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Summer was fun, but now we're on the the job we love (or just starting the one we wanted). Here are some TICAL updates to help you gain momentum in these opening weeks of school.
Upcoming Leading Edge Certification Opportunities

Leading Edge Certification is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. TICAL offers two certification programs. The Administrator program, designed for school principals and district office administrators, will launch November 13 at locations in Santa Cruz and Vista.
The Professional Learning Leader certification kicks off November 18 in Santa Cruz.

Learn more about Leading Edge Certifcation
Get Future Ready!

Have you taken the Future Ready Pledge? What? You don't even know about it? Either way, TICAL cadre member Gabe Soumakian has some advice for you. And check out these additional Future Ready resources.
Plan Ahead for Leadership 3.0

The Leadership 3.0 Symposium returns to the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach Hotel for the 2016 Lead 3.0 Symposium April 14-16, 2016.

The Symposium is co-sponsored by TICAL, ACSA, and CUE.

Hey, why the 3.0 in the name? It acknowledges the fact that there are three organizations involved. The Symposium also brings together three critical components: leadership, technology, and innovation. And heck, it seems cool...moving ahead from all things 2.0.

Visit the Leadership 3.0 site.
Leading Digitally Webinars

This series of free webinars is hosted by TICAL in collaboration with ACSA and CASCD

ICanHelpLine: a Social Media Helpline for Schools
October 26, 2015, 1:30 - 2:00 PM

iCanHelpline is a free service where schools and districts can call or email to get help in resolving problems that surface in social media - problems such as cyberbullying, sexting and reputation issues involving students, staff or anyone in the school community. Anne Collier, founder, and Matt Soeth, helpline manager, will share how the service works and how your school or district can take advantage of it
Don't Make a Million Dollar Mistake!
November 12, 2015, 3:30 - 4:00 PM

Instructional materials purchases are generally the largest annual purchases school districts make. Often, districts have too many products to review and too little time to review them carefully. Research has shown that only 54% of the instructional materials that claim to be 100% aligned actually are. For that reason alone, districts, on average, have half a million dollars worth of unused instructional materials. Does yours? Jackie Lain, president of Learning List, will share effective practices to help districts stretch their instructional materials funds and avoid purchasing materials that ultimately go unused or do not deliver as promised.

Additional webinars will be announced as they are scheduled.

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Technology leadership resources recommended
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Building Your Roadmap for 21st Century Learning Environments
The roadmap is a flexible planning tool that can help you chart a strategic path for transforming your schools to meet the demands of today's students and their futures. This free resource was created by Cable Impacts Foundation, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, and the State Educational Technology Directors Association, with advice from dozens of experts and practitioners. Anyone interested in the Future Ready Schools project will want to be familiar with the roadmap as well.

Digital Chalkboard
Digital Chalkboard is an online community of California public school and district educators. California educators collaborate through group participation and discussions, upload educational classroom and administrative resources that help other educators access what works best in California schools and districts. As of the summer of 2014, over 70,000 educational resources have been contributed to the resource libraries. Both featured content providers from select non-profit organizations and approximately 19,000 California educators continue to contribute resources and collaborate. With the launch of the new site, over 300,000 additional digital resources have been added through a link to the national Learning Registry. California districts interested in the Future Ready Schools effort will want to be aware of this important resource.

Getting Students Across the Finish Line
Successful online and blended learning programs look to create consistent student experiences, involve and give a voice to faculty members and increase student engagement. This playbook runs through 5 best practices of successful online programs, including how to evangelize online programs among faculty, include the right technology and retain students throughout the semester.

Learning List
Modeled on the popular Angie's List, Learning List is a subscription-based service that provides independent, carefully crafted editorial reviews of educational products and materials. Each review includes an assessment of how closely the product aligns to standards and also offers a platform for users to publish their own ratings, reviews, and recommendations.

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Cadre profile: Will Kimbley

Education is a second career for Will. In fact, he was a locksmith and a business owner for over 20 years. "I had to work a long time to get to the point where I could afford to go to college," says Will. "When I did, I realized that I had always been a teacher in every job or activity I was involved in."

He launched his education career in middle school. "I wanted to work in middle school to make a difference with students," he says, "because that's where my own life took some very unfortunate turns." He's been a 6th grade multiple subject teacher, a teacher on special assignment for technology, a 6th grade math and science teacher, and a 7th grade computer applications teacher.

Read more about Will

TICAL is a unique professional development program with the mission of helping K-12 school administrators provide informed and effective leadership in the use of technology to improve education.

TICAL is provided by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education 

Michael C. Watkins, Superintendent

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