Common Sense Media will be taking Spring CUE by storm this year, with three sessions organized by the agency to get the word out about digital citizenship. 

“Talk Before They Post: Using Video to Spark Digital Citizenship Discussions”

Friday, March 20th from 2:00-3:00 pm at the Renaissance Hotel, Madera Room
Sue Thotz and Rachel Roberson

Why should someone attend this session?

  • Want to get your students talking about current issues, sharing perspectives, practicing digital citizenship and interacting in a safe online space with peers from across the country?

    Sue Thotz, Senior Program Manager, Common Sense Education, @suethotz

    This is the session for you! 

  • Educators who want to make online discussion and digital citizenship an ongoing part of their classroom practice should attend this session. 
  • Want to connect the dots between classroom learning and current events like election 2020, but not sure how to do it? This session will give you the tools to facilitate civil discourse and civic engagement that connects core skills to students’ lived experience.
  • Research shows that students who participate in discussions of important local, national or global issues are more engaged in school, more interested in politics, better communicators and critical thinkers, and have a greater likelihood of engaging in civic life as adults. Learn how to bring foster evidence-based discussions of current issues in your classroom.

What will they learn from us?

  • It IS possible to connect your students to others across the country to share their views and explore multiple perspectives–learn how with the help of free, ready-to-use resources and teacher-led experiences. 

    Rachel Roberson, Program Manager for Humanities Professional Learning, KQED, @rr_roberson

What will the energy be like?  

  • “I want this session to be the gateway between the two worlds of KQED and Common Sense. If you like one, you’ll love the other.” -Sue
  • Teachers will learn through the experience of Theresa, a teacher who has used these digital citizenship resources in tandem for foundational and real-life experience on today’s issues. 
  • The example lesson on “The Health Effects of Screen Time” shows the complexity of the issue. Students debate the topic with other students on the KQED Learn platform. 
  • This session puts youth voice and digital citizenship front and center. Students are ready to analyze media, evaluate evidence and share their views with an authentic audience outside your classroom walls.


“Cultivating Welcoming Spaces: Expanding and Diversifying Our Communities of Learning”

Saturday, March 21st from 2:00-3:00pm at the Renaissance Hotel, Mojave Learning Center
Dr. Toutoule NToya, Leticia Citizen, Nyree Clark, Jennifer Dean, and Tory Wadlington

Why should someone attend this session?

We’ll be sharing data we have collected at local conferences about how attendees represent themselves. Learn about how we got started in the field of equity and inclusion. 

What will they learn from us?

You will learn some strategies you can take back to your community to jumpstart the conversation of creating welcoming spaces for all people.

What will the energy be like?  

This is not a “sit and get” atmosphere. Be ready to communicate and collaborate with people. Be prepared to make your brain sweat in the most creative and practical protocols that will help you start to build an inclusive environment.

Everything you need to know about the session can be found at the site including photos, video and data: 

“From Digital Divide to Meaningful Connections: Exploring Ways Digital Citizenship Can Bridge”

Friday, March 20th from 9:00-10:30am at the Convention Center, Smoketree A
Jamie Nunez

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – November 7 – Jamie Nunez attends Common Sense Media Luncheon 2019 on November 7th 2019 at St. Regis in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Andrew Caulfield for Drew Altizer Photography)

What folks will learn:

” How does bias impact student engagement?”  In this interactive session, come learn ways to incorporate students digital lives into your pedagogical practices

Join other educators as we reflect on our implicit bias & explore unique ways digital citizenship can help create engaging learning environments.

One Fall CUE attendee stated this of Nunez’s session, “I never realized that learning about my own bias related to tech can have an impact on learning. Thanks for making the experience memorable…”

About Kristin Oropeza
Kristin is a full-time special education teacher, contract consultant, and educational content writer. She is a Google Certified Teacher (Level 1 and 2), Google Certified Trainer, and MIE Expert for 2020-2021.