Spotlight SPeakers

Level Up Your #CUE18 Experience with Spotlight Sessions

Inspire, innovate, and learn with some of the most passionate speakers at the Spring CUE 2018 Conference! CUE’s Spotlight Sessions feature a not-to-miss line up of educators, professional learning leaders, and all-around awesome people who change mindsets and shape new ideas. These free concurrent sessions are available with your paid conference registration. Check out the session details below and follow your favorites on Twitter!

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Hall Davidson

Hall Davidson

Hall Davidson has worked from think tanks in Turkey to classrooms in Tennessee. A former K-12 bilingual math teacher and college faculty member, he left the classroom to become part of an Emmy-winning team, creating math and technology integration programs. A serial educational innovator, he has collaborated with transformational industry groups, helped launch California’s technology blueprint, and now serves as a board member for ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education. He has seen thousands of student projects through guidance of the nation’s oldest student media festival. Renowned for entertaining and meaningful talks, he identifies right now as the most transformative and important time for teaching and learning. One of his children is now a teacher in an urban district in California.

Come hear Hall’s Spotlight Sessions:
Educations New 3“R’s” : AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), MR (Mixed Reality)
Engaging overview of AR, VR, and MR with example of their impact in classrooms. Every major tech firm is betting on futures here. Already in traditional industries from design to manufacture, it’s time to get these technologies integrated into traditional subject matter. See how they can be integrated into classrooms now.
Engage Students with Transformative Media, STEM, and State-Adopted Techbooks
Students and teachers engage with content differently than they did in previous generations. There are new ways to learn content, make real world connections, and prepare for college and career. Those ways include Lexile differentiation, individualized assignments, multi-modal content, VR, plus integration with Google Classrooms and other LMS’s. See how cloud-based curriculum changes the way students learn, share, and connect with relevant (and timely!) learning experiences. Built-in tools and teacher-to-teacher connectivity amplify traditional instruction with cloud-based power. See why districts across North America partner with Discovery Education— and never look back.

Amy Fadeji

Amy Fadeji is the principal of Penngrove Elementary in Petaluma, California. In her sixth year as principal, she continues to find herself reaching out to educators across the country to build a growing network of innovative and inspiring colleagues. After attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and later the University of Southern Mississippi, Amy taught second and third grades for seven years in Mobile, Alabama and San Anselmo, California before launching her career in administration. Amy finds great joy spending her days supporting students and teachers in their learning adventures. She is passionate about modeling and encouraging risk-taking, fostering collaboration, and she delights in helping other administrators and teachers do the same! You can follow Amy on Twitter (@mrsfadeji) or read her latest blog post at mrsfadeji.blogspot.com.

Come hear Amy’s Spotlight Session:
Embracing Mobile Leadership
Ever find yourself swimming in a pile of post-it notes, calendar invites, and too many shared Google Docs?! Ahhhh! Me too! The amount of information thrown at us as leaders, combined with the amount of info we push out to others is overwhelming to say the least! Come spend some time thinking about your workflow and syncing your calendar, docs, to do lists, etc. in order to save time, and be more efficient and effective as a leader through mobile leadership. The benefit: less time in your office and more time with students supporting teaching and learning.
Amy Fadeji
Amy Fadeji

Amy Fadeji

Amy Fadeji is the principal of Penngrove Elementary in Petaluma, California. In her sixth year as principal, she continues to find herself reaching out to educators across the country to build a growing network of innovative and inspiring colleagues. After attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and later the University of Southern Mississippi, Amy taught second and third grades for seven years in Mobile, Alabama and San Anselmo, California before launching her career in administration. Amy finds great joy spending her days supporting students and teachers in their learning adventures. She is passionate about modeling and encouraging risk-taking, fostering collaboration, and she delights in helping other administrators and teachers do the same! You can follow Amy on Twitter (@mrsfadeji) or read her latest blog post at mrsfadeji.blogspot.com.

