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CUE Announces Brad Montague and Pearl Arredondo as Keynote Speakers

November 30, 2015


Kid President creator to open conference, and National Board Certified educator to close


Walnut Creek, Calif., November 30, 2015 -- CUE is thrilled to announce that Brad Montague and Pearl Arredondo will be Keynote speakers for the CUE 2016 National Conference, March 17-19, in Palm Springs, California. Brad Montague, co-creator of the popular web series Kid President, will be the Kickoff Keynote on Thursday, March 17 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Pearl Arredondo, teacher, principal and creator of the San Fernando Institute for Applied Media (SFiAM),

will provide the Closing Keynote on Saturday, March 19 from 2:45 to 3:45 pm.


Brad Headshot.jpgBrad Montague, along with Robby Novak, are co-creators of Kid President, the popular web series featured on Rainn Wilson's SoulPancake YouTube channel. Together, the two have created a movement of joy and fun seen by tens of millions. Kid President is a Webby Award-winning show that has gone on to be a television show Declaration of Awesome on the Hub Network. Brad’s Guide to Being Awesome is a HarperCollins Children’s book that was published in February 2015 and was on the New York Times Bestseller List. With a passion for helping foster creativity and compassion in young people, Brad is also the director of GO! Camp, an experience for teenagers who want to change the world, and co-founder of Love In Stereo, a collective of artists striving to create work that matters. 


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Pearl Arredondo is a National Board Certified Teacher of sixth-grade English and History. In 2010, she was part of a teacher-led team that founded San Fernando Institute for Applied Media (SFiAM), the first pilot middle school established in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She taught for 10 years before becoming the instructional specialist and now principal of SFiAM. Pearl is passionate about increasing student access to technology and closing the digital divide. She is featured in People Magazine’s My American Dream: Great Success Against All Odds campaign sponsored by Milk Life. She was also featured on TED Talks Education and is a frequent speaker and panelist related to those key issues. As a Teach Plus Policy Fellow, she met with President Obama’s senior advisors to discuss teacher tenure and elevating the teaching profession. As part of Educators for Excellence, she helped write a series of recommendations entitled Reimagining Tenure: Protecting Our Students and Our Profession. In 2014, she received the “Inspirational Teacher Award” from United Way of Greater Los Angeles, was named California Woman of the Year from California Assembly District 39, and was honored at the Ford Theatre’s Annual Gala for being an inspirational teacher. Pearl is a tireless advocate for public education and technology-based curriculum.  She is also a role model for young Latinas seeking to make a difference in their communities. Her goal is to make SFiAM a model of educational reform by preparing all students to be effective communicators in the 21st century.


* Be sure to check out our annoucement that Hadi Partovi, co-founder and president of Code.org®, is a Keynote Speaker for the CUE 2016 National Conference.


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