CUE is cooking up some great activities for this year’s Spring CUE – and it ain’t just the chili verde Joe Marquez is going to show attendees how to make! Several of this year’s activities aim at bringing self-care and educator wellness to the forefront. Among the activities scheduled there will be sessions on cooking, crafts, mindfulness, and more!

Check out all that’s in store below!

Cooking with Joe: Instant Pot Chili Verde

Presenter: Joe Marquez

Cooking brings Joe joy and calms him after a long day’s work. Join Joe Marquez as he shows you a quick and easy way to prepare a rich dish of Chili Verde in the Instant Pot. It may not be the way his grandmother made it, but you sure will enjoy eating it! 

Cooking with Joe: Instant Pot Spaghetti 

Presenter: Joe Marquez

Cooking brings Joe joy and calms him after a long day’s work. Join Joe Marquez as he shows viewers a quick and easy way to prepare Spaghetti in an InstantPot. It is the best pot of spaghetti you will ever have tasted! 

Beads and Sparkles

Presenter: Kim Voge

Learn techniques to glam up your art! Kim Voge will show attendees how to make just about anything SPARKLE! By learning how to work on a small project like the one she’ll show in the video, you can quickly expand your art and craft.

Pandemic Mindfulness with Orange Sauce & Shoyu

Laurie Wong Roberts (aka Shoyu) & Ed Campos (aka Orange Sauce) will share how their Mindfulness practice, especially with the 10% Happier app (free for educators right now) has really helped them cope with the stress and anxiety of the Pandemic.



Getting started on your wellness journey can be difficult if you do it on your own. To help kickstart your journey join the FitEDU group, made by educators for educators to get fit. This group is built to give tips, encouragement, and ideas on how to be the best YOU, you can be. 

CUE Hike


One of the best parts of the SpringCUE conference is waking up early to attend the CUE Hike at a local park, CA Park or trail. Now that we are virtual, let’s still take a hike and share it out the mornings of Saturday, March 20th and 27th for our morning of fun and community building during Spring CUE. With all due respect, Take a hike. 

Teacher Wellness Roundtable

Sunday, March 21st @ 2pm PST

Panelists are: Joe Marquez, Bradford Harris, Jamie Fagen and Gerald Schattle

Since March 13th many educators began working from home or teaching to distance learners from an empty classroom. To many, teaching from a distance has had an effect on our minds, body, and spirit. Many of us have been stuck to a chair and/or tied to a screen, resulting in less movement and less exercise. Listen to the stories of 4 educators who decided to break this cycle of inactivity and take their health and fitness into their own hands. These educators will inform, inspire, and give insights into the how and why of their #FitEDU journey.

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.