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CUE Announces Fall 2014 Conference Keynote Speakers Lucien Vattel and Diana Laufenberg

September 3, 2014

Walnut Creek, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 - CUE is proud to announce its keynote speakers for the Fall 2014 Conference, October 24-25 at American Canyon High School in Napa Valley, California.

Lucien Vattel will present the Opening Keynote at 4pm on Friday, October 24 and Diana Laufenberg will present the Closing Keynote at 3:30pm on Saturday, October 25.

Lucien Vattel: As an education trailblazer and game development visionary, Vattel is at the forefront of a nationwide crusade to revolutionize learning in the classroom and beyond. Vattel is the CEO of GameDesk, the Los Angeles-based interactive curriculum creator and digital publisher, which is transforming the traditional school model into a hands-on, digitally-charged ecosystem for students to discover and nourish their greatest gifts all while embracing STEM skills through game-based learning. Building on this methodology, Vattel founded and is Co-Director of PlayMaker, a next-generation, choose-your-own adventure middle school program designed to help teachers and students transcend the confines of textbooks and chalkboards. After securing the largest contribution in AT&T history, Vattel currently leads the design and development of a Los Angeles-based digital learning center and fully comprehensive online portal for educators.


During the last 15 years, Vattel has taught courses in both digital game development history and advanced game design and is also a frequent speaker having recently spoken at TEDx, Games for Change, and SXSW.

Diana Laufenberg: Laufenberg, a National Board Certified Teacher, has taught Social Studies to students from 7th to 12th grade for the past 16 years. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Laufenberg was featured on TED.com for her message “How to Learn? From Mistakes,” and her publications include a featured piece on the New York Times Learning blog, as well as an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. She currently works as a freelance teacher and an Educational Strategist for Inquiry Schools, a new non-profit focused on building, supporting and sustaining modern learning environments that are inquiry-driven and project-based.


Her keynote, ‘Creating the Classrooms We Need’ will discuss how our schools hold immense potential for authentic and experience-based learning in this age of information surplus. Since educators are teaching and students are learning in a landscape where students no longer have to come to school to get their information, never have educators had such amazing opportunities to think creatively about their practice. Never has it been so important for educators to provide students with innovative and dynamic learning. Laufenberg’s keynote will provide practical classroom examples of activities and assessments and will challenge audience members’ thinking on what it means to teach and learn in today’s schools.

More information, including hotel and registration is available at fallcue.org. Space is limited, so please register early.