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CUE 2017 National Conference Spotlight Speakers


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Darryl Adams

Dr. Darryl Adams, the world’s rock and roll superintendent, has spent almost 30Darryl Adams years as an educator and administrator with the goal of preparing students for College, Career and Citizenship! As former superintendent, Dr. Adams has led significant reform efforts in the Coachella Valley Unified School District and in the nation! Under Dr. Adams’ leadership the voters in CVUSD approved “Measure X”, a 21st Century Mobile Learning initiative that has placed an iPad in the hands of all 20,000 CVUSD students from preschool through high school. Dr. Adams has been named by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education as one of the Top 100 Superintendents in the Nation! Dr. Adams was recently praised by President Obama for his innovative work and collaborative spirit in ensuring that all students in his district have digital tools and broadband internet access that provides 21st Century learning opportunities! The President particularly gave Dr. Adams a most celebrated shout out for his innovative and creative Wifi-on-Wheels program that installs Wifi routers on school buses and then parking them in neighborhoods and trailer home parks where there is no connectivity.


Darryl Adams' Sessions:

  • Personalized Learning 4 All: Helping Them Find Their Passion in Life So They Never Have to Work A Day in Their Life!
  • Leave No Child Offline" Why Equity and Access to Digital Tools, Resources and the Internet are of importance to the Future of our Nation
  • What Does a 21st Century Administrator Look Like?

Nicole Dalesio
Nicole DalesioNicole is a ToSA and staff developer in Silicon Valley who has been teaching in K-12 for nearly 20 years. Passionate about creativity and technology integration, she has won many awards for her innovative teaching, photography, videos, and tutorials. Nicole has also been recognized as an Adobe Education Leader, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a Google Certified Teacher.




Nicole Dalesio's Sessions:

  • ToSA Connection
  • An Innovative Approach to Homework
  • Digital Storytelling and Creativity on the Go

Hall Davidson

Hall DavidsonHall Davidson supports global partnerships, teacher networks, and learning initiatives with technology in education. A renowned speaker in educational technology, he presents to audiences around the world.  These high-energy, impactful keynotes have built an impressive following as he tweets, blogs, writes articles and conducts webinars for leaders, educational publications, national associations, and teachers world-wide.
Davidson began his career teaching middle and high school English and Spanish, then mathematics, and bilingual mathematics in Los Angeles Unified. He left the classroom to teach math on television on an Emmy-winning program in Los Angeles and spent the next 20 years working in educational media at Los Angeles and Orange County PBS stations. He has been on the faculty of two colleges for teacher education.
Davidson was an early adopting champion of educational technology, having co-authored TechWorks and co-founded one of the first OER’s. Thirty years ago he helped launch a curriculum-based media festival in his district and subsequently assumed the director's mantle of the California Student Media Festival, the nation’s oldest student media festival, where he still serves as judge and emcee. A member of the National Council of Teachers for Mathematics, he currently serves on the board for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), having previously served on the CUE board. After almost 30 years in STRS, he left to build the teacher community for Discovery Education. The DEN has now reached more than 2.6 million teachers worldwide through 70,000 teacher-led events.
He has received numerous awards, including the prestigious 2011 "Make IT Happen" award, an internationally recognized program from ISTE for K-16 educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration. His two children attended school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and one of them now teaches at a STEAM magnet in that district. He had input on the state technology plan and on the revised guidelines for the Williams Act.


Hall Davidson's Sessions:

  • Building a Media Festival: District, Building or Classroom. Whys and Wows
  • Leroy's Big Idea: Innovative Lesson Design Competition
  • Video Editing Workshop with Brad Montague and Hall Davidson

Leslie Fisher
Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fishers interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life.


After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.


In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple's road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions.


Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world.  


Leslie Fisher's Sessions:

  • Tools You Can Use Tomorrow
  • The Web 2.0 You Might Not Know About


Karen Janowski

Karen Janowski is an Assistive & Educational Technology Consultant, and Adjunct Professor at Simmons College in Boston, MA. She presents both locally and nationally about the importance of using ubiquitous technologies which remove the obstacles to learning for all students and is a passionate advocate of Universal Design for Learning. Janowski is an EdCampBoston and EdCampAccess organizer.


