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Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Brandon Blom

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Homework. Parents and teachers often have very passionate feelings about the topic. But what is right for students? Does homework really help academic achievement? Come check out the research and join the conversation with Brandon Blom at Fall CUE. It is time to look at our homework practices closely and revaluate what is truly worth our students’ time outside of school. 

Brandon is the Director of Educational Technology for the Roseville City School District. He is passionate about making school fun for students and staff, as well as looking critically at what we do in our schools in order to meet the needs of our students. He has been a CUE Rockstar Teacher camp presenter, CUE Rockstar Admin presenter​,​ NAESP presenter, and keynote speaker.

What sessions are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Why and How to Move Away from Traditional Homework

What inspired you to put this session together?

As an educator I think it is important to always look critically at our practices and make sure we are doing what is right for students, not just do something because it has always been done a certain way. As a teacher I limited the amount of homework that went home to students and saw test scores increase. As a principal I would see homework go home that would frustrate parents, students, and even teachers. I started looking what research actually says about homework, and was surprised with what I found.

Why should someone attend?

Homework is still a hot topic for a lot of teachers and schools. In the session you will get research around homework, discussion around what actually benefits students academically, and ideas of how you can change your current practice. I also always make sure attendees leave with a few new tech tools and ideas.

What’s your CUE Story?

I went to my first CUE Rockstar Camp in Petaluma. It was amazing to be around so many people that were passionate about challenging ideas and pushing students and staff further. My elementary school hosted a CUE Rockstar Teacher Camp the following year. I have been lucky enough to present at a teacher camp, CUE Rockstar Admin, as well as Fall CUE.

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

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Kristina Allison

Kristina Allison is currently teaching language arts and computer science at the middle school level. She holds a masters in educational technology, teaches as a Lead Learner for CUE and serves as a director on the CapCue board, the Sacramento area affiliate. Kristina is also a proud teacher consultant for the Area 3 Writing Project. Find her at http://figurativelyteaching.com