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CUE Honors Innovative Educational Heroes at Annual Conference

Walnut Creek, CA, March 27, 2012 – Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc. honored 13 outstanding Ed Tech professionals during its annual conference in Palm Springs, March 15-17, 2012. These individuals were recognized for their efforts in infusing curriculum with technology and for leading through innovation. The 2012 award recipients are as follows:

GOLD DISK
The Gold Disk is CUE’s oldest recognition program. Since 1983, recipients who have received this honor have been recognized for their contributions to CUE and to technology in education. Gold Disks are intended to celebrate member contributions of time and talent to CUE.

Dr. Gary Carnow | Chief Technology Officer, Pasadena Unified School District

Dr. Gary Carnow’s career in education spans 37 years with the last 27 years devoted specifically to technology in education. Gary was one of CUE’s first pre-conference presenters with his all-day, grant-writing seminars. He planned and implemented a series of Model School Dissemination strands at CUE Conferences in the 1990s. Gary has been a CUE member and supporter for more than 25 years.

Jeanine Heaton | Inst. Asst./Computer Instructor, Palm Avenue Elementary School

Jeanine Heaton has been working in education for more than 30 years and is a pioneer in promoting the integration of technology in school curricula. She is consistently student-centered and conscientious. She has been an active member of CUE for more than 20 years and has served on the Inland Area CUE Board of Directors since 1992.

Gregg Legutki | Prog. Specialist, CTAP Region 10 (RIMS), San Bernardino County Office of Ed

Gregg Legutki is a Project Specialist for Region 10 of the California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP). Greg has been a champion for the effective use of Assistive Technology resources in the classroom. Gregg has been instrumental in developing the Special Education Teacher Technology Specialists project in his CTAP Region. He organized the Assistive Technology Strands for the Spring CUE Conference in 2004 – 2005 and developed and coordinated the Diverse Learners Symposium, which has been a part of the CUE Conference since 2010.

Michael Morrison | Chief Technology Officer, Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Michael Morrison served on the CUE Board from 2003 to 2006, a time that saw the hiring of the current executive director and the birth of CUEtoYOU, CUE’s Professional Development Program. During the past year Michael has supported CUE by overseeing the website redesign and launch. As the CTO of a large district, Michael strives to make the user experience for staff, students and parents low stress and technologically powerful. Michael has been a long time supporter of CUE and the CUE Conference, bringing a contingent of educators to the conference each year.

Stephen Politzer | Prog. Specialist, Tech. & Instruction, New Haven Unified School District

Stephen Politzer joined the East Bay CUE (EBCUE) Board in 2007. He is currently in his second year as Board President, after serving as secretary and vice president. His energy and effort has helped double the attendance at EBCUE’s mini-conference where he has been a speaker and workshop presenter. He has volunteered at Palm Springs CUE and coordinated the CUE 2011 Northern California Affiliate Leadership meeting. Stephen has spent significant time supporting technology integration projects like California’s Brokers of Expertise and Leading Edge Certification.

TILL – TECHNOLOGY IN LEARNING LEADERSHIP
TILL Awards recognize local, state and national leaders in educational technology. Members of the broader educational technology community (not necessarily members of CUE) are eligible for recognition in this category for their contributions to advancing the mission of the organization.

Dr. Gary Stager | Author, Educator, Consultant

Dr. Gary Stager is an internationally recognized educator, speaker and consultant and the Executive Director of The Constructivist Consortium. Since 1982, Gary has helped learners of all ages on six continents embrace the power of computers as intellectual laboratories and vehicles for self-expression. He led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools (1990), has designed online graduate school programs since the mid-90s, is recognized as an early pioneer in online learning, was a collaborator in the MIT Media Lab’s Future of Learning Group and a member of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation’s Learning Team. Currently, Dr. Stager serves as a Senior S.T.E.M. and Education Consultant to the leading school architectural firm, Fielding Nair International. As the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Director at The Oaks School in Hollywood, California, Dr. Stager continues to teach programming, mathematics and engineering to elementary school students and their teachers.

PLATINUM DISK
CUE’s Platinum Disks are presented to members of the educational technology community who have made significant ongoing contributions to the advancement of technology in education. CUE members (and others in extraordinary circumstances) who have made outstanding and continuing contributions to CUE and to accomplishing its mission and goals can be nominated to receive the Platinum Disk. Platinum Disks are awarded rarely and only in recognition of career-long contributions to educational technology, CUE, its affiliates and mission.

Gerald McMullin | Coord., Assessment, Interventions, and Inst. Tech., Castro Valley USD

Gerald McMullin is a strong advocate of CUE and is a long-time active EBCUE board member. He has on two separate occasions served as EBCUE president and is currently one of its board members. Gerald is the current CUE Affiliate/SIG Leadership Committee Chair and has led the Affiliate/SIG leader meeting at the annual CUE Conference in Palm Springs and similar meetings at the 2010 and 2011 Fall CUE Conferences. Gerald is also a member of the CUE Communications Committee and was actively involved in the part this committee played in the redesign of the CUE Inc. website this past year. Gerald received the CUE Gold Disk Award in 2007.