Come hear Amy’s Spotlight Session:
Embracing Mobile Leadership
Ever find yourself swimming in a pile of post-it notes, calendar invites, and too many shared Google Docs?! Ahhhh! Me too! The amount of information thrown at us as leaders, combined with the amount of info we push out to others is overwhelming to say the least! Come spend some time thinking about your workflow and syncing your calendar, docs, to do lists, etc. in order to save time, and be more efficient and effective as a leader through mobile leadership. The benefit: less time in your office and more time with students supporting teaching and learning.
Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fisher is an Internationally recognized presenter specializing in current and emerging solutions, technologies and trends in K-12 education. 2018 will mark Leslie’s 21st year educating hundreds of thousands of educators every year. Leslie considers it an honor to have worked with educators for so long and tries not to focus on the fact it also means she is getting older.

Come hear Leslie’s Spotlight Sessions:
The Google You Might Not Know About
Part interesting / silly stories as well as resource discovery. In the session you will discover some of Google’s more obscure apps, sites and solutions. You will also hear some stories about Google’s early days, hear some fun Google stories as well as discover some of the unique things about the company
Tools You Can Use Tomorrow
What a fantastic time to be using technology in the classroom. The amount of free, affordable and downright cool solutions is amazing! This class will introduce you to some of the top Websites, Apps and Tools that you can start using in your classroom tomorrow. We will also take a peek into the future at some technology that might be part of your classroom in the future.
The Web You Might Not Know About
Sure. You might Facebook and maybe even tweet, but, there are new websites being released all of the time. Especially for educators. This session will introduce you to some of the newest, coolest and most effective Web 2.0 sites out there. Everything from classroom, personal productivity and just plain ole fun will be discussed and demonstrated.

Alice Keeler

Alice Keeler is a mom of five children. She taught high school math for fourteen years and currently teaches in the credential program at California State University Fresno. She is a Google Certified Innovator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, and has been named by Google as the Queen of Spreadsheets. Alice has a masters degree in Educational Media Design and Technology and frequently blogs about teaching on her top ranking edtech website alicekeeler.com. Alice co-authored the books 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom; 50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom: A Student-Centered Approach; Teaching Math with Google Apps; Google Apps for Littles; and Ditch that Homework.

Alice would like to ask that attendees help us remember our dear friend and fellow educator, Diana Harrington by contributing to the Diana Herrington Endowment. gofundme Diana Herrington Endowment

Come hear Alice’s Spotlight Sessions:
Introduction to Coding with Google Apps Scripts
Code noobie, this is for everyone. If you know how to copy paste and you can spell the word code then sign up for this workshop. Teaching requires some tedious repetetition of tasks…. Let’s let the computer do that for us so we can spend more time with students instead of time with paperwork. You will learn the basics of Google Apps Script so you can show off to your students and declare “I can code!” This workshop requires a Google Account and a laptop or chromebook. Google Apps Script does not work on an iPad or mobile device.
Google Classroom Tips and Tricks - Part 1
Do you want to do more with Google Classroom? Join Alice Keeler for a fun and fast-paced session full of amazing tips, tricks, and hacks to take your Classroom use to the next level. Once Alice gets started, you won’t want her to stop! Don’t miss this inspiring session!
Google Classroom Tips and Tricks - Part 2
Didn’t get enough Classroom Tips and Tricks during Part 1? Join Alice for another session of awesomeness at Google Classroom Tips and Tricks Part 2!
Alice Keeler
Alice Keeler

Alice Keeler

Alice Keeler is a mom of five children. She taught high school math for fourteen years and currently teaches in the credential program at California State University Fresno. She is a Google Certified Innovator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, and has been named by Google as the Queen of Spreadsheets. Alice has a masters degree in Educational Media Design and Technology and frequently blogs about teaching on her top ranking edtech website alicekeeler.com. Alice co-authored the books 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom; 50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom: A Student-Centered Approach; Teaching Math with Google Apps; Google Apps for Littles; and Ditch that Homework.

