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October 1, 2014
CUE Leads Blended Learning Theme for Connected Educator Month

Walnut Creek, Calif., Oct. 1, 2014 –  CUE is honored to be named the Blended Learning Theme leader for Connected Educator Month. CUE is one of several organizations creating and organizing programs, activities, and events to promote the concept of the “Connected Educator” as a way to enhance student success.


“We are pleased to offer CUE resources and activities to all educators that promote blended learning in the classroom. CUE has been at the forefront of the blended learning movement, creating professional development courses; co-hosting eSS (www.elearns.org), our annual blended learning symposium; and promoting its advantages and applications at our two conferences,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE CEO.  


Dr. Rob Darrow, co-chair of CUE’s eLearning Network added: “We are looking forward to collaborating with outstanding blended learning educators from across California and the nation to highlight how blended learning customizes instruction, empowers learning and increases student achievement.”


CEMCUE’s activities and programming can be found on the Connected Educator website during the month of October and beyond, along with other events and activities produced by other Theme Leaders such as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD). CUE will begin with a panel of blended learning experts on Monday, October 6 at 7:00 EST / 4:00 PST. Each week, CUE will feature a panel of experts which will be followed by weekly Tweet Ups, blog posts and other resources to support educators. Teachers and administrators are welcome to participate in this free professional development opportunity both synchronously and asynchronously to increase their knowledge about blended learning. For times and panel discussion topics, see the Connected Educator Month schedule.


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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We strive to be a community inspiring innovative learners. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org

About Connected Educator Month

Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success in 2012 and 2013, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2014, through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming. The goals of CEM include getting more educators proficient with social media to improve their practice, deepening and sustaining learning among those already enjoying connection’s benefit, helping schools credential/integrate connected learning into their formal professional development efforts, and stimulating and supporting innovation in the field. | connectededucators.org


September 16, 2014
Nominate a CUE member for the inaugural Digital Innovation in Learning Awards

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Do you know an inspiring educator, administrator, or edtech company? Of course you do - you're on the CUE website! Apply or nominate for the First Annual Digital Innovation in Learning Awards, hosted by EdSurge and Digital Promise! The “Creative Director” award for teachers, for instance, spotlights teachers who are inspiring their students to create high-quality multimedia projects. The Administrator “Open Door Policy” Award will elevate administrators leading the way in collaboration, communication, and sharing their schools’ practices with others.

Apply or Nominate today!

September 8, 2014
In case you missed it: the CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Video Archive is Available

September 4, 2014
CUE and The Learning Revolution Announce Keynote Speakers for Online Summit Featuring Google for Education

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Walnut Creek, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 –  CUE and The Learning Revolution Project have announced the lineup of keynote speakers for the first ever Online Summit featuring Google for Education. This event will take place entirely online, all sessions and keynotes will be recorded via Google Hangouts on Air, and registrants will have access to the recordings indefinitely. Q&A time will be provided for all sessions.


The keynote lineup is as follows:


SATURDAY (all times Pacific)

9am: Jon Corippo - The CUE Rock Star Story: Get on the PLN Bandwagon


1pm: Jordan Pedraza - Power to the People: Communities as Platforms for Innovation and Change in Education


5pm: Esther Wojcicki - A Conversation with Esther Wojcicki and CUE CEO Mike Lawrence


SUNDAY (all times Pacific)

9am: David Theriault and Sean Ziebarth - BRAWLING with Google (Battle Royale All Will Learn)


1pm: Hank Thiele - Changing to a Culture Built On Collaboration


5pm: Cristin Frodella - Will speak on her role leading Google's Global Education Marketing Team


Registration for this weekend’s summit is $40 and is now open at www.giesummit.org. This low price includes unlimited access to the archives as well as a one-year membership to CUE. The online summit will take place September 6 & 7, 2014 • 9am-7pm (Saturday), 8am-6pm (Sunday) Pacific Saving Time (GMT-7). Visitwww.giesummit.org for more details on the event and in-depth bios on all the presenters.

