Author - Cate Tolnai

2018-2019 Conference Speaker Submission Timeline — What are we up to?

As a long time CUE fangirl, I have spent many hours organizing and crafting my speaker submissions so that I can ensure the best chances of getting accepted and sharing my ideas with the larger CUE audience. Some years I’m way ahead of the game, others I am frantically putting details together in the eleventh hour. I’ve been right where you are, and it can be stressful.

As a 15 year educator in K-12 education, I’ve also lived the reality of the last few weeks of school more times than I’d like to remember. Grades are due, classrooms need to be packed for the summer, and parents and students are pulling on me to give them answers to questions that could have been answered weeks before. Couple all that with graduations, end-of-year parties, and pure exhaustion, and there is your typical May and June in the life of an educator.

We get it. After all, the CUE staff is comprised of 63% classroom teachers. So why the rush on the Fall and Spring Speaker Submission deadline this year?

What’s up with that?!

Let us explain…

The timeline is funky this year. It won’t be the same moving forward. This is the first time we are combining submission windows for Fall and Spring CUE Conferences, so while the Fall submission due date is no different than the past, the Spring submission due date is definitely earlier. We couldn’t get around this if we wanted to have one submission window. (PS. Starting next year, the window will run longer with our new system and cycle! Woop!)

Ok… so why is there one submission window that’s coming earlier in the year if it’s putting a crunch on the presenters?

  1. One submission window means we can ask our CUE volunteer readers to spend time on one set of submissions instead of two. This not only saves precious volunteer time, but it also ensures that sessions submitted for both conferences get the same “read.” While this doesn’t guarantee automatic acceptance into both conferences, it does mean that your session will receive the same evaluation.
  2. This earlier deadline means we can give our CUE speakers access to hotel rooms earlier. If you have ever felt the HIGH of being accepted as a speaker and then a LOW after realizing there aren’t any close hotel rooms open, then you understand how much of an advantage this truly is.
  3. This earlier deadline also means we can give our CUE conference attendees a Schedule to view much earlier. This helps attendees secure district POs sooner and allows for bulk registration to happen faster, as well. Plus, if you aren’t sure if you’ll make it to the event, having access to the speaker list and sessions is wildly helpful in making that decision. We want to make sure all eyes are wide open!

As a CUE Staff, Conference Planning Committee, and Board, we have spent a lot of time transitioning out of antiquated submission systems as well as revising and releasing submission rubrics, live data, and helpful resources. We know this isn’t perfect, but we are working to make this off-year as smooth as possible.

That said, we are grateful for both the positive and constructive feedback, and we are listening. In the end, #WeAreCUE and we absorb the community highs and lows as you feel them. Thank you for being open to our process and trusting us. We really do have the best intentions at the core of our actions.

So, are you ready to submit! CLICK HERE!

CUE Gives Back: Rock Star Benefit Results

Back in February 2018, CUE held a #CUErockstar Benefit Camp for the Sonoma, CA fire victims in Napa County. Thanks to the generosity of the CUE community, each educator who lost his/her home received a monetary gift and the understanding that #CUEcares.

In a recent email from Dr. Barbara Nemko, Superintendent of Napa County Office of Education, she writes:

Hi Jon,

As we talked about yesterday, we are dividing the $7,000 (that includes the gift cards) that RockStarCUE collected equally among every teacher in Napa and Sonoma who lost their home.  We have 7 in Napa and they have 150 in Sonoma, which comes out to $44.58 each, so we will round that up to $45.  We will wait until we get your CUE note to distribute the cards, but Jennifer from the NVUSD Ed Foundation will send a check to the Sonoma County Office of Education this week, with instructions to wait for the CUE note.

I can’t thank you enough for everything you did to make this event happen.  (Not to mention my tee-shirt!)

You’re the best!!


While we know that the material items pale in comparison to the emotional loss of the Napa Fires, we hope that Napa and Sonoma Counties know that CUE is more than conferences, events, and newsletters. We are humans… we are a network of innovators ready to take in anyone and everyone who has a hunger to learn, be connected, and grow.


