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CUE Announces 2017 National Conference Spotlight Speakers: -- Darryl Adams, Nicole Dalesio, Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher, Karen Janowski, Brad Montague, Tom Murray, Mark Ray, and Toni Robinson --

December 6, 2016

CUE is excited to announce the Spotlight Speakers for its national conference to be held March 15-18, 2017 in Palm Springs. All conference speaker sessions, detailed descriptions and times as well as in-depth bios on presenters, will be listed in the Conference Online Program, available mid-January on the CUE website. Registration is currently open, and as the event has sold out for the last two years, do not delay.

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Dr. Darryl Adams, the world’s rock and roll superintendent, has spent almost 30 years as an educator and administrator with the goal of preparing students for college, career and citizenship. As former Superintendent for the Coachella Valley Unified School District, Dr. Adams led significant reform efforts, including “Measure X,” a 21st Century Mobile Learning initiative that 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. President Obama praised Dr. Adams for his innovative work in ensuring that all students in his district have digital tools and broadband internet access. The President went on to laud Dr. Adams’ innovative and creative Wifi-on-Wheels program that provides Wifi to neighborhoods and trailer home parks with no connectivity through the use of Wifi routers on school buses that are then parked in these spaces.

Darryl’s 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?


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Nicole 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’s Sessions:

  • ToSA Connection

  • An Innovative Approach to Homework

  • Digital Storytelling and Creativity on the Go


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Hall 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 worldwide.


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. Click here for full bio

Hall’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 (additional registration required)


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After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and after a quick stint as a Trainer, Fisher joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Fisher was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation. Fisher Technologies, Inc. is now an international company specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world. Click here for full bio

Leslie’s Sessions:

  • Tools You Can Use Tomorrow

  • The Web 2.0 You Might Not Know About


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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 is featured within CUE's Diverse Learners Symposium (DLS) event.


Karen’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


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Brad 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 both “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’s Sessions

  • Video Editing Workshop with Brad Montague and Hall Davidson (additional registration required)



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Tom 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 as well as the US Senate, the US Department of Education, 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. Click here for full bio

Tom’s Sessions

  • What Does an Innovator in a School or District Look Like?

  • Creating Tomorrow’s Schools, Today: 8 Keys to Unlocking the Schools Kids Need


Mark Ray


Mark 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 will be part of the Information Literacy Summit taking place on Friday, March 17.

Mark’s Sessions

  • So What’s Your Curation Strategy?

  • Compliance to Self-Reliance: Rebooting Digital Citizenship

  • Future Ready > “Digital” [Alt: Future Ready Is Greater Than "Digital"]


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Toni Robinson combines her experiences as an educator and a performing artist, inspiring audiences to make bold, balanced and meaningful changes in their professional practice. 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. Through her work as an educational consultant, she has created and conducted training programs in a wide-range of corporate, academic and nonprofit settings. 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.

Toni’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


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