CUE 2010


We just got back from the CUE conference in Palm Springs. This is the conference that CUE puts on once a year. It is a huge endeavor. Mike and the CUE staff did a great job and from my persepective, did a fabulous job. The kids and I drove out on Thursday and stayed until Saturday night, when we all came home. Thursday night was the “CUE ball” and the Mike’s band, Red Pen played. As you can see from the picture, Jay danced the night away.

Because Mike was working so hard, I had planned to take the kids to do something on Friday. We visited the Living Desert which is basically a zoo. It was really enjoyable and we all especially enjoyed the miniture train set they have. It is a huge outdoor set up with lots of details.

The exhibit hall looked great, and my favorite part of the conference was meeting Peter Reynolds and Rachel Coleman. Peter is a wonderful author and illustrator. He has done the conference art for many years. Rachel is from Signing Time and Jay and Kellen love her, so do I.

A highlight for Mike was being surprised by winning a Gold Disk award. ¬†The Gold Disk is CUE’s oldest recognition program. The first Gold Disk was awarded in 1983 and since that time many members of the organization have received this honor. A Gold Disk is recognition of the recipient’s contributions to CUE and to technology in learning. Mike was totally surprised by this and deeply touched. I’m so glad we were there to witness this, because they did not tell even me that he was getting this award! It wasn’t until the night before Marisol mentioned it would be nice if I could make it to the general session. When I found out it was at 8am, and told her,”we’d try, but might not make it.” Then she really encouraged me to make it and I got the heads-up. I’m so glad we made the effort to be there for Mike. We are so proud of him.

It was a great time in Palm Springs, but it is good to be home. Mike did a great job, and it is fun to go be a part of CUE during the conference.


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