CUE 2013 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Sir Ken Robinson, professor, speaker, and author
Friday, March 15, 8:00 - 9:45 am
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education,creativity and innovation. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries.
He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the Province. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.
For twelve years, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now
professor emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design,
Ringling College of Arts and Design, the Open University and the Central School of Speech and
Drama, Birmingham City University and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He was been
honored with the Athena Award of the Rhode Island School of Design for services to the arts and
education; the Peabody Medal for contributions to the arts and culture in the United States, the
LEGO Prize for international achievement in education and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal
Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and
the United States. In 2005, he was named as one of TIME/FORTUNE/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices’. In
2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to
audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new
His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking 2009) is a
New York Times best seller and has been translated into twenty-one languages. His latest book is a
10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning
to be Creative (Capstone/Wiley). Sir Ken was born in Liverpool, UK, as one of seven children. He is
married to Therese (Lady) Robinson. They have two children, James and Kate, and now live in Los
Kevin Honeycutt, teacher, filmmaker, and photographer
Saturday, March 16, 2:45 - 3:45 pm
Kevin spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. For the past four years he has hosted a creative learning site called ArtSnacks (http://artsnacks.org) where he shares 150+ ten minute drawing videos that support standards curriculum. This social “learning” network is his Petri-dish for learning to mentor teachers and students in virtual environments. He was selected to be in the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2011 and spends time helping schools that use Apple’s powerful tools get the most out of them for students and teachers.
He is currently serving his ninth year as a Technology Integration Specialist at ESSDACK, an educational service center based in Hutchinson, Kansas. At ESSDACK he researches and designs programs, training and staff development with a strong passion for helping teachers and learners become successful with educational uses of technology. He shares his thinking and learning on his blog Tradigital Learning and in his podcast Driving Questions in Education. He is a school board member in the town of Inman Kansas and is currently serving in his second term. He feels that one of his most important roles is to help vision what the future holds for learners and to help move schools in right, new directions. During his classroom tenure, he developed project-based approaches to learning that infused technology and problem solving skills. He created a film program for kids and developed it into a fully functioning curriculum at the high school level. He co-developed a PBL approach called the Life Practice Model with colleague Ginger Lewman and they provide training and certification in this powerful, student driven approach to learning.
Kevin has developed online safety, anti-bullying and cyber-bullying curriculum which he shares with parents, teachers and students around the country. He certifies instructors in this curriculum and supports trainers as they go out and do this important work.
Kevin likes to bring his personal life experience and a sense of humor and creativity to the mission of helping prepare 21st century learners!
This keynote is a fun look at the exciting things that happen when educators step outside their boxes and try new tools. It reinforces the importance of relationships while encouraging teachers to become learners again through positive examples of student success.
Catlin Tucker, teacher, CUE Lead Learner, and author
Thursday, March 14, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Catlin Tucker has taught English language arts since 2001. She authored Blended Learning for Grades 4-12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms. She is a Google Certified Teacher and CUE Lead Learner passionate about integrating technology into traditional classrooms to drive communication, collaboration and creation.
Many teachers across the nation are groaning at the mention of transitioning to a new set of standards. Most don’t realize the new standards emphasize communication, higher-order thinking, technology integration and literacy, real world application and creative problem solving.
Join author and teacher Catlin Tucker as she shares her enthusiasm for the Common Core.
The shift from breadth to depth is refreshing. Teachers have an opportunity to make learning more relevant and engaging. Technology can empower teachers, allowing them to experiment with PBL, flipped and blended models. When used to complement and enhance traditional instruction, technology makes it possible to cultivate a variety of skills with a single assignment.
Catlin will share photos and student work to demonstrate practical ideas for addressing the Common Core using technology. See how technology can open the door to creatively addressing the standards without adding to your workload. Walk away feeling energized about this shift and eager to explore how you can use technology to transition to the Common Core.