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The Best in Ed Tech & Innovation Featured at CUE 2017

March 3, 2017

- Collaboration, Best Practices Highlighted in Palm Springs at National Conference  - 


Walnut Creek, CA – March 6, 2017 – Innovation takes center stage as the CUE 2017 National Conference comes to the Palm Springs Convention Center from March 15 – 18, and over 7,000 teachers and administrators will be there to experience first-hand what they affectionately refer to as the professional learning event of the year.


“The CUE National Conference has become a cornerstone in the professional learning cycle of many of our attendees,” said Mike Lawrence, CEO of CUE. “We’re thrilled to continue the tradition this year by lining up inspiring keynotes, relevant content and exhibiting companies, and organizations that showcase the advances in education technology happening right now, with students and teachers across the nation."

This year’s lineup of dynamic Keynote Presenters includes: Taylor Mali, poet, former teacher and author of What Teachers Make; Dr. Jo Boaler, Mathematics Education professor at Stanford University and co-founder of youcubed; George Couros, educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning and author of The Innovator’s Mindset; and Cathy Hunt, an advocate for the creative integration of technology in education probably best known for her work on iPadArtRoom. Keynote presentations will be live streamed at www.cue.org/live. The Welcome Keynote from Taylor Mali on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00pm is free and open to the public.

Even among the 300+ educator-led sessions and special events happening within the Conference Program, there are crowd pleasers that have become instant classics, such as LeRoy’s Big Idea Contest. The contest returns this year for its second running.  Presenting before a panel of edu-rock stars at the CUE National Conference, each of the six finalists will present an even bigger version of their “Big Idea” that first nabbed them a spot in the finale.  By a combined vote of the edu-rock star panel and the audience, one educator will be named the next "LeRoy Finkel Fellow” and receive a $2,500 fellowship to help bring their big idea to and the event is free and open to the public.

In the spirit of learn by doing, learn by building, the CUE STEAMpunk Playground comes to the CUE National Conference and brings together top STEAM teachers who will lead on-going, hands-on sessions featuring tools like: robots and flying drones, Minecraft, 3d printing coding and programming, as well as giving away "quick start" lesson plans that work at grade levels from Kindergarten through college.

The CUE Student-Powered Showcase brings the spotlight to students and is one of the most anticipated events at the National Conference. The student technology-integrated curriculum projects – and the students that power them – present their projects live on Saturday morning and the event is free and open to the public. The full listing of the 2017 CUE National Conference schedule can be found in the CUE Online Program.



Beth Cherry

Press Relations



Mike Lawrence

                                                                                             CEO, CUE