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June 9, 2015
Super Symposium at Hearst Castle for 20 Deserving Superintendents Submit your Future Ready Ideas Now!



Super Symposium at Hearst Castle for 20 Deserving Superintendents

Submit your Future Ready Ideas Now!


CUE is partnering with California State Parks, Discovery Education and Future

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the sole purpose of sharing effective practices that have worked to get their districts Future Ready. Only 20 County/District Superintendents will be invited based on their submissions of the best, actionable ideas that can be shared worldwide. The 20 selected Superintendents will be video captured, and their individual work will be shared via CUE’s YouTube Channel.


The event will be held July 30-31, 2015 at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center, arranged through a special agreement with the California State Parks. July 30 will feature a gala evening reception on the grounds of Hearst Castle. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. on July 30 with keynote presentations and breakout sessions. The event concludes at 3:00 p.m. on July 31.


Selected Superintendents will need to cover only their individual travel expenses as all meals and on-site transportation will be provided by CUE and Discovery Education who are underwriting the additional costs of the event.


To take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, County/District Superintendents must apply by by June 22, and selected Superintendents will be notified by July 6. Complete the application at the link below before the June 22 deadline.


www.cue.org/supersymposium

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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


June 3, 2015
California Student Media Festival Celebrates Student Creativity

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California Student Media Festival Celebrates Student Creativity


CUE, in conjunction with PBS SoCaL, is hosting the 49th Annual California Student Media Festival this Saturday, June 6. The festival, the nation’s oldest, is dedicated to honoring student achievement and highlighting student creativity through media.


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.


“Media is among the most powerful learning tools, and the Festival provides a way to showcase learning in a fun and engaging way,“ said Mike Lawrence, the Festival’s Director.


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.”


This year’s recipients will be honored from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm at the Harmony Gold Preview House on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. The event is free to attend and will air as a special on PBS SoCaL in September.


For a list of winners and for more information on the Festival, check out www.mediafestival.org. Submissions for next year’s Festival will open in January.


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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.

 


June 1, 2015
CUE Seeking Leading Edge Certification Program Coordinator

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CUE, fiscal sponsor for the Leading Edge Certification (LEC) program, is currently seeking an independent consultant to oversee the project as it enters its seventh year. The Program Coordinator will work 25-30 hours per month, July 1-June 30, 2016. Contract may be extended for up to two additional years, depending on continued funding of program. Compensation is competitive and negotiable. Consultant will report to the CUE CEO and is directed by the LEC Steering Committee. More information about the program.

Duties will include:

1. Regular communication with CUE staff on program progress.

2. Managing LEC workgroup activities, ensuring a productive and efficient curriculum development process.

3. Preparing regular reports for the LEC Steering Committee and CUE Board of Directors.

4. Monitoring and updating curriculum to coordinate the LEC educational certification program.

5. Working with developers to establish a tracking system for certificate holders.

6. Coordinating with CUE staff and consultants to organize training delivery.

7. Assisting program evaluators to produce quantitative evaluation data and case studies.

8. Assisting with marketing and press relations efforts.

9. Developing new approaches to better implement the LEC program such as digital badging, and other programs.

10. Working with stakeholders to establish district, county and state endorsements to encourage adoption.


Interested applicants should reference "LEC Coordinator" and send resume and letter of interest to jobs@cue.org by June 12, 2015. Interviews will take place the week of June 15. The successful candidate will begin work on July 1. 

June 1, 2015
Administrators Can Take Ultimate Hero’s Journey

 

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Administrators Can Take Ultimate Hero’s Journey

CUE Rock Star Admin Camps To Be Held at Skywalker Ranch at Big Rock and Soka University

 

CUE Rock Star Admin Hero's Journey Camps are purposely designed and focused on assisting administrators in leading the changes that are most pressing in K-12 education right now: deploying devices, changing classroom pedagogies, leading change, social media challenges and skills for leaders. CUE Rock Star Admin events are built so that there is one faculty member for every twenty attendees, and the events sell out at 80 attendees. This structure allows participants to get hands-on support and learn directly from knowledgeable educational leaders.

