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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, November 10, 2021

ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, November 10, 2021

 

The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) hosted its monthly Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 3:00 pm Eastern. The group who gathered discussed their successes and challenges as they near the midpoint of the school year and navigate “new normal”. 

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall Sept. 22, 2021

ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, Sept. 22 2021

 

The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) hosted its monthly Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 3:00 pm Eastern. The focus was “Back to School 2021” with conversation surrounding challenges, successes, and opportunities entering a new school year. 

As attendees considered the state of their school at the start of the 2021-2022 school year compared to last year, most agreed that they are faring better, with a stronger ability to navigate unexpected challenges that arise. Conversation included reflections on positive changes that have carried through from the first full pandemic school year into this year. A common theme that arose was greater connectedness with their school communities due to new ways to make content available to parents and the community in an asynchronous fashion. 

There is a new willingness to engage in live streamed events, performances and meetings that wasn’t always present before. From shy students who are more comfortable engaging through technology, to working parents who can’t always attend school functions, the lessons learned from last year surrounding technology and asynchronous events are presenting opportunities for more equitable access to participation among the school community. 

The increase of schools leveraging technology across more practices causes greater need for education and training around cybersecurity, providing both more opportunities and more demand on the technology team. Daisy Steele of the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon shared that she was able to work with HR to add videos on multi-factor authentication, phishing, and appropriate use of school computers to the mandatory training videos all school staff have to view. She added that the faculty has been extremely receptive to these cybersecurity measures and have come to her for assistance and guidance. 

Other technology leaders on the call have found creative ways to bring technology and cybersecurity training to teachers who are burned out from virtual professional development, including sharing cybersecurity tips at faculty meetings, and creating engaging videos to incorporate into new staff onboarding. 

Ethan Delavan from the Bush School in Seattle said on the call, “I’m feeling a lot more traction for tech, media and information literacies now, especially in curriculum mapping efforts”, and most participants agreed. Overall, school leaders seem to be forging stronger strategic collaborations with the technology teams to weave media and tech literacy into their programs. The future is bright for technology leaders in independent schools, and the ATLIS community is here to help along the way. 









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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall Salutes Tech Team Rock Stars, January 13, 2021

iconThe first ATLIS Virtual Town Hall of 2021 gave special recognition to the many tech team rock stars who keep the technology humming along smoothly at our independent schools -- help desk staffers, data managers, IT and systems administrators, edtech implementation coaches, and, yes, those who serve as all of the above. Our conversation ranged from helpdesk implementation to considering the school’s value proposition to the community to favorite hacks and solutions for the challenges faced by tech teams in recent months.

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall 14 October 2020: Where We Are Now

As schools across our community begin to settle in to new learning and working environments, technology leaders from the ATLIS community continue to find value in sharing and reflecting on their experiences with their peers. In this Virtual Town Hall, we looked back on the journey of the past few months, shared what school looks like now in the many varieties of hybrid learning that have sprung up, and began to think about what has evolved in the larger perspective of education as well as what lies ahead. -- SD [15-minute read, 1-hour video]

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall: School Opening Update (9 September 2020)

Our September Virtual Town Hall gave a glimpse into the realities of what school reopening has looked like for technology leaders across the country. We asked participants to share what school looks like for them -- whether it is fully online, hybrid/hi-flex, or face-to-face. Much of our conversation focused on providing the right kind of devices to teachers who are delivering content to both in-person and online learners. We ended with a number of nagging questions that still keep tech leaders up at night and some practical advice about how to deal with help desk overload fueled by pandemic anxieties and the new technologies schools are adding into the mix. -- SD [10-minute read; 1-hour video] 

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall: Meeting the Needs of Our Youngest Learners

Over the past few months, a constant refrain of concerns about working in hybrid learning environments with younger students has emerged in our Virtual Town Halls and other conversations. The need for a specially focused Town Hall on Meeting the Needs of Our Youngest Learners thus emerged. For this conversation, we focused on the faculty perspective, even as we recognized the need to wrestle with parent, student, and larger community concerns as well. -- SD [15-minute read]

 

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June 3 ATLIS Town Hall School Reopening, Wellness, Communication

 

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, 6 May 2020: Feedback and Reflection, Planning Ahead

ATLIS continues to share a summary and video for its Virtual Town Halls. Our May 6 gathering focused on feedback and reflection for faculty, planning ahead, and summer plans. -- SD

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, 29 April 2020: Leadership and Contingency Planning, Holding Onto Innovation

This archive continues to record and summarize the key ideas and questions shared by technology leaders in independent schools from around the world. On April 29, the group openly shared their contingency planning, questions on their minds for next year. They began to reflect on what they wished to hold onto for the future from their transitions during the coronavirus crisis, and they shared numerous ideas for reaching out to parents and maintaining school culture. -- SD [25 minute read; 1 hour video]

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, 22 April 2020 & Clearinghouse Update

According to the ATLIS Vitals Check, 100% of our survey participants have completed the transition to online learning. ATLIS staff reflections about the development of the past few weeks identify three stages of the transition: "All Hands on Deck, followed by "OMG, It's Working... and now "Looking to the Future" as Technology leaders are beginning to reflect on the changes that changes to virtual school have wrought, particularly on their positions within the school. More immediate challenges discussed include end-of-year programs, to record or not to record 1:1 meetings, and vetting tools and resources discovered by faculty. This VTH archive also includes an update on the new resources to be found on the ATLIS Clearinghouse page. -- SD

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall , 15 April 2020: Scheduling, Screen Fatigue, and End-of-Year Rituals

As we wrap up this extraordinary school year, technology leaders are being drafted to discuss end-of-year community rituals and how to address assessments in a virtual landscape. They also face planning for “after school” offerings, summer programs and projects and a very uncertain school year ahead. Participants also provided frank feedback on the ways vendors can best support technology leaders’ efforts to manage and deliver online the many components of their school communities. Finally, their thoughts turned to the leadership role they can play at their schools if they are included in the right conversations and if others understand better all that they do. -- SD

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, 8 April 2020: Stage 1 -- The Transition to Online Learning

As we move into the second stage of the remarkable transition of education to online spaces, new concerns are arising. Even as independent school technology leaders are assuming an even more critical role in their schools, they are wondering about what school will look like in the future and how this impacts their projects and plans for the coming year, as well as their budgets. Overall, we must question how the recent changes in the ways school is delivered has made a lasting impact on the independent school model. -- SD

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, 1 April 2020: Supporting Parents

Each week technology leaders from around the globe gather to discuss issues and concerns related to the challenges of the day. In this edition, we discussed ways schools are supporting parents who are working from home and helping their children attend school virtually. We also discussed how tech teams need the support of their leadership and schools to maintain self-care during this crisis. Other issues, such as repair and breakage policies, filled out the hour's discussion. -- SD

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, 18 March 2020: We Are Here for You

 

Things are changing quickly for independent schools, so we are gathering technology leaders every Wednesday at 1pm EST for a virtual town hall discussion. We’ll address your challenges and share lessons learned. Here we share our video archive from the ATLIS Town Hall on March 18, 2020. -- AC

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