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We are crowdsourcing the content for the Annual Conference, and now’s the time for you to weigh in and have your say. With just a few minutes and a few questions, you can ensure that the Chicago event delivers a customized professional development opportunity for you and your team. Complete the 2020 Conference Crowdsourcing questionnaire now.

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ATLIS Virtual Networking Lunch Series
First Tuesday of the month 1:00 EDT

Have lunch with your ATLIS colleagues on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 EDT. At our back to school kickoff, we’ll have a conversation around topics such as moving from Acceptable Use Policies to Responsible Use Policies, conducting a needs assessment with faculty, social media policies, onboarding new employees, professional development, and how to plan for a successful year. This is not a sit-and-get presentation, but rather an interactive time to share your ideas, parlay your experiences into learning opportunities, and get your questions answered.

More information can be found on our Calendar of Events.

Edtech User Group 
Third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 EDT

Join hosts Eric Smith, Woods Academy (MA) and Jennifer Zanoria, Windward Academy (CA) for a high-level exploration of all things EdTech every third Thursday of the month. We’re kicking off the school year with “Relationship Building: How to Increase Collaboration Between Faculty and the Technology Department.”

More information can be found on our Calendar of Events.

Office 365 User Group 

ATLIS is proud to debut a new user group for Office 365 users, in response to popular demand. The Office 365 group will alternate months with the G Suite group. The first meeting will be on October 8th. Mark your calendars today.

Register at Calendar of Events.

ATLIS Reads 2020: A Book Seminar for Technology Thought Leaders 
Theme: Leadership Literacies

4 Live Webinar Conversations + 1 Reflective Micro-Course

Registration for this intensive seminar is required (single webinar registrations will not be offered) and will be limited to the first 30 participants. 

Register Here

Registration Opens: August 27
Complimentary registration for members; $129 for non-members. 

Live Webinar Book Conversations

The Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony C Greenwald
Conversation Leader: Jared Colley
English Department Chair and Director of Professional Development at the Oakridge School, TX
September 25, 1 pm Eastern 

The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins
Conversation Leader: Lisa Lamont, Director of Innovation and Institutional Learning, Hopkins School, CT
October 23, 1 pm Eastern

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, & Change the Way You Lead Forever
by Michael Bungay Stanier
Conversation Leader: Connie White, Director of Learning Design and Innovation, Woodward Academy, GA
January 29, 1 pm Eastern

The Algorithmic Leader: How to be Smart when Machines Are Smarter than You by Mike Walsh
Conversation Leader: Vinnie Vrotny, Director of Technology, the Kinkaid School, TX
February 26, 1 pm Eastern
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Reflective Micro-Course

Create a shareable reflection portfolio and earn a badge as an ATLIS Reads 2020 Thought Leader. 

  • Comment in an online portfolio after each conversation and define your take-aways for future growth. Develop and refine your leadership vision. 
  • Videos from each webinar will be archived only in the micro-course for later viewing. 
  • Share your completed portfolio as a data-embedded badge with your PLN and colleagues to spur further conversation. 

(The complete seminar, consisting of 4 webinars and 1 micro-course would cost $275, if purchased separately by non-member registrants.)

Virtual Networking Lunch

Network over lunch with ATLIS friends and colleagues on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 EDT.  This is not a sit-and-get presentation, but rather an interactive conversation among attendees -- something like a Twitter Chat only face-to-face.

Proposed Topics:

  • moving from Acceptable Use Policie to Responsible Use Policies
  • conducting a needs assessment with faculty
  • policies (like social media)
  • onboarding new employees
  • finding the best PD
  • how to plan for a successful year


What do you need to know to launch the new school year? Or to catch up on the latest developments? Are you transitioning to independent school IT work? Are you wondering about virtual reality and student learning?

Learn more about ATLIS micro-courses here.

*ATLIS micro-courses provide just-in-time, individualized learning to help independent school technology leaders stay current in a quickly evolving field. Micro-courses are designed to be completed in an afternoon for an immediate impact on your school

Plugging in to Independent Schools (For IT Professionals)
Curt Lieneck, ATLIS ECATD Faculty and Retired Independent School Technology Leader

Watch our webinar preview!

Curt Lieneck brings over 30 years of experience to this useful and practical introduction for transitioning to independent schools. If you are thinking of moving from the business or public school world to an independent school technology department, or if you are onboarding someone to your staff from a similar background, you will find this course to be enormously helpful. Lieneck provides an introduction to what an independent school actually is and how it is different from other kinds of educational institutions, digs into independent school culture, and addresses the challenges facing independent schools today. 

Practical VR in the Classroom
Stacy Tippens, Educational Technology Specialist, The Madeira School (VA)

Preview Stacy's webinar update.

Take this micro-course if you want learn

  • the basics of beginning a VR program at your school
  • what equipment to consider
  • specific suggestions for classroom implementation
  • valuable tips from an educator who has worked directly with VR in a classroom setting

Learn how to complete a plan for your own implementation today.


bullet journalAs our members have gone through the first two years of the Technology Impact and Efficacy assessment, we have noted their requests for more detailed instructions and guidelines for implementing and surveys efficiently and successfully.

The TIE Deployment Guide was created with these requests in mind. Learn more about the Guide and the TIE assessment here.