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WHO              Administrators (Principals, Curriculum Directors, CTOs and Superintendents) who

desire to lead their districts and sites in more agile and adaptable ways.

 

WHAT            A special camp for administrators only. The CUE Rock Star Admin Hero's

Journey is all about providing new, hands-on skills for administrators who desire to create a positive, disruptive process of change in their organizations.  We believe that constant change is here to stay, and the wise leader must master it. The venue, Skywalker Ranch at Big Rock, is world-class and will create an ideal mood for learning and collaboration.

 

WHEN           Skywalker Ranch: Nov. 19-21, 2015 (note: Sept. 24-26 dates are SOLD OUT)

Soka University: January (TBD)

       

WHERE         Skywalker Ranch at Big Rock

3838 Lucas Valley Road in Nicasio, California 94946

 

Soka University

1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

 

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

student success by using the most effective educational techniques, strategies and resources.

 

For additional information about the CUE Rock Star Admin Camps, visit CUE’s website here. For more information about the event, contact Jon Corippo, Director of Academic Innovation at 925-954-4816 or jcorippo@cue.org.

 

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May 27, 2015
Teacher Catlin Tucker to Give Closing Keynote at eLearning Strategies Symposium


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Teacher Catlin Tucker to Give Closing Keynote at eLearning Strategies Symposium

 

Today, CUE and the Stanislaus County Office of Education announced that Catlin Tucker will provide the closing keynote for the fourth annual eLearning Strategies Symposium, a conference dedicated to highlighting and exploring effective strategies for online and blended education.

 

Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher and CUE Lead Learner. A teacher at Windsor High School in Sonoma County, she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Catlin’s second book, Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology, will be published by Corwin in June 2015. She also writes a monthly column for Educational Leadership about her experiences teaching with technology. In her keynote, “Blending Technology & Tradition to Transform Learning,” Catlin will share how she transformed her low-tech classroom by leveraging both her students’ connectivity at home and the devices they bring into the classroom to create a blended learning model.

 

“We are so pleased that Catlin Tucker is presenting at ESS,” said Sally Savona, Stanislaus Division Director for Technology and Learning Resources. “She has a passion for blended learning, and she brings real world, practical experience to our symposium.”

 

Early Bird registration is now open until October 1st. Just $179, registration includes Friday and Saturday sessions, a keynote/lunch on Friday, and a closing keynote on Saturday. Groups of two or more who are from the same school, district, or organization may register for $165. Hilton Costa Mesa rooms for the symposium are just $133 per night.

 

For more information, visit:  http://elearns.org.

 

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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

 

May 22, 2015
Host a CUE Rock Star Camp Locally

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Host a CUE Rock Star Camp Locally

 

CUE Rock Star Camps are now taking applications for Summer 2016 host sites. Up to ten sites in California and another ten sites worldwide are open for application right now. Interested parties or school districts may apply at cue.org/iwannarock. Fill out the early interest form right away, and CUE will send the required items needed to complete the formal application process. The deadline to submit the formal application is August 15, 2015.

 

The CUE Rock Star Camp is unlike any other professional development event. It is similar to an unconference in its relaxed atmosphere; however, there are certain elements that make the CUE Rock Star experience unique: Shred Sessions to start the day; two-hour, hands-on sessions; a two-hour lunch that is an unconference of its own; and an attendee-to-faculty ratio of approximately 10:1. Educators who attend the camps say there is nothing like a CUE Rock Star Camp to supercharge their teaching.

 

The window for site submissions is now open. Selected sites will be announced at the CUE 2015 Fall Conference, October 23-24, 2015, in Napa Valley. Visit the CUE Rock Star site for important tips and hints for filling out the site application.

 

For application information go to cue.org/iwannarock and download the application materials.

