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

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

 

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

Burt Lo

Director II, Digital Curriculum

Stanislaus County Office of Education

Vivian Goldschmidt

Project Specialist

Orange County Department of Education

 

 

GOLD DISK

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

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

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

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

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

Sharon Sutton | Consultant, 21st Century Learning

 

TILL – TECHNOLOGY IN LEARNING LEADERSHIP*

Gay Krause | Executive Director, Krause Center for Innovation  

 

LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR/LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS*

Sunne McPeak | President and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund

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

 

OUTSTANDING EMERGING TEACHER*

Andrea Kamradt | Teacher, San Andreas High School, SBCUSD

 

OUTSTANDING TEACHER*

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

 

SITE LEADER OF THE YEAR

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

ISTE’S MAKING IT HAPPEN  

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

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

 

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

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

 

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About CUE

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



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

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


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

 

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


 

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

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About CUE

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



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

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

 

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

 

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


 

 

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

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About CUE

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



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

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

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

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

 

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

 

All conference speaker sessions, detailed descriptions and times as well as in-depth bios on presenters can be found on the CUE Guide at 2016.cue.org.

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About CUE

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

 

About the CUE National Conference
The CUE National Conference is the largest and oldest education technology conference in California and among the largest in the United States with nearly 7,000 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit www.cue2016.org.



March 7, 2016
CUE Director of Academic Innovation, Jon Corippo, Named as One of NSBA’s “20 to Watch” Educators

Walnut Creek, CA., March 7, 2016 -- CUE announced today that Jon Corippo, CUE’s Director of Academic Innovation, is among the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) “20 to Watch” educators for the 2015-2016 school year. Corippo joins an elite group of 180 educators previously named to this top 20 list. Corippo and his fellow finalists will be honored during the CoSN Conference in Washington, DC on Monday, April 4 at a series of activities.

 

In 2009, while still in the classroom, Jon approached CUE with an idea for a new type of hands-on, participant-driven professional development. He called it "Teach Like a Rock Star Summer Camp." This idea eventually became the popular CUE Rock Star Teacher camps, which now impact more than 1,100 teachers -- and, in turn, impact more than 30,000 students -- per year across the United States.

 

“Jon is a passionate educator driven to inspire innovative learning in all students. As his nominator, I was thrilled that NSBA selected him, and I know that more amazing things will follow,” said CUE CEO Mike Lawrence, a former recipient of the recognition in 2011.

 

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The “20 to Watch” program honors educators who are passionate, capable, curious, and always thinking about the next technology innovation for education. The educators identified in the 2015-2016 search range from classroom teachers and technology directors to superintendents and association leaders from across the country. Submissions were reviewed by a national panel of educators comprised of previous “20 to Watch” recipients.

 

Jon Corippo shared, “It’s been an amazing first year at CUE, extending our Professional Learning to Admins and TOSAs at our new Rock Star Admin and TOSA Camps, developing the CUE STEAMpunk Mobile Tech Labs and Playgrounds, rolling out our new Rock Star Teacher Specialty Camps in STEAM and Math areas, and tripling the number of teachers we serve in less than 12 months. It’s truly a team effort, and this honor is a direct reflection of the hard work and ingenuity of the entire CUE team.”

 

The “20 to Watch” program was launched in 2006 during the 20th anniversary celebration of NSBA’s Technology and Learning Conference as a way to identify emerging leaders who have the potential to impact and shape the world of education technology for the next 20 years.

 

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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

 

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About NSBA

Working with and through our state associations, NSBA advocates for equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. We believe education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. | www.nsba.org



March 2, 2016
FCC Commissioner to Speak at CUE 2016 National Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., March 2, 2016 - CUE announced today that FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will address attendees at the 2016 National Conference, March 17-19, 2016 in Palm Springs, California.  She will give a special presentation titled “Closing the Homework Gap” on Thursday, March 17 from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. in Oasis 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. 

 

Commissioner Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by President Obama, and on May 7, 2012 she was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. This experience has shaped her belief that in the 21st century, strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

As Ms. Rosenworcel is a national leader and authority on the power of broadband and technology to modernize education and expand opportunity, she will address how to tackle the “Homework Gap,” a situation which leaves students without sufficient broadband access at risk of being left behind in the digital age.

