Program Overview

Sunday, April 5 
Pre-Conference Institutes

ATLIS Leadership Institutes 2020

Where do you want to up your leadership game? Are you Aspiring, Managing, or Visioning? Our pre-conference programming will address each of these areas in focused workshops to meet you where you are. 

ATLIS Leadership Institutes are action-oriented, project-based, and collaboratively inspired. Registration or application required.


Early Career and Aspiring Technology Directors 
Cohort for 2020-2021

Apply now for this year-long intensive learning experience; once accepted cohort members are encouraged to join us for this three-hour introduction and sampling of their year-long programming (by invitation to accepted cohort fellows only).

Early Career and Aspiring Technology Directors Cohort for 2019-2020
Current fellows will meet from 10 am- 4:30 pm. This institute for early career technology professionals culminates a year of in-person and online programs, mentoring, and professional growth (registration not required; current fellows only).

Leadership Workshop

 Leadership Institute: Managing
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM April 5, 2020 Marriott Magnificent Mile (ATLIS Annual Conference)

This Institute draws on leadership literacies for managing a team, managing culture, and managing systems. Managing a team depends on building trust, coaching effectively, and learning how to leverage difficult conversations. Managing culture means, first and foremost, understanding the components of culture, recognizing the culture of different roles and relationships, and knowing how to create a culture that sustains initiatives. Managing systems requires skill at implementing a backwards design process, maintaining scope and focus, and communicating with intention. All of these topics will be addressed to help you level up your management skills by working through authentic scenarios, applying what you learn, and leaving with real takeaways to make an impact through leadership for your school. 

$95 pre-conference registration fee; separate registration required.

Jamie Feild Baker, Strategic Planning Consultant, TN
James Bologna, Director of Technology, Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Windward Institute, GOA Site Director, Windward School, CA
Ethan Delavan, Director of Technology, The Bush School, WA

See Jamie Baker's article (co-written with Gabriel Lucas, Principle, Ed Tech Recruiting, CA), "Don't Get Lost in Translation: Successful Strategic Technology Planning," in the Fall/Winter 2019 Edition of Access Points.

Leadership Workshop 2

Leadership Institute: Visioning
1:00 - 4:00 PM April 5, 2020 Marriott Magnificent Mile (ATLIS Annual Conference)

Technology leadership in schools at the 20,000-foot level requires the skills of a soothsayer: predicting the future, analyzing what matters, finding convergence with other thinkers, and communicating with a larger audience. The goal of this institute is to gather thought leaders from our community to brainstorm and address collaboratively what lies ahead for our schools. We will provide a structure for you to develop lines of inquiry, examine best practices, and seed resources for the larger ATLIS community to use and pursue. Your essential question: What are the real problems and opportunities for designing the future in independent schools? In this highly participatory Institute, attendees will collaborate to make meaning together and to curate and produce usable resources to benefit others. Specific topics to be addressed will evolve from the participants. 

$95 pre-conference fee; separate registration required.

Facilitators from the ATLIS Think Tank
Dr. Jill Brown, Director of Educational Technology, Albuquerque Academy, AZ
Howard Levin, Director of Educational Innovation, Convent & Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart, CA
Larry Kahn, Chief Technology Officer, Trinity Valley School, TX
Jennifer Voorhees, Lower School Academic Dean and Director of Lower School Technology, Sidwell Friends School, DC


Cybersecurity Symposium at the ATLIS Annual Conference

Full-Day, Intensive, Hands-On Professional Development
Sunday, April 5, 2020 
10 am - 4 pm (lunch included with registration) Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile

In a world where cyber attacks continue to evolve and where new dangers emerge for possibly compromised data, independent schools are not immune. Using a roadmap that details safe practices for data management and cyber safety, technology leaders can strategize what they need to do to establish a necessary standard of care to protect their schools from the real dangers that threaten its cyber safety.

Thought leaders from the independent school community lead this in-depth full-day hands-on Symposium on cybersecurity best practices and risk management to help schools secure their resources and protect identity data in an ever-changing cyber threat landscape. 

This Symposium can be attended multiple times, to learn about the latest developments of concern to independent schools and to revisit ongoing planning to make schools safe. 

Separate registration required: $249 Members; $349 Non-members

Jamie Britto, Chief Information Officer, Collegiate School, VA
Denise Musselwhite, Chief Information Officer, Trinity Preparatory School, FL

Welcome Reception followed by ATLIS Dine Arounds


From deep-dish pizza to sushi, when it comes to great eating Chicago has it all! Reserve your spot now for an ATLIS Dine Around dinner to experience great Chicago dining and even better company with new and old friends from ATLIS. ATLIS Dine Arounds are the opportunity to connect with other conference attendees in a small 9-11 person dinner. Sign up for the dining venue of your choice. Spots are limited so sign up today to reserve your spot. Once all the spots are taken, a dinner option will close. We hope you'll enjoy your dinner out and about in Chicago and the conversation with your peers!

*Note: All attendees are responsible for covering the cost of their own dinner and for their own transportation to and from the restaurant.

Date: 04/05/2020 (Sun.)
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Choose from the following restaurants:

The Gage  ● Bub City  ● Eataly  ● Hampton Social  ● Gilt Bar  ● Centennial  ● Francesca’s on Chestnut Barrio  ● Ramen San  ● Union Sushi  ● Orso’sTrue Food Kitchen 

Sign up for the ATLIS Dine Around here.

Monday, April 6

Spotlight Speakers on "Designing the Future" with Follow-Up Breakout Sessions by featured speakers, Awards Luncheon, Crowdsourced Sessions/Deep Dives 
Sponsor Reception

Tuesday, April 7

More Crowdsourced Sessions/Deep Dives, Networking Lunch, "Design the Future Challenge"

Wednesday, April 8

Signups for School Visits and Site Tours will be made separately from your Conference registration. We are still finalizing tours and visits. All School Tours and Site Visits will conclude by 1:30 PM.

Attendees who have signed up for a School Tour or Site Visit will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the school/site. Public Transportation options and directions will be provided as some schools/sites will be located in the city as well as nearby suburbs.

School and site visits will average 1-2 hours. There will be a hands-on activity at the Site Visits. There is no additional fee for school tours or site visits. 

Confirmed Schools and Sites

Catherine Cook School (Chicago) 

Latin School of Chicago (Chicago)

North Shore Country Day School (Winnetka)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Chicago)

Bit Space (Wilmette location)

Museum of Science and Industry’s Fab Lab (Chicago) 


Cybersecurity & Student Data
Digital Literacy, Safety & Wellness
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Doing More with Less in IT
Emerging Trends: ARVR, E-Sports, IoT, 3D Printing
Envisioning the Future
Evolving Edtech
IT for Edtech
IT Operations: Security
Managing Change: People & Pedagogy
The Role of the Technology Leader
Staying Current in IT



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