 

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About CUE Rock Star Camps

The camps are about changing education through technology, building an ever-expanding group of educators who want to lead and use technology in deep, meaningful ways that create truly transformational pedagogical experiences for the students with whom they work. CUE Rock Star is built for educators to socialize in the context of connecting these inspired educators throughout California and beyond. 
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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



May 21, 2015
Delaine Eastin, David Theriault to Keynote CUE 2015 Fall Conference

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Delaine Eastin, David Theriault to Keynote CUE 2015 Fall Conference

 

CUE is pleased to announce its keynote speakers for the CUE 2015 Fall Conference, October 23-24 at American Canyon High School in Napa Valley.

 

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Delaine Eastin will deliver the opening keynote on Friday, October 23 at 8:30 a.m. Eastin served as the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) for eight years from 1995 to 2003, the first and only woman elected to that office. She advocated for numerous changes in education from universal preschool to reduced class size in K-3, from better technology and hands-on learning to a restoration of the arts and career and technical education. She was the architect of the first Net Day, an electronic barn raising, copied in 40 states and 40 countries. She also advocated for and achieved parallel A-G standards for attendance at the University of California and California State Universities. Prior to her service as California’s top educator, Delaine served eight years in the California State Assembly where she authored what was the largest school bond in history and put higher education and K­12 education together in that bond for the first time.

 

Delaine was the first Executive Director of the National Institute for School Leadership in Washington, DC and then a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at Mills College in Oakland. She serves on a number of boards that support the education, nutrition, health and civic engagement of children from preschool to college. She is Chair of ClosetheGap.CA to elect more women to the legislature in 2014 and 2016.

 

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David Theriault will deliver the closing keynote on Saturday, October 24 at 3:15 pm. His keynote is titled “The Life Aquatic: This Is Adventure.” In keeping with his enthusiastic and inspiring teaching style, Theriault describes his talk and his background:

 

The Life Aquatic: This is Adventure

Nobody knows what's going to happen. And then we “try it, share it, and reflect on it.” That's the whole concept. -- Steve Zissou

 

The stories that define us, that we share with others, are built of memorable moments. Create meaningful, memorable moments for your learners and the world by stepping off the yellow brick road and diving into the deep sea of pedagogy. Steven Zissou, Harry Potter, Kenny Shopsin, Frederic Friedel, and Lynda Barry are just a few of the deep sea creatures we will meet on this adventure. Bring your wetsuit and diving equipment, no one is staying on the boat in this keynote.

 

“While I’ve always loved learning, I haven’t always loved school. Even though I was a GATE student, I struggled with what school expected from me. Eventually that struggle ended with my dropping out of my honors classes and spending my class time doing anything but what was asked of me. Facing an F in English 12, I asked my teacher if I could do something risky and unexpected: something memorable. He said yes, and since then I expect and encourage the same approach in my students and in my approach to learning. I’ve been blessed to work with others in creating #CAedchat, edcampHOME, #slowchatED and other learning adventures. When I’m not teaching, you can find me at my two blogs (thereadinessisall.com and ideaFM.org) or eating at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant while talking with friends. I’m addicted to baseball, and I’m a fan of the three Hs: handshakes, high-fives, and hugs.”

 

This conference sells out quickly. To register for the CUE 2015 Fall Conference and to find out more about offered sessions and speakers, visit www.fallcue.org.

 

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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



May 13, 2015
Dr. Chris Haskell to Keynote eLearning Strategies Symposium


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Dr. Chris Haskell to Keynote eLearning Strategies Symposium

 

Today, CUE and the Stanislaus County Office of Education announced that Dr. Chris Haskell will provide the lunch keynote for the fourth annual eLearning Strategies Symposium, a conference dedicated to highlighting and exploring effective strategies for online and blended education.

