ATLIS 2019 Annual Conference

ATLIS AC 2019 Deep in the Heart of TECHness April 14-17

Theme: Deep in the Heart of TECHness


Conference Keynotes: Dr. Ayanna Howard and Dr. George Siemens


Head of School Day
Registered attendees can invite their Heads of School to attend the conference for no charge on Monday, April 15. Contact Susan Davis, [email protected], for a special registration code.

Makey Makey "Train the Trainer" Workshop 
Now you can join a cadre of professionals certified to offer Makey Makey training in your school or for future ATLIS professional development programs. Our full-day workshop gives you plenty of hands-on experience, explores best practices, and details training programs for this essential maker space tool. Learn more here. Our webinar introduction for this workshop is scheduled for January 16th. Register for our "How to Become a Makey Makey Trainer" webinar today.

If you have pre-registered for a Sunday evening Dine-Around prior to January 8, you will be contacted to make your selections. Beginning February 1, others may make their selections online, pending availability. Dine-arounds provide an opportunity for attendees to make new connections and discuss table topics provided for each group. Dine-arounds selections are for reservations only. Each dinner guest is responsible for transportation and individual meal costs.

School Tours
Our popular school tours have been updated. You can find more information here for Wednesday's visits to Dallas-area schools. If you want to make or change a school tour selection, please contact Susan Davis, [email protected] . Pre-registration and transportation fee required (on Annual Conference registration form).

Dallas Arboretum Site Visit
A self-guided tour and exploration of the Dallas Arboretum has been added to Wednesday's programming. Visitors will explore the Dallas Arboretum’s 8-acre science lab, the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, which features all of the technology and hands-on learning of a science museum in a lush, outdoor garden setting. You’ll never look at science learning in the same way again! Opportunities to purchase lunch are available on site. Pre-registration and transportation fee required.


Conference Details

The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools will hold its annual gathering of IT and edtech independent school leaders on April 14-17, 2019, in Dallas, TX. Our conference theme is "Deep in the Heart of TECHness." This convergence of independent school technology professionals is the only conference focused solely on the independent school technology community.

One attendee at a past 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 LearnPlatform for the ATLIS 2019 Annual Conference. View the ATLIS 2018 Annual Program here.

Dr Ayanna HowardSunday Afternoon
Opening Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ayanna Howard
4 pm

Don't miss the first day of the conference. Sunday, April 14, will be packed with Deep Dives and Bootcamps, culminating in our opening keynote by Dr. Ayanna Howard.

Dr. Howard is the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith professor and chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Professor Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function within a human-centered world. Her work, which encompasses advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), assistive technologies and robotics, has resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in a number of projects – from healthcare robots in the home to AI-powered STEM applications for children with diverse learning needs.Prior to Georgia Tech, Professor Howard was a senior robotics researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has also served as the associate director of research for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, chair of the robotics Ph.D. program, and the associate chair for Faculty Development in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Dr. George Siemens

Monday Morning
Featured Keynote Speaker: Dr. George Siemens
9:45 am

Along with with a packed schedule of sessions, exhibits, and more, we include on Monday a Featured Keynote by Dr. George Siemens, known as the founder of Connectivism.

Dr. Siemens researches technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. Dr. Siemens is Professor and Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab at University of Texas, Arlington. He co-leads the development of the Center for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at University of South Australia. He research has been supported by NSF, SSHRC (Canada), OLT (Australia), Intel, Boeing, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Soros Foundation. A founding President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research., he has advised government agencies Australia, European Union, Canada and United States, as well as numerous international universities, on digital learning and utilizing learning analytics for assessing and evaluating productivity gains in the education sector and improving learner results. In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs).    


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Conference Hotel

12720 Merit Drive

Dallas, TX 75251-1206
T +1 972.385.3000  D +1 972.851.2095 F +1 972.851.2033

The conference hotel is equidistant to both DFW Airport and Dallas Love Airport. Each airport is approximately a 20-30 minute drive, depending on traffic. The usual transportation sources are available at both airports.

Hotel parking is available at a discount at the conference.  


Plan your Dallas experience. Dallas is ready to show you a BIG time and what it does best: expansive dining, incredible shopping and plenty of entertainment and attractions. You’ll also get to Dallas quickly – with a flight-time less than three hours from every major city in the U.S. 


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, 2019 will receive a full refund, less a $50 processing fee.

Cancellations between January 7 and March 15, 2019 will receive a 50% refund.

There will be no refunds after March 15, 2019.

2019 Annual Conference Advisory Committee

2018 ATLIS Annual Conference Program