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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 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]

Magnificent Seven Websites to Support 21st Century Staff Development

by Bob Blackney

Magnificent Seven movie poster I know that you have been to one, probably several. I’m talking about a workshop focused on changing classroom instruction, using the Internet, having students use technology for learning, and changing the teaching paradigm. In an age when everyone is connected everywhere, the only place that people are not connected is the classroom. Perhaps you’ve led such a workshop. Regardless, you know the workshop. [read more]

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]

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TICAL-Sponsored Events

Present at the 11th Annual TICAL Conference – Connected Leaders Reimagine Learning

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. The call for proposals for breakout sessions has been extended until October 15th—submit your proposal today to share your stories and expertise with your peers. Registration will open in December, but book your hotel room today! Learn more about the conference – including our Keynote, Sylvia Martinez.

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.