New at TICAL 
Volume 16
Number 2 
Halloween is behind us but Big Holidays are on the horizon. In between times, sandwich in some of your own professional learning. It can be a small bite, such as checking out a new resource or watching a short webinar, or a full meal such as earning your Leading Edge Certification. TICAL is a treasure chest of options!
Earn Your Leading Edge Certification

There's still time to enroll!

Leading Edge Certification is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. Each course begins with a day long face-to-face meeting.  After that, participants work with instructors online, with a flexible schedule, to complete the balance of certification requirements over several weeks.

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, Manhattan Beach and Vista, CA.
  • The Professional Learning Leader certification kicks off November 18 in Santa Cruz, CA.

Learn more about Leading Edge Certification.
Jackie Lain
Leading Digitally Webinars

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

What can BYOD programs learn from cycling events?

In this post in TICAL's blog, Tblogical, cadre member Geoff Belleau reflects on his recent experience at cycling events and draws lessons that can be applied to bring-your-own-device programs.
Read Geoff's post in Tblogical.
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New in the resource database
Technology leadership resources recommended
by TICAL cadre members

iCanHelpline - Social media helpline for schools.
iCanHelpline is a free (as of October 28, 2015) 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. In this brief webinar, Anne Collier, founder, and Matt Soeth, helpline manager, share how the service works and how your school or district can take advantage of it.

Socrative is an audience or student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

Sokikom is an online program that uses positive reinforcement, social learning, and personalization to help solve the problems of differentiation and student engagement. Sign up is free, but various services are fee-based.

Quick Takes Tutorials: Your Online Presence is a Digital Tattoo
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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Dr. Kevin Silberberg
Cadre profile:
Kevin Silberberg

Dr. Kevin Silberberg is Superintendent of the Panama Buena Vista Union School District, one of the largest K-8 school districts in California. Appointed to the position in 2013, Kevin is directing an ambitious comprehensive reform effort designed to raise academic standards and narrow the achievement gap for thousands of students. He is leading an inclusive team of school leaders who are together examining and creating shifts from the traditional school system. The results have been outstanding!

Kevin has had a varied career as a teacher, "National Blue Ribbon" principal, superintendent, university faculty member, and in 2012, was asked to be part of a statewide task force on "Digital Learning" by the California Department of Education.

Kevin is one of the original members of the TICAL leadership cadre!

Read more about Kevin.
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.

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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