How is this relevant to Educational Technology?

Applications of the Title I component of ESEA money have been diverse. Recent uses include wide-scale purchasing mobile Internet-enabled devices as electronic textbooks for students in 1:1 initiatives. Along with this, students from low-income families often do not have adequate Internet access from home. Title I funds are used to provide Internet access for students to receive remediation or other instructional content from home. The purpose of 24/7 internet access from home is to close the gap between higher income families where remediation resources are generally more available through parents and additional services and low-income students where such resources are scarce. Educational Technology advocates have long cited 24/7 Internet access as a boon to the education and advancement of at-risk children.


CUE is calling upon its members and those within the broader Educational Technology community to join us in opposition to this bill and stand in support of all students in the United States of America. 

Legislative Advocacy

March 3, 2017
The Best in Ed Tech & Innovation Featured at CUE 2017

- Collaboration, Best Practices Highlighted in Palm Springs at National Conference  - 


Walnut Creek, CA – March 6, 2017 – Innovation takes center stage as the CUE 2017 National Conference comes to the Palm Springs Convention Center from March 15 – 18, and over 7,000 teachers and administrators will be there to experience first-hand what they affectionately refer to as the professional learning event of the year.


“The CUE National Conference has become a cornerstone in the professional learning cycle of many of our attendees,” said Mike Lawrence, CEO of CUE. “We’re thrilled to continue the tradition this year by lining up inspiring keynotes, relevant content and exhibiting companies, and organizations that showcase the advances in education technology happening right now, with students and teachers across the nation."

This year’s lineup of dynamic Keynote Presenters includes: Taylor Mali, poet, former teacher and author of What Teachers Make; Dr. Jo Boaler, Mathematics Education professor at Stanford University and co-founder of youcubed; George Couros, educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning and author of The Innovator’s Mindset; and Cathy Hunt, an advocate for the creative integration of technology in education probably best known for her work on iPadArtRoom. Keynote presentations will be live streamed at www.cue.org/live. The Welcome Keynote from Taylor Mali on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00pm is free and open to the public.

Even among the 300+ educator-led sessions and special events happening within the Conference Program, there are crowd pleasers that have become instant classics, such as LeRoy’s Big Idea Contest. The contest returns this year for its second running.  Presenting before a panel of edu-rock stars at the CUE National Conference, each of the six finalists will present an even bigger version of their “Big Idea” that first nabbed them a spot in the finale.  By a combined vote of the edu-rock star panel and the audience, one educator will be named the next "LeRoy Finkel Fellow” and receive a $2,500 fellowship to help bring their big idea to and the event is free and open to the public.

In the spirit of learn by doing, learn by building, the CUE STEAMpunk Playground comes to the CUE National Conference and brings together top STEAM teachers who will lead on-going, hands-on sessions featuring tools like: robots and flying drones, Minecraft, 3d printing coding and programming, as well as giving away "quick start" lesson plans that work at grade levels from Kindergarten through college.

The CUE Student-Powered Showcase brings the spotlight to students and is one of the most anticipated events at the National Conference. The student technology-integrated curriculum projects – and the students that power them – present their projects live on Saturday morning and the event is free and open to the public. The full listing of the 2017 CUE National Conference schedule can be found in the CUE Online Program.



Beth Cherry

Press Relations



Mike Lawrence

                                                                                             CEO, CUE