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New at TICAL
December 2014
Volume 15 Issue 4


Just a quick word to keep you informed about some fabulous professional learning opportunities for administrators, by administrators. In this issue of New at TICAL, we highlight 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 the beginnings of the latest posts in TICAL's blog written by members of the TICAL cadre. We are always looking for valuable time-saving tips and resources that can enhance professional learning and bring your attention to cutting-edge knowledge and best practices.


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

Jason Borgen
Rowland Baker

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webinar1Don't Miss These Leading Digitally Webinars -- Coming Right Up!
ON[the]LINE Webinar: Be Upstanding! A Focus on Digital Citizenship by Common Sense Media
Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11:00 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 more good news -- these webinars are free.


deepthoughtsineducationDeep Thoughts in Education

by Susan Gilley

Back in the day, when your computer was messed up, you phoned a friend or even took your machine in to a computer technician. A couple of days ago, my laptop began showing an error that the battery was not charging. I googled a little last night trying to find the solution and tried a couple of options without success. Tonight I came home and googled possibilities again. Believe it or not, the second YouTube video I watched provided the answer. ... [read more]

Boys, Girls, and Collaboration 

by Skip Johnson

I came to school one Monday morning to discover that the contractor who had installed our new playground over the weekend left behind a two cubic yard pile of Fibar-a kind of wood chip used at the base of climbing structures. Being a resourceful principal, I asked for student volunteers to help move this material from our lower school to the garden in the upper part of the campus. About ten fifth and sixth grade boys assembled around the material during lunch. I provided a wheelbarrow and some shovels, and, pointing to the garden on the slope above us, I gave one simple direction: "We need to move this stuff from here to there."... [read more]

lec Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator
Announcing the Winter/Spring 2015 Cohort
February 5, 2015 - April 17, 2015

Face-to-Face Kick Off: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9:00-4:00
Still time to enroll!

Two Locations to Choose From:
Nothern CA or Southern CA

Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator focuses on site, district, and regional leaders and is based upon the International Society for Technology in Education Standards for Administrators. Participants will learn how to effectively utilize technology tools, resources and innovative solutions to advance student achievement, foster educator productivity and extend learning opportunities for all. Upon successful completion, the certification will give schools, districts and other prospective employers assurance that Leading Edge Certified administrators have the skills to effectively lead schools through the 21st century and provide visionary leadership amongst all stakeholders of their organization.


Instructional Team:

Dr. Lisa Gonzales

Butch Owens

Thom Dunks

Janice Delagrammatikas




Learn more and register now! 

ArkansasTICAL Conference Registration is Now Open!
Early Bird Registration is NOW OPEN for the 11th Annual TICAL Conference, Connected Leaders Reimagine Learning, February 17-19, 2015, made possible by AAEA, ADE, and TICAL. Come learn and network with over 400 educational leaders. Pre-conference workshops are listed on the conference website and include full-day workshops on Google Apps for Learning, Teaching and Leadership, and a special Clinic for CTOs, Technology Directors and Coordinators put on by a nationally renowned organization based in California called CETPA as well as half-day workshops relating to PARCC, Google Forms, and Coaching Cycles with TPACK and much moreLastly, be part of the second cohort of the AAEA/TICAL Technology Academy.

Learn more about the conference!

lead3Leadership 3.0 Symposium--Submit Your Proposals by Monday!

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:

December 8, 2014

Learn more about the conference.

lead3Professional Development Modules for Administrators on Gooru Learning!

TICAL has partnered with Gooru. Gooru is a free personalized learning solution that enables teachers to find, remix, and share collections of web resources on any K-12 topic. Gooru is open-source. TICAL has created a collection of resources for Administrators on Gooru. Check out the ISTE Standards aligned modules. 

lead3Participate in "Hour of Code" During Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14, 2014)   

The Hour of Code's web site offers a variety of resources including tutorials available for all ages and information kits about how to host an Hour of Code event. Students can learn basic programming concepts on a computer, tablet or smartphone. They can also participate in "unplugged" lessons which require no devices to complete. Teachers can sign up to host an Hour of Code.

Additional information may be acquired at the Computer Science Education Week web site.
lead3Common Core Resource of Interest!           


The LAUSD's Common Core Technology Project (CCTP) is laying the foundation to provide an individualized, interactive, and information-rich experience for every student. There are many key components to the project including providing each teacher and student with a mobile device, creating systems to distribute content and configure devices easily and remotely (called mobile device management), provide every student with an individual online account (called identity management), email, software to enable sharing content easily among teachers, students, and parents (called a learning management system), and professional development for our educators to facilitate the transition 


LAUSD's Common Core Technology Project

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Rowland Baker
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Jason Borgen

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Michael Simkins
Consulting Director

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TICAL is provided by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, a statewide service funded by the California Department of Education, and under contract to the Arkansas Department of Education. Members of ACSA and the CUE Administrator Network receive complimentary membership. 

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