September 3, 2014
CUE Announces Fall 2014 Conference Keynote Speakers Lucien Vattel and Diana Laufenberg

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.

August 15, 2014
CUE and The Learning Revolution Announce First Online Summit featuring Google for Education

Groundbreaking Online Summit Will Connect Educators Globally

 

Walnut Creek, Calif., August 15, 2014 –  This September, CUE and The Learning Revolution Project will host the first ever Online Summit featuring Google for Education, which will highlight the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves. This event will take place entirely online, and all sessions will be recorded via Google Hangouts on Air. Registrants will have access to recordings indefinitely.GOOGLE-ONLINE-SUMMIT2.png


Registration for the weekend summit is $40 and is now open at www.giesummit.org. This low price includes unlimited access to the archives as mentioned as well as a one-year membership to CUE. The online summit will take place September 6 & 7, 2014 • 9am-6pm Pacific (GMT-7).  


“We are excited to bring this new format of professional development and collaboration to educators,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE’s CEO. “Most brick-and-mortar conferences, including our own, require attendees to pick and choose between sessions. By offering unlimited archival access to all the sessions, we ensure that attendees can see everything.” Steve Hargadon, founder of the Learning Revolution Project, whose online events have had hundreds of thousands of attendees, adds: “The travel time and expenses of face-to-face events can make them hard to attend--having a virtual conference significantly opens the door to easier participation.”


Call for Proposals

Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers and Google Educators can apply to present at the inaugural virtual summit To apply, fill out this Submission Form by September 1, 2014. If your session(s) is accepted, you will be notified on a rolling basis starting on August 15. Apply early as submissions are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Proposal strands include Search Literacy, Leveraging Devices and Apps, Digital Citizenship, IT/GAFE ManagementSTEM and Computer Science , Gone Google Stories, Innovation in Leadership, Getting Googley: Projects and Initiatives from Google, Project-Based Learning Using Google, Professional Learning and even more. Visit www.giesummit.org for more details on the event.

 

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We strive to be a community inspiring innovative learners. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org


About the Learning Revolution Project

The Learning Revolution Project holds "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and promotes the events of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they increasingly overlap and integrate these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place. Learning Revolution projects have 130,000 members from 200+ countries. | learningrevolution.com

August 13, 2014
CUE Board Names Mike Lawrence as CEO

Mike Lawrence, CEOWalnut Creek, Calif. CUE is proud to announce that it has named Mike Lawrence as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer. Having served as the nonprofit's executive director since 2005, Lawrence is ready to embrace his new role under the reorganized structure, which was approved at the Board’s annual retreat July 23-24, 2014.


“CUE's growth at our conferences, in professional development, and membership over the last few years is absolutely tremendous. To meet the demands of this growth while also preparing for the future, CUE is excited to elevate Mike to our new CEO position,” said Robert Craven, CUE Board President. “In expanding staff and creating the new CEO position, CUE is prepared to expand high quality professional development offerings to our members.”


Lawrence’s appointment to CEO comes after his earning his CAE (Certified Association Executive) credential, the highest professional credential in the association industry. To earn this certificate, the applicant must complete 100 hours of specialized coursework, have a minimum of three years’ experience in nonprofit organization management, pass a rigorous examination in association management and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certificate, one must regularly complete professional development courses through the Center for Association Leadership. 

June 23, 2014
Announcing CUE's 2014-2015 Board Officers

CUE Board June 23, 2014 - Walnut Creek, Calif. – CUE is proud to announce its 2014-2015 Board officers. The new officers were elected at the June 16, 2014 board meeting, held at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. Officers for the 2014-2015 year are as follows:


President: Robert EM Craven

Vice President/Treasurer: Ray Chavez  

Secretary: Lainie Rowell

Assistant Treasurer: Kyle Brumbaugh


The rest of the nine-member board will include: Jason Borgen, David Malone, Suzanne Mitchell, Andrew Schwab, and Roger Wagner. The new board year begins July 1 and their annual retreat will be held at the California State Railroad Museum on July 23-24, 2014.


