Welcome Session and Keynotes are all held in Oasis 4 and are streamed live in
Primrose B, PSCC, Pasadena Room, Renaissance Hotel and Horizon Ballroom 2, Hilton Hotel.
All conference attendees are invited to our Closing Session Saturday afternoon. Gather as a community to reflect on your conference experience. We will also be honoring CUE members and friends through our annual CUE Awards Ceremony. Join us as we present the Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Emerging Teacher and Site Leader awards. The session will conclude with a 45-minute Keynote presented by Pearl Arredondo. Join us after the keynote for an opportunity to win a raffle prize of a 1-year combo subscription to BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP Español, and BrainPOP Français sponsored by BrainPOP.
Arrive early to see the Air Corps: Shark Racing! The innovative CUE STEAMpunk Team will showcase their Flying Shark Races. The STEAMpunk teachers will be racing flying sharks OVER the audience. CUE veterans Burt Lo and Bill Selak will provide hilarious commentary and the winner will take all of these helium breathing monsters back to their classroom in a winner-take-all format. Random audience participation will happen! Details at CUE.org/STEAMpunk
Pearl Arredondo is a National Board Certified Teacher of sixth-grade English and History. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Psychology as well as a Master of Arts in Education and Instructional Leadership from Pepperdine University. In 2010, she was part of a teacher-led team that founded San Fernando Institute for Applied Media (SFiAM), the first pilot middle school established in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She taught for 10 years before becoming the instructional specialist and now principal of SFiAM. Pearl is passionate about increasing student access to technology and closing the digital divide. She is featured in People Magazine’s My American Dream: Great Success Against All Odds campaign sponsored by Milk Life. She was also featured on TED Talks Education and is a frequent speaker and panelist related to those key issues. As a Teach Plus Policy Fellow, she met with President Obama’s senior advisors to discuss teacher tenure and elevating the teaching profession. As part of Educators for Excellence, she helped write a series of recommendations entitled Reimaging Tenure: Protecting Our Students and Our Profession. In 2014, she received the “Inspirational Teacher Award” from United Way of Greater Los Angeles, was named California Woman of the Year from California Assembly District 39, and was honored at the Ford Theatre’s Annual Gala for being an inspirational teacher. Pearl is a tireless advocate for public education and technology-based curriculum. She is also a role model for young Latinas seeking to make a difference in their communities. Her goal is to make SFiAM a model of educational reform by preparing all students to be effective communicators in the 21st century.
Technology: Looking Beyond the Hardware Implementing technology in a classroom goes beyond purchasing tons of equipment. Effective implementation can happen when the focus stays on the student outcomes and using technology as a facilitation tool. I'll show you how we do a lot with a little!