CUE is proud to announce the two keynotes for Spring CUE 2020, Ken Shelton and Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, both of whom are world-renowned leaders and speakers – education experts who lead by example and are practical experts that will inspire.

Ken Shelton is a former CUE board member and was recognized as the ISTE Digital Equity PLN 2018 Excellence Award winner. Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator and was also named to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Education Technology Task Force. Ken holds an M.A. in Education in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has keynoted at education events around the world, including nearly every state in the United States. Ken has a long lineage in education, his father was the chief business officer and assistant superintendent for the Los Angeles County Office of Education and worked in two other county offices. One of Ken’s grandfathers and his maternal grandmother were educators.

Ken likes to say “the importance of education was instilled in my family on both sides many generations ago”.

Ken’s keynote will focus on educational equity, with a focus on the role that edtech can play in leveling the playing field for all students.

Get a preview of Ken’s voice and vision in this podcast hosted by Barbara Bray:

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa is the author of eight books on mind, brain, and education science, and dozens of articles related to this nascent field. Her most recent works are Neuromyths (2018) and The Five Pillars of the Mind (2019). She currently conducts educational research with the Latin American Faculty for Social Science in Ecuador (FLACSO) in Quito. She is a former member of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) expert panel to redefine teachers’ new pedagogical knowledge due to contributions from technology and neuroscience.

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa has taught kindergarten through university and works with schools, universities, governments, and non-governmental organizations in over forty countries around the world.

She is the former director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning (IDEA) and director of online learning at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and founding dean of education at the American University in Quito (Universidad de las Americas). Her office seeks to improve the quality of education through research, teacher training, and student support. Her current research focuses on the integration of mind, brain, and education science into teachers’ daily practice and professional development; changes in preschool math and pre-literacy skills based on neuroconstructivism; multilingualism; and the leveraging of technology to enhance learning outcomes.

You can hear more from Tracy on Phi Delta Kappan’s podcast:

Spring CUE will be in Palm Springs once again for 2020, hosting over 5000 education-minded and EdTech loving attendees at the longest-running, largest annual event on the West Coast. There are over 42 years of CUE institutional knowledge shared at Spring CUE each year – join us this year to change how you teach:

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.