 

“We are honored to have Commissioner Rosenworcel speak to our attendees on such an timely issue,” said CUE CEO Mike Lawrence. He added, “For all that this conference represents -- innovative teaching solutions, advancements in technology resources, cultivating student success through new and exciting platforms -- all of that is rendered moot if students are without basic Internet access at home.”

Nearly 7,000 educators and administrators are expected to attend the CUE 2016 National Conference. Of particular note will be the presence of the state’s top education chief, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who will attend the conference on Thursday and Friday to welcome attendees Friday morning.

 

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

 

All conference speaker sessions, detailed descriptions and times as well as in-depth bios on presenters can be found on the CUE Guide at 2016.cue.org.

 

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About CUE

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



February 25, 2016
CUE Speakers Will Be Part of SXSWedu® Lineup at Annual Conference & Festival

Walnut Creek, CA., February 25, 2016 -- CUE is honored to announce its partnership with the SXSWedu® Conference & Festival taking place in Austin, Texas, March 7-10, 2016. This year, CUE will offer two exciting sessions during the four-day event.

 

Jon Corippo, CUE Director of Academic Innovation, and Jo-Ann Fox, co-creator of #CAEDCHAT, will host the CUE Lesson Maker’s Faire Meet Up, scheduled for Monday, March 7, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The team will share several GREAT lesson plan ideas both live and on the web, with time built into the session to meet with other educators and share ideas. Educators should bring their own innovative lessons and get some awesome new lesson plans too. In addition, Mike Lawrence, CUE CEO, will present an extension of his TEDx talk “Reclaim the Teachers' Lounge” as a Future15 session on Tuesday, March 8, in the Austin Convention Center, Room 15.

 

The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds in education. The four-day event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, film screenings, early stage startups and a host of networking opportunities. By providing a platform for collaboration, SXSWedu® works to promote creativity and social change.

 

For more information, check out the schedule of events at www.schedule.sxswedu.com.

 

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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 SXSWedu®

SXSWedu is a component of the South by Southwest® family of conferences and festivals that includes SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive; SXSW Eco® and SXSW V2V®. Internationally recognized as the convergence gathering for the creative arts, SXSWedu® extends SXSW’s support for the art of engagement beyond musicians, filmmakers and new media innovators to include society’s true rock stars: educators. | www.sxswedu.com

February 22, 2016
CUE Announces Candidates for 2016 Board of Directors Election

Walnut Creek, CA – Feb. 22, 2016 – CUE is pleased to announce the candidates for the 2016 CUE Board of Directors election. Three seats are open with five eligible candidates. Every current CUE member as of March 18 may vote for up to three candidates. Voting will begin at 12:01am on March 19, 2016 and end on April 21, 2016 at 5:01 pm. Candidates will be introduced at the General Session Keynote at the organization’s National Conference in Palm Springs on March 18. Candidates will be available to speak with registered conference attendees on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 of the conference in the HUB@CUE, before the raffle.

 

The candidates for the 2016 election are as follows:

 

Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison

Affiliate Nominated:

Capitol CUE (CapCUE)

Director of Technology

Washington Unified

School District

Sacramento, CA

 

 

Elana Leoni

  Elana Leoni

  Affiliate Nominated:

  North Bay CUE (NBCUE)

  Director, Social Media     

  Strategy and Marketing

  Edutopia

  San Rafael, CA



 

 

 

Bernadette Lucas

Bernadette Lucas

Affiliate Nominated:

CUE Los Angeles (CUELA)

Director of Technology

Beverly Hills Unified

School District

Beverly Hills, CA

 

Diane Main

Diane Main

Affiliate Nominated:

Silicon Valley CUE (SVCUE)

Director of Learning,

Innovation and Design

The Harker School

Campbell, CA



 

 

 

Andrew Schwab

Andrew Schwab

Incumbent

Chief Technology Officer

Union School District

San Jose, CA



 

 

 

 

 

Interviews with all candidates will be held via an on-air videocast on Feb. 22 and archived for later viewing. Candidate statements will be available at www.cue.org/election, and ballots will be emailed to all current CUE members during the CUE 2016 National Conference. Results will be posted on twitter (@cueinc) in early May. Directors begin their three-year term on July 1.


