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CUE 2017 National Conference Keynotes




Taylor Mali

Taylor Mali

Welcome Session

Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

(Taylor will also be available to sign books at the CUE Gear Store Thursday, March 16 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.)


Taylor Mali is a former teacher who now makes his living as a professional poet. Through poetry, passion, and perseverance, he wants to turn 1,000 people onto the teaching profession. He is considered the most successful poetry slam strategist of all time, having led six of his eight national poetry slam teams to the finals stage and winning the championship a record four times before anyone had even tied him at three. A native of New York City, Taylor was one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. He is a vocal advocate of teachers, having performed and lectured for education professionals all over the world. For more information, visit www.taylormali.com.


Refilling the Fire & Rekindling the Well: Poetry for Educators

The metaphor may be mixed but the message is not. Poet and former teacher Taylor Mali shares stories and poems from the classroom including “The Impotence of Proofreading,” “Miracle Workers,” and "What Teachers Make.” Be reminded why you chose to do what you do by one who has been there and survived.


No-host bar and light appetizers - come early! Registration not required.



Jo boalerJo Boaler

Kickoff Keynote

Thursday, March 16, 8:30 - 9:30 am

Dr. Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the co-founder of youcubed. She is also an analyst for PISA testing in the OECD, and author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools, and a lecturer and researcher at King’s College, London. Her PhD won the national award for educational research in the UK and her book: Experiencing School Mathematics won the 'Outstanding Book of the Year' award for education in Britain. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), and a former president of the International Organization for Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME).  She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation 'Early Career Award' and the NCSM Kay Gilliland Equity Award (2014). She is the author of nine books and numerous research articles.  Her latest book is Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching (2016), and is published by Wiley. She serves as an advisor to several Silicon Valley companies. She was an Aspen ideas speaker and a White House presenter on girls and STEM. Her work has been published in the Times, The Telegraph, The Financial Times, and many other news outlets. She was recently named one of the eight educators “changing the face of education” by the BBC. She recently formed www.youcubed.org to give teachers, parents, and student the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics.


The Mindset revolution: teaching for a growth mindset

We are in the midst of a revolution, in the science of the brain and learning. New knowledge from brain science is showing a clear path for learning, that is both exciting and inspiring for teachers. In the CUE 2017 National Conference Kickoff Keynote, Dr. Jo Boaler and the co-founder of youcubed, will share recent and important research on the brain and learning that has profound implications for students’ achievement.

George CourosGeorge Couros

General Session & Keynote

Friday, March 17, 8:00 - 9:30 am

(George will also be available to sign books at the CUE Gear Store Friday, March 17 from 10:00 - 11:00 am.)

George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is also the creator of Connected Principals.com, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students. 

Although George is a leader in the area of innovation, his focus is always on the development of leadership and people and what is best for learners. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modelled in his writing and speaking. You can connect with George on his blog, The Principal of Change (georgecouros.ca) or through Twitter @gcouros.


The Innovator’s Mindset

Carol Dweck’s work has focused on the ideas of “fixed” and “growth” mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities that our students and schools deserve. We need to focus not only what we know, but what we do with what we know. In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” (as discussed in the book of the same title), and share powerful examples as to why this is so crucial for all educators. George’s presentations are known to be emotional, humorous, all while pushing your thinking, and will definitely connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this keynote. 


Cathy HuntCathy Hunt

Closing Session & Keynote

Saturday, March 18, 12:00 - 1:15 pm

Cathy is a well-known advocate for the creative integration of technology in education, developing ground-breaking programs for students around the world that combine hands-on, tactile, and collaborative ways of working with mobile devices. As an award-winning educational consultant, presenter, author, and experienced Arts Educator at St Hilda’s School on Australia’s Gold Coast, she has worked with tens of thousands of teachers globally to connect creative technology and cutting-edge pedagogical approaches with diverse learners.

Cathy is probably best known for her work on iPadartroom.com, a home base for educators to engage with innovative ideas, resources, and technology for learning that combines paint and pixels. Cathy is an Apple Distinguished Educator currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Asia-Pacific region. Recent accolades include the 2016 International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Mobile Learning Innovation Award, two Digital Innovation in Learning Award honourable mentions from Edsurge/Digital Promise, and 21st Century Learning International’s Teacher of the Year finalist. Cathy’s iBook, More iPad Art also won Best Non-Fiction and Best Reference title at the iBA Awards in Nashville, TN. Cathy can be reached on her website at www.ipadartroom.com or through Twitter @art_cathyhunt. 

The Art and Soul of Education

With her irrepressible energy and dynamic presentation style, Cathy Hunt will provide educators with a new perspective on creative technology integration. "A redefinition of creativity is required for the contemporary student in the context of an unpredictable future, a world of fast-paced development and complex problems. But when we look beyond the buzzwords and catch phrases, what does 'being creative' really mean? Have you considered that every moment in teaching is a creative act? Or that to be creative is to be 'fully human'? So, get ready to remix and mash-up, make connections and make a mess, as we consider tra-digital approaches to education. Prepare to learn, laugh and maybe shed a sneaky tear. Let’s talk about learning, art and our hearts.