Technology’s Role in Capital Improvement Projects

ATLIS is launching an important research project into the ways technology leaders are leveraged for capital improvement projects. In this blog post, Christina Lewellen, Executive Director of ATLIS, outlines the research project and invites your participation in our survey. -- SD

[5-minute read, 10-minute survey]

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ATLIS Reads: The Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People

For the opening of the school year, ATLIS inaugurates ATLIS Reads: A Book Seminar for Technology Thought Leaders, a series of four webinar conversations and a companion micro-course. Our first year-long book study seminar will address the theme of Leadership Literacies. In this blog post, Jared Colley of Oakridge School (TX) introduces the first book in the series, The Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, and offers a series of questions to consider before joining our discussion online. Registration for the full seminar is required (no individual registrations will be offered) and limited to the first 30 participants, starting August 27, 2019. Registration is complimentary for ATLIS members, $129 for non-members. Register here for the book study seminar designed specifically by and for technology thought leaders in independent schools. -- SD

ATLIS Reads: A Book Seminar of Technology Thought Leaders
The Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony C Greenwald.

Webinar Conversation: September 25, 1 pm Eastern

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Who’s in Charge? You Are.

We’re taking steps that allow you to customize your conference experience. 

Executive Director Christina Lewellen shares a new annual conference planning process that puts you in charge. [10-minute read]

Let’s talk about how much I love Starbucks. I was an early adopter (and defender) of the chain because 1) I can get exactly what I want, and 2) I know I’m going to get exactly what I expect for my $5. Whether you’re a fan of Starbucks’ lattes or not, the company certainly kicked off a culture of customization that has transcended many industries.

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ATLIS AIMS TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM IN FIFTH YEAR AND BEYOND

ATLIS AIMS TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM IN FIFTH YEAR AND BEYOND
Board Announces Dues, Cap Increase to Continue Membership Benefits Expansion

July 1, 2019 (San Carlos, Calif.)—The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) has announced the association will increase its dues rate to $3.75 per enrolled student with a cap of $3,750 per school, effective July 1, 2019. This increase, approved by the ATLIS Board of Directors, will allow the association to maintain the momentum it has built in its first four years as an organization as it continues to expand and improve its vast membership offerings.

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Optimizing Summer Wifi Updates: Best Practices

ATLIS Corporate Member Wyebot offers the following best practices for analyzing and updating your campus wifi systems. Whether you are installing new hardware, running diagnostics, or conducting security audits, maintaining effective wifi services is a mainstay of independent school technology department work. -- SD

[10-minute read]

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Photosharing at the ATLIS 2019 Annual Conference

Cross-posted from Vidigami
 

4 Things to Look Out for at ATLIS 2019 Annual Conference

Team Vidigami is excited to return to the annual ATLIS conference. Held this year in Dallas from April 14-17, ATLIS focuses on the independent school technology community, and will bring together more than 500 independent school technology professionals, including more than 30 vendors across 35 states and 3 countries to learn, connect, and share knowledge.

Along with fellow Platinum Sponsors; Veracross and LearnPlatform, Vidigami will participate as Media Management Partner, bringing back its private social platform as ATLIS’s dedicated portal for sharing event highlights, candids, keynotes, and more. As part of the 3-day conference, Vidigami’s roaming photographer will be on-the-go capturing great moments, from keynote speeches, sessions, and networking breaks, to activities and workshops. Photos and videos will be professionally captured and centralized in Vidigami, then made available exclusively to attendees through a personalized feed.



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Power Up Your Learning in the ATLIS Community

We loved learning about new forms of PD from the recent webinar, “How to Deliver PD on Demand: 3 Ways to Power Up Professional Learning in Independent Schools” with Brad Spirrison and Dr. Jennifer Williams of Participate. In particular, we are excited about opportunities for developing the ATLIS personal learning network via the ATLIS Community portal. For the 2019 ATLIS Annual Conference, we are pleased to offer additional opportunities for you to explore, including courses in conjunction with the 2019 Hackathon and the ATLIS Reflection ⇒ Ideation Lab, resources curated  around “Leadership in the Digital Age,” and authentic conversations related to these topics and the conference theme, “Deep in the Heart of TECHness.” -- SD

[10-minute read, plus webinar video]

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Keeping Tech People-Focused

What do floating highways, destination travel stops, and quality vending machine coffee have in to do with independent schools and the learners they serve? Creativity, choice, and user-centric customization. As part of the NWAIS IT Summit on January 25-26, in Seattle, Washington, Joey Tanaka, Edtech and Robotics Specialist at Bertschi School (WA), offered a vision of the future for independent schools based on his recent experiences with human-centered design while traveling in Japan. This blog post is adapted from that talk. -- SD  [15-minute read]

What if you could travel into the future, but you could only bring back whatever was in your head?  What would you bring? Insights? A new vision?

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Create Cultures of Empathy Through Connected Classrooms

The intersection of technology and global learning presents a unique opportunity for independent schools to have an impact on the future. In this post, Brad Spirrison, a Media Ecologist who works for ATLIS Corporate Member Participate, poses the question, "What if we used the very screens and digital resources that promote antisocial behavior (and frequently contribute to bullying) as a vehicle to bring more real-world interactions into our elementary school classrooms?" Participate's partnership with Empatico on The Empathy Project provides just one answer to that question. -- SD

[10-minute read]

The introduction of technology within any educational setting always comes with a bit of a conundrum.

