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CAASPP/SBAC/PARCC Preparation Checklist and Support


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How can you prepare for the upcoming assessments? Use the checklist and this developing area of the TICAL site to stay up-to-date and informed as you continue the conversations with your staff.


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Blog: From School and District Leaders

The tools are there; can we meet the challenge?

by Susan Gilley


Do it yourself - letters with tools attached. 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]

Boy, Girls, and Collaboration

by Skip Johnson


Students working in the Longfellow School Garden 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]

The Loss of Lost

by Tim Landeck


Woods with snow We were lost, I mean really lost! I was with my 17 year old son, and it was the second day of our 30 day backpack trip to conquer all 230 miles of the John Muir Trail. The first day had been smooth but when we left Yosemite Valley and hit snow, the trail disappeared, and so did our knowledge of exactly where we were. We saw plenty of trees and snow but no footprints or signs of any sort to follow. Should we turn back and find our way to where we first began the day, or follow our plan to find the next campsite? [read more]

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CLRN logo California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) provides a guide to standards-aligned electronic learning resources and assessments.

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TICAL-Sponsored Events

Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator Winter Cohort Announced

Leading Edge Certification for the AdministratorThe Winter/Spring cohort of TICAL's Leading Edge Certification begins February 5th in Palo Alto or Riverside. This online course consists of one face-to-face kick-off meeting with the remainder of the course online providing educational leaders with a rigorous, competency-based learning experience focused on digital leadership. This cohort is designed for busy educators the course occurs over a 3-month period. Participants conclude the course developing a digital portfolio and receive certification as a Leading Edge Administrator. A certified assistant superintendent who recently completed the certification said, "LEC was totally relevant to my current work and provided a forum for me to really think about my vision and plan and then create a thoughtful plan to carry out." Learn more about the course and register now!

11th Annual TICAL Conference

Connected Leaders Reimagine Learning The 11th Annual TICAL Conference will take place February 17-19, 2014 in downtown Little Rock, AR. Network and learn with over 350 educational leaders with a passion and vision for digital leadership. Pre-Conference Selections from a clinic for IT Professionals to an Innovative Tech Academy for Educational Leaders and much more! Learn more about the conference including our Keynote, Sylvia Martinez.

Share your Expertise at the Leadership 3.0 Symposium

Leadership 3.0 logo The Lead 3.0 Symposium Planning Team invites you to submit a proposal to present a concurrent session or workshop at the 2015 Lead 3.0 Symposium, to be held April 16-18, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach Hotel. Concurrent session will be held April 16-17 and workshops will be held the morning or April 18th. Learn more about Leadership 3.0!

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GooruCCSS-Aligned Resources and Content Delivery!
Check out this free resource and instructional tool to assist teachers in delivering relevant content!


Learning Management SystemNeed a process in selecting a Learning Management System (LMS)?
Use this evaluation template form and/or spreadsheet developed by Oxnard Union High School District to have your curriculum team examine pros and cons of different systems.


Apple with bite taken outWhat should every administrator know about Common Core?
Leaders from ISTE's Special Interest Group for Administrators (SIGAdmin) answer that question in these short "Ignite-style" videos.


Bullying Report FormYour Students Can Now Report Bullying Digitally!
The latest Google Form template allows your students to report bullying anytime/anywhere AND gives you access to immediate issues and rich data.


Formemailer TutorialSend Google Form Submissions to Email Addresses Automatically!
The Formemailer script is an excellent tool to create an automated email merge of data that comes into a Google Form. This tutorial will walk you through the set-up so you can automate responses for your classroom walkthroughs and other forms.


Common Core Implementation ChecklistA Common Core Implementation Checklist Just For You!
NAESP has developed this Checklist to assist you in identifying areas of strengths and needs. Use it this summer to reflect on next steps!


LivebindersHow can you organize the web for you and your staff?
Using Livebinders will provide a virtual notebook to organize relevant resources from Common Core to digital citizenship. View this tutorial developed by a TICAL Cadre member to get started!


Social Media HandbookA Social Media Handbook -- Geared for Administrators
Take a look at TICAL's short 11-page document providing an overview and effective ways to use social media in your leadership position.


1to1Interested in a systemic approach to 1:1 implementation?
Check out the newest resource from Common Sense Media. Broken into 3-phases, access resources, templates, and great ideas for all stakeholders!


Digital CitizenshipLooking for robust resources and curricula on Digital Citizenship?
Look no further! This matrix provides you a breakdown of a variety of programs and who they can be used with!


Mobile LearningBe a Leader in Mobile Learning!
Listen to the latest Radio TICAL Episode to hear from the principal investigator in the national mobile learning initiative sponsored by CoSN.