Getting excited for CUE BOLD: Featuring TOSAs Talking Tech

Tom Covington and Mike Jephcott are getting excited about CUE BOLD this weekend, and they brought me in to shed some light on all the things. Click below and listen!

Get to know Tom and Mike… we’re sure you’ll be happy you did so!

Two teachers from Bassett Unified School District in La Puente, California, talking about Technology Integration, giving ideas, troubleshooting, talking about SAMR and why we need tech in classrooms. This was a great way to get PD out to our teachers and we thought we should share it with everyone. Here it is. Visit our district page here: www.bassettusd.org and our resources at www.tomtalksabout.com 

Geographic Equity Issues are Real… and Improving

In a recent post shared by John Cradler, Rural Schools Receive High-Speed Internet with the Broadband Infrastructure and Improvement Grant, huge strides in closing the equity gap of some of our most rural areas of the state have occurred.

The San Benito County Office of Education is currently in the process of incorporating the Broadband Infrastructure and Improvement Grant to all rural schools in San Benito County.

The goal of this grant is to improve internet service in rural areas which will, in turn, impact online testing experiences, regular classroom collaboration, and instructional strategies.

Read more about the initiative and local impact for educators and students!

Google in the Classroom — As Seen at Spring CUE 2018

We were thrilled to welcome Stephen Noonoo, K-12 Editor at EdSurge, to our Spring CUE 2018 Conference last week in Palm Springs, CA. Steven visited several sessions featuring not-to-miss tips, extensions, and classroom applications of amazing Chrome Extensions, Chromebook Apps, and more.

Read all about his journey to getting Google-y at #CUE18 by visiting his EdSurge blog post!

Stephen — you are welcome back anytime! Thanks for shining amazing light on CUE members and helping spread the message of classroom implementation over tool overload.

Arthur Luehrmann — A True CUE Pioneer

Just this week, our CUE team heard from Arthur Luehrmann. If you don’t know who he is, give this a read!

In his email, he writes:

Kiewit Computation Center
Arthur W. Luehrmann, Jr.

“Back in 1979, I was in charge of the new computer education program at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley when I first learned about CUE. It was my view then and still that teachers and schools should take the lead in making computing part of the curriculum. It has now happened.

I started going to CUE conferences and was an invited speaker a few times in the Bay Area and Southern California. Thrilling times, when we were all pioneering! Later I began writing books for students and teachers to use in their new computer classes. A group of us formed a publishing company, Computer Literacy Press, to get the books in schools, and we were often vendors at CUE in the eighties. It was all very exhilarating.”

So, won’t you please join us in welcoming back Arthur and so many of the CUE Pioneers as we celebrate CUE’s 40th Anniversary? If you are attending Spring CUE 2018, keep your eyes peeled for anyone donning the 40th Anniversary “Pioneer Button.” Take a moment to shake hands, introduce yourself, take a selfie, and celebrate the vision and innovation of so many amazing educators!

CUE’s Golden Rule

CUE is a community of people. Humans. Mothers and fathers. Sons and daughters. Husbands, wives, and dear friends. Diverse backgrounds come together under shared passions and the result is pure EDUmagic. As the saying goes, “Treat others as you would have them treat you.”

As you prepare for our CUE event, please assume goodwill and value in each of the attendees, staff members, Board Directors, exhibitors, and volunteers. Our Code of Conduct exists to set a tone of mutual respect, transparency, and unity.

CUE Code of Conduct

Do only that which helps you or your colleagues learn.

It is expected that all involved in CUE are professionals and will behave in a manner appropriate and should use their best judgment and common sense in refraining from disseminating information that is inappropriate or harmful. The above code shall be followed by all attendees, volunteers, members, exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and CUE staff at CUE events, whether occurring face to face or online. Further, CUE reserves the right to revoke current and future membership, attendance, volunteer duties, exhibition or speaker opportunities for those violating the above policy.

We look forward to your attendance and believe in the collective power of the group. We are always #bettertogether.


