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2017 TICAL Conference
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2/21/2017 to 2/23/2017
When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Where: Marriott Hotel
3 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, Arkansas  72201
United States
Contact: Mitch Walton

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FEBRUARY 21-23, 2017



This is the 13th year for the TICAL CONFERENCE to be provided for Arkansas educators!  It is a great event for networking, hearing updates regarding the latest in innovative instructional technology, and learning new skills that can be used in all facets of education.  The TICAL Conference is a special event hosted by the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA), the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), and the California-based Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL).  Each year, over 350 educators come to Little Rock to participate in the premier technology event for educational decision makers!


Click on the link to see the 2017 TICAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE.

Pre-Conference Sessions
 begin on Tuesday, February 21 at 12:30 p.m.  A description of the pre-conference sessions along with registration fees are listed below.  A variety of interesting and informative Pre-Conference Sessions are available for teachers and administrators.  A list of the Pre-Conference Sessions is available at the 2017 TICAL registration site (Pre-Conference Sessions) and includes the session information and the names of the presenters.  The registration fee for each pre-conference session is $105.

Wednesday, February 22
, the TICAL Conference will begin with a “First Time Attendee Orientation” at 7:45 am.  A continental breakfast will kick-off the day’s activities which will include informative breakout sessions; luncheon keynote speaker, Deb Delisle, ASCD Executive Director; and time for visiting with exhibitors.  Governor Asa Hutchinson has been invited to attend the luncheon to provide an update on computer coding in Arkansas schools.

Thursday, February 23
, attendees will have several opportunities for participation in more indepth concurrent sessions, along with the popular Table Talks, Demo Slams, and raffle.  The conference will conclude at 12:30 p.m.

A complete schedule for Wednesday & Thursday TICAL Conferences activities will be available soon!



Registration Fees - $105 for each session


12:30 to 3:00 WORKSHOPS


Becoming a Digital Principal or District Administrator

In this “boot camp” style professional learning experience, learn how to use Google tools to help maximize workflow for yourself and your staff.  This hands-on session will focus on calendar, forms, and other apps to streamline the administrative processes that normally take up too much time.  You’ll be introduced to technology tools to aid in efficiency, time management, collaboration, communication with students and staff, and discipline. We will also look at ways to use Google Classroom to deliver district professional development that’s meaningful and engaging for teachers.

  • Kate Bowen, Assistant Principal, Conway Junior High School
  • Joe McClung, Assistant Principal, Fayetteville Schools


Is your School, District or Educational Cooperative Future Ready?  Why not?

Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. Future Ready provides resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities. Join this workshop and get a head start on making sure your organization truly is Future Ready!

  • Rowland Baker, Executive Director, TICAL
  • Debbie Miller-Bunting, Director of Instructional Services, Conway School District

Building a Vision for the 21st-Century Student

This workshop walks administrators through the steps of developing or improving a 1:1 initiative. Participants learn how to create a vision and community consensus around the 4C's. They learn how to align their system to the 4C's and clearly define student outcomes by building a professional development model that challenges teachers to think and communicate effectively. Participants also learn why they should closely align the curriculum to their vision and how to embed the 4C's to curriculum and assessments—all the while supporting teachers through the process by building capacity.

  • Jennifer Kimbrell, Educational Consultant, Tech with Jen, LLC.
  • Chad Brinkley, Educational Consultant, Tech with Jen, LLC.


Budget Breakdown: Collaborative Ways to Save Time & Money

Don’t think of this workshop as a boring data exploration!  No.  It’s a hands-on dive into budgeting spreadsheets to make wise financial choices. We will explore procedures on how to determine where you are spending, determine the return on investment of that purchase, and plan future purchasing. Spreadsheets are made to make this process easy and FUN especially when you learn the ways we will show you to work collaboratively with this process!

  • Susan Gilley, Executive Director, Harrison School District
  • Michael Graham, Principal, Westside High School


Automate Everything Using Google Forms

You can plan events, make a survey or poll, give students a quiz, or collect other information in an easy, streamlined way with Google Forms. You can create a form from Google Drive or from an existing spreadsheet that can record the responses to your form.  Learn how to use Google Forms to automate a multitude of tasks you’re now doing manually.  No prior knowledge of Google Forms is necessary.

  • Tyler Tarver, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Communications, Technology, Personnel, Bauxite Schools

Break Away – Digital Escape Rooms to Personalize Learning

What's the best way to personalize learning, maintain student interest, teach important concepts, and meet standards while teaching internet kids?  Escape Rooms!  In this session, attendees will participate in a digital escape room, learn how to use Google forms and sites to design a digital escape room, and experience how escape rooms connect to Arkansas standards, promote critical thinking skills, collaboration, research skills, and team-building.  Join the fun and the ultimate in personalized learning.

