Educator Kim Voge has become accustomed to learning how to pivot her educational practices. After serving as a long-time Instructional Coach for her school district, she was thrust back into her own classroom at beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

However, that didn’t faze this 27-year teaching veteran. Voge leaned in and quickly pivoted her practices to adapt to her changed landscape. She turned to tried-and-true EdTech practices, sound pedagogy, and her personal learning community to guide her through the transition.

Voge takes a moment to pose for a photo with students

Voge is currently a Lead Teacher at Buena Vista Virtual Academy in Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District, where she teachers sixth grade. She is no newbie to CUE BOLD either; this will be her third year as a presenter and her second year as CUE BOLD’s Director.

She tells OnCUE what attendees can expect from her BOLD sessions, what makes her a unique presenter, and why educators should “go BOLD!”

Briefly describe your session(s) for readers. What can they expect?
“There’s a EduProtocol for That” – Find out how to use the EduProtocols to create meaningful, artfully created lessons for your students.

“Not All Classrooms Have Four Walls” – Learning looked different in the 2020-2021 school year! We built a virtual school from the ground up in just a couple of months. Build a solid structure for student learning with a blueprint that proved successful.

“Got UDL?” – All students are created equitable. Provide access, engagement, and representation for all learners. Learn the what, why, and how of using the principles of UDL to meet the needs of your students.

“Building HyperDocs By Removing Barriers” – Need some support building HyperDocs? Don’t let the task seem too large for you to tackle.

What are you most passionate about in education and how is that infused in what you present on?
I am most passionate about creating student-centered learning experiences for students in the classroom or learning from a distance. How can students “own their learning”?

Voge with some of her students, pre-pandemic

What’s in your “secret sauce”? What makes you unique as a presenter?
Keep the presentation running a quick clip. Provide practical resources. I try to bring in some humor and keep it real!

For those who have never attended a BOLD conference before, how would you describe it compared to other CUE events?
The focus isn’t how to use tools..the focus is how to design lessons. Become the designer you always wanted to be.

Why do you think BOLD conferences are needed for educators?
Blended online lesson design will become the staple now that we are basically 1:1 post pandemic. It is time for Educational Reformation to happen…and BOLD will get us there.

What does Madeline Hunter’s lesson model mean to you? Why is this lesson design still important today?
The remix of these elements helps meet the needs of lesson planning…direct, inquiry, etc. It is helpful to address the elements.

Why CUE? (What makes it special to you!)
I love being surrounded by innovative risk takers who are not complacent with status quo.

Join Kim for this year’s CUE BOLD conference. For more information and to register, visit www.cue.org/bold today!

Kristin Oropeza

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.