The LeRoy Finkel Fellowship is intended to promote leadership in the field of educational technology. CUE "Fellows" will
In 1978, LeRoy Finkel joined a group of dedicated educators to create CUE, now nationally recognized for its leadership in the promoting technology integration across the curriculum.
LeRoy recognized that technology would become a major factor in the educational process. He maintained an informed perspective and appreciation of the long view that he always eagerly and generously shared as coach and mentor in his books and articles where he praised good products, sniped at bad ones, and scrutinized every aspect of educational computing constantly reminding us to stay focused on the kids and the classroom, on teaching and learning, and on never being satisfied with anything but meeting the highest standards of excellence.
This fellowship honors those efforts and the inspirational spirit of the man.
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Searching for the Next LeRoy...
We are looking for more innovators like LeRoy and want to leverage CUE's network to share their best ideas. The Awards Committee will select four finalists from among each year's applicants to present their 'Big Idea' on stage at CUE's National Conference before a panel of edu-rock stars. On stage, each Finalist will present for 5 minutes on an even bigger version of their idea.
The Fellow will receive $2,000 and will be given a mentor, provided registration and travel to the 2018 ISTE Conference in Chicago, and invited to write about their idea and be featured in our OnCUE publication. The three finalists will each receive $1,000 to implement their idea and will be invited to write and be featured in our OnCUE publication as well.
How to Apply:
STEP 1: Create and upload a 60-second video of your lesson idea. It should be an innovative technology-enhanced curriculum project that is standards-aligned, replicable and relevant. We aren't judging the production quality of the video - just the idea. Excite us with your idea, share your students trying your idea - we don't want to watch talking heads! The idea should cost no more than $1,000, but have potential to scale up to a bigger idea that could be funded at full fellowship level of $2,000 should you become the next LeRoy Finkel Fellow.
STEP 2: Complete the online application, including a brief (500 words) explanation of your idea, including standards-alignment, student impact and how you'd spend the $1,000 budget. Don't get into your $2,000 version of the idea just yet - save that for the stage! Hit submit and you are DONE!
Any part or full-time K-20 educator that is a member of CUE working within California or Nevada is eligible to apply. To be considered as a finalist or for the full fellowship, the applicant must be willing to travel to Palm Springs and present their idea on stage at the CUE National Conference in March. The selected Fellow should be willing and able to perform the duties and attend the events below before applying.
Please note, all Finalist and Fellowship Awards are subject to appropriate federal & state taxes. CUE does not cover travel or other expenses (other than event registration) for finalists to attend the Spring Conference.
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