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CUE Announces 2016 National Conference Spotlight Speakers

December 14, 2015


Leslie Fisher, Lisa Highfill, Dr. Cindy Moss, Tom Murray, Luis Pérez, & Joyce Valenza


Walnut Creek, Calif., December 14, 2015 -- CUE is excited to announce the Spotlight Speakers for its national conference to be held March 17-19, 2016 in Palm Springs. All conference speaker sessions, detailed descriptions and times as well as in-depth bios on presenters, including those below, will be listed in the CUE Guide, available mid-January on the CUE website.


Leslie Fisher

After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and 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 emFisher Picture lo_res.jpgerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world. Click here for full bio

Leslie’s Sessions

  • Tools You Can Use Tomorrow

  • Screencasting and Broadcasting in Your Classroom and Beyond

  • The Web 2.0 You Might Not Know About



Lisa Highfill

Lisa Highfill, co-creator of HyperDocs, is the TK-12 Instructional Technology Coach for Pleasanton Unified School District and the 2014 Teacher of the Year. She has presented at numerous conferences across the country, sharing ideas to improve the way students experience learning. Highfill is a Google Certified Innovator, YouTube Star Teacher, and a Krause Center for Innovation Merit Fellow. She is a self-proclaimed #BBQWhisperer and #VideoWhisperer. Click here for full bio

Lisa’s Sessions

  • HyperDocs: Engage, Educate, and Inspire with Transformative Digital Lessons

  • YouTube Lessons That Will Leave You Thinking

  • Extreme Pedagogy Makeover: Inspiring Readers and Writers with Engaging Digital Lessons


Dr. Cindy Moss

Dr. CindCindy Moss.jpgy Moss, Senior Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, is charged with supporting school districts in their work to develop and deploy student initiatives to drive science, technology, engineering, and math achievement nationwide. A nationally respected thought leader in STEM education and reform, Dr. Moss brings over 31 years experience in district leadership, classroom instruction, and inquiry-based learning to her work as a champion for STEM engagement and career and workforce readiness. Click here for full bio

Cindy’s Sessions

  • Putting the Sizzle in STEM

  • Decreasing the Achievement Gap with STEM

  • STEAM-Students and Teachers Energizing Active Minds


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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

  • Teaching and Learning in Future Ready Schools

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


Luis Pérez

Luis Pérez received his doctorate in special education and a Unknown-1.jpegMasters in Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida. He is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. Perez was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Innovator (formerly Google Certified Teacher) in 2014. He is the Professional Learning Chair of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  Click here for full bio


Luis’ Sessions

  • nABLEing All Learners: Mobile Devices as Transformational Technology

  • Students and Teachers as Publishers with iBooks Author and Book Creator

  • A Touch of Light: Engaging All Learners with Mobile Photography for the Classroom


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Joyce Valenza has been studying, writing about, and working with young people, technology, and information fluency for more than twenty years. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Master of Information program at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Joyce writes the award- winning NeverEndingSearch Blog for School Library Journal and also writes VOYA’s Tag Team Tech column. Click here for full bio

Joyce’s Sessions

  • Transliteracy/Metaliteracy: An unintentional film festival or 10 Big Things We Should Be Teaching in 2016

  • App Smashing

  • Social Media Curation


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