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CUE Awards have long been a powerful way to recognize members who go above and beyond.

Affiliates, in early November, your local affiliate award winners will receive a link to submit their details to be eligible for the overall CUE award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Emerging Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, or Technology Innovator of the Year.

If you have suggestions for Making IT Happen, Legislator of the Year, Advocate of the Year, or Platinum Disk, please email awards@cue.org. These four awards are determined by the CUE Board, Awards Committee, and staff.

TIMELINE:

Nov. 1, 2019: Affiliate award winner names are submitted to CUE.
Nov. 5, 2019: Awards nomination form opens — affiliate award winners may begin filling in their nomination details.
Dec. 1, 2019: Awards nomination form closes.
Feb. to Mar. 2020: Winners are announced and celebrated!

Administrator of the Year

Formerly Site Leader of the Year

Recognizes an administrator (principal, assistant principal, district/county office administrator) who has made a noteworthy contribution to promoting educational technology within his/her school/district/region. This award is presented to an administrator who demonstrated strong support for the belief that all students can excel academically, exceptional leadership in finding ways that technology benefits teaching and learning, a commitment to educational quality, student achievement, and commitment to professional growth, and creativity and innovation in building a learning environment that promotes ongoing risk-taking and exploration.

Affiliate winners will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration

The overall CUE winner, chosen from among the affiliate winners, will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration and an invitation to the awards ceremony in Palm Springs.

Affiliate Leader of the Year

Celebrates a CUE member’s contributions and service to their local affiliate. Affiliate Leaders have helped grow and strengthen their affiliate and affiliate programs. Affiliate Leaders have made a commitment to technology in learning and to CUE and its programs by serving at the affiliate level for a minimum of 3 years.

Award winner(s) will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration and an invitation to the awards ceremony in Palm Springs.

Blended and Online Educator of the Year

Recognizes a teacher who has made a noteworthy contribution to learning in an online or blended setting. Supporting and engaging all students is the key element of this award. Nominees must be currently teaching either in an online or blended setting with K-12 students.

The award winner will receive complimentary registration to the 2020 BOLD Symposium and an invitation to the May 2020 awards ceremony in Southern California.

Emerging Teacher of the Year

Recognizes a classroom teacher who is currently in the first 7 years of their teaching career and has already made a noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting. Using technology to support standards-based curriculum is a key element in this award.

Affiliate winners will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration

The overall CUE winner, chosen from among the affiliate winners, will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration and an invitation to the awards ceremony in Palm Springs.

Gold Disk

CUE’s oldest recognition program since 1983, a Gold Disk celebrates a CUE member’s contributions to technology in learning and well as his/her long-term commitment to CUE, its affiliates, and its programs by serving at the affiliate or state level for a minimum of 7 years.

Award winner(s) will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration and an invitation to the awards ceremony in Palm Springs.

ISTE's Making IT Happen

Honors outstanding CUE educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage, and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.

Award winner(s) will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration, an invitation to the awards ceremony in Palm Springs, an ISTE Making IT Happen jacket, and an invitation to a special luncheon at the 2020 ISTE National conference in Anaheim.

This award is nominated by the CUE Board of Directors and staff and approved by the Board. To recommend a nominee, please email awards@cue.org. The deadline to submit nominee suggestions is November 1, 2019. Suggestions will be reviewed by the CUE Board at their winter meeting.

2020 ISTE MAKING IT HAPPEN CRITERIA

Legislator of the Year & Advocate of the Year

Presented to members of the state and/or federal legislature or an individual who have made sustained and/or extraordinary efforts in promoting the educational use of technology to advance student achievement through the introduction of new legislation, the successful defense of funding, or the support of other education legislation that supports CUE’s mission and membership.

The award winner(s) will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration and an invitation to the awards ceremony in Palm Springs.

This award is nominated by the Legislative Advocacy Committee and approved by the Board. To recommend a nominee, please email awards@cue.org. The deadline to submit nominee suggestions is November 1, 2019. Suggestions will be reviewed by the committee at its November meeting.

Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Recognizes a classroom teacher and CUE member who has made a noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting. Creating a standards-based curriculum using technology is the key element in this award.

Affiliate winners will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration

The overall CUE winner, chosen from among the affiliate winners, will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration and an invitation to the awards ceremony in Palm Springs.

Platinum Disk

Presented to CUE members in recognition of significant ongoing contributions to the advancement of technology in education and an outstanding career-long commitment to CUE, its affiliates, and its mission.

Award winner(s) will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration and an invitation to the awards ceremony in Palm Springs.

This award is nominated by the CUE Board of Directors and staff and approved by the Board. To recommend a nominee, please email awards@cue.org. The deadline to submit nominee suggestions is November 1, 2019. Suggestions will be reviewed by the CUE Board at their winter meeting.

Technology Innovator of the Year

Formerly Technology Leader of the Year

Recognizes TOSAs, tech coaches, librarians, technologists, and educators who may work at schools, districts, or county offices for excellence in technology innovation. This award recognizes CUE members who have made noteworthy contributions toward promoting innovative programs and uses of educational technology in their schools, district, or county offices. Using technology to support standards-based curriculum is a key element in this award, the application of which is on a broader scale than in a single classroom.

Affiliate winners will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration.

The overall CUE winner, chosen from among the affiliate winners, will receive complimentary CUE 2020 Spring Conference registration and an invitation to the awards ceremony in Palm Springs.

THE PROCESS:

one

Celebrate educators you know! Give shoutouts to ANY affiliate members – you aren’t limited to your own local folks!

💖Sorry, the shoutouts are closed and being shared with our affiliates! 💖

twoShoutout names are passed on to the corresponding CUE affiliate for discussion & review. (Sep. 16, 2019)

threeCUE affiliates select their award winners and notify CUE via this form. (Sep-Nov. 1, 2019)

The educators selected by affiliates as their affiliate award winners are contacted to submit additional details for consideration as the overall CUE winner. (Nov. 5, 2019)

Awards submission form closes and scoring begins for the overall CUE award winners! (Dec. 1, 2019)

Affiliate Deadlines to Note: 

Nov. 1, 2019: Using this form, affiliates notify CUE Awards Committee with their category winners (Technology Innovator of the Year, Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Emerging Teacher of the Year, and Administrator of the Year). CUE will notify the affiliate winners to complete the submission form by December 1st.

Feb.-Mar. 2020: All award winners are announced! Affiliate winners will receive their complimentary Spring CUE 2020 Conference registration.

And just because you deserve it…

CUE will send individuals who received shoutouts a collection of all the great comments about them. 

We’re ready to answer any questions that come up! Reach out to us anytime!!

awards@cue.org

A Look Back at the CUE Award Winners from 2019

Barbara Nemko

Platinum Disk, 2019

Kelly Bergen, Shauna Hawes,
Laura Spencer, and Glen Warren

Gold Disk, 2019

Suzanne Mitchell

ISTE Making IT Happen, 2019

Cynthia Sistek-Chandler

ISTE Making IT Happen, 2019

Jacob Aringo

Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 2019

Andrew Arevalo

Emerging Teacher of the Year, 2019

Abigale Almerido

Technology Leader of the Year, 2019

Michelle Giroux

Site Leader of the Year, 2019

Lucio Padilla Jr.

Affiliate Leader of the Year, 2019

Brayden Borcherding and Aria Ghafari

Advocates of the Year, 2019

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