Corippo Named CUE’s Executive Director

Jon Corippo is CUE’s next Executive Director — leading the CUE Team into the next 40 years.

CUE is pleased to announce that Jon Corippo will be CUE’s next Executive Director, effective immediately. The CUE Board of Directors spent six months gathering stakeholder input and engaged in internal discussions to arrive at this unanimous decision.

Andrew Schwab, CUE Board President remarked, “The board is very excited for everything the CUE team has accomplished over the past six months under Jon’s leadership. He brings a wealth of experience in business, K-12 education, organizational leadership and innovation to the CUE team. We’re thrilled to have Jon as CUE’s Executive Director moving forward. ”

Over the past six months, the Corippo-led CUE team has made remarkable strides:

  • Modernizing CUE’s back-office systems (replacing 2005-era accounting and registration systems and introducing cashless sales for the CUE Gear store),
  • Upgrading and reimagining CUE’s social media presence (On.CUE.org, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram),
  • Supporting members and affiliates via revamped outreach efforts, producing the best Fall CUE Conference experience yet, and
  • Adding new and exciting elements to the upcoming Spring CUE Conference, which is on track to be a sold-out event.

A speaker, author, and innovator, #helpfulguy Jon Corippo is best known for being the creator and Chief Instigator of the CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps, a grassroots, teacher-led educational change platform that has grown from one camp to dozens over the last seven years. Jon is also an Apple Distinguished Educator,  a Google Certified Teacher, and a 2014 CUE Gold Disk Recipient.

As Jon likes to say, “I’m just a footsoldier in the war against ignorance. Working together, we can make a bright future for all children.”


Higher Ed Looks to Leverage OERs

In a recent LinkedIn post, Kris Costa, Dean of Career Technical Education at West Hills College Lemoore, shared the institution’s innovative approach to Open Educational Resources (OERs) in higher education. The extraordinary amount of money that students and community members have saved as a result of this creative approach to curriculum is impressive. College instructors are leveraging OERs and ditching textbooks, resulting in fewer expenses for learners and more affordable education.

If you’re interested in OERs and the open pedagogy associated with it, pay attention to the exciting growth happening at West Hills College Lemoore. Also, keep your eyes peeled for CUE’s new offering, CraftED, a professional approach to open pedagogy.

CUE-D Up with Sarah Thomas — Featuring Valerie Lewis

There’s Something About Valerie…

Valerie Lewis is dedicated to the transformation of learning through engaging and creative activities for ALL students. She founded AppleSeed Learning to offer learning through community-based cultural programs, partnerships with community leaders, innovative learning labs, and one of the newest projects to be born: The EdObstacle Course! She is the Director of Teacherpreneur chat on Voxer to encourage others (and herself) to delve deeper into one’s passion and merge it with sound business practices.

Valerie is respected amongst her peers as a motivator (of staff and students alike), and as a result, she has led the Special Education Department for a number of years. She is Remind’s Connected Educator’s Lead Teacher for SpEd teachers. She also consults the New Business and Development group of Cox Communications in Atlanta on educational initiatives. She has written blogs for companies like Piktochart and EdSurge concerning Professional Development and the integration of infographics within the classroom.

What’s exciting?

Seeing how many people are on board with trying new things What is Valerie “CUE-d Up” to do this year? “Maybe writing a book,” and figuring out ways to scale her grassroots initiatives, EdObstacles and #PasstheScopeEDU

What’s one tip Valerie has for viewers?

Go with your gut…be confident with that thing that you know moves and drives you. Don’t try to measure yourself against what others are doing.

Resources Mentioned

EdObstacles, an immersive learning adventure that combines K-12 academics with a physical obstacle course that adapts to students of all ages and grade levels. Teams advance through challenges across all major subject areas, collaborating on common goals while improving their social and physical stamina.

#PasstheScopeEDU: A growing community of connected educators who share the same passion for changing education. These scopers are committed to a monthly broadcast via Periscope that allows them to share a chosen topic or theme.