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New at TICAL
October 2014
Volume 15 Issue 3


The school year is well underway, and now everyone's to-do list is overflowing. TICAL is here to help with carefully selected resources and professional learning opportunities for administrators, by administrators. In this issue of New at TICAL, we highlight digital citizenship resources, upcoming free webinars, and two great face-to-face events: the Leadership 3.0 Symposium and TICAL's annual conference in Little Rock.


You'll also find some teasers to the latest posts in TICAL's blog written by members of the TICAL cadre and invited guests, as well as the latest episode of Radio TICAL on preparing tomorrow's teachers.


We hope you find these resources useful in your leadership work!


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 Digital Citizenship Week poster

Digital Citizenship Week

October 19-25, 2014

Join TICAL and Common Sense Media for Digital Citizenship Week and engage students, teachers, and families in your community in thinking critically, behaving safely, and participating responsibly online.

To help you, TICAL has developed a list of the "Top 7 Ideas to Promote Digital Citizenship for School and District Leaders." Download a copy now

Another great resource is TICAL's Digital Citizenship Hot List.

For many more great ideas and resources, visit Common Sense Media.
webinar1Exciting Webinars Coming Right Up!
Be Upstanding!
Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM PST

Join Merve Lapus of Common Sense Media as he addresses cyberbullying and digital citizenship in your schools.

Technology Policies: Shift Your Paradigm

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM PST


With technology changing faster than fashion, it is prudent that you review your district's process policies in light of advances in technology. From hiring practices to evaluation, records retention to academic integrity, policies across all areas of district operation should consider technological implications. Plan ahead and save the date for this informative program provided by members of the eMatters Practice Group at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost.


Check out the recordings of September's webinars:

And the good news? These webinars are free.


deepthoughtsineducationDeep Thoughts in Education

The Loss of Lost
by Tim Landeck

We were lost, I mean really lost! I was with my 17 year old son, and it was the second day of our 30 day backpack trip to conquer all 230 miles of the John Muir Trail. ... [read more]

Magnificent Seven Websites to Support 21st Century Staff Development

by Bob Blackney

I know that you have been to one, probably several.  I'm talking about a workshop focused on changing classroom instruction, using the Internet, having students use technology for learning, and changing the teaching paradigm. In an age when everyone is connected everywhere, the only place that people are not connected is the classroom... [read more]


I was studying up on digital citizenship for my Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator course, and some of us got into a discussion on how best to introduce the various elements of digital citizenship into the curriculum. For some reason, Maslow's Hierarchy came to mind.... [read more]

digicitPreparing Tomorrow's Teachers   
Photo of Randy SchultzDr. Randy Schultz is Associate Professor of Teacher Education at California State University, Bakersfield, and a former director of the California Technology Assistance Project. In this episode of Radio TICAL, Randy shares his experiences in teacher education and talks about some of the challenges of preparing teachers to prepare students for a future that is unpredictable.
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Cartoon image of two people communicating
Digital Chalkboard Debuts

Remember the Brokers of Expertise project? It's been given a major face lift and functional overhaul and has been reborn as the Digital Chalkboard.

The goal is to make the site the place "where California educators get connected, collaborate, and share the best practices, best resources, best strategies - you might say the best of the best."

The site is in BETA and your feedback is not only welcome but desired in order to make sure the site serves a true need and serves it well.

SAMRTechnology SAMR Model for Administrators - Part 1: Staff Presentations
Here's one of the latest resources added to the TICAL database.  In fact, it's really a whole bunch of resources rolled into one.  Prepared by Maryland middle school teacher Josh Work, this is a collection of suggestions, advice, and tools for introducing the SAMR model to your staff.  It's part of 
Arkansas11th Annual TICAL Conference
You needn't be an Arkansan to attend TICAL's annual conference in Little Rock. Arkansas is a beautiful, hospitable state. Combine your professional learning with a visit to one of Arkansas's beautiful state parks, explore the Clinton Presidential Center, or visit Little Rock Central High School and learn about the role it played in the desegregation of our public schools.

The TICAL conference offers practical presentations, great workshops, and inspiring speakers. It's co-produced by the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators.

Learn more about the conference!

Plan ahead to attend the 8th annual Leadership 3.0 Symposium, to be held this year in Redondo Beach, California.  In fact, don't just attend, present!

The call for proposals is out.

The deadline for proposals:
November 11, 2014

Learn more about the conference.

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Rowland Baker
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Michael Simkins
Consulting Director

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