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December 8, 2015
Leading Edge Certification Brings On California Gold Rush!


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San Diego County Office of Education Wins Golden Bell Award for LEC’s Online & Blended Teacher Certification

WALNUT CREEK, CA (December 8, 2015) – Leading Edge Certification (LEC) - a national provider of certification programs in education technology – announced today that the California School Boards Association has recognized LEC’s Online and Blended Teacher Certification in its 2015 annual Golden Bell Awards. San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), a Core Alliance Member of Leading Edge Certification, has won a Golden Bell Award for its implementation of LEC’s Online and Blended Teacher Certification. The Golden Bell Awards, now in its 36th year, are given out annually and recognize best practices in education throughout the state of California.

San Diego County Office of Education won the Golden Bell Award for its work with the LEC program in the category of Professional Development and Teacher Recruitment/Retention. “We are thrilled that the San Diego County Office of Education, through their work with the Online and Blended Teacher Certification, is being recognized by the California School Boards Association with the prestigious Golden Bell Award,” said Mike Lawrence, Founder of Leading Edge Certification.

Dennis Danielson, Director of Educational Technology for SDCOE, accepted the Golden Bell Award during the awards luncheon at CSBA’s Annual Conference in San Diego on December 5th. An important component of Danielson’s work with SDCOE includes the use of LEC’s Online and Blended Teacher Certification to build capacity to help schools with their successful implementation of online and blended learning so that it serves the educational mission at the highest levels. "LEC is open to and benefits a wide range of educators, and we’re seeing that it meets the needs of individual educators and school districts alike," Danielson said. SDCOE's cohorts have included teachers from kindergarten through college, and since joining the LEC Alliance over four years ago, SDCOE has offered over 40 Leading Edge Certification cohorts and certified over 700 teachers and administrators.

The 2015 Golden Bell Award for SDCOE marks the second time in the past six months that the agency has won an award for its work with Leading Edge Certification. In May, the program received the Classroom of the Future Foundation's Innovation in Education Impact Award for 2015 for its implementation of Leading Edge Certification for the Online and Blended Teacher.

To find out more about Leading Edge Certification, its current certifications and offerings, or to inquire about starting a certification cohort, visit www.leadingedgecertification.org.

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About Leading Edge Certification

Leading Edge Certification (LEC) is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. Created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies, LEC is the first national certification program of its kind, and is platform and vendor neutral. LEC for the Online and Blended Teacher, LEC for the Administrator, LEC for the Digital Educator and LEC for the Professional Learning Leader are currently available. Visit www.leadingedgecertification.org to find out more.

 

Media Contact:

Beth Cherry, B. Cherry Communications

301-500-9189 or beth@bcherrycommunications.com

 


December 3, 2015
CUE Steps Up Support for 2015 Keeping Pace with K12 Digital Learning Report

 

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CUE leaders provide input to shape the definitive Blended and Online Learning Report 

 

As blended and online learning models continue to make an impact on classrooms across the nation, educators are seeking strategies, resources and tools to effectively teach and learn online. Recognizing the need to keep educators informed on trends and advancements in this area, CUE  joined several other organizations to sponsor the 2015 Keeping Pace with K12 Digital Learning report. Researcher and author John Watson will present this year’s findings at the eLearning Strategies Symposium this Friday in Costa Mesa, CA.

 

 

WHO              K-12 blended and online educators, administrators, policymakers, and advocates

 

WHAT            John Watson of Evergreen Education Group will present the findings from the

2015 Keeping Pace with K12 Digital Learning Report. CUE sponsored the report this year and facilitated input from eLearning Network co-chairs Rob Darrow and Chris Bell, eSS Director Brian Bridges and CUE CEO Mike Lawrence  

 

WHEN           December 3-5, 2015 at the eLearning Strategies Symposium

 

WHERE         Costa Mesa Hilton

3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

 

WHY              Educators can learn about and share best practices in an effort to ensure

student success by using the most effective blended and online learning techniques, strategies and resources. More than 300 attendees will attend from across California and beyond.  More info at www.elearns.org

 

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November 30, 2015
CUE Announces Brad Montague and Pearl Arredondo as Keynote Speakers

 

Kid President creator to open conference, and National Board Certified educator to close

 

Walnut Creek, Calif., November 30, 2015 -- CUE is thrilled to announce that Brad Montague and Pearl Arredondo will be Keynote speakers for the CUE 2016 National Conference, March 17-19, in Palm Springs, California. Brad Montague, co-creator of the popular web series Kid President, will be the Kickoff Keynote on Thursday, March 17 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Pearl Arredondo, teacher, principal and creator of the San Fernando Institute for Applied Media (SFiAM),

will provide the Closing Keynote on Saturday, March 19 from 2:45 to 3:45 pm.