Karen Janowski's Sessions:

  • Innovative Technologies for Learners with Reading Differences
  • Innovative Technologies for Learning with Writing Challenges
  • Disorganized and Unprepared: Technology Tools to Support Executive Functions


Brad Montague
Brad MontagueBrad Montague is an award-winning writer and director working to creatively communicate hope to children of all ages. He is creator of Kid President, which began its life online and has grown into a New York Times bestselling book, television series, and movement for good among families, children, and classrooms around the world. He is also the force behind ‘Socktober’ -an annual social campaign designed to help connect communities to their local homeless shelters and GO! Camp -a week long experience for teenagers who want to change the world. He and his wife, Kristi, own and operate Montague Workshop, a creative space dedicated to developing projects that inspire and encourage.


Over the years, Brad has helped several non-profits tell their stories and better connect with people. With a special emphasis on finding ways kids and grown-ups can work together, creating real change in the world has been at the heart of every project. From campaigns and collaborations with organizations like Feeding America and the UN Foundation, to projects with youth ministries and local changemakers building a house for homeless families in Little Rock, AR: it’s all a joyful rebellion.


(Brad will also be available to sign books at the CUE Gear Store Saturday, March 18 from 8:00 - 9:00 am.)


Brad Montague's Sessions:

  • Stay Sparky
  • Video Editing Workshop with Brad Montague and Hall Davidson

Tom Murray
Tom MurrayThomas C. Murray serves as the state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement digital learning while helping to lead Future Ready, Project 24 and Digital Learning Day.


Tom’s experiences in K–12 digital leadership, which include implementing a 1:1 program, BYOD, blended learning, and a K–12 cyber school where he served as the director of technology and cyber education for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, have been recognized nationally.


He is also the co-author of the recent release, Leading Professional Learning; Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers (Corwin, 2015), and serves as a school district consultant for digital learning planning and implementation. A former CIO and school principal, Tom is passionate about proper digital learning implementation and personalized professional learning.


He was the recipient of the Blended Schools Network Leadership Award, named one of the top 16 “forward thinking EdTech leaders in the country,” named one of the “top 100 influential voices in education,” has been featured in Tech & Learning magazine’s Leadership Profile, and has appeared on various television shows.
Tom’s cyber- and blended-learning programs have been highlighted by Forbes.com, T.H.E. Journal, District Administration magazine, Project Red, Tech & Learning magazine, the Innosight Institute, and iNACOL, among others, and on Digital Learning Day in both 2013 and 2014. He also serves on the advisory board for Alma, T.H.E. Journal, and Remind.


Tom is the cofounder of #edtechchat, a weekly educational technology Twitter forum, where hundreds of educators from around the world discuss digital learning. As a follow-up, his weekly show, #edtechchat radio on the BAM Radio Network, is available on iTunes and is regularly one of the top downloaded education podcasts.


Tom Murray's Sessions:

  • What Does an Innovator in a School or District Look Like?
  • Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's Schools, Today

Mark Ray
Mark RayMark Ray is Director of Innovation and Library Services for Vancouver (WA) Public Schools and Future Ready Librarians Lead at the Alliance for Excellent Education. Named 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year and an NSBA "20 to Watch" in 2015, he has visioned, led and promoted 1:1 programs, professional development, digital learning and innovative library programs.




Mark Ray's Sessions:

  • So What’s Your Curation Strategy?
  • Compliance to Self-Reliance: Rebooting Digital Citizenship
  • Future Ready Is Greater Than "Digital"

Toni Robinson
Toni RobinsonToni Robinson is passionate about helping professionals embrace change, achieve results, and step into new possibilities. By combining her experiences as an educator and a performing artist, Toni inspires audiences to make bold, balanced and meaningful changes in their professional practice. She skillfully designs and delivers dynamic, interactive learning experiences that incorporate technology, movement, and participant expertise. Toni was the co-host for Sunburst Visual Media’s critically acclaimed Excellence in Teaching series and worked as the host of the Professional Development Channel at Educational Management Group. Having delivered hundreds of hours of educator training in live, video and web-based platforms, Toni is at home in front of various sizes and types of groups and seasoned at facilitating meaningful discussion in a variety of settings. Through her work as an educational consultant, she has created and conducted training programs in a wide-range of corporate, academic and nonprofit settings with notable companies such as Bank of America, Intel, CompUSA, Arizona State University, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Evans Newton Incorporated. Toni holds a BA in Spanish and an MA in Education from SUNY Albany and has completed extensive postgraduate work in Educational Technology at Arizona State University. In addition to her work in the United States, Toni has conducted workshops and training in Spain, South Africa, and Japan.


Sponsored by Discovery Education


Toni Robinson's Sessions:

  • Fostering Cycles of Access, Achievement and Advancement in the Digital Age
  • P³:  Unlocking Student Potential in the Classroom
  • Thinking and Learning in the Digital Era