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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

Remembering Why We're Educators

by Tommy Tyler

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Many of the common problems school leaders are dealing with today are directly related to school finance and budgets. More and more school districts across Arkansas and the nation are struggling to maintain needed staffing, keep the technology upgraded, and provide sufficient bandwidth for todayís cloud-based services and learning resources. Money problems are so severe in some districts that they are formally listed as in "fiscal-distress." Five Arkansas districts are on the most recently posted list on the Arkansas Department of Education website, and 124 California districts find themselves in a similar fix. [read more]

Using Technology to Build Community Involvement

by Janice Delagrammatikas

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I confess. As a parent, I was one who signed up for school site council and then didn't participate. I would find parent surveys at the bottom of my children's backpacks long after they were due or I would just forget to send them back. I had the best intentions and I was certainly pleased to be asked, but when it came down to it, I couldn't afford to take the time off work. I had class on the night meetings were scheduled, or it would just slip my mind. Years later, as an administrator, I struggle to find the right mix of stakeholder involvement activities so all parents and community members have the opportunity to be involved and contribute to the discussion. Fortunately, I have many more tools at my disposal than school leaders in the 1980's and 90's. [read more]

Packrati: My road to super-productivity!

by Susan Gilley


My motto is, "It's not what you know, but what you share!" People who know me know that I make no secret that almost all of my shared resources come from Twitter. Twitter is all about finding the right people to follow that will allow you find the resources that will help you do your job better. That's the key to me as to why Twitter is such a valuable social media tool.

In order to make Twitter successful and productive for me, I needed a way to get what I had tweeted to my bookmarks. I use Delicious as my bookmarking tool. My old school way was once a week or month, I would copy and paste each tweet over to my delicious account as a bookmark with tags. This was a horribly inefficient process. Then I discovered Packrati. Packrati works with my Twitter and Delicious accounts to automatically bookmark and tag anything I tweet. [read more]

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TICAL is one of Californias Statewide Education Technology Services (SETS). Each project provides unique resources to help educators use technology. Visit our colleagues at:

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

TechSETS logo TechSETS provides technical professionals in California schools improved access to training, support and other resources.

CTAP logo In addition, the California Technology Assistance Program provides regional support to districts. Look here to find the contact information for your county.

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TICAL-Sponsored Events

Leadership 3.0 Symposium

Leadership 3.0 Symposium Produced by ACSA, CUE, and TICAL
April 10-12, 2014
Marriott SFO San Mateo, CA

With over 200 educational leaders in attendance, Leadership 3.0 was "mind blowing and inspirational," said one principal. Submit your proposal to present at the 2014 Symposium to share your school or districtís approaches to technology, leadership and innovation. Learn more about Leadership 3.0.

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.

Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator Summer Cohort Announced

Leading Edge Certification for the AdministratorThe summer cohort of TICAL's Leading Edge Certification begins June 27th in Santa Cruz or Azusa. This online course consists of one face-to-face with the remainder of the course online providing educational leaders with a rigorous, competency-based learning experience focused on digital leadership. 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!

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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.