Yes, it's been awhile since I wrote a blog post and yes again if you’re asking if I feel bad about letting go.
Stop giving me a hard time about it!!!!!
Now that we got that settled, let’s get to the point.
I am revisiting my blog because today I got the news from my school district that all employees are now unable to travel to professional development events due to the COVID-19 virus. This, along with a quite a few other limitations, is unfortunate yet understandable due to all that has been happening surrounding the spread of this virus.
Some of the impact on myself and my family are that I had to cancel social studies training I present on for Teacher Created Materials, plus my wife who is a Speech Therapist had to cancel her state convention in Anaheim. For me though, missing on the yearly CUE conference in Palm Springs is going to be one of the biggest letdowns.
I have been attending this event for the past five years and it’s something I look forward to every spring. Yes, it’s the sessions, new ideas, resources, cool tech, etc why I take part in this; but it’s really about the people. The old friends and new ones that are made is what makes these 3 days in Palm Springs so memorable. I can’t tell you how many connections I have made.
Kudos to CUE by the way for offering vouchers for attendees in my same situation to go back to this or any other CUE event over the next three year. Hey California Speech Language Hearing Association… how about taking a page from CUE for all those #slpeeps who can’t go and not just tell them all no refund. Bad form in my opinion… take care of your people.
Back to this year's CUE.... I have been making a "CUE By The Numbers" infographic for the past 3 years as a way for me to reflect back and document my experiences of this event. I have shared this Google Drawing file with the CUE community on Twitter and quite a few others have tried their hands at this as well. Well, even though I am not going I still wanted to make this again. So, you can see my infographic this year blow and if you would like to make your own, try opening up this Google Drawing document to make your own copy.
Well, on the bright side… there is ISTE in Anaheim this summer. Fingers crossed this still can happen.
To all those old friends to quote Barry Manilow (who we rocked out in our district van, “Lola” last year on the way to the desert; I’ll catch you all “Somewhere Down The Road”