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Press Release: LeVar Burton to Speak at Annual CUE 2014 Conference

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Contact: Dana DuRee
Programs & Marketing Coordinator, CUE 925-­478-­3459
dduree@cue.org

LeVar Burton to Speak at Annual CUE 2014 Conference

Walnut Creek, Calif., November 26, 2013 ­­ LeVar Burton, beloved television, movie actor and inspiring literary advocate will present the general session keynote at the Annual CUE 2014 Conference to be held March 20­22, 2014 in Palm Springs, California.

LeVar Burton, host and producer of PBS’ Peabody Award­winning program Reading Rainbow from 1983 to 2009, will give his presentation Friday, March 21 during the General Session from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

In addition to his work promoting literacy in early education, Burton and Mark Wolfe collaborated to develop and launch RR Kidz, a leading educational app that launched in 2012. Burton’s all new Reading Rainbow App is the number one educational app on iTunes and delivers more than 75,000 quality books and more than 50,000 video field trips to hundreds of thousands of children each week. Says Burton of his involvement with CUE, “In today’s world, if we wish to reach our children, it has to be through the marriage of technology and quality learning. This generation of kids are digital natives. I’m very excited to speak to and meet with
members of the CUE community to share my thoughts and learn from them.”

Burton has played iconic roles in both television and movies, including being known the world over as Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge from television’s Star Trek: The Next Generation and in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television series ROOTS.

“It is such a huge honor to have LeVar Burton speak to our attendees. So many hours of our lives were spent watching him on television in either his dramatic roles or when he was teaching us how to read and appreciate great books. Either way, the man embodies technology at its finest, and our conference attendees are in for a huge thrill,” said Mike Lawrence, CUE’s Executive Director.

For more information on Annual CUE 2014 Conference speakers and sessions, or to register to attend the conference, go to www.cue2014.org. The early bird registration deadline is Dec. 1. Housing and travel accommodations for the conference can be found at www.cue.org/conference/travel.

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About LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his industry peers for three decades and continues to enjoy longevity truly rare within the industry. Launching his acting career in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television series ROOTS, Burton found himself on the cover of Time Magazine at the age of 19. Shortly thereafter, Burton achieved further global acclaim as Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series and feature films. From 1983 until 2009, Burton was the host and producer of the beloved Peabody Award winning PBS children’s series, Reading Rainbow. The honored recipient of 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and 5 NAACP awards, LeVar has demonstrated in his career that he can do it all, whether acting, directing, producing or writing. No greater proof of his enduring appeal and deep personal connection with his audience is the fact that LeVar is one of the most followed people in the world on Twitter, with over 1.8M followers.

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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