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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



February 16, 2016
CUE 2016 National Conference Features Three New and Exciting Areas for Attendee Engagement

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-- STEAMpunk and Minecraft Playgrounds to Debut, Unconference Returns --

 

Walnut Creek, CA., February 16, 2016 -- CUE’s National Conference, taking place March 17-19, 2016 in Palm Springs, California, always offers the latest in educational best practices in the use of technology resources and support. The event features more than 200 vendors and some of the most sought after speakers in educational technology. This year, the conference will include new areas to inspire and engage both educators and their students and will mark the second year of the CUE UnConference.

 

CUE will offer a STEAMpunk Playground where educators can attend hands-on sessions featuring tools like robots and flying drones, Minecraft, 3D printing, coding and programming as well as give-away, “quick start” lesson plans that work for all grade levels from Kindergarten through college. Many sessions will be available with top STEAM teachers to share these exciting lessons. The STEAMpunk Playground takes place all days of the conference in Mesquite GH, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

 

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This year also will mark the debut of the CUE Minecraft Playground so that educators can learn not only how to play and create in Minecraft, but also how to incorporate gaming in their classrooms. The CUE Minecraft Playground will be open Thursday and Friday, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Grand Rooms at the Hyatt Hotel.

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For those attendees who find value in meeting, talking, and sharing with other attendees in a more informal fashion, CUE brought back its popular “Unconference” where educators can unplug from the main CUE conference and meet with others who share their passions. CUE will be providing amazing educators as hosts to handle session-building activities, and there will be room for more than 200 folks to meet in small, self-directed groups all three days. CUE Uncon is located in Mesquite D of the Palm Springs Convention Center, and on Wednesday night, UnCon will open from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. with no badges required for that hour.

 

For Conference registration information or to find out more about these new features, visit 2016.cue.org.

 

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About CUE

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



February 15, 2016
Significant Potential State and Federal Funding Available for Technology

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

Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislative Policy Consultant

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CUE Leaders at White House for National Ed Tech Plan & Future Ready 2.0 Launch

The signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by President Obama, on December 10, 2015, represents a significant shift in education policy. Following years of an enhanced federal role under NCLB, the current reauthorization gives State Education Agencies and school districts much broader autonomy in shaping education policy, particularly on issues related to funding, access, data, and accountability.


A recent report from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) summarized the new Federal education budget signed by the President as being a huge win for ISTE. The analysis by ISTE states that the new ESSA federal budget includes over $1 billion potentially available for educational technology.  ISTE CEO Brian Lewis stated:


“ISTE entered into the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization process with a critical objective: the new ESEA must contain a meaningful and fundable K-12 education technology program to complement E-Rate-funded classroom connectivity. The final version of the budget, now called the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) rewrites and revamps ESEA more than meets this goal. Within ESSA, educational technology occupies a large and prominent space in the $1.65 billion Title IV flexible block grant, thereby allowing school districts to gain access to a large new funding resource that they can use for technology, digital content, and related professional development.”


The ESSA bill provides a great deal of flexibility on how states and districts spend their Federal education dollars by eliminating or consolidating 50 different individual, issue-focused categorical programs and establishing large block grants to States.  Review of the details of the ESSA has determined that about $1 billion of these flexible block grant funds to States may potentially be used for educationally purposed technology. With this approach, there will be no specific educational technology grant programs like the earlier Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grants.


Each State will receive a Title I formula-based allocation, to be reallocated by the Title I formula to school districts. Each district receiving the formula allocation above $30,000 must spend 20 percent of its block grant on safe and healthy school programs to include counseling, drug-free schools, civics, STEM, AP/IB and other programs defined in in the ESSA. Based on local decision-making, the remaining 60% may be spent on technology, blending learning and professional development.


