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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


  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


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



-- 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.



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.


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


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. 


more leg updates

February 2, 2016
CUE to Partner with California Curriculum Leaders for Leadership Symposium




-- Featuring Student Voices, Student-Produced Media and Hands-on Training for County Administrators --


Walnut Creek, CA., February 2, 2016 -- CUE will be collaborating to produce student-centered  pre-conference activities and a hands-on strand at the Curriculum & Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) Leadership Symposium to be held in Monterey, CA from Feb. 24-26, 2016. CISC is the steering committee of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA).


CUE will facilitate three student-led panels (six students per session) on Wednesday, Feb. 23 that will showcase students from contemporary classrooms sharing their day-to-day lives, hopes, dreams and educational needs. A short Q&A session with leading educators will follow the student presentations and will address audience questions as well.


Later that evening, former CUE Board Member Hall Davidson will emcee a Student Media Festival featuring some of the very best student films from the 2015 California Student Media Festival. Jon Corippo, CUE's Director of Academic Innovation will round out the evening by sharing amazing lesson plans and launch activities for those districts interested in hosting their own festivals or for those districts looking to make media more effective in their schools.


During the two days of the Symposium, CUE will be on hand to provide 90-minute, Rock Star Jam Sessions, modeled after the popular CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps. Featuring speakers such as Joe Ayala, Rowland Baker, Dr. Barbara Nemko, Dr. Christine Olmstead and CUE CEO Mike Lawrence. Administrators can get a feel for what the full-scale camps are about and what resources are available to educators to make a tangible difference in student success and achievement on their campuses.


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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.



CCSESA’s mission is to strengthen the service and leadership capabilities of California’s 58 County Superintendents in support of students, schools, districts and communities.


About CISC Leadership Symposium

The Curriculum & Instruction Steering Committee of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association is hosting the 25th annual CISC Symposium on February 24-26, 2016 in Monterey. This year’s theme is “Leading to Ignite Innovation” and will focus on igniting a passion for innovation for educational leadership. | www.ciscsymposium.org


February 1, 2016
Discovery Education and CUE Unveil New Library of Thought Leadership Presentations Supporting the Creation of Dynamic Digital Learning Environments

Super Symposium logo.jpg



Silver Spring, MD. and Walnut Creek, CA., February 1, 2016 -- In July 2015, Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms and CUE, the California-based organization inspiring innovative learners and advocating educational opportunities for all, partnered with the California State Parks to host a unique leadership symposium. Designed specifically for California superintendents interested in creating dynamic digital learning environments that meet the needs of today’s learners, this event featured a series of brief, thought-provoking talks that surfaced actionable strategies for improving teaching and learning.

Now, Discovery Education and CUE are sharing with educators nationwide the library of presentations from this event. These presentations explore a variety of critical topics, including using professional development to support device deployment, communicating with stakeholders, improving attendance and discipline during the digital transition, and more, and were delivered by school leaders from across California as well as nationally recognized Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance. The full list of presenters is as follows:


·      Dr. Darryl S. Adams, Superintendent of Schools, Coachella Valley Unified School District,

       Thermal, Calif.

·      Bryan Ballenger, Superintendent/Principal, Ballico Cressey School District, Ballico, Calif.

·      Dr. James J. Brescia, Superintendent of Schools, San Luis Obispo County Office of               

       Education, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

·      Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools, Towson, Md.

·      Dr. J. Todd Finnell, County Superintendent of Schools, Imperial County Office of Education,  

       El Centro, Calif.

·      Pamela Gildersleeve-Hernandez, Superintendent/Principal, San Antonio Union School

       District, Lockwood, Calif.

·      Dr. Lisa Gonzales, Vice President - Association of California School Administrators,

       San Jose, Calif.

·      Greg Magnuson, Superintendent, Buena Park School District, Buena Park, Calif.

·      Dr. Katie McNamara, Superintendent, South Bay Union School District, Imperial Beach,


·      Dave McQueen, Superintendent, Kelseyville Unified School District, Kelseyville, Calif.

