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CUE Provides Input on the Future of Future Ready

by Mike Lawrence, CUE CEO

Jon Corippo, Mike Lawrence at White House Future Ready eventThe Future Ready effort, representing more than 2,000 Superintendents and almost 14 million students nationwide, recently welcomed CUE’s CEO Mike Lawrence, Director of Academic Innovation Jon Corippo, CUE Board Secretary-elect Jason Borgen, and Lead 3 Convener Rowland Baker to Washington DC for a one day meeting at the White House. Also present was longtime CUE member and first lead learner, Mark Wagner. CUE was unique among the partners in its level of participation in the event.

On Friday, June 26, an already historic day to be in D.C., CUE representatives joined fellow Future Ready Schools Coalition Partners at the White House to brainstorm ‘phase 2’ of the wildly successful effort to move education forward. unnamedThe meeting was kicked off by Roberto Rodriguez, President Obama’s White House Deputy Assistant for Education and was facilitated by the Department of Education’s Technology trifecta of Richard Culatta, Katrina Stevens and Joseph South.

Future Ready Coalition PartnerThe department’s team shared that a total of 2,011 district leaders attended the 12 summits, reaching over 4 million students. In early August, another ~250 district leadership teams are expected at the final SoCal Summit on August 5-6 at the Orange County Department of Education. Invitees celebrated the two year anniversary of the President’s ConnectEd initiative and were given data on the unprecedented impact of the initiative’s efforts to connect students. Part of the agenda for the day’s meeting included planning the next phase of Future Ready events and activities. Additional summits were announced along with a new ‘inspiring stories’ section of the tech.ed.gov/stories site and a soon-to-be-launched set of 50 ‘virtual site visits’ to be part of a personalized video playlist for schools.

TICAL shared the recent successful online leadership summit they produced with over 600 registered attendees and powerful sessions, panels and keynotes. CUE was also able to share its free Super Symposium for Future Ready Superintendents to be held at Hearst Castle on July 30-31 and upcoming Rock Star Admin Camps to be held at Skywalker Ranch at Big Rock and Soka University.

CUE is a proud Future Ready Schools Coalition Partner. See more details and use the FREE Future Ready School Planning Dashboard at: FutureReadySchools.org.


M.Lawrence2014Mike Lawrence is CUE’s Chief Executive Officer. An educator for the last 20 years, he worked as a teacher, administrator, and professional developer prior to starting at CUE in 2005. He received the CUE Gold Disk in 2010 and recently served two terms on the ISTE Board of Directors. He is the Director of the California Student Media Festival, was named one of NSBA’s “20 to Watch in Educational Technology” in 2012, and received ISTE’s Making IT Happen Award in 2013. | mlawrence@cue.org  @techmaverick 

FOUR FREE Future Ready Events this Summer!

CUE is a coalition partner for the Future Ready Initiative and wanted to make sure all were aware of several outstanding (and FREE!) opportunities for the top-level leaders of districts.

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 2.16.42 PMJUNE 24: ONLINE

We invite you to join us for the annual School Leadership Summit, held online, and this year focused on the pillars of the U.S. Department of Education’s Future Ready Pledge. CUE is proud to be a premier partner in the event, co-produced by our partners, TICAL and Learning Revolution.

The Pledge is a commitment by district leaders to work with educators, families, and community members to make all schools in their districts Future Ready: setting a vision and creating the environment where educators and students access the tools, content, and expertise necessary to thrive in a connected world.

This is a great program with great speakers, and at no cost. All are encouraged to register in order to attend or watch the recordings: http://www.FutureReady.education.


JULY 30-31: SUPER SYMPOSIUM – Hearst Castle, San Simeon
Super SymposiumThe first ever meeting of Superintendents for the purpose of sharing effective practices that have worked to get their districts Future Ready. A total of 20 County/District Superintendents will be invited based on their best, actionable ideas that they will share in a series of short presentations that will be videoed in order to be shared with the world via CUE and Discovery Education. Superintendents will have time to share the results of their Future Ready Dashboards in breakout sessions and will enjoy inspiring keynotes from top CUE presenters and sessions from Discovery Educators.

The free event will be held July 30/31 at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center, arranged through a special partnership with California State Parks. The event begins at 11am on July 30 and concludes at 3pm on July 31. Thursday, July 30, will feature a gala evening reception on the grounds at Hearst Castle. Superintendents may apply to attend online at CUE.org.


AUGUST 4: CALIFORNIA TECH FOR SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS – Davis
California SummitWhile not directly linked to the Future Ready initiative, this is a SPECIALLY designed free Summit for Superintendents, their curriculum and technology directors and their board members produced in partnership by Ed Surge (one of CUE’s Media Partners) and the California Department of Education. CUE has several members and leaders serving as judges and featured panelists. It will also feature workshops combined with the full edtech Playground. Bringing the leading superintendents & district teams from across California to interact with the most creative edtech entrepreneurs. Superintendents are encouraged to bring their team comprised of their curriculum and instruction director, tech director, and a board member. REGISTER HERE.

AUGUST 5-6: FUTURE READY SCHOOLS SUMMIT – Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa

Future Ready SchoolsSuperintendents may register themselves and their leadership teams to attend the Future Ready Summit to be held Aug. 5-6 at the Orange County Department of Education. The district leadership team should consist of up to four colleagues including the superintendent. The additional teammates should be in roles of responsibility that include technology, curriculum, and/or professional learning. It is also suggested that district leaders consider including a school principal on the team, or plan ways of gathering the school based perspective consistently. Please note that the superintendent is required to attend (no substitutions) and the entire team must commit to attending the full summit.

It is the last of the thirteen face to face Summits produced by the Future Ready Initiative, and is of course FREE to attend.

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