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Deadline for CUE 2017 National Conference Submissions:

3-hour and 90-minute Workshop Deadline July 24, 2016
Concurrent & Poster Session Deadline September 23, 2016
CUE Tip deadline November 30, 2016
Notification will go out by November 30, 2016 (except for CUE Tips)
Notifications for CUE Tips will go out December 9, 2016
If your presentation is selected, the main presenter will receive complimentary conference registration
(exception: CUE Tip requires 3 or more  approved sessions for a complimentary registration). The 3-hour workshop presenters in addition receive a small stipend.


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We look forward to seeing you at the CUE 2017 National Conference, March 15-18, in Palm Springs, CA.  For information please contact Miriam Brutus at mbrutus@cue.org or 925.478.7153

Planning to present?Below is a list of the most sought-after session topics at CUE Conferences.Look these over and be prepared to have your session proposal ready for up to 2 of these topic areas when you submit your session to a CUE Conference:

  • Leadership & Administration: Site and District Level Planning: Examples might include: Deploying 1:1, prepping a school network for BYOD, Leading change, Future Ready Initiatives, implementing new types of assessments or changing school culture.


  • Online/Blended Learning: These sessions are designed to support and inspire educators in a fully online or blended learning environment or those wishing to deploy an online learning model. 


  • Professional Development: This critical topic can be addressed in sessions that are focused on effective deployments of professional development (PD), innovative methods of delivering PD to educators in small or large groups, online or face to face.


  • Professional Learning Communities: Perhaps no single element is changing the way educators learn more than PLCs. Social Media, including Twitter chats, Voxer groups, blogging, and Google Hangouts are reshaping how educators form these self-learning groups.PLCs sessions allow educators to join this stream of thought by sharing PLC techniques or places to join these revolutionary educational social media movements.


  • Cutting-Edge/STEM/New Tools: Attendees of these sessions should leave with exciting new skills and ideas about the very latest development in edtech tools and edtech resources. Examples might include: STEAM/STEM websites and tools, coding and programming, Maker style tools and apps, robotics and 3D printing as well as others.


  • Hands-On Session/Make-and-Take: These sessions focus on websites, apps or tools that can be used widely by educators in subject areas or focus on a single subject area or grade level. Ideally, educators leave these sessions with a new specific skill.


  • Model Lessons and Lesson Design: Thesesessions focus on Universal Design for Learning, differentiated instruction and/or long term use of technology, or lesson planning to achieve academic success. Sessions should include sample lessons or classroomworkflows attendees can use in their classes.


  • Talking Pedagogy: These sessions present a chance for educators to sit together and discuss issues or share and work in groups in an informal setting. The speaker can choose a single subject for the discussion or a series of subjects. 

Types of Sessions
There are several types of speaker sessions all 3 days at a CUE conference. This section describes each category and the review process for each.

Concurrent Session
Concurrent sessions are one-hour presentations that address all areas of the curriculum and appeal to a variety of teachers. Sessions may be given by a single speaker, team or panel who can address the needs of the novice user of educational technology as well as the more experienced professional.
Poster Sessions
Poster Sessions promote your research. CUE will offer two-hour poster sessions during each of the poster session timeslots Thursday and Friday of the conference. All poster stations will include access to power and Internet connectivity. They will also include a counter-height presentation table and LCD screen as your 'poster.'
Hands-on Clinics
Hands-on clinics are three-hour guided hands-on activities that address all areas of the curriculum and appeal to a variety of teachers. Sessions may be given by a single speaker, team or panel who can address the needs of the novice user of educational technology as well as the more experienced professional. The objective for these clinics is for participants to develop the skills to incorporate new technology-enhanced learning activities for use with their staff and students. NOTE: Hands-on clinic presenters in addition to the complimentary conference registration will receive a small stipend.
Build-a-Lesson Session
Build-a-Lesson sessions are 90 minute guided hands-on activities that address all areas of the curriculum and appeal to a variety of teachers. Sessions may be led by a single speaker, team or panel who can address the needs of the novice user of educational technology as well as the more experienced professional. The objective for these sessions is for participants to leave with a learning activity for use with their staff and students.
These quick, 20-minute presentations focus on emerging and existing innovations to enhance learning, productivity, or understanding. They should be noncommercial, brief, and focus on one or two tips, techniques, or resources. NOTE: CUE Tips presenters do not automatically receive complimentary conference registration.  Present 3 or more CUE Tips to receive complimentary registration.
Corporate Concurrent Session
Looking to showcase your product or service with a one-hour session at the CUE National Conference in Palm Springs? CUE is offering spaces for interested vendors to purchase rooms for meetings or sessions. The room would allow your corporation to present your product in the best possible light. A projector, screen and a single wired Internet drop is included. Your sessions will be also included in the conference program/addendum and listed as commercial sessions (must be submitted by published deadlines). Fee: $2,600/day.
Concurrent Session Panel
Panel proposals are submitted and accepted in the same manner as concurrent session proposals. A group of up to five speakers is considered a panel. When available, more than one session may be allotted to a panel. Only 1 Panel member will be compensated registration (not membership).
Keynote & Spotlight Speakers
Suggestions for Spotlight and Keynote Speakers are taken from the Conference Committee, the Board of Directors, and others. The CPC establishes a priority list. Spotlight speakers must give three presentations. Spotlight speakers are sought from both inside and outside California and bring a national perspective to CUE. Speaker fees and other expenses are covered up to a budgeted amount.

Other Speaker Information

Current Topics of Interest to CUE Members
For every conference the Conference Chair and Speaker Coordinator review the strands for session proposals. Changes are made in the strands to meet current trends and needs of conference attendees. The Conference Committee and CUE Board note areas in which there seems to be a need for information at conferences and ask that good presenters be found if possible. This dynamic exchange of needs and ideas helps to keep conferences fresh and timely. CUE is currently looking for sessions on diversity, Common Core State Standards alignment, standards, Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and assessment analysis, and developing Future Ready schools. Further, we are seeking sessions delving into emerging technologies such as gaming in education, coding/programming, personal learning device, lesson design, and assistive technology.

Tips for Selected Speakers
Once you are ready with your presentation, plan to visit your room before you present and to practice on any equipment you will be using. Presenters only have thirty minutes prior to the presentation (and only 10 for CUE tips), so prepare in advance. The capacity of your room is stated in the acceptance letter. Post your handouts by emailing your URL to Miriam Brutus at mbrutus@cue.org. Be sure to have fun with the presentation. All of us who volunteer for CUE greatly enjoy your participation.