·      Rich Merlo, Superintendent, Corcoran Joint Unified School District, Corcoran, Calif.

·      Dr. Barbara Nemko, Superintendent, Napa County Office of Education, Napa, Calif.

·      Dr. Robert Pletka, Superintendent, Fullerton School District, Fullerton, Calif.

·      Rick Rubino, Superintendent, Gridley Unified School District, Gridley, Calif.

·      Dr. Karen Villalobos, Superintendent/Principal, East Nicolaus High School District, Nicolaus,



To access these presentations, visit: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/California/index.cfm. They are also hosted at cue.org/supersymposium.


“The CUE Super Symposium showcases amazing Future Ready California Superintendents that eagerly shared some of their best, most actionable ideas for other leaders to adopt and adapt,” said Jon Corippo, Director of Academic Innovation, CUE. “CUE was pleased to host them at such an amazing venue.”


“Discovery Education is proud to partner with CUE to make this library available and connect educators nationwide with leaders and ideas that have helped a diverse range of school systems create the modern digital learning environments we know help improve student achievement,” said Jason Barnes, Vice President of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We hope educators nationwide will view these thought-leadership presentations, borrow these powerful ideas, and apply them to their own school districts.”


For more information about Discovery Education’s other services and resources, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.


For more information on CUE’s efforts to inspire innovative learners in the classroom, visit www.cue.org. CUE is a Future Ready coalition partner.


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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.


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 28, 2016
CUE and Partners Announce 9th Annual Leadership 3.0 Symposium


-- Sir Ken Robinson and Dr. Joe Sanfelippo to Keynote --


Walnut Creek, Calif., January 28, 2016 -- CUE is honored to once again to co-produce the Leadership 3.0 Symposium (Lead 3), which will take place April 14-16, 2016  in Redondo Beach, California. Lead 3 is the only event designed for administrators by administrators so that educational leaders can learn how best to use technology for student achievement. Sir Ken Robinson and Dr. Joe Sanfelippo will be keynoting the event.

This year’s theme is Future Ready Leadership, Beyond the Pledge: Moving Forward with Grit, Courage, & Tenacity, and sessions will include such topics as keeping student data safe in the cloud, creating successful blended learning and makerspace programs, the need for digital citizenship, ensuring districts are using all available resources to ensure student achievement and success -- including common core strategies, smarter balanced assessment strategies, Google drive, leading edge, podcasts, blogs, 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 maybe find solutions or at least inspiration.

Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in both education and business. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous TED talks are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions including a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for his services to the arts. His latest book Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking 2015) tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.  

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. Joe is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Viterbo University. Joe co-hosts the Successful Schools Podcast and co-authored The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story and Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age. He was selected as a Future Ready Superintendent in 2014 by the US Department of Education and attended a summit at the White House.

Joe has been a featured speaker in multiple states in the areas of Advancing the Use of Social Media in School Districts, Creating a Culture of Yes, Professional Growth for Staff, and Organizational and Systems Change. Joe was a finalist for a 2014 and 2015 Bammy Award in the categories of Superintendent of the Year and Talk Show Host of the Year.  

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 summed up as “three organizations, one mission -- educational leadership for the 21st century.”  

Nearly 400 leaders attended last year’s event, and organizers expect a similar number to attend this year.  “Lead 3 is the one event where top school and district administrators, technology coordinators and curriculum directors can come together to move education forward through technology, innovation and leadership,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO.

Registration is available on-site Thursday and Friday. Discounted team rates are available for groups of three or more and for those interested in attending Saturday. Additional information on the event, including sessions, keynotes 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

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 26, 2016
California Student Media Festival Celebrates 50 Years of Student Creativity












-- Entries Now Being Accepted --


Walnut Creek, Calif., January 26, 2016 -- CUE, in conjunction with PBS SoCal, will host the annual California Student Media Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The California Student Media Festival, the nation’s oldest festival of its kind, celebrates its 50th year of honoring student achievement and highlighting student creativity through media. This year’s event will be held at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School.


Entries can be submitted now through April 4, 2016. Winners will be announced on May 20. As with previous years, the festival is free to enter and free to attend.