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It's About Time

With this post, ATLIS inaugurates a blog series from the winners of the ATLIS Pillar Awards. Curt Lieneck, who is on the faculty of the Early Career and Aspiring Technology Directors Institute, shares in this post his reflections on time from the perspective of someone who has recently retired from multiple decades as a leader of technology in schools. You can learn more about the ATLIS Pillar Awards in our 1 May 2018 post, "Launched! ATLIS Annual Conference Highlights."

[15-minute read]

Curt LIeneck

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Another Day, Another PHISHING Attempt

Earlier this fall, William Stites, Director of Technology at Montclair-Kimberley Academy (NJ) shared this post about his school's experiences with and responses to several phishing attempts. The post confirms how frequent such attempts can be and how they have unfortunately become part of daily life at schools. Stites, who is also one of the co-hosts for the ATLIS Information Systems User Group, describes how phishing attempts provide an opportunity for training and education. -- SD

[15 min. read]

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Seeing Is Believing: Persuasion via Data Visualization

This week's post "From the Executive Director's Desk" points out the growing importance of data visualization in the world today. What is your school doing to take advantage of this powerful tool? -- SD

[20-min read]

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5 Best Practices for Inventory, Budgeting, and Replacing Equipment

Last month Bill Donovan and Marygrace Blubaugh of Cannon School (NC) joined Sarah Hanawald for a discussion of “How to Automate Your Inventory, Budgeting, and Replacement Cycle.” (Members can view the recorded webinar here.) To supplement their webinar, Marygrace has provided several best practices for creating an Inventory Database, which she shares with ATLIS readers. -- SD

[10-minute read]

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Back(casting) to the Future

"My task is to think of innovative technology for future robotics missions and implement them," Dr. Ayanna Howard, 2002. [10-minute read]

Early in her career as a roboticist (and long before Matt Damon colonized Mars), Dr. Ayanna Howard, ATLIS 2019 Opening Keynote Speaker, described her work for NASA in a way that aligns with the responsibilities of independent school technology leadership. Technology is at the heart of one of the foremost challenges our schools face: preparing our students to succeed on missions we can barely currently describe. Our Annual Conference theme for 2019 is “Deep in the Heart of TECHness.”

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9 Reasons to Present at the ATLIS Annual Conference

Are you thinking about writing a proposal for the ATLIS Annual Conference in Dallas? Do you find yourself hesitating for any number of reasons? Ask yourself, instead, why you SHOULD submit a proposal. Here are 9 reasons why. -- SD

[10-minute read]

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Web Accessibility Matters to Independent Schools, Too

What are the best practices for web accessibility? This repost by Hadley Rosen, Finalsite's Director of Communications, details why it's important to consider web access from all perspectives, including those with physical disabilities.  From Finalsite, July 11, 2018.

[10-minute read]

Web accessibility aims to equalize site usability for the nearly estimated 12 to 20 percent of Americans with disabilities such as color blindness and low vision, hearing loss and deafness, dyslexia, and more. Supported by federal regulations that include the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are more than two hundred specific requirements in the recently updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1), an updated repository of technical details that designers use to bring their website into conformance.  

WCAG 2.1 was released in June 2018, following the release of WCAG 2.0. As of right now, public school districts are only required to meet WCAG 2.0, while state and government agencies must begin efforts to adhere to WCAG 2.1. In both cases, the mandate is clear: all websites must adhere to the WCAG guidelines or risk Office of Civil Rights complaints and possible lawsuits.

But for independent schools, there have been more questions, including: do these rules apply even though we don’t receive federal funds? How will we do this when we have a small team? Can we afford this? Can we afford not to do this and take our chances?





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Happy New Year!

 With this post, Sarah Hanawald begins a new series, "From the Executive Director's Desk," sharing ATLIS resources that can help your new school year run more smoothly.  -- SD

[10-minute read] 

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Welcome Ashley Cross

ATLIS welcomes Dr. Ashley Cross as newly appointed Manager of Membership and Member Services. In this blog post, Ashley introduces herself to the ATLIS community and shares one of the aspects she values most about leading technology in independent schools, professional learning networks. In Ashley’s view, the ready-made PLN of ATLIS provides members with access to important, sustaining connections within our community. 

[10-minute read]

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Independent School Leaders Join ATLIS Board

Three newly appointed members to the ATLIS Board of Directors bring a broad range of experience in technology and independent school education to the ATLIS leadership. Tye Campbell of the Gilman School (MD), Dr. Dawn Klus of ISACS (IL), and Denise Musselwhite of Trinity Preparatory School (FL) joined the ATLIS Board of Directors on July 1, 2018. We are pleased to introduce you to them in this blog post. -- SD

[15-minute read]

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Behind the Scenes at ATLIS

This summer ATLIS has been privileged to hire Marketing Intern Emma Stack, who has already made an impact by assisting with our member directory and advising us on social media. Check out and like our Facebook and Instagram pages, which have been renewed with Emma's help. This is Emma's first post for our blog, as she introduces herself along with Virtual Executive Assistant Amelia Daul.  -- SD

[10-minute read] 

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