Instead of applying for funds already targeted for educational technology through a competitive grant process, persons interested in funding technology will need to convince local schools and districts to allocate a portion of the new ESSA Block Grant to support educational technology. This means that it is critical that educators who desire funding for technology, actively participate in local committees responsible for preparing plans and budgets for ESSA in collaboration with other educators who will probably have their own priorities for this new approach to funding. For additional information about ESSA: http://www.ed.gov/ESSA   


Block Grants trended at both the National Level and in California: The National trend to Block Grant funding to States is reflected in the California Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Block Grants of State Funding to school districts. As discussed in prior OnCUE articles, the allocation of LCFF funds would be generally defined in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which would address funding for all school and district use of LCFF funds. As with the Federal ESSA funding educators must become proactively involved in the local planning committees to ensure that needed educational technology resources are incorporated into the LCAP.  For additional information about LCFF and LCAP go to: http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/lcfffaq.asp


Educator Effectiveness Block Grants:  As described in the August CUE Board Legislative Update the State allocated  $490 million to support professional development based on a formula allocating approximately $1,400 per teacher to each district that intended to generally support implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with a specific focus on: 1) beginning teacher and administrator support, 2) professional development, coaching and support for teachers needing improvement, 3) professional development focused on state adopted content standards, 4) coaching and mentoring certificated staff, and 5) documentation of promising and effective programs, practices, and products.

As with the LCFF, planning for the integration of technology at the school and district level with local planning committees is necessary to ensure that professional development related to instructional uses of technology are considered in developing school and district Educator Effectiveness Block Grant Plans.


California Educator Excellence Summit: On January 20th 2016, The CDE convened a Summit to highlight “promising practices of professional learning systems” at the Sacramento Convention Center. CUE was well represented by Mike Lawrence, Jon Corippo, and myself.  Tom Torlakson stated that the Summit was intended for Summit participants to. . . .


”…learn more about research-supported ways to build and improve local professional learning

systems as our agencies plan how to spend their share of the $490 million in Educator Effectiveness funds included in the 2015-16 State Budget.”


It is unfortunate that CUE as well as at least three others entities involved in educational technology were not selected by CDE to present at the Summit. I was not aware of any focus on technology during any of the sessions and it was not mentioned by any of the keynote speakers. It seems that this would have been a good opportunity for the CDE to refer to the Educational Technology Blueprint that many of us worked on as it suggested many ways that technology could support Common Core State Standards and the related computer adaptive assessment system. Perhaps an Educational Technology Summit is needed that would target ways that technology can support both the content and delivery of professional learning. For additional information about Educator Effectiveness go to: http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr12/yr12rel9.asp


Implications of Block Granting for Educational Technology: An advantage of the block grant approach is that significant funding is potentially available to schools and districts with the administrative leadership and community support for carefully planning and integrating technology into the instructional programs. Most districts will need to provide for staff with qualifications to plan, select, implement, and maintain hardware, establish needed connectivity, and procure standards-aligned content and related professional development needed to realize the benefits of technology. This increases the need for CUE and other related organizations such as CEDPA, ISTE, CoSN, and others to be proactive in informing educators at the local level about these needs and potentially contract for services using district LCFF and Educator Effectiveness Grant funding. The need for local support was also increased with the elimination CTAP, CLRN along with reduced funding to County Offices of Education and the CDE to support educational technology planning and implementation.

 

Governor’s Proposed Budget for 2016-17: The Governor's Budget proposal was presented to the Legislature on January 7, 2016. On January 11, 2016. The budget included significant increases in revenues and school funding. For education, the budget augments the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) by $2.8 billion, shifts $1.7 billion from existing preschool programs into a new preschool block grant, providing $1.2 billion for K-14 discretionary one-time purposes. This would increase funding levels by nearly $3,600 per student in 2016‑17. The proposed budget would also augment UC and CSU by a combined $250 million and designates $200 million for new community college workforce programs. Many more details will emerge as the Legislature begins to introduce new legislation during the next few months. The proposed budget will be revised after much review and discussion by the Legislature with a new version to be published in May 2016. There will be legislation introduced that will affect many details in the budget. The final State budget will be completed sometime in July of 2016.

 

Note: the photo above was taken on December 10, 2015, the date of the launch of the National Ed Tech Plan and Future Ready 2.0. It features Acting Secretary of Education (then 'Designee') John B. King and CUE CEO Mike Lawrence and COO/CFO Marisol Valles.  It took place roughly 3 hours after President Obama signed ESSA on the same stage. 

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