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Friday, June 20, 2014

Top Ten Ways You Know You're at CUE Rural Rock Star

So I just got home from CUE Rock Star Tulare, or as we affectionately called it, Rural Rock Star. This was the first Rock Star camp of the summer (along with Monterey) and the very first in Tulare County. Tulare County is home to the highest population of one school districts in the state, 70% of which have less than 1000 students. I think we have more cows than humans. So I'm sure you can imagine the great need for support our schools and students require. Fortunately they have a great county office of education that does a yeoman's work supporting them (full disclosure, I work for that amazing county office, and provide that technology support). We held Rural Rock Star at Sundale School in Tulare County. Sundale is a one-school district in the country about 4 miles from the nearest town. It is beautiful campus and they were gracious hosts. (Look for our CVCUE fall event there on September 13th.)

All the other Rock Stars are typically at destination locations - Napa, Tahoe, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Manhattan Beach, Saugatuck MI, Las Vegas, and Chico (well Chico only rates as a destination because it has Sierra Nevada Brewing). So we decided to let our rural flag fly. At lunch today we had a contest to come up with all the ways you know you're at CUE Rural Rock Star.

Here's the Top Ten Ways You Know You're at CUE Rural Rock Star:

10
You know you're at CUE Rural Rock Star when the school has its own barn. No, I'm not even kidding. Here's proof:

9
You know you're at CUE Rural Rockstar when the hosting school gets a week off during the year for "Farm Show."

8
You know you're at CUE Rural Rock Star when the overflow parking is in a cornfield.

7
You know you're at CUE Rural Rock Star when you hear someone exclaim, "I love the smell of methane in the morning. It smells like Rural Rock Star."

6
You know you're at CUE Rural Rock Star when you see chickens in the parking lot and hear roosters crowing during the shred sessions. Jen Roberts found one she calls Chicken Willy. I'm not sure why. #idontseenohat


5
You know you're at CUE Rural Rock Star when you keep checking your shoes for what you've stepped in, and its just eau de Tulare County, or as one participant put it, "You know you're a #ruralrockstar when the power of the cows is almost as powerful as the workshops!"

4
You know you're at CUE Rural Rockstar when there is a fog delay bell schedule.

3
You know you're at CUE Rural Rock Star when cows. Lots and lots of cows.

2
You know you're at CUE Rural Rock Star when you're late for shreds because you got stuck in traffic...behind a hay tractor and a cow.

...and the number 1 way
You know you're at CUE Rural Rock Star is when the only incentive to come are the awesome ideas and people that are there... We don't need no stinking beaches and coastal weather.


Truly, all humor aside, I am so humbled by the power of CUE Rock Star. I've had the privilege of being faculty from the very first one five years ago and every year I still walk away with that amazingly gratifying feeling of satisfaction that I've had the opportunity to help teachers, and in effect students, transform their teaching and learning. I've presented at lots of conferences and workshops, and Rock Star is like no other. Jon Corippo, CUE Rock Star Baby Daddy, had a specific vision when he started this. Small presenter:attendee ratios, hands-on sessions, presenters that were passionate, and participants that were ready to step up their game. Thank you! (in no particular order) to Jen Roberts, Adina Sullivan, Lisa Nowakowski, Tim Haston, Matthew Schwartz, Sam Patterson (and puppets), Kristen Berg, John Miller, Susan Stewart, Doug Cairns, Steve Woods, and Juli Kimbley for your hard work and dedication to helping rock the county I serve's world.