Alice would like to ask that attendees help us remember our dear friend and fellow educator, Diana Harrington by contributing to the Diana Herrington Endowment. gofundme Diana Herrington Endowment

Come hear Alice’s Spotlight Sessions:
Introduction to Coding with Google Apps Scripts
Code noobie, this is for everyone. If you know how to copy paste and you can spell the word code then sign up for this workshop. Teaching requires some tedious repetetition of tasks…. Let’s let the computer do that for us so we can spend more time with students instead of time with paperwork. You will learn the basics of Google Apps Script so you can show off to your students and declare “I can code!” This workshop requires a Google Account and a laptop or chromebook. Google Apps Script does not work on an iPad or mobile device.
Google Classroom Tips and Tricks - Part 1
Do you want to do more with Google Classroom? Join Alice Keeler for a fun and fast-paced session full of amazing tips, tricks, and hacks to take your Classroom use to the next level. Once Alice gets started, you won’t want her to stop! Don’t miss this inspiring session!
Google Classroom Tips and Tricks - Part 2
Didn’t get enough Classroom Tips and Tricks during Part 1? Join Alice for another session of awesomeness at Google Classroom Tips and Tricks Part 2!
Ann Kozma

Ann Kozma

Ann Kozma is a Teacher on Special Assignment in Fullerton, CA and is passionate about helping colleagues explore how to use technology to redefine teaching and learning. Ann is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Leading Edge Certified Professional Learning Leader and a CUE Rockstar Lead Learner. Catch one of her #SnapchatEDU Stories or connect with Ann on Twitter and Insta @annkozma723.

Come hear Ann’s Spotlight Session:
Teacher Life: Diamond Time or Passing Time?
What is “teacher life” really like? Does it feel like “Diamond Time” or does it feel like you are just passing time? Join me for an interactive session and be challenged think differently, inspired to try something new and explore possibilities that will help you learn how to experience what I call “Diamond Time.” Come prepared to talk and tweet and laugh and share. You will walk away with a “Diamond Time” mindset and return to school with a new perspective on your teacher life.

Thomas C. Murray

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2015, and the “Education Thought Leader of the Year” in 2017. His ASCD book, Learning Transformed, was released in 2017.

Come hear Thomas’ Spotlight Sessions:
Creating Future Ready Schools
When we analyze the US education system and classrooms across our nation, we see dramatic differences and gaps in innovation. Side-by-side images of classrooms from 1918 and one from 2018, yields eerie similarities in many schools today, even with the 100-year difference. What can be done? How can schools and classrooms transform from those from the industrial era where desks are in rows, students are facing forward, and have teachers always front and center to ones that are learner-centered, personalized, and leverage the power of technology? Districts and schools across the nation are transforming into ones that are Future Ready, revamping such aspects as teacher empowerment, personalized professional learning, innovative learning spaces, community partnerships, digital learning initiatives, among others. This session will inspire school leaders and provide free tools and resources to empower them to transform their districts, schools, and classrooms into ones that better prepare students for the world they face tomorrow.
Thomas Murray
Thomas Murray

Thomas C. Murray

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2015, and the “Education Thought Leader of the Year” in 2017. His ASCD book, Learning Transformed, was released in 2017.

Come hear Thomas’ Spotlight Session:
Creating Future Ready Schools
When we analyze the US education system and classrooms across our nation, we see dramatic differences and gaps in innovation. Side-by-side images of classrooms from 1918 and one from 2018, yields eerie similarities in many schools today, even with the 100-year difference. What can be done? How can schools and classrooms transform from those from the industrial era where desks are in rows, students are facing forward, and have teachers always front and center to ones that are learner-centered, personalized, and leverage the power of technology? Districts and schools across the nation are transforming into ones that are Future Ready, revamping such aspects as teacher empowerment, personalized professional learning, innovative learning spaces, community partnerships, digital learning initiatives, among others. This session will inspire school leaders and provide free tools and resources to empower them to transform their districts, schools, and classrooms into ones that better prepare students for the world they face tomorrow.
Christine Pinto

Christine Pinto

Christine Pinto is a kindergarten teacher for Arcadia Unified in Southern California. Inspired by the kids she works with, she strives to make learning purposeful and the school environment an enjoyable place to be for her students. Christine is the founder of the hashtag #GAfE4Littles and co-author of the book Google Apps for Littles. She is an advocate for the CAN mindset and believes in empowering students to be creative critical thinkers.

