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

ATLIS 2019 Call for Proposals Has Closed

Keynote Speakers Announced!

Our Call for Proposals for ATLIS 2019 has closed.

Our annual conference will take place April 14-17, 2019, at the Westin Park Central on Dallas’s north side. One registration will enable you to access all of the conference offerings, from Sunday through Wednesday.

Proposal Status

All proposal submissions have been reviewed. If you submitted a proposal, you should have received an email regarding your proposal's status. Be sure to check your spam folder! If you are a co-presenter, please check with your lead presenter. You may also use access our submission portal for status updates. (You created an account with Reviewr if you originally submitted the proposal for review.)  Contact Susan Davis, [email protected], with any questions.



For some tips on writing a proposal for our conference, check out Susan Davis’s blog post on this topic or view last year's program. Or take our free online mini-course on “Writing a Conference Presentation Proposal."

Our Conference Theme: “Deep in the Heart of TECHness”

Consider how the heart can represent human-technology engagement, or how technologies can be vital to school life. We seek proposals that explore how humans and technology are deep at the heart of how we learn.

Proposal Tips and Guidelines

Download our complete guidelines and instructions here.

Copy and use our proposal template.

  • Propose a session that goes deeper into the heart of technology in independent schools.
Craft a summary of your presentation (500 characters) idea that clearly identifies your focus, offers solution to a problem, shares a story of innovation, or conveys information on a topics of interest.
Settle on two or three learning objectives (300 characters) for your session. What knowledge or skill should your attendees take away with them?
  • Decide which conference strand best represents your proposal idea. The strands include:

Teaching and Learning: innovation and creativity with tech in the classroom; edtech coaching and implementation; connecting to school-wide initiatives that incorporate technology; STEM/STEAM; social-emotional development and tech; coding; digital and media literacy, digital citizenship; libraries as centers for learning and innovation

Networking and Systems: information systems and databases; IT infrastructure; network management; networking hardware

Leadership, Team, and Career Development: leading for innovation and change management; building and supporting a team; managing projects; navigating your career; digital health and wellness; professional development for faculty, staff, and technology departments

Strategy, Data Management, and Emerging Trends: future-gazing, gauging and planning for school needs; data management and systems; data analysis and strategic planning; makerspaces and making; VR/AR, AI, and IoT

Tools and Devices: 1:1 and beyond, user device management, new products and apps, end-user support

Diversity and Inclusion: staffing and training, systems and identity, promoting a broader audience for technology and learning

Operations, Policy, Security, and Privacy: IT functions and sustainability; help desk management; MDM; risk management and cybersecurity; privacy and identity; GDPR; user, network, safety, intellectual property, and other policies; audio visual; technology evaluation and auditing; supporting school operations

  • Consider the type of presentation that best suits your proposal idea:

Bootcamp (3-hour, hands-on workshop): Bootcamp presenters may register for the Annual Conference at no charge.

Deep Dive (1-hour and 45 minute sessions): An ATLIS conference signature, this format allows presenters from two or more schools to share their experience or expertise from differing perspectives; Deep Dive lead presenters (up to 3) attend the conference at a discounted presenter rate.

Presentation (60-minute sessions with active, participatory components): Lead presenters and up to two co-presenters attend the conference at a discounted presenter rate.

Panel (60-minute session with audience participation): Panel moderators attend the conference at the discounted presenter rate.

Jam Session (60-minute sharing session for improvisation, brainstorming, or innovating on a particular topic): Jam Session hosts manage the discussion and encourage participation by all attendees; Jam Session hosts do not receive discounted registration.

  • Share how your proposal connects to the ATLIS Mission. 

    Technology leaders make the best decisions when they are reflective, informed, and connected. ATLIS empowers its members to develop strategies, build relationships, and share best practices in technology and innovation for independent schools.

  • Indicate how your proposal will be interactive -- this is how ATLIS attendees expect to learn.

More Information

Here’s our tentative schedule for planning purposes:

  • April 14: BootCamp and Deep Dive sessions from 1-4:00 pm; keynote; Dine-arounds

  • April 15-16: Keynote; Awards Luncheon; Member Breakfast; Presentations, Panel Sessions, Deep Dives, and Jam Sessions; sponsor exhibits open

  • April 17: School Tours and Site Visits (8-3), special programs

Questions?  Contact Susan Davis, [email protected]