California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Technology information center for administrative leadership (TICAL)

The California Department of Education (CDE) commissioned the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Outside Source) to help K-12 administrators provide informed and effective leadership in the use of technology to improve education. TICAL is one of four Statewide Education Technology Services (SETS).

TICAL (Outside Source) includes a cadre of school leaders who believe in the importance of technology to education, as well as an Internet portal with administrator-reviewed and recommended resources and original content. TICAL’s goal is to provide a quick route to information and resources that will help administrators make sure technology improves teaching, learning, and school operations. Resources are on the portal in the following six focus areas:

  • Data-driven decision making
  • Technology planning
  • Financial planning for technology
  • Professional development needs of staff
  • Integrating technology into standards-based curriculum
  • Operations and maintenance

In addition, TICAL offers resources on specific areas of interest such as No Child Left Behind, the Technology Standards for School Administrators (as adopted by the International Society for Technology in Education), and the Principal Training Program. TICAL provides professional development through a series of workshops provided by TICAL cadre members throughout the state and through online presentations and discussion groups on the project’s Web site.

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