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
The Legislative Advocacy Award is presented to any combination of members of the state and/or federal legislature and their staffs or persons selected are those who have made sustained and/or extraordinary efforts in promoting the educational use of technology to advance student achievement through legislation.

Hilary Goldmann | Dir. of Gov. Affairs, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Hilary Goldmann has more than 20 years of public policy experience. She is responsible for developing and executing ISTE’s federal and state public policy agenda and is mobilizing its grassroots efforts. Hilary has supported CUE’s advocacy efforts during her tenure at ISTE. She has led concurrent sessions at the CUE Annual conference and is an active participant at CUE’s Policy Committee meeting that is held during the CUE conference. Hilary was a leader in drafting the Achievement Through Technology and Innovation Act (ATTAIN). Most recently, ISTE has published her book Advocacy and Educational Technology.

OUTSTANDING EMERGING TEACHER
The Outstanding Emerging Teacher award recognizes a classroom teacher who in the first seven years of his or her teaching career has already made a noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting.

Robert Pronovost | Teacher, Belle Haven Elementary

Robert Pronovost has been teaching for five years at Belle Haven School in the Ravenswood City School District. In those five years, Robert has worked to integrate technology into his own classroom as well as to support his colleagues in their collaboration and integration of technology. Robert helped his school secure a grant to provide interactive whiteboards for 10 classrooms. He reaches out to colleagues through presenting at conferences and webinars and recently presented at the Reading Recovery Council of North America’s national conference in February.

OUTSTANDING TEACHER
The Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes a classroom teacher who has made a noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting. Creating standards-based curriculum using technology is the key element in this award. Nominees must be classroom teachers and CUE members in good standing.

Matt Cauthron | Digital Arts Instructor, Digital Arts Technoogy Academy

Matt is a digital arts teacher at Cathedral City High School and Co-Founder of the Digital Arts Technology Academy at that school. Matt works to ensure that his students master the digital arts technology standards and 21st Century skills. Learning experiences beyond the classroom are a major part of Matt’s work with students.

SITE LEADER OF THE YEAR
The Site Leader of the Year Award is CUE’s newest award and recognizes a school site principal or assistant principal (or equivalent) who has made a noteworthy contribution to promoting educational technology within his or her school. Recipients must demonstrate the following:

Strong support for the belief that all students will excel academically
Exceptional leadership in finding ways that technology benefits teaching and learning
Building staff morale or the learning environment
A commitment to educational quality and student achievement
A commitment to professional growth.

Bernadette C. Lucas | Principal, Melrose Elementary Math/Science/Technology Magnet

With the help of parents and staff, Bernadette Lucas has transformed Melrose Elementary School into a Math/Science and Technology Magnet. Framed around the tenets of Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind and a Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Melrose Elementary has a 24/7 1 to 1 Laptop Program, works with Singapore Math, embraces project-based learning and STEAM (Science, Teach, Engineering, Arts and Math). Ms. Lucas is known to leverage social networking tools to solicit the support needed to implement these innovations, and because of her efforts, Melrose Elementary School was recently recognized as an Apple Distinguished School and has received numerous accolades for academic success.

MAKING IT HAPPEN
Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation and is coordinated by the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE).

Sharon Sutton | Outreach Coordinator, UCLA Lab School

Sharon Sutton is an educational technology leader who revitalized CUE LA and helped them establish their Tech Fair. She served on the CUE Board of Directors for six years and was the board’s liaison to the Conference Committee during that time. She was a member of the Volunteers, Marketing, and Partnership Team as the “Ask Me Team Captain” for the NECC/ISTE conference in San Diego in 2005 and has graciously volunteered to lead the ISTE 2012 volunteers.

Sharon became an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2003. Her work with Apple through her school and classrooms has modeled effective use of emerging technology and research on best practices for integrating technology.

Rowland Baker | Director, Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership

An early and ongoing proponent of using technology to support and enhance teaching and learning, Rowland Baker has worked as a teacher, a principal, a Director of Technology, and as an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in a County Office of Education. As a director of five statewide technology projects for the California Department of Education, his work has ranged from enhancing early reading through technology to figuring out what school and district leaders need to know to lead 21st Century schools. In difficult fiscal times, he has successfully kept the TICAL Project alive, serving school leaders not just in California, but nationally. Rowland has been involved with ISTE projects and currently represents California on the National State Educator’s Technology Director’s Association.

Three of CUE’s 2012 award winners will be submitted for consideration to ISTE. CUE’s winners for Emerging Teacher, Outstanding Teacher and Technology in Learning Leadership are in the running for ISTE’s awards in similar categories. ISTE will announce its winners at its annual conference in San Diego, June 24-27, 2012.

CUE thanks these educational heroes and their nominators for inspiring us with their innovations, their creativity and their integration of technology into curriculum and the educational process. For more information, bios and photos on these award winners, please go to www.cue.org/awards/2012.

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