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Press Release: ESS Award Recipients

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12/7/2012 AT 8:00 A.M.

CONTACT: Brian Bridges CONTACT: Mike Lawrence
Director, California Learning Resource Network Executive Director, CUE
209-238-1420, bbridges@clrn.org 925-478-3460, mlawrence@cue.org

Educators to Receive Awards at eLearning Strategies Symposium

Costa Mesa, Calif., December 7, 2012 — Today, Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc. and the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) will recognize Renee Citlau and Dr. Theresa Rouse for their work in the field of eLearning. The awards will be given at the inaugural eLearning Strategies Symposium, a new conference dedicated to highlighting and exploring effective strategies for online and blended education.

Renee Citlau is honored as the 2012 Online Teacher of the Year. This award is given to an online teacher who has made a significant or noteworthy contribution to eLearning in an online or blended setting. Ms. Citlau is working currently in the Anaheim Union High School District and was responsible for creating the district’s first online class in 2007. She teaches on line and in a traditional classroom and is highly effective in both. Ms. Citlau is also a Leading Edge Certification trainer through the Orange County Department of Education, training and supporting teachers in all aspects of online and blended teaching.

Dr. Theresa Rouse is honored as the 2012 eLearning Advocate. This award is presented to an individual or organization that has contributed significantly to promoting, advocating or implementing eLearning at the school, district, county or state level. Dr. Rouse is superintendent of the King City Union School District and formerly was Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. She worked on creating a framework for districts that addresses the online learning landscape, making sure that online courses are rigorous, that online course standards are in place, and that work in this area is supported. Dr. Rouse worked with other county offices of education curriculum and instruction to develop a regional online learning consortium, which resulted in the foundation of the new CLRN-UC collaboration. Dr. Rouse has a vision for education that includes using online, non-traditional or even emerging technology solutions to solve traditional problems. She understands the very core of eLearning advocacy and often says, “it isn’t about technology. It’s about opportunities and access.”

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“As online and blended learning continues to evolve, California needs innovative teachers and education leaders who advocate for quality online instruction and learning opportunities for all students,” said Chris Bell, chair of the conference awards committee. “We’re excited to recognize two of California’s eLearning leaders for their contributions during our inaugural event. We’re especially pleased that Ms.Citlau will go on to become the CUE/CLRN nominee for the National Online Teacher of the Year (NOTY) award sponsored by the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).”

The honorees will receive their awards during the opening keynote and luncheon at today’s event, to be held at the Costa Mesa Hilton starting at 11:30 am. Nominations for the 2nd annual eLearning Strategies Symposium Awards will open in 2013, and the awards will be presented at next year’s event, currently slated for Dec. 6-7, 2013 at the same venue. More information can be found at www.elearns.org.

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About CLRN
CLRN provides educators with a “one-stop” resource to select online courses aligned to content standards and iNACOL’s Standards for Quality Online Courses. | www.clrn.org

About CUE
Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE’s work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org

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