Walnut Creek, Calif., July 10, 2012 -- Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc., is proud to unveil Learning Tours -- a new approach to handling timely topics in education within the CUEtoYOU ed tech professional development offerings. The new model uses one-day, professional development opportunities that focus on just one of the innovative, relevant or hot topics in education. Then, during the two- or three-day “tour,” the topic is repeated on back-to-back days so that everyone in the tour’s particular state gets a chance to attend a session.
All Learning Tours will start in one local region of a state and move to one or two other regions over the course of two to three days. The idea is to offer the same professional development opportunity to as many participants as want to attend. Because it’s a one-day, localized training, the overall costs will be lower than when traveling to a full conference event. Because each session is focused on one topic, the participants can gain a greater and more thorough understanding of that topic and then quickly implement that knowledge in their classrooms.
Danny Silva, CUE’s professional development coordinator puts it this way: “Conferences on timely or emerging topics are almost impossible to get into or require costly travel. CUE decided to make it easy on teachers, administrators and school districts by bringing one-day conferences to their areas, matching the original purpose behind the ‘CUEtoYOU’ program. If a particular educational strategy is red hot, then CUE wants teachers to know about it. It’s an absolute win-win for everyone.”
The first tour to be road tested will focus on flipped teaching and will take place in CUE’s home state of California. It is a joint effort between CUE and the Flipped Learning Network, featuring a keynote and workshops by Jon Bergmann, one of the pioneers of flipped learning. The first leg of the tour will take place at the Krause Center for Innovation in the San Jose Area on August 2. Registration is now open to all teachers, administrators, district personnel or anyone else curious about flipped learning. The cost for the one-day session is $199 for CUE members and $239 for non-CUE members and includes lunch. The following day, the same seminar will be held at the Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa. Registration for that session is open now for the same price. More information at www.cue.org/learningtours.
Future topics under consideration for their own Learning Tours include Technology in Common Core, Online & Blended Learning, Mobile Learning, and more. New Learning Tours are slated to roll out throughout the coming year.
# # #
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Danny Silva
Professional Development Coordinator, CUE