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November 18, 2017

Lots To Be Thankful For…Starting With You! ūüėÄ

Mainly for my California readers.

November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

We want to wish all our members a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. May this be time to rest and reflect. We know that we are thankful for you, our CUE community who continues to inspire innovation for all learners.

Happy Thanksgiving from the CUE family!

Thank you for making Fall CUE amazing!

Thanks to the attendees, presenters, and volunteers from the CUE board and staff for an amazing Fall CUE!

We love our CUE Community!

What’s on the blog?

CUE Members Get a Discount!

Fresno Pacific University is offering all active CUE members a 10% tuition discount.

Get your discount here!

8 Podcast Episodes you should check out

Read Ryan O‚ÄôDonnell’s blog post on podcasts that he recommends to every¬†educator.

Start listening now!

Get Animated with Google Slides and Screencastify

Incorporate Google Slides and screencasting tool to enhance your lessons.

Let the animations begin! Click here

Member Benefits

Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning

Take the survey and win a chance at some great PD from CUE! Your district can win three Spring CUE registrations and a full PD day with Jon Corippo!
Participate in the survey here!

Big Deal Media Resources

What a great resource for tools and online resources for our CUE members.

Get all the Big Deals here.

Future Ready Digital Equity

Supporting underserved schools and districts with resources and leadership strategies.

Find out more by clicking here.

We are Celebrating 40 Years All Year Long

CUE Conferences in the 1980s

This article glances back at an important part of CUE’s history: The early conferences.

Go back in time to the ’80s¬†here!

More Professional Learning Opportunities

Rockstar Teacher Benefit Camp 
This Rockstar Camp is for the benefit of the educators who were affected by the fires in Northern California.

Save the Dates:
February 10-11

All proceeds will go to help educators in need. More details are to come.

Rockstar Teacher TOSA Edition
Professional Development with a focus on what TOSAs!

January 20-21 2018 in
Agoura Hills, CA

The event is a partnership with our CUE San Francisco and Gold Coast CUE affiliates.
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November 8, 2017

CUE Member Benefit: FREE Global Education Conference

And another item from Monday’s inbox…

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The Global Education Conference….FREE

The 8th Annual Global Education Conference (GEC)
November 13 – 16, 2017

The Global Education Conference¬†Network’s eighth annual worldwide collaboration on globally-connected education will take place around the clock starting¬†Monday, November 13, and continue through¬†Thursday, November 16.

This event is FREE to attend, but does require that you REGISTER! Please register HERE.

The GEC features thought leaders from the world of education and beyond is completely free to attend and takes place online in live webinar format. We invite you to join the 25,600 GEC community members (from 170+ countries) and actively participate in dozens of sessions focused on international education topics. Some important conference updates are below:

  • Still Taking Proposals

  • Keynotes + Sessions

  • Thanks to the GEC Sponsors + Partners

Keynotes and Sessions

As usual, Lucy Gray is putting together an INCREDIBLE keynote speaker lineup and it is still growing, some include:

  • Mali Bickley (Collaboration Specialist, TakingITGlobal)

  • David Bornstein (Co-Founder + CEO, Solutions Journalism Network)

  • Fabrice Fresse (Member of EvalUE, EvalUE)

More Speakers

Session Titles and Presenters

Below are the session titles and presenters for our 59 currently-accepted general sessions, and more of these are coming as well! Full details arehere.

  • Amplifying Student Voices Globally Via the Our Global Classroom What If Grid. – Bronwyn Joyce

  • Beyond Our Borders: Fostering Global Competency Through Student Travel and Virtual Exchanges – Cynthia Derrane

  • Bringing learning BACK INTO the classroom – Liu Yijie

  • Bringing the world to rural environments – Peter Raatz

More Presenters

Thanks to the GEC Sponsors

Without the support of the following organizations, GlobalEdCon would not be possible. We are grateful for companies and organizations who believe in the power of globally connected learning.

Contact Steve Hargadon ( about opportunities to get involved with our community.

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October 5, 2017

CUE Awards Are Now Open…Submit Now!

One for my California readers.

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Do you know someone who deserves an award?


You have until Dec. 10, 2017 at 11:59pm to
submit your nominees and affiliate winners!



  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • Technology Leader of the Year

To have your edu-hero considered for a local affiliate award.

Please submit your nomination by November 10, 2017, 11:59 pm PST

CUE 2017 Award Winners | Past Award Recipients

We are using Judgify for nomination submissions this year!
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September 29, 2017

Because We Love You, Michael

One for my California readers.

Join us at¬†Fall CUE¬†as we continue to celebrate CUE’s 40th Anniversary year with you!¬†Check out the amazing schedule:¬†

Share the special CUE love and come learn together at the Fall CUE Conference at American Canyon High School

In the Spirit of CUE’s 40th Anniversary…

Take advantage of the extension and have an amazing learning experience with:

  • Inspiring Keynotes and Spotlight Speakers.
  • Over 300 Sessions
  • A community that cares.

So click the register button below and let’s start celebrating together!

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To all current CUE Members

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September 28, 2017

Exciting News: Legislative Advocacy Update

This may be of interest to my California readers.


This is Great News Michael!

Assembly Joint Resolution authored by Assemblymember and Speaker pro Tempore, Kevin Mullin, passed.

Legislative Update for CUE Members – September 22, 2017
Current Federal efforts to rescind or block regulations and funding that protect equity of technology access and support for schools and homes are of major concern, and CUE, an education nonprofit based in California, is doing something about it. CUE has been working towards promoting net neutrality and Internet access to underserved homes and schools and today announced the success of their efforts  Рwhich culminated in the passage of Assembly Joint Resolution 7 (AJR 7) by the California State Legislature. CUE initiated the resolution, which was authored by Assembly Member and Speaker pro-Tem, Kevin Mullin.

‚ÄúWe are thrilled that AJR 7 has passed. Its success underscores CUE‚Äôs focused advocacy efforts on preserving important programs and policies that¬†insure¬†equal access to the Internet and related technology,‚ÄĚ said John Cradler, CUE Legislative Consultant.

This means that it has been officially Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, jointly, that the Legislature strongly supports each of the positions of AJR 7 and views them as high priorities for California and the country, and opposes any federal efforts to rescind or block them further…

John Cradler, CUE Legislative and Policy Consultant, proposed a resolution to be potentially adopted by the California Legislature that will ask the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US Congress, and the President, to support the already FCC-approved implementation of net neutrality, continue broadband-enhanced Lifeline, and sustain the established funding model for E-Rate.

This is the resolution that CUE supported in many ways to include, drafting the resolution, finding an author, advising the author’s staff, suggesting and editing amendments, communicating with the CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee, writing support letters, getting support from other associations and education agencies, informing other state and federal legislators about AJR 7 to include California Senator Jerry Hill, and Congresswoman Jackie Spear, and testifying before the Assembly and Senate.

To access AJR 7, which is now enrolled and chaptered as Resolution 151, click here.

The effort paid off as evidenced by Assemblymember Mullin commenting to me that if it had not been for the six people (all CUE members) who testified in support of AJR 7 at the Senate Utilities Committee, it might not have passed.


Check out previous Legislative Advocacy updates on the important issues affecting our schools!

CUE Legislative Updates

Affiliates, you can get involved too! CUE encourages you to get to know your local Legislator and the legislative issues being discussed.

Find your Assemblymember!

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