 

At Boise State University, Dr. Haskell specializes in preparing pre-service teachers by focusing on the use, adaptation, and implementation of emerging technologies in teacher education including gaming, mobile communication devices, portable media players, social networking tools, and virtual worlds. He is actively piloting and developing groundbreaking alternative approaches to both delivering and tracking learning.

 

In his keynote speech, “Ahead of the Game: The data behind innovative, blended, and game-based learning,” Dr. Haskell will share new opportunities to motivate, support, promote, and differentiate students in blended and online environments as well as research supporting game-based learning. His presentation will highlight the innovative practices, pedagogy, and outcomes of more than 1000 educators worldwide who are piloting game-based learning in their blended and online classrooms.

 

"We’re excited to hear from Dr. Chris Haskell at eSS,” said CUE’s CEO Mike Lawrence. “He’s an innovative speaker with a passion for online and blended learning who brings an important perspective to our symposium.”

 

Early Bird registration is now open until September 30th. Just $179, registration includes Friday and Saturday sessions, a keynote/lunch on Friday, and a closing keynote on Saturday. Groups of two or more who are from the same school, district, or organization may register for $165. Pre-registration will continue through the event. Hilton Costa Mesa rooms for the symposium are just $133 per night.

 

For more information, visit:  http://elearns.org.

 

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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

 

May 5, 2015
CUE Announces Results of 2015 Election

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CUE is proud to announce its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. Tim Green, Professor of Ed Tech & Teacher Education, California State University, Fullerton; Suzanne Mitchell (incumbent), Director of Technology,  Las Lomitas Elementary School District; and Roger Wagner (incumbent), Independent Consultant and Software Designer, HyperStudio will join the six continuing members to make up the nine-member board. The new and re-elected directors will begin their three-year terms on July 1.

 

Official candidates were announced February 26, 2015. Candidates were introduced at the General Session Keynote on March 20 at the CUE 2015 Annual Conference in Palm Springs, and candidates were available to speak with registered conference attendees on Friday and Saturday of the conference. Voting took place from Saturday, March 21 at midnight until Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 5:01 p.m.  

 

To read the board members' statements or to watch their video interviews, click on the names below.

 

The newly elected (or re-elected) members:

 

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Tim Green

Affiliate Nominated - Orange County CUE

Professor of Ed Tech & Teacher Ed

California State University, Fullerton

La Habra, CA

 

 

 

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Suzanne Mitchell

Incumbent

Director of Technology,  

Las Lomitas Elementary School District

Menlo Park, CA

 

 

 

 

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Roger Wagner

Incumbent

Independent Consultant and Software Designer

HyperStudio

San Diego, CA

 

 

All three will begin a new three-year term on CUE's Board of Directors on July 1, 2015. CUE thanks all five candidates for their willingness to serve.

 

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About the CUE Board of Directors

CUE is guided by a nine-member volunteer Board of Directors, one third of whom are elected by the membership each year. The board is made up of active or retired K12 educators, University and Higher-Ed professors, members of the educational IT community and representatives of Educational Technology businesses or other non-profit organizations.
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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



April 21, 2015
CUE CEO to Speak at P21 Summit

Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO, will deliver the luncheon address at the upcoming Partnership for 21st Century Skills Summit (P21), to be held this Friday, April 24, 2015 at Fullerton College. Lawrence will speak on “Reclaiming the Teachers’ Lounge” after the morning breakout sessions.

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The one-day summit brings together educators and leaders who are part of the P21 coalition and showcases those schools and educators who are striving to create and sustain 21st-century learning and citizenship practices in their classrooms and districts. Attendees at the event include State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools; Mike Matsuda, CA P21 Chair and Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent; Kelly Gallagher, Keynote speaker, consultant and ELA teacher in AUHSD; and others, including Dr. Helen Soulé, National P21 Executive Director.


P21, The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (formerly the Partnership for 21st Century Skills) was founded in 2002 as a coalition bringing together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to position 21st century readiness at the center of US K-12 education and to kick-start a national conversation on the importance of 21st century skills for all students.


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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