 

Brad Headshot.jpgBrad Montague, along with Robby Novak, are co-creators of Kid President, the popular web series featured on Rainn Wilson's SoulPancake YouTube channel. Together, the two have created a movement of joy and fun seen by tens of millions. Kid President is a Webby Award-winning show that has gone on to be a television show Declaration of Awesome on the Hub Network. Brad’s Guide to Being Awesome is a HarperCollins Children’s book that was published in February 2015 and was on the New York Times Bestseller List. With a passion for helping foster creativity and compassion in young people, Brad is also the director of GO! Camp, an experience for teenagers who want to change the world, and co-founder of Love In Stereo, a collective of artists striving to create work that matters. 

 

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Pearl Arredondo is a National Board Certified Teacher of sixth-grade English and History. In 2010, she was part of a teacher-led team that founded San Fernando Institute for Applied Media (SFiAM), the first pilot middle school established in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She taught for 10 years before becoming the instructional specialist and now principal of SFiAM. Pearl is passionate about increasing student access to technology and closing the digital divide. She is featured in People Magazine’s My American Dream: Great Success Against All Odds campaign sponsored by Milk Life. She was also featured on TED Talks Education and is a frequent speaker and panelist related to those key issues. As a Teach Plus Policy Fellow, she met with President Obama’s senior advisors to discuss teacher tenure and elevating the teaching profession. As part of Educators for Excellence, she helped write a series of recommendations entitled Reimagining Tenure: Protecting Our Students and Our Profession. In 2014, she received the “Inspirational Teacher Award” from United Way of Greater Los Angeles, was named California Woman of the Year from California Assembly District 39, and was honored at the Ford Theatre’s Annual Gala for being an inspirational teacher. Pearl is a tireless advocate for public education and technology-based curriculum.  She is also a role model for young Latinas seeking to make a difference in their communities. Her goal is to make SFiAM a model of educational reform by preparing all students to be effective communicators in the 21st century.

 

* Be sure to check out our annoucement that Hadi Partovi, co-founder and president of Code.org®, is a Keynote Speaker for the CUE 2016 National Conference.

 

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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 more than 6,000 teachers and administrators attending annually. To register or for more information, visit www.cue.org/national  | #cue16Copy of Logo 2016.jpg

November 23, 2015
CUE Expands to Include 14 Northern California Counties

 

-- North State CUE Established, North Bay CUE Now Serving Solano County --

 

Walnut Creek, Calif., November 23, 2015 -- At the most recent CUE Board of Directors meeting, the board approved the creation of North State CUE, a new affiliate of the non-profit educator association that will serve its members within Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Plumas, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity Counties. The board also approved an expansion of North Bay CUE to serve Solano County in addition to Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.

 

CUE Affiliates produce local events, provide resources for educators, and, in many cases, offer scholarships and grants to teachers and schools. They serve as the local point of contact for all members within their service region. CUE has twenty-one affiliates covering California and Nevada.  

 

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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



November 19, 2015
CUE to Honor Innovative Educators with LeRoy’s Big Idea Contest at National Conference

--One Winner Will Be Named new Finkel Fellow and Awarded $2,500--

 

Walnut Creek, Calif., November 19, 2015 -- CUE announced today that it has created a new approach to the LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Awards program, which honors the life and work of an early CUE pioneer and irascible source of inspiration for the organization. LeRoy's Big Idea - Lesson Design Master Class will follow the General Session & Keynote on Friday, March 18 and will feature six participants vying for the chance to become the new Finkel Fellow by sharing innovative and creative approaches to education with a panel of judges and the audience.


