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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

Digital Citizenship á la Maslow

by Michael Simkins

Depiction of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Most of us are familiar with Abraham Maslow's classic Hierarchy of Needs. According to his theory, we first need to satisfy lower level needs before we can eventually hope to reach the apex of existence, self-actualization. Of course, this makes a lot of sense. For example, we still believe that students' basic needs must be met, such as getting enough sleep and having a decent breakfast before coming to school, if they are going to be able to concentrate on learning once they arrive. [read more]

Mobile Watching Pioneered at Ozark High

by Jim Yeager

Dari-Delite sign I can easily recall the late summer of 1965 and the events surrounding the first day of school at Ozark High. Paris was our football rival, although I am not sure why, since I can’t recall a single victory over the Eagles in the entire decade of the 1960s. Nonetheless Ozark felt compelled to use Paris as a measuring stick, not only in athletics, but every area of education. [read more]

Formative and Summative Assessment

by Jenna Mittleman

Cartoon of king speaking to subjects from balcony: Try to see things from my point of view. A recent exercise in my Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator course gave me a chance to reflect on the topic of formative and summative assessment. I read an elementary school scenario in which Antonio Roberts, a teacher on the school’s staff, was eagerly awaiting a meeting with Mary Brown, his assistant principal, who had done an observation in his classroom the previous day. To me, the scenario provided a good example of how important it is to recognize the projected outcome of each participant. [read more]

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TICAL-Sponsored Events

Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator Fall/Winter Cohort Announced

Leading Edge Certification for the AdministratorThe Fall/Winter cohort of TICAL's Leading Edge Certification begins September 27th in San Mateo or Canoga Park (Winnetka). This online course consists of two face-to-face meetings 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 4 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!

The Online, Global, and FREE School Leadership Summit

School Leadership Summit The 2nd Annual School Leadership took place on March 26-28th. With presentations from around globe, from Pakistan and Iraq to Argentina and all over the US, the content was an "intense learning experience." ACSA had presentations by members throughout the day as well. Missed a session? Missed the entire event? All sessions were recorded and are available ON-DEMAND! View the recordings to access this rich PD opportunity.

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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.