  • Oretha Ferguson, Teacher, Fort Smith Public Schools


Designing Professional Development Sessions That Will Meet Your Staff’s Needs and Not Make Them Want to Poke Themselves (or You) in the Eye

Attendees will learn how to assess each teacher's individual needs, learn how to analyze and plan for professional development based on observations and PGPs, receive guidance, examples, and practical examples of how to engage teachers during professional development sessions that teachers will actually enjoy attending.

  • Leann Pinkerton, Director of Accountability & Assessment, Bauxite Public Schools
  • Michael Mills, Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas



3:30 to 6:00 WORKSHOPS


Leading Your School's Instructional Practices

Get a grip on blended learning, personalized learning, and other key digital learning methods.  Gain solid information and personal confidence in supervising implementation of these new and exciting instructional practices from an administrator’s perspective. Become a connoisseur of best practice and how these approaches can create effective instruction.

  • George Lieux, Technology Academy Director, Fort Smith Public Schools
  • Jim Yeager, Director of Instructional Technology, Two Rivers School District 


Going 1-to-1 with Google

If your district is planning on going 1- 1 with Google, this workshop is a prerequisite to a smooth implementation.  Learn important tips on ways to setup the administrative console that will save you headaches and time.  Learn what going 1-1 looks like at both the district and building level.  Learn what to do and what to avoid.

  • Joe McClung, Assistant Principal, Fayetteville Schools
  • Kate Bowen, Assistant Principal, Conway School District


What's New: The Latest and Greatest Tools for Education

Join us for this action-packed session exploring what’s new in technology including what's new in the Google Suite Tools for Education! Technology tools are constantly changing. Participants will explore the latest Google updates as well as other technology integration tools to learn how these tools can impact teaching and learning.

  • Keturah Rush, Technology Integration Facilitator, Monticello School District
  • Susan Gilley, Executive Director, Harrison School District


Promoting your School with Social Media

As an administrator, you understand the importance of communication. Along with the need to communicate with students, parents, and teachers, competition between schools makes it necessary for you to market your school to retain and build enrollment. An effective school social media presence can help address both of these needs.  Join this workshop to get a practical look at the main social media outlets and how to optimize them to reach your constituency.

  • Tyler Tarver, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Communications, Technology, Bauxite Public Schools


1-to-Many: New Thinking about Schools and Technology and Students

Until recently, Bring-Your-Own-Device and school-based technology initiatives such as 1:1 were considered mutually exclusive. However, that perception is changing. Whether or not it’s acknowledged, students bring and use their own devices on school campuses every day. And yet, there are solid reasons why schools opt to provide hardware to students. Attend this workshop to review strategies and identify steps to leverage the best of BYOD and technology provided by schools. An online agenda will be provided for use during the conference and participants will have ongoing access to all materials referenced.

  • Susan Brooks Young, TICAL Cadre Member, TICAL


Spheros in Education:  Learning is Evolving, Get on the Ball

From English, math, and science to programming and the arts, Spheros challenge and inspire brilliant young minds as students quickly learn how to code the Sphero using block programming and hands-on activities that expand imaginations and involve students. Join this session to learn how to challenge your students and personalize learning with Spheros and SPRK in education.  Examples using Sphero in the English classroom will be included in this session. Attendees will participate in a coding activity using Spheros.  Spheros and iPads will be provided for this session.

  • Oretha Ferguson, Teacher Leader, Southside High School


Two for the Price of One: Newsletters Faculty Members Read + Evernote

As an administrator, you probably send your faculty lots of emails—perhaps too many—and perhaps not all of them get read.  In this workshop, you’ll learn an approach to creating a weekly faculty newsletter your team will actually want to read!  We'll discuss what to include in the newsletter to eliminate the "I didn't know about that" or the "I didn't get that email" responses.  At the same time, you’ll learn how to use a simple but powerful tool—Evernote—to publish your newsletter and do much, much more.

  • Jordan Collier, Principal, Central Arkansas Christian School



Conference Fees

Pre-Conference Sessions     February 21, 2017 -- $105 each

Full Conference   February 22-23, 2017 - $300

One Day Only     February 22, 2017 - $200 (Includes Light Breakfast and luncheon)

One Day Only     February 23, 2017 - $120 (Includes a Light Breakfast)

Early Bird Discount Registration ends Friday, January 13, 2017

Full Conference Early Bird Discount -                                     $50

Wednesday, Feb. 22 - One Day Only - Early Bird Discount - $15

Thursday, Feb. 22 - One Day Only - Early Bird Discount -     $15



Hotel Information

 A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Hotel for a rate of $149 per night - Single/Double. 

Call 877-759-6290 or 501-906-4000 and mention you are registering for the 2017 AAEA/TICAL Conference. 

This room rate will be available until Friday, January 27, 2017.



For additional information regarding the 2017 TICAL Conference, contact:

Mitch Walton

AAEA Director of Professional Development






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