ATLIS 2018 Annual Conference

April 15-18, 2018
Crystal Gateway Marriott

Crystal City, VA

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Our conference schedule is now online! 

The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools will hold its annual gathering of IT and Edtech independent school leaders on April 15-18, 2018, in the nation’s capital. Our conference theme is "Lead with Why." This convergence of independent school technology professionals is the only conference focused solely on the independent school technology community. One attendee at the 2017 conference called it “the most relevant, most important conference I attend all year.” ATLIS is particularly grateful for the support of Platinum Sponsors Veracross and Vidigami.

Opening Keynote

Donna Orem
President, National Association of Independent Schools

 Donna Orem was named President of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in November 2016 after serving as the organization’s Interim President for one year. NAIS empowers independent schools and the students they serve, representing more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,500 nonprofit, private K-12 schools in the U.S.

A graduate of an independent school, Orem served as the Chief Operating Officer of NAIS for eleven years before becoming Interim President. In that capacity, she directed the organization’s strategic planning and provided vision and leadership in the identification and development of new initiatives, products, and services. She also oversaw NAIS human resources and talent management.   

Prior to joining NAIS, Orem served in leadership positions with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) She offers keen insight into the vision and direction independent schools require of their leaders during changing times. Orem also strives to empower the independent school community to leverage individual and collective strengths to achieve key goals.

Featured Speakers

Tricia Edwards is the Head of Education for the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. She develops the conceptual framework and leads evaluation efforts for the Center’s educational programs and activities, including the Draper Spark!Lab, a hands-on invention workspace for children and families at the Smithsonian.

She is also responsible for broadening Spark!Lab’s impact beyond Washington, DC. Tricia has overseen installations of Spark!Labs in cities across the U.S., including Detroit, Kansas City, and Anchorage, and has led international Spark!Lab projects in India, Ukraine, and London. Through this work, she and her team provide professional development for museum staff and area educators, and work to build capacity and create a community of practice around invention education, inquiry-based learning, and evaluation. Since its inception in 2008, Spark!Lab has reached more than 2.5 million children around the world.

In 2016, in collaboration with Faber-Castell’s Creativity for Kids, Tricia launched the Spark!Lab Inventive Creativity™ consumer product line and is pursuing other opportunities to extend Spark!Lab’s unique approach to hands on learning to homes everywhere. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences such as SXSWedu, the American Alliance of Museums, and the Association of Children’s Museums, sharing research and best practices for fostering inventive creativity in children.

 Conference Planning

Our Conference Advisory Committee is hard at work designing an outstanding event for attendees that includes the kinds of learning and networking opportunities Edtech and IT leaders from independent schools want and need for their own professional growth. Learn more about our great team of conference planners here.

Jeff Dayton, Director of Information and Innovation, Madeira School (VA) -- Conference Committee Chair

Susan M. Bearden, Educational Consultant, Washington, DC
Tye Campbell, Director of Technology, Gilman School (MD)
Michael Carson, IT Manager and MS Academic Technologist, McLean School of Maryland (MD)
Marc Carter, Director of Technology, Episcopal High School (VA)
Hiram Cuevas, Director of Academic Technology, St. Christopher’s School (VA)
Melissa Freed, Middle and US Librarian, The Steward School (VA)
Tom Gallo, Upper School Science Department as a Physics and Innovation Seminar, The Steward School (VA)
Laura Hollis, Director of Technology, Saddle River Day School (NJ)
Scott Lieberman, MS Technology Integration, Alexandria Country Day School (VA)
Colleen McNeil, Director of Technology. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, Alexandria (VA)
Elana Milstein, Technology Operations Coordinator, The Potomac School (VA)
Stacy Tippens, Educational Technology Specialist, Madeira School (VA)

Exhibiting Opportunities are SOLD OUT

Click here to download our sponsor packet.

Schedule at a glance for planning purposes (see the full 2017 program  here):

  • April 15: BootCamp Sessions from 1-4:30 p.m., Presentation and Panel Concurrent Sessions 1-2; 2:30-3:30
  • April 16-17: Keynote, Presentation and Panel Sessions and Deep Dive Sessions, Playground and Sponsor Area Open (2 days)
  • April 18: School Tours, Site Visits, and BootCamp Sessions through noon, with tours ending at 3:00 p.m. 

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS: The Crystal Gateway Marriott has rooms available for $254.00 a night for attendees. Hotel reservations can be made using this link. If you are booking multiple rooms, it may be easier to call (703) 920-3230 and explain that you are staying for the ATLIS conference.  The hotel is just one metro stop away from Ronald Reagan Airport and a short metro ride to all the DC area attractions. 


Substitutions and/or transfers of registration from the same school may be made any time prior to the conference for a $25 fee.  Contact Susan Davis to make arrangements for a transfer.  Substitutes that have not submitted their request in writing must check in at the event registration area to ensure that they are not billed as an additional attendee.

Cancellations by January 6, 2018 will receive a full refund, less a $50 processing fee.

Cancellations between January 7 and March 31, 2018 will receive a 50% refund.

There will be no refunds after April 1, 2018.