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CUE 2017 Fall Conference Keynotes

Napa Valley

American Canyon High School

October 27-28

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Marco Torres, Keynote SpeakerBRAD MONTAGUE

Opening Session & Keynote, Friday, October 27, 8:30 - 9:30 am

Brad Montague is an award-winning writer and director working to creatively communicate hope to children of all ages. He is the 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 around the world. He is also the force behind ‘Socktober’ - an annual social campaign designed to help connect communities to their local homeless shelters, #BecauseYouWere – a movement inviting people to celebrate the mentors who believed in them long before it made sense, and Montague Workshop, a creative studio dedicated to developing projects that inspire and encourage kids and former kids.


His story of joyfully rebelling against how things are to create the world as it should be has led to collaborations with many different types of communities, brands, and influencers. Brad has spoken to thousands across the country at events for companies, creatives, churches, schools, and more. As a writer, he has appeared in many publications including Time, Parent Magazine, and Reader’s Digest. He and his work have been featured on CNN, Fox News, BBC, NPR, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the New York Times - just to name a few. Additionally, he was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his work bringing positivity and diversity to children’s media.


Montague’s storytelling has caught the attention of everyone from Beyonce’ to Tom Hanks to classrooms all over the world. Along the way, he’s helped several non-profits better tell their stories and connect to create real change. With a special emphasis on finding ways kids and grown-ups can work together, making the world more awesome is at the heart of every project. His collaborations with Feeding America and the UN Foundation have helped feed thousands of children. His partnerships with youth organizations and local changemakers helped build a home for homeless families in Little Rock, AR.


It’s real change and it’s fueled by joy. It’s a joyful rebellion.


Currently, Montague is involved in ‘The Listening Tour’, a project aiming to listen to and amplify the voices of elementary school students across the world. The tour originally only aimed to connect schools in the United States, but quickly grew when over 3,500 classrooms around the world applied to be part.


He and his wife have two young children and a cat. They live and work in Henderson, TN.


Brad will be available from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Friday, October 27 to sign books on the 1st floor of the Administration Building outside the CUE Gear Store (Room A103).



Rachel GardnerPernille Ripp

Closing Session & Keynote, Saturday, October 28, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Pernille Ripp is an expert in literacy and technology integration and dedicates her research and practice to developing engaged and empowered students and communities.
She is a teacher, speaker, author, blogger, and passionate advocate for education. Pernille is a Skype Master Teacher; Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert; recipient of the 2015 WEMTA Making IT Happen Award; and the 2015 ISTE Award for Innovation in Global Collaboration.
In 2010, Pernille founded The Global Read Aloud, a global literacy initiative that began with a simple goal in mind: one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to connect more than two million students in 60 different countries.

She is the author of (Routledge), now in its second edition, Empowered Schools, Empowered Students (Corwin), Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration (Solution Tree), and the forthcoming Passionate Readers (Routledge) focusing on creating learning spaces and communities where students thrive and all stakeholders are empowered and passionate about learning. Her work has also been featured in many print and online journals including Entersekt, Literacy Today, The New York Times, School Library Journal, The Guardian, and MiddleWeb.
Pernille’s current research interest is in creating passionate literacy environments within the restriction of our current educational systems to helping students fall in love with literacy again. She uses her own classroom as a laboratory as well as the many educators she works with across the country. You can follow Pernille’s work on Blogging Through The Fourth Dimension, her personal blog and a frequent Teach100 top rated education blog. With her mentoring, her own students' blogs have had more than 600,000 unique views since they began.
Passionate Learners - How to Engage and Empower Your Students
Would you want to be a student in your own classroom? In this session, based on the book Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower Your Students, 7th-grade teacher Pernille Ripp will help both novices and seasoned educators create a positive, interactive learning environment where students drive their own academic achievement. You’ll discover how to make fundamental changes to your classroom so learning becomes an exciting challenge rather than a frustrating ordeal. Attendees will discover practical strategies for how to build a working relationship with your students based on mutual trust, respect, and appreciation, be attentive to your students’ needs and share ownership of the classroom with them, and break out of the vicious cycle of punishment and reward to control student behavior.  Whether you are just beginning or well on your way in your teaching career, this session is meant to inspire you, help you take some risks, and eagerly pursue your journey toward a classroom filled with passionate learners.