The call for Board of Directors’ nominations is open August through the second Thursday of December of each year. All submitted nominations are reviewed by the Nominations Committee, from which a slate of candidates are proposed to the board for approval in January. An online ballot will be made available to all current CUE members from the Saturday of the Annual Conference through the last Thursday in April. Election results are announced on Twitter. For more information about nominating a CUE member to the CUE board of directors, check out cue.org/nomination.


June 23, 2014
CUE Announces 2014-2015 Board Officers

Board of DirectorsWalnut Creek, Calif. – CUE is proud to announce its 2014-2015 Board officers. The new officers were elected at the June 16, 2014 board meeting, held at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. Officers for the 2014-2015 year are as follows:


President: Robert EM Craven

Vice President/Treasurer: Ray Chavez  

Secretary: Lainie Rowell

Assistant Treasurer: Kyle Brumbaugh


The rest of the nine-member board will include: Jason Borgen, David Malone, Suzanne Mitchell, Andrew Schwab, and Roger Wagner. The new board year begins July 1 and their annual retreat will be held at the California State Railroad Museum on July 23-24, 2014.


The call for Board of Directors’ nominations is open August through the second Thursday of December of each year. All submitted nominations are reviewed by the Nominations Committee, from which a slate of candidates are proposed to the board for approval in January. An online ballot will be made available to all current CUE members from the Saturday of the Annual Conference through the last Thursday in April. Election results are announced on Twitter. For more information about nominating a CUE member to the CUE board of directors, check out cue.org/nomination.

June 18, 2014
Amy Burvall to Kickoff eLearning Strategies Symposium



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Amy Burvall to Keynote 2014 eLearning Strategies Symposium

 

Costa Mesa, Calif., June 18, 2014 — Today, CUE and the Stanislaus County Office of Education announced that Amy Burvall, the teacher and YouTube personality, will provide the opening keynote for the third annual eLearning Strategies Symposium, a conference dedicated to highlighting and exploring effective strategies for online and blended education.


A Humanities teacher for more than 20 years, Amy is currently teaching Theory of Knowledge at Le Jardin Academy International Baccalaureate (IB) "world school" in Kailua, Hawaii. Her work in the History for Music Lovers YouTube channel (aka “Historyteachers”), which features history-based parody music videos with more than 10 million views, has appeared in Wired magazine, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Honolulu Magazine, CBC, NPR, and international blogs and media. She was privileged to present at TEDxHonolulu 2011 and served as co-curator for TEDxHonoluluED 2013.


In her keynote, “The Cafe, the Studio and the Stage: Re-Imagining Spaces for Blended and Online Learning”, Amy will re-imagine the environments in which our students learn, whether traditional, blended, or completely online. She will answer such questions as what are the essential elements of these “spaces” and what tools are useful in managing student learning, production, and amplification of student work.


"We are thrilled that Amy Burvall will be our kick-off keynote speaker at eSS,” said CUE’s Executive Director, Mike Lawrence. “Her energetic approach to learning and her willingness to explore all avenues of content delivery, up to and including Lady Gaga, will be an unforgettable addition to the symposium.”


Early Bird Symposium registration is now open until October 10th. Just $179, registration includes Friday and Saturday sessions, a keynote/lunch on Friday, and Ramsey Musallam’s closing keynote on Saturday. Groups of two or more who are from the same school, district, or organization may register for $165. San Mateo Marriott rooms for the symposium are just $139 per night.


For more information, visit the eLearning Strategies Symposium website, www.elearns.org.


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About eSS

The eLearning Strategies Symposium, a joint partnership of CUE and the Stanislaus County Office of Education, is designed to bring together K-12 teachers and administrators, policymakers, and industry around eLearning’s progress, direction, curriculum, policy, teaching and learning strategies, and professional development. The third annual eLearning Strategies Symposium will be held at the San Mateo Marriott on December 12th and 13th, 2014.| www.elearns.org


About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org


CONTACT: Brian Bridges CONTACT: Mike Lawrence

Director, eLearning Strategies Symposium Executive Director, CUE

209-345-2833, brian.bridges@elearns.org 925-478-3460, mlawrence@cue.org