ATLIS Adds Pricing Transparency

ATLIS Data Platform allows members to see peer reviews and the actual prices paid by schools for key technology resources, using LearnPlatform as the analytics engine.  

Join us March 9 to learn more

Our platform now gives ATLIS independent school technology leaders a tool to improve educational technology purchasing decisions for both hardware and software purchases. The platform now allows members to access price reports on the products they are considering for first-time purchase or renewal. Members will have access to easy-to-read graphs that provide insight into how other member schools are buying and utilizing edtech. This transparency will allow schools to make better-informed decisions that improve efficiencies and increase cost savings for ATLIS members.

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IRS Warning to Schools

IRS Issues Warning to Schools

ATLIS shared this news last month with each of our member schools as a special bulletin.  If you did not receive the bulletin and would like to subscribe as one of your school's primary contacts, please submit this brief form and we'll add you to the list.

We want ATLIS leaders to be aware that schools are being targeted by increasingly persistent criminals who attempt to acquire employee W-2 data and file false returns to steal tax refunds.  Please share this information personally with those who have access to employee W-2 data in your school.

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Over and Up: Think Like the Knight to Advance Your Career

Over and Up: Think Like the Knight to Advance Your Career

Update: Join Gabe February 10 to discuss career strategies for technology leaders. If you missed the webinar, catch the recording here.

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New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

The celebrations are over, the morning alarm has been turned back on, and educators and students are back in school (hopefully rested and refreshed). Many people use the new year to set resolutions and goals for the year to come. While we often think first of personal goals (run a marathon, read more books), this attitude can be a great impetus to set new professional goals. Those of us who work in schools get to say “Happy New Year” twice each year and the new calendar year can be a great time to set goals for the remaining school year and even the start of the next academic year.

One of the best ways to set new year’s resolutions is to set tangible goals. I like to set goals based on previous challenges. For example, have faculty been struggling with implementing an aspect our LMS or new operating system? Do I struggle to get devices imaged in time for the start of the academic year? Is there a stack of educational books that I’ve been meaning to read? Whatever my challenges have been in the previous year (or years), this is where I look for my goals.

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What impact have online and blended learning had on your school?

On October 20, 2015

 Eric Hudson hosted "What impact have online and blended learning had on your school?"

$60 Billion Dollar Hoax?

Are Screens in Schools a $60 Billion Dollar Hoax?

 Dr. Kardaras is the author of the new book Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids—and How to Break the Trance.  Time published an article titled Screens in Schools are a $60 Billion Dollar Hoax.  ISED chat tackled the article in a lively discussion hosted by @dwillard Derrick Willard, Assistant Head for Academic Affairs at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC

What's in store in the makerspace this year?

What's in store in the makerspace this year?

#isedchat September 29, 2016


New Overtime Rules

Overtime Rules and the Technology Department

New overtime rules were released by the Department of Labor this month. ATLIS is sending you our take on what the new rules about overtime mean for those who work in independent school technology. We are providing this information for educational purposes only. Remember that your state and local laws may differ from the federal rules, and your human resource officer should contact your school's legal counsel to ensure that your school is in compliance with all applicable laws.

You can see the entire scope of the new rules on the Department of Labor’s website. Of particular interest is special guidance the department has provided non­profits and higher education institutions. When combined with the overall rules, these two documents cover most of the questions that might arise in an independent school.

Who does not get overtime?

  • Anyone with a job description that previously met the criteria for exemption from overtime (called the “duties test” see below) is still exempt if that individual's salary exceeds $913/week (or $47,476 per year for a full­ year worker). The employee’s job duties must primarily involve executive, administrative, or professional duties as defined by the duties test. In most schools, this would include a technology director and may include other individuals. It is the work itself, not the job title, that determines exemption.
  • All “highly compensated workers” (salary over $134,004) are exempt. Teachers remain exempt, regardless of salary.

Who does get overtime?

  • Anyone making less than $913/week (or $47,476 per year for a full­ year worker) even if his/her job description meets the “duties test” for exemption. This salary threshold will automatically increase every 3 years (not every year) to maintain a salary level that is at the 40th percentile of full­ time salaried workers in the lowest­ wage Census region. The next increase is scheduled for January 1, 2020.
  • Anyone previously entitled to overtime based on the duties test remains eligible for overtime compensation as the criteria has not changed. Help Desk Managers, System Support Specialists, Database Administrators, Network Administrators, etc. typically fall into this category, regardless of salary unless they earn more than $134,004.

What is less clear:

The requirements for overtime for a technology integrationist (or those holding similar positions) making less than $47,476 per year are not clear cut. While most schools consider this a faculty position, to be considered a teacher, the primary daily activity of this employee must be active instruction of students.
However, the rules for higher education also allow for exempt status for those who meet the criteria for "Academic Administrative Personnel": The administrative personnel that help run higher education institutions and interact with students outside the classroom, such as department heads, academic counselors and advisors, intervention specialists and others with similar responsibilities are subject to a special salary threshold that does not apply to white­collar employees outside of higher education. These employees are not entitled to overtime compensation if they are paid at least as much as the entrance salary for teachers at their institution (Overtime Final Rule and Higher Education).

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