Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership


Leading Digitally, the Admin 2.0 Webinar Series

Hosted by TICAL in collaboration with ACSA

Looking to build your leadership skills? Want to continue to develop your vision, skills, and strategies toward educational relevancy? This webinar series is provided to you at no cost and with the idea of providing you convenient and effective quality professional development. All you need is a device and WiFi—plus, we record the webinars so you can access them later if you wish.


Are Online Courses Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help?

March 29, 2018, 3:30 – 4:30 PM PDT
A recent New York Times article reports "mounting evidence that the growth of online education is hurting a critical group: the less proficient students who are precisely those most in need of skilled classroom teachers." At the other end of the learning spectrum, can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids? Join us as a panel of experienced educators, all members of the TICAL Cadre, tackle these questions and invite you to share your thoughts. Moderated by Michael Simkins. Panelists:

  • Susan Brooks-Young
  • Janice Delagrammatikas
  • Butch Owens
  • Gabe Soumakian
  • John White

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Student Tech Ninjas

December 15, 2017, 2:00 – 2:30 PM PST
The Tech Ninja Academy offers students at Come Back Kids Charter opportunities with hands-on learning that combine technology and customer service skills. Join this informal conversation with principal Janice Delagrammatikas and teacher Daniel Choe to learn how the program started and how it works. Moderated by Michael Simkins. Learn more about Come Back Kids.

Recognizing Lies: An Introduction to Literacy in the Post-Truth Era

November 30, 2017, 1:30 - 2:00 PM

The spread of misinformation is nothing new, but websites and social media make it far easier to distribute and more difficult to detect. This webinar offers an overview of literacy skills today's educators need, both personally and to help their students become more discriminating consumers of media. Online resources will be provided for use following the webinar. Presenter: Susan Brooks-Young.

Social and Emotional Learning—Essential Skills for Educators and Students

June 20, 2017, 12:00 – 12:30 PM PDT
Tom Lehrer once said, "If people can't communicate, the least they can do is shut-up!" Would that it were so simple. In today’s global melting pot, it's more important than ever that adults and students master and employ skills that enable them to succeed beyond academics. The concept of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is not new, but there is growing interest in this framework. Attend this webinar to learn more about the five SEL competencies and technology-supported strategies educators and students can use to develop healthier, more productive learning environments. Presenter: Susan Brooks-Young.

Protecting Student Data Privacy—Basics for School Administrators

July 24, 2017, 12:00 – 12:30 PM PDT
Concerns about protecting students' privacy online are not new, but they are expanding to incorporate not just what's being collected, but how that information is being used and by whom. Laws exist at both federal and state levels that include mandates for educators, but many school administrators are not aware of recent changes that may impact them. Attend this webinar to raise your awareness about laws and practices that individual schools and school districts need to explore further. Presenter: Susan Brooks-Young.

ICanHelpLine: a Social Media Helpline for Schools

October 26, 2015, 1:30 – 2:00 PM
iCanHelpline is a free 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. Anne Collier, founder, and Matt Soeth, helpline manager, will share how the service works and how your school or district can take advantage of it.

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.

Name That Badge! Micro-credentials and educator professional development

March 15, 2016, 1:00 - 1:45 PM PDT
Educators earn credentials at the beginning of their careers, but they learn new skills every day. A micro-credential system provides teachers with the opportunity to gain recognition for skills they master throughout their careers. Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise, will provide you with an "executive summary" of the concept of badges and micro-credentials, what they accomplish, and how to implement them—with plenty of time to respond to your questions.

From 2009-2013, Karen was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office’s efforts on teacher and leader support. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. Read more about Karen.

Doing the Right Thing: Take Control of Your Online Persona

May 26, 1:30 PDT
What constitutes basic good digital citizenship behaviors is becoming increasingly complex, and it is not only students who need to practice good digital citizenship. As the use of social media and other online communication tools becomes more deeply ingrained in our lives, learning how to manage one’s online persona is crucial for educators, as well as students. Join Susan Brooks-Young as she addresses why it has become increasingly important for you to take control of your online persona. She will provide strategies that you can use to help protect yourself, colleagues, students, and others. Susan will also share a resource page with links to additional information you can use personally and share with others.

Doing the Right Thing: Online Public Shaming and Education

June 2, 1:30 PDT
Do you think of yourself as a good digital citizen? What about teachers or students in your school? With the increased use of social media and online communication, it has become increasingly easy to comment, criticize, or "take a stand" on any variety of topics in a multitude of online venues. But at what point does that comment or debate become shaming or ridicule of the opposing person? Join Susan Brooks-Young as she explores the growing online trend of online public shaming.

Susan will discuss how educators and students can deal with online public shaming as a target or potential victim, as well as how to avoid being a perpetrator. In addition, she will explore strategies you can use to help protect yourself, colleagues, students, and others. You will also receive a resource page with links to additional information you can use personally and share with others.

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