Why this approach? According to Jon Corippo, CUE’s Director of Academic Innovation, this type of forum for sharing ideas is something LeRoy would have enjoyed. “All the stories I hear, LeRoy was passionate about sharing helpful information. In his CUE newsletter column, ‘FYI,’ he would always include ideas he thought people didn’t know. The fact that innovative educators are competing and sharing techniques in his name honors his legacy.” 


LeRoy’s Big Idea functions in two parts. The first is an open call to all CUE members, who simply need to submit a one-minute, high energy, creative video demonstrating how they could use $500 to spend in their classrooms. This must be a BIG idea and one that could translate to even greater possibilities with additional funding. Six educators will be chosen based on these videos, and each will win $500 as well as a complimentary registration to the CUE 2016 National Conference.

 

The second part of the contest involves the six finalists competing on stage at the CUE conference for $2,500 to fund their big idea and to be named the newest LeRoy Finkel Fellow. A panel of judges and the audience will determine the winner, and he/she will celebrate this achievement by attending the ISTE conference in Denver, courtesy of CUE.

 

Instructions and information on submitting the videos and other Big Idea contest rules can be found on the CUE website at cue.org/leroyfinkel.

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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

 

About LeRoy Finkel
In 1978, LeRoy Finkel joined a group of dedicated educators to create CUE, now nationally recognized for its leadership in the promoting technology integration across the curriculum. LeRoy recognized that technology would become a major factor in the educational process. He maintained an informed perspective and appreciation of the long view that he always eagerly and generously shared as coach and mentor in his books and articles where he praised good products, sniped at bad ones, and scrutinized every aspect of educational computing constantly reminding us to stay focused on the kids and the classroom, on teaching and learning, and on never being satisfied with anything but meeting the highest standards of excellence.



November 16, 2015
CUE Announces STEAMpunk Mobile Labs

 

Walnut Creek, Calif. November 16, 2015 -- CUE is excited to announce that during this school year teachers and administrators can sign up for a STEAMpunk Mobile Lab, which conCUESteamPunkLogo.jpgsists of a set of classroom-ready robot drones that will be delivered to their school to help jump start STEAM activities in the classroom. Jon Corippo, CUE Director of Academic Innovation explained: “We realize that Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math -- also known as STEAM -- is very interesting to many teachers, but what holds them back from getting started is the investment the hardware and supplies require.” CUE decided to help schools tackle this issue by developing the CUE STEAMpunk Program. CUE will ship a set of devices to an educator or school site for a three-week interval. “Four or five drones is enough to get some stations going and to let the kids and the educators see what the device will really do in a full-class session,” Corippo said. “The goal is to get tools in the hands of educators and administrators so they can test drive them and feel confident if they decide to purchase them down the road.”

 

The initial CUE STEAMpunk Mobile Lab features the easy-to-use and versatile Sphero robotic ball (generously donated by Sphero) and features a “Quick start guide” and fun custom startup lessons authored by Dr. Sam Patterson (@sampatue). The CUE STEAMpunk Program currently has two Mobile Labs (with five Spheros each), which can be reserved by filling out a request at CUE.org/steampunk. There are three requirements for reserving one of the Mobile Labs from the STEAMpunk Program. First, materials/devices must be kept in good condition. Second, they must be returned promptly. Third, the lessons must be documented in some way -- e.g., educators can send in pictures of the tools in action with students, can blog about the lesson, or they can provide details on Facebook or other social media sites. Complete instructions on documenting lessons are listed at CUE.org/steampunk. The Sphero kits already have a waiting list, so educators should “CUE up” right away.

 

The CUE STEAMpunk experts: Brian Briggs (@bribriggs), Vicki Sedgwick (@visionsbyvicky) and Sara Boucher (@msgeekyteach) are busy creating more Mobile Labs, with rumors of quadcopters, droids and other geeky tools running rampant. The CUE STEAMpunk Program will have a STEAMpunk Showcase at the CUE 2016 National Conference, March 17 - 19, in Palm Springs, California.

 

To reserve a Mobile Stem Lab, visit: CUE.org/STEAMpunk (currently booked through Jan. 2016) and check out one educator's experience with CUE STEAMpunk on the CUE Blog.

