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Volume 14 Issue 4 

Hello all, 


As the holidays approach and we begin to say goodbye to 2013, we hope you have time to reflect on the great things your school and/or district has accomplished in the past year. We hope the resources below will assist you in your continued growth as a 21st century educational leader. 
Have a very happy holidays and a wonderful new year!
Rowland and Jason 
A Fascinating Radio TICAL Interview: Innovation Day

"20% time" is the approach to innovation of letting employees spend twenty percent of their work time on projects of their choice.
In this episode, Geoff Belleau talks about Innovation Day, a project at Crystal Middle School that was inspired by the 20% concept.

leadingedgeLeading Edge Certification for the Administrator  
Announcing the Winter, 2014 cohort January 24th-March 28th. 

Register now for this efficient, online course to enhance your digital skills and earn certification! 

  • This is a 45-60 hour national, online program based on the National Education Technology Standards for Administrators designed to address the needs of site, district, and regional leaders.
  • Face-to-Face Kick Off: Wednesday, January 24th 9:00 - 4:00. Two locations to choose from:
    • Southern California: Murrieta Valley Unified School District.
    • Northern California: El Crystal Elementary STEM Magnet School, San Bruno Park School District.
  • Leads to certification as a Digital Age Administrator.
CommoncoreresourcesCCSS Corner: Valuable Resources

Check out these important resources to support your implementation of Common Core.
deepthoughtsineducationDeep Thoughts In Education

Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD): Increase Your Odds For Success
Susan Brooks-Young has discovered through her experience with a variety of BYOD initiatives, "...that irrespective of overall program design there are five specific issues that must be addressed to lay the groundwork for successful BYOD programs. They are described here." We would like to hear your comments

Skip Johnson brings us up-to-date on El Crystal Elementary School's  first year of progress after being named the first STEM Magnet School in the San Bruno Park School District. Hear from the teachers and principal what they have accomplished, what they would have done differently, and what's next. And add a comment if you'd like.
iPads, and Netbooks, and Chromebooks! Oh My!
"The times they are a-changin'. Previously, there have been haves and have-nots with regard to the presence of technology in education. Now, the demands of the Common Core and their attendant Smarter Balanced assessments dictate that schools provide technology tools for students. In California, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson's soon to be released ed-tech blueprint says the goal is 1:1 devices for everyone. So, how do we meet that goal?" Will Kimbley points to the path. Let us know your thoughts.
WebinarExciting Webinar Coming Dec 10th - Year 2 of an 1:1 with iPads 

Put Apple iPads into the hands of 35 free and reduced lunch population middle school students in a 24/7, one-to-one implementation to enhance their algebra studies. What do you get? A more than 30% increase in students becoming proficient and/or advanced -- Learn more and register here.
cooltoolCommon Core: A Very Cool Tool

Use gooru, a cool and also very practical search engine for learning to help you discover and organize Common Core aligned resources and content delivery.
TICAL Partner - Global Online School Leadership Summit

TICAL and Steve Hargadon are pleased to announce the second virtual and worldwide School Leadership Summit, Thursday, March 27th, 2014. This free conference will be held online.  

Conference strands are aligned to the National Education Technology Standards for Administrators, and will include the leadership topics:

  • Vision in a Changing World
  • Teaching and Learning in a Changing World
  • Professional Learning in a Changing World
  • Data-driven Reform in a Changing World
  • Ethical and Responsible Use in a Changing World
Call for proposals will be out soon!
In This Issue

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Rowland Baker
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