Kern CUE Conference
This past Saturday, I was at the Kern CUE Conference and if you missed it, don’t worry, mark your calendars for next year. This is one of those conferences that if you make time to attend, you will be guaranteed to walk away with either a new idea or strategy for your classroom. As promised, I am posting some tips and highlights from this conference.
- Letters of Inquiry- The keynote speaker mentioned the power of asking for what you need and quite frankly nothing beats a straight forward letter. About.com provides a great blog by Joanne Fritz and she outlines what makes a good letter. Check out her post on how to write a letter of inquiry.
- Your mom was right, you need to always write a thank you letter – Never underestimate the importance of a good thank you letter, see an example here.
- Teachers have you posted your project on Donorschoose.org? If not, don’t wait! Post your project soon at http://www.donorschoose.org/teachers. Remember- if you want to secure the Chevron match, focus on Science Engineering Technology Math (STEM).
- Interested in technology grants? Have you checked out our local CTAP? CTAP Region 8 provides staff development to teachers, administrators and school districts for the use of technology in education. I put these people on my must-call list for all my technology questions and more. They train on a wide range of topics and are also gurus on technology grants!
- Trainings include the use of electronic learning resources, hardware and telecommunication infrastructure, improving pupil record keeping and tracking related to instruction, funding for technology, technical assistance and information to support access to the K-12 High Speed Network, (now K20video.org), and technology planning and implementation assistance to districts. To access resources, information, and course offerings please visit, www.ctap8.org.