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New at TICAL
June 2015
Volume 15 Issue 7


Summer can be a time when administrators finally have a bit of breathing room and can pursue their own professional learning, perhaps even at a leisurely pace! (Are we dreaming?) This month's issue of New at TICAL features some great opportunities.

  • Looking for an in-depth experience? Earn your Leading Edge certification.
  • Didn't have time to join the Leading Digitally webinars? Take advantage of the archive of recorded webinars.
  • Just want to pick and choose from a plethora of professional learning resources? Check out Radio TICAL, the TICAL blog, and of course, the TICAL resource database -- all at www.portical.org.



Jason Borgen
Rowland Baker
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JUNE 24, 2015  


Each year TICAL holds an annual School Leadership Summit. This year's Summit, on June 24th, will focus on the pillars of the U.S. Department of Education's Future Ready Pledge. The Pledge is a commitment by district leaders to work with educators, families, and community members to make all schools in their districts Future Ready.

Future Ready highlights the critical role of district leaders in setting a vision and creating the environment where educators and students access the tools, content, and expertise necessary to thrive in a connected world. The Future Ready Pledge and Regional Summits are an important step to realizing the goals of the ConnectED Initiative announced by President Obama in 2013, to connect 99% of students to high speed internet and empower teachers with the technology they need to transform teaching and learning.

Our Online Event - June 24

Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will be aligned to the Future Ready Schools Framework, and will encourage school leaders and administrators to learn more about the initiative.

The School Leadership Summit will be held online using Google Hangouts on Air. The event will be free for all to attend and to watch the recordings.

lecEarn your Leading Edge Certification this Summer!

Two options available - great use for remaining Ed Tech Voucher funds!


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 24


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.   



Leading Digitally Webinars 

Recordings available!  
This year's Leading Digitally webinar series has concluded, but you can still take advantage of these timely professional learning resources; they've been recorded for viewing at your convenience.

Titles include:
  • From Substitution to Redefinition: Reshaping Your Educational Program
  • ON[the]LINE Webinar: Privacy, The Cloud and Public Education: What Must You Do?
  • ON[the]LINE Webinar: Be Upstanding!
  • ON[the]LINE Webinar: Building Your Resources and Network - Finding the Best Information on the Web
  • ON[the]LINE Webinar: Technology Policies: Shift Your Paradigm
  • Leading, Learning, Achieving: The Realities of the Digital Age for Educators
  • ON[the]LINE Webinar: Thinking Ahead: Professional Development Planning
radioticalOpportunities for New Learning Experiences at Stanford

A new Radio TICAL interview with Bob Emery Smith   

Photos of new learning space at Stanford

Wallenberg Hall at Stanford University provides a collaborative, student-centered learning space for students and teachers in all disciplines. This learning center was developed from a vision and partnership between Stanford and philanthropic efforts from Sweden.

Bob Emery Smith, Director of Technology Services was one of the founders of the spaces. Mr. Smith shares the genesis of this innovative learning space that has been used as a model across the globe for K-12 learning that focuses on creativity and collaboration.

Go to Radio TICAL and listen to the podcast. 

New Resources in the TICAL Database



Create engaging Common Core aligned formative assessments with interactive technology-enhanced Items and thousands of high-quality questions for free! Over 28 question-types to choose from. Share your assessments with teachers and students. Great formative assessments. Learn more.
Timeline JS logo  

TimelineJS is an open source tool that enables you to build visually-rich interactive timelines and is available in 40 languages. The TimelineJS Embed Generator makes it easy to add a timeline to your own site. Just copy the Google Spreadsheet template on the site, add your events as rows in the spreadsheet, and use our generator tool to generate the HTML you need to add to your site. Timeline can automatically pull in photos, videos from YouTube or Vimeo, tweets, Wikipedia entries, and many other media types to help tell your story. Learn more.  


SchoolDesk SchoolDesk logo  

This is an easy to use school and teacher website developer system that also functions as an effective learning management system. It includes a secure social media environment for teachers, students and parents to work together and communicate with each other.

All resources in the TICAL database are recommended and annotated by members of the TICAL cadre and guest educational leaders.  Neither TICAL nor the Santa Cruz County Office of Education accepts any payment for placement in the database. 
Search for other topics in the TICAL resource database!
blogDeep Thoughts in Education
The most recent post to Tblogical, TICAL's blog

One Size Does Not Fit All
The Case for Hybrid BYOD Initiatives  
by Susan Brooks-Young

apples and oranges Remember when computer labs were the solution to making technology available to all students? When most teachers had limited personal experience using desktop computers, this approach seemed to make sense. But it didn't take long for educators to discover that limited access to computers housed outside the classroom was often more a disruption than meaningful learning experience. [ read more ]

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]



In This Issue
Rowland Baker
Executive Director
Jason Borgen

Program Director

Michael Simkins
Consulting Director

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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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. 

Learn more at www.portical.org