Come hear Christine’s Spotlight Session:
Google Apps for Littles Tidbits
Founder of #GAfE4Littles, Christine Pinto, spills the beans on tips and activity ideas for integrating Google Apps in the primary classroom.

Luz Santana

Luz Santana is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Right Question Institute and co-author of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions. She is a nationally recognized educational innovator, facilitator, and keynote speaker who has designed a range of participatory learning curricula for a variety of fields including parent engagement, adult education, social services, health care, immigrant advocacy, neighborhood organizing, and voter engagement.

Come hear Luz’s Spotlight Session:
Catalyze Deeper Learning and Strengthen Democracy by Teaching Students How to Ask Questions
Imagine classrooms alive with students actively formulating their own questions, learning to improve their questions and strategizing about how to use their questions. Imagine students having a skill they can use at the school for learning and in the community for more equity and for a stronger democracy. This session will catalyze deeper learning and strengthen our democracy by teaching students how to ask questions. According to Dr. Howard Gardner, Asking questions is a democratic habit of mind that is now more important than ever. Students who learn to ask questions become more curious and engaged, take more ownership of their learning, and begin to learn more deeply. Through teaching question formulation to their students, school librarians, technology teachers, and other educators become builders of a stronger democracy.
Luz Santana
Luz Santana

Luz Santana

Luz Santana is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Right Question Institute and co-author of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions. She is a nationally recognized educational innovator, facilitator, and keynote speaker who has designed a range of participatory learning curricula for a variety of fields including parent engagement, adult education, social services, health care, immigrant advocacy, neighborhood organizing, and voter engagement.

Come hear Luz’s Spotlight Session:
Catalyze Deeper Learning and Strengthen Democracy by Teaching Students How to Ask Questions
Imagine classrooms alive with students actively formulating their own questions, learning to improve their questions and strategizing about how to use their questions. Imagine students having a skill they can use at the school for learning and in the community for more equity and for a stronger democracy. This session will catalyze deeper learning and strengthen our democracy by teaching students how to ask questions. According to Dr. Howard Gardner, Asking questions is a democratic habit of mind that is now more important than ever. Students who learn to ask questions become more curious and engaged, take more ownership of their learning, and begin to learn more deeply. Through teaching question formulation to their students, school librarians, technology teachers, and other educators become builders of a stronger democracy.
Chris Wenger

Christopher M. Wenger

Christopher M. Wenger is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. He received a master’s degree in education (with emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities) from Cal State San Bernardino in 2005, and a master’s degree in communicative disorders from Cal State Northridge in 2011. Chris has a strong background in working with individuals with learning disabilities and in program improvements for high school students. Additionally, he holds an Assistive Technology certificate, as well as an Augmentative and Alternative Communication certificate from West End SELPA/Azusa Pacific University. He has a broad experience in working with communicatively impaired individuals of all ages. Chris specializes in using technology to motivate and teach students with diverse learning needs. At this time, Chris continues to work as a Speech Pathologist at Rancho Cucamonga High School (15 years), and is a private practitioner at Wings Speech and Language Center in Ontario, Ca.

Come hear Chris’ Spotlight Sessions:
Speech Dude Talks Tech: Practical Technology for Moderate to Severe Students
In this session, participants will be introduced to a wide variety of innovative technology tools that can be easily integrated into teaching and learning for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Cutting-edge tools including apps, extensions and various websites will be discussed, along with simple implementation strategies to increase access to content and improve student engagement and productivity. Note: special emphasis on adolescents and transitional students. 
Speech Dude’s Tech Tools For The Special Needs Classroom
In this presentation, participants will be introduced to a wide variety of innovative technology tools that can be easily integrated into teaching and learning in the special needs classroom. Participants will be given ideas for integrating tools into ways that engage and motivate our diverse learners.
The Speech Dude Abides: Tech Tools for those with Social Difficulties
In this session, we will discuss how technology tools can be used to help individuals with social cognitive impairments (e.g. Autism) understand the complex social world we live in and successfully meet their IEP goals.  A variety of tools will be discussed and interactively demonstrated. This session will benefit all age groups.

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