 

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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




November 10, 2015
CUE Announces Hadi Partovi as Keynote Speaker for 2016 National Conference


Walnut Creek, Calif., November 10, 2015 -- CUE confirmed that entrepreneur, co-founder and president of Code.org® Hadi Partovi will Keynote the CUE 2016 National Conference, March 17-19, in Palm Springs, California.

 

Hadi Partovi will deliver the keynote address during Friday’s General Session on March 18, 2016, from 8:00 - 9:45 am. More than 6,000 attendees are expected at this year’s event, which is the largest Educational Technology conference in the Western U.S. This year’s conference marks CUE’s 38th year of inspiring innovative learners. 

 

Partovi’s nonprofit, Code.org®, launched in 2013 and is dedicated to “growing computer science education and to increasing participation in computer science by women and underrepresented students of color.” Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science and that computer science should be part of a school’s core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.

 

CUE Full Conference registration includes the Welcome Session Keynote, General Session Keynote and Closing Session Keynotes, over 300 speaker presentations, CUE Tips, Poster Sessions, the Diverse Learners Symposium, the Information Literacy Summit, CUE Student-Powered Showcase, CUE STEAMpunk playground and 100,000 square feet of vendor displays with the latest in educational technology. Visit cue.org/national to register.

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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 and oldest 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  | #cue16

 

October 30, 2015
NEW Nov. 15 Deadline for All Members to Nominate CUE Heroes

CUE is seeking to increase nominations for CUE's award and recognition program. But you need to act quickly! Who could you nominate?

 

CUE AwardsAwards open for nomination:

  • Gold Disk*
  • Platinum Disk
  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding Emerging Teacher*
  • Site Leader of the Year*
  • Legislative Advocacy Award/Legislator of the Year
  • Technology in Learning Leadership
  • ISTE's Making IT Happen

 

 

Utilize our new stream-lined nomination form at cue.org/awards by Nov. 15 to submit the names of those that lead, inspire, model effective teaching and craft policy to support the use of technology. 

 

* Deadline for these awards is Dec. 10, so you've got a little more time to ponder - but not much!

October 25, 2015
CUE Monthly #CUERockstar Chat Reflects on CUE 2015 Fall Conference and Connected Educator Month

The #CUERockstar monthly chat for October 25th (TONIGHT) will feature a fun discussion and look back at this weekend's awesome CUE 2015 Fall Conference. The guest moderator will be Diane Main (@dowbiggin) backed up by Jon Corippo (@jcorippo) and CUE Lead Blogger Doug Robertson (@theweirdteacher). The Connected Educator (#CE15) discussion starts at 9:15PM PST, right after #caedchat.

July 31, 2015
Eileen Walters Joins CUE as Leading Edge Certification and Volunteer Leadership Coordinator; Two CUE Staff Take on New Roles

Eileen WaltersWalnut Creek, Calif. --Friday, July 31, 2015 -- CUE announced this week that Eileen Walters has begun working as CUE’s Leading Edge Certification (LEC) & Volunteer Leadership Coordinator. In this role, Walters is responsible first for overseeing and coordinating the Leading Edge Certification program. She will manage coordination between LEC providers, curriculum committees, and the LEC Steering Committee for this national educator recognition program. In addition to these duties, Walters will support the efforts of CUE’s many affiliates, associates, and learning networks, becoming a vital point of contact for these organizational groups.

 

“We are pleased that Eileen joined our ranks as an official CUE employee,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE CEO. “She has been an active CUE supporter for many years, including serving on the East Bay CUE Board, as a member of the CUE board of directors, and as volunteer chair of our Annual Conference.”

 

Walters began her new position on July 20, 2015. “I am both honored and excited to be part of such a dynamic organization,” Walters said. “I look forward to continuing the work of Leading Edge Certification as well as working with each of the affiliates and learning networks to see how CUE can help to better meet their needs.”

 

Also, CUE recently promoted two of its team.

 

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Amy Jenkins has been promoted to Office and Finance Manager where she coordinates all accounts receivables, accounts payables, membership, conference registrations and in-office activities of CUE.

 

Danny Silva has been promoted to Director of Technology Integration. In this capacity, he is responsible for all of CUE’s internal systems management, external publication systems, software and equipment. Danny also represents CUE within the IT community.

 

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