- Teacher-turned-CEO leaves a stronger and healthier organization -
Walnut Creek, Calif., July 21 , 2017 -- CUE, the education nonprofit and ISTE, SETDA & iNACOL affiliate for California and Nevada, announced that Mike Lawrence, CAE, will resign as CEO of CUE, effective August 31, 2017.
"I'm deeply honored to have served CUE and to have embraced its educational mission to bring innovation and ed tech professional development to educators and the students and communities they serve," said Lawrence, who started his career as an English teacher, and then moved up to county administration before transitioning to his leadership role with CUE.
"The Board is thankful for Mike's years of leadership and dedication to CUE. CUE's many accomplishments under Mike's tenure are a testament to CUE's mission of inspiring innovative educators" said Andrew Schwab, CUE's Board President. "Mike is leaving CUE stronger, healthier and engaged with more educators than ever before. We look forward to continued success in the future."
Lawrence began his tenure at CUE nearly 13 years ago, joining as Executive Director and guiding the organization through more than a decade of expansion and growth. CUE's events are recognized as the premier professional development programs in the area of educational innovation. During Lawrence's tenure, CUE has grown from just over 2,000 members attending one annual event and a handful of affiliate events to more than 10,000 members and 200+ events per year. Under Lawrence's leadership, CUE's reserve grew, allowing CUE to greatly expand services beyond annual conferences.
Working with volunteers and staff, Lawrence led CUE to become paperless, co-create the Google Certified Innovator program as well as other key programs such as the Innovative Educator Certificate, Leading Edge Certification, Infinite Thinking Machine blog & TV Show, Student-Powered Showcase, Rock Star Camps, STEAMpunk, Lead 3 Symposium, the BOLD Symposium, SuperCUE, Leadership Development Institute, Lead Learner Hootenanny, Macworld Educator strand, Deployment Squadron, and JET Review. In addition, CUE created CUEtoYOU (later CUEPL), the CES K12 EdTech Summit, and more.
To lead CUE in the interim and ensure a smooth transition while the search for a new Executive Director is underway, the Board has appointed Chief Innovation Officer Jon Corippo to serve as Interim Executive Director. As a long time CUE member, Lead Learner, former Assistant Superintendent and CUE Chief Innovation Officer, Jon's experience and connection to CUE will provide continuity and support during the transition.
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