ATLIS Reads: The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier

Coaching is an essential skill in almost any aspect of technology education, whether you are working with your IT team, moving other administrators towards innovation, or reaching out to a classroom teacher. Here Connie White, Director of  Learning and Innovation at Woodward Academy, GA, previews The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More and Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier for our ATLIS Reads: A Book Seminar for Technology Thought Leaders. Register  for our two remaining webinar conversations, both centered around the theme of leadership literacies. You can catch up with our seminar archive of previous conversations in our micro-course (ATLIS members: no charge; non-members, $129). Learn more about the seminar here. -- SD

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A Technology Leader's Bookshelf

In this post, we continue our practice of providing curated resources from the ATLIS Think Tank, an advisory group for ATLIS publications and professional development programming. Larry Kahn, Chief Technology Officer at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas, shares his go-to resources on the topic of leadership. -- SD

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Blue Ridge School Member Spotlight #ATLISLife

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E-Sports Live Chat

Opening summary

Hubert introduced the idea of using e-Sports as a framework for the curriculum.

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'Wait… you want to do what?' Live Chat

How to navigate the various conversations internally within your school and externally with your SIS vendor when your school wants to do something within the SIS that is risky or may introduce too much complexity. Conversation leaders Anne Sena, of St. David’s School in Raleigh, NC and Bill Stites, of Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, NJ, will share details of how they navigated the political, technical and human aspects of these type of discussions in a way that preserved, if not strengthened, their relationships with everyone involved while reducing risk, maintaining a supportable architecture and working to enable the ideas their schools had to differentiate and evolve.


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Laurel School Member Spotlight #ATLISLife

#ATLISlife Laurel School Feature

Laurel School, ATLIS members since 2016

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ATLIS Reads: The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins

In this blog post, Lisa Lamont helps us unpack the key principles of The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins, which technology leaders can use to launch a program, initiative, or new job. Lamont, who is the Director of Innovation and Institutional Learning at Hopkins School (CT), shares her discussion questions for the next conversation for our new seminar, ATLIS Reads: A Book Seminar for Technology Thought Leaders, scheduled for October 23 at 1 pm EDT. Register  for one of the few remaining spots in this series of live webinar conversations around the theme of leadership literacies, augmented with a reflective seminar micro-course (ATLIS members: no charge; non-members, $129). Learn more about the seminar here. -- SD

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Designing the Future

Curated Content for Technology Thought Leaders

With this blog post, Ethan Delavan, Director of Technology at the Bush School in Seattle, launches our new series focusing on curated content from our community of thought leaders. Here Ethan unpacks "Designing the Future," the theme for the ATLIS annual conference in Chicago, April 5-8. He provides a rolicking overview of the “need to know” reads for education technologists to truly reckon with the future that is staring us in the face… or may be sneaking up on us. -- SD

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Technology’s Role in Capital Improvement Projects

ATLIS is launching an important research project into the ways technology leaders are leveraged for capital improvement projects. In this blog post, Christina Lewellen, Executive Director of ATLIS, outlines the research project and invites your participation in our survey. -- SD

[5-minute read, 10-minute survey]

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ATLIS Reads: The Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People

For the opening of the school year, ATLIS inaugurates ATLIS Reads: A Book Seminar for Technology Thought Leaders, a series of four webinar conversations and a companion micro-course. Our first year-long book study seminar will address the theme of Leadership Literacies. In this blog post, Jared Colley of Oakridge School (TX) introduces the first book in the series, The Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, and offers a series of questions to consider before joining our discussion online. Registration for the full seminar is required (no individual registrations will be offered) and limited to the first 30 participants, starting August 27, 2019. Registration is complimentary for ATLIS members, $129 for non-members. Register here for the book study seminar designed specifically by and for technology thought leaders in independent schools. -- SD

ATLIS Reads: A Book Seminar of Technology Thought Leaders
The Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony C Greenwald.

Webinar Conversation: September 25, 1 pm Eastern

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Who’s in Charge? You Are.

We’re taking steps that allow you to customize your conference experience. 

Executive Director Christina Lewellen shares a new annual conference planning process that puts you in charge. [10-minute read]

Let’s talk about how much I love Starbucks. I was an early adopter (and defender) of the chain because 1) I can get exactly what I want, and 2) I know I’m going to get exactly what I expect for my $5. Whether you’re a fan of Starbucks’ lattes