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CUE 2016 Fall Conference Spotlight Speakers

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Hall Davidson
Hall DavidsonHall Davidson has worked from think tanks in Turkey to classrooms in Tennessee. He has collaborated with thought leaders including teachers, superintendents, and consortiums from across the world. A former bilingual math and language arts teacher, he left the classroom to became part of an Emmy-winning team creating math programs. For thirty years, he was an educational innovator in broadcasting and technology. His talks blend humor, deep insight, and data from both education and industry. He blends the big picture with nuts and bolts. He has worked with transformational industry groups, education ministries, and with thousands of students through guidance of the nation’s oldest student media festival. Across four decades of work with education, he identifies right now as the most transformative and important time for teaching and learning.


Hall Davidson's Sessions:

  • Breakout Room for Your Mobile! The Most Unreal, Unbelievable Mobile Challenge
  • Building a Media Festival: District, Building or Classroom. Whys and Wows (limited seats available)


Leslie Fisher
Leslie Fisher's 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
  • Power Using Twitter
  • Digging Deeper into Kahoot, Quizizz and Quizlet Live
  • Augment Your Reality
  • The Amazing World of Google Photos and Google Street View VR



Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley



Rushton Hurley taught high school Japanese language, was principal of an online school, and runs NextVista.org, an educational nonprofit designed to save the world from ignorance.




Rushton Hurley's Sessions:                                

  • Being Both a Professional Educator and a Community Leader
  • Getting a Digital Video Project Going  (limited seats available)                                      
  • Making Your School Something Special (limited seats available)                                   

Tony Sinanis

Tony Sinanis

Dr. Tony Sinanis is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Plainedge School District. Prior to that, Tony was the Lead Learner (Principal) at National Blue Ribbon School Cantiague Elementary in Jericho, New York. He is co-author of Hacking Leadership (Book 5 in the popular Hack Learning Series) and The Power of Branding and Principal Professional Development (Corwin Press). Tony is the 2014 New York State Elementary Principal of the Year. Tony is also the founder and co-moderator of #NYedchat. Tony also co-hosts the Successful Schools podcast with Dr. Joe Sanfelippo. Most important, Tony is a proud dad to his awesome son, Paul. You can find Tony at @TonySinanis on Twitter.





Tony Sinanis's Sessions:                                

  • C.U.L.T.U.R.E. to Empower Students, Staff & Families  (limited seats available)                                      
  • Going from Visible to Present & Engaged as a School Leader  (limited seats available)