Guest Blog Post by Spring CUE Featured Speaker Tara Linney

I’m so stoked to be at the Virtual Spring CUE 2021! California is the state that I loved the most as a military brat … heck, even as an adult who has lived abroad in these last five years, I still find myself connecting with my California peeps every single year. The beaches, sun, the strawberry and blueberry farms—who could ask for anything more?

All the dating apps say to put three things in your description that describe yourself, so here goes. I’m a dark chocolate aficionado. My latest indulgences in this category have come from a chocolatier in Paris, France, and a 160+-year-old honey company in Wisconsin. Traveling around the world is my most favorite (pre-2020) thing to do. Exploration should be my middle name, because getting lost in language, culture, and food from around the world truly awakens a piece of my soul. Thus far, I’ve lived in three countries and traveled to 35 (on all of the continents, except Antarctica). I’m a self-proclaimed Queen of Iteration. It took me six tries to become a Google Certified Innovator back in the day, and iteration is also the main theme in my book, Code Equity: Keying Girls into Coding.

2020 was a pivotal year for me (and most of the rest of the world). I made the decision to launch my first non-lemonade-stand business and created the company TL Specialists LLC in order to provide SEL-minded, EdTech-infused training to educators. 

My journey in education has given me so much over the last 10 years, and the areas that I find myself giving back to the most are professional learning for educators and equity in computer science education. The latter is the premise for what I’ll be sharing with you at Spring CUE 2021. 

You see, in order to have equity, students must have access. By introducing CS to our youngest learners, we’re exposing them to a world of opportunities that they won’t soon forget. Join me at Spring CUE 2021, and I’ll show you some easy-to-grasp ways that you can expose your young learners to computer science … even while in a virtual setting. Can’t wait to see you there!

Come see Tara talk on Friday, March 19th at 7:00pm PST. Register for Virtual Spring CUE 2021 today at cue.org/spring!

Tara Linney is the founder of TLSpecialists LLC, an organization and Google for Education Partner, created to provide EdTech and SEL-infused training for schools in this new world of hybrid and remote learning environments, with a focus on equitable experiences, delivered by diverse trainers. She is an award-winning educator who has helped several schools across the world with launching and sustaining effective 1:1 programs over the course of the last decade. In 2018, Tara authored and published the book, Code Equity: Keying Girls into Coding, as a guide for educators looking to make a more equitable learning environment for their students. She has spoken at over one hundred conferences around the world and online. Tara is also an ASCD Emerging Leader and Mentor, ISTE Certified Educator and Trainer, ISTE PLN Leader, Google Certified Innovator, Trainer and Mentor, and a TeachSDGs Ambassador. Connect with Tara on Twitter: @TaraLinney and online at www.tlspecialists.com.

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.