The Student Media Festival exists to celebrate media and multimedia projects produced by California’s students and teachers — rewarding and acknowledging their successful classroom work. The Festival showcases what can be accomplished when talented students and dedicated teachers work together integrating media and multimedia into education. Over the past twenty years, the California Student Media Festival has awarded more than $140,000 to California Schools. It has expanded to include the work of more than 6,000 student contestants from schools across the state.


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

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


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

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About California Student Media Festival

The Festival strongly encourages project-based learning and meaningful student creations in media and multimedia and exists to acknowledge and reward successful classroom work.

The Festival believes that

  • students are capable of extremely high level work, beginning at very early grades

  • media and multimedia are excellent tools for students

  • video and multimedia should be integrated into the regular subject-area curriculum

  • rewarding exemplary work and good school programs encourages more of both. | www.mediafestival.org


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 PBS SoCal

PBS SoCal is the flagship PBS station for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, dedicated to fostering a love of learning, culture and community using the power of public media. We deliver the full schedule of high-quality PBS programs, plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California. We make our content available for free through three broadcast channels – PBS SoCal/KOCE-HD, PBS SoCal Plus and PBS SoCal World – and online at pbssocal.org. And we reach deep into the community through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach, providing early education resources and access to a broad array of arts and culture experiences. PBS SoCal has offices in Downtown LA, Century City and Costa Mesa. Learn more at pbssocal.org and follow PBS SoCal on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


January 12, 2016
CUE and CSLA Partner for Third Year to Produce Information Literacy Summit


-- Joyce Valenza Featured Speaker --


Walnut Creek, Calif., January 12, 2016 -- CUE and the California School Library Association (CSLA) are pleased to partner for a third year in a special day-long summit in conjunction with the CUE 2016 National Conference in Palm Springs, CA. The CUE/CSLA Information Literacy Summit will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 on the last day of the conference. Registration for the Summit is included in all conference registrations, including the Saturday-only rate.


According to Jane Lofton and Liz Dodds, two CSLA Past Presidents coordinating the summit, “CSLA is delighted to co-sponsor this summit and share with CUE attendees some vital aspects of Information Literacy since helping students to become information literate is so crucial to their futures as they enter college and the work force.”  


Information Literacy is the ability to assess the need for information, access information sources effectively and efficiently, evaluate information for accuracy and quality, and use it appropriately. It is a cross-disciplinary skill crucial for college and career readiness and a foundation for lifelong learning and leadership. The summit, led by teacher librarians from the California School Library Association (CSLA), will hone those information literacy skills with which educators can then empower their students. 


This year’s Summit features special guest speaker Joyce Valenza.  Joyce’s Session, Transliteracy/Metaliteracy: An Unintentional Film Festival or 10 Big Things We Should Be Teaching in 2016, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19.


Valenza has been studying, writing about, and working with young people, technology, and information fluency for more than twenty years. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Masters of Information program at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Prior to that, she was the teacher librarian at Springfield Township High School in Pennsylvania. Joyce writes the award-winning NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal and also writes VOYA’s Technology Tag Team column.


Joyce Valenza's Sessions at the CUE 2016 National Conference:

  • Transliteracy/Metaliteracy: An Unintentional Film Festival or 10 Big Things We Should Be Teaching in 2016

  • App Smashing

  • Social Media Curation


Additional Saturday Summit presentations include What Matters to You, Matters! The Student’s Personal Interest Framework by Glen Warren, Students Are Makers: Building Information Literacy Skills through Makerspace Programs by Jane Lofton, and Students as Social Media Content Creators -- We Can Empower Them! by Liz Dodds. On Friday, Jane Lofton and Gail Desler are also presenting Can I Use That? Fair Use for the Remix Generation.


For more information or to register for the CUE conference, go to www.cue.org/national


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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 CSLA

CSLA advocates for excellence in school library programs, develops leaders in the school library field, and collaborates with other educational leaders to ensure that all California students are effective, responsible users and creators of ideas and information. | www.csla.net


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