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April 2015
Volume 15 Issue 6


For those of us on a traditional calendar, the end of the school year is fast approaching. Besides wrapping up the current term, it's time to look ahead and make sure planning is in place for 2015-2016. Two upcoming "Leading Digitally" webinars can help you update your technology policies and refine your professional development plans. This summer offers the chance to earn Leading Edge Certification for both administrators and, new this year, professional development providers and facilitators. There are new resources in the TICAL database you can use right now, and you'll find great food for thought in the latest TICAL blog posts by Lisa Marie Gonzales and Susan Brooks-Young.  Enjoy!


Jason Borgen
Rowland Baker

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Check out these great professional development opportunities from TICAL!
Technology Policies: Shift Your Paradigm
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM PDT

Given that technology is changing faster than fashion, it is prudent that your district's process for adopting policies be modified to consider technology across all areas of operation. From hiring practices to evaluation, records retention to academic integrity, policies across all areas of district operation should consider technological implications. This webinar will be presented by Gretchen Shipley and Mark Williams, co-chairs of the eMatters Practice Group at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost.
Thinking Ahead: Professional Development Planning

Tuesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM PDT


Begin to develop your PD plans now around all your major initiatives. With Kyle Brumbaugh, CUE.


And more good news -- these webinars are FREE!


Just added:
Special Webinar with Hall Davidson!

May 5 - 4 PM PDT
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Leading, Learning, Achieving: The Realities of the Digital Age for Educators


What does effective leadership mean in the Digital Age?  As administrators create modern digital learning environments, it is important to keep in mind what we mean by "Digital Learning". Transitioning from print textbooks to dynamic digital resources has profound implications for education leadership, so join this engaging webinar, led by Discovery Education's Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives Hall Davidson, and be prepared to experience the future of learning. Co-sponsored with CASCD and Discover Education. Fee: FREE!
lecLeading Edge Certification

Two options available this summer!


June 26 to August 31


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 among all stakeholders of their organization.  Fee: $749 per participant.  Learn more.


June 22 to August 4


Launched in 2014, Professional Learning Leader certification focuses on those who provide professional development to educators across all curricular areas. The curriculum is aligned to the International Society for Technology in Education Standards for Coaches (ISTE Standards*C)


Participants will integrate contemporary technology into leadership and professional learning practices using web-based software and resources that serve adult learning objectives and educational goals. This class includes both theoretical and experiential components; participants will explore and research examples of effective practices in 21st Century learning environments, but will also spend a substantial portion of course time developing educationally meaningful and personally relevant products to support your role as a leader. Fee: $599 per participant.   



New Resources in the TICAL Database
Design the Future - free training and resources

Autodesk's Design the Future program empowers educators to help students develop a lifelong love for STEAM/STEM subjects with resources developed by educators, for educators. Get started today to introduce your students to the world of design and help students prepare for successful careers! Site includes curricula, software, and other resources aligned to CCSS, ISTE Standards, and more. Access great MakerSpace resources. Learn more.

Free Apps for Common Core Scaffolding


Share these free apps with teachers on your staff who are looking for ways to support students at different levels as they become more familiar with teaching to the common core state standards. 
Learn more.


Top Ten for Leaders

Top Ten for Leaders is a new resource created by the TICAL cadre. It features recommendations on the best ten web resources in each of three areas: collaborative environments, organization, and "no prep needed" ways to increase participation and communication. Take a look.

The 6 C's of Effective Instruction

Teacher and author Joe Hirsch shares what he calls "six bedrock qualities, the six C's of educational craftsmanship." They are clarity, consistency, commitment, conviction, communication, and collaboration. These qualities are prerequisite to effective technology integration. Read his wise counsel.

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deepthoughtsineducationDeep Thoughts in Education
Recent posts to Tblogical, TICAL's blog

by Susan Brooks-Young

Ask any educator to name two or more impediments to innovation and creativity at their workplace. Almost without exception, time and money will top the list. We may not have a great deal of influence over outside funding sources, but we do have some control over how we allocate the time we have. [read more]

Coding: the fifth C!      

by Lisa Marie Gonzales


Let's face it. When exposed to it, most students take to coding. I've observed this in class after class. Regardless of grade level, students love the creativity, the challenge, and the control they can have over coding. Maybe the appeal for some is tied to gaming, but still; can we just think about the benefits of coding and its ability to strengthen the skills of creativity and problem solving? [read more]

In This Issue
Rowland Baker
Executive Director
Jason Borgen

Program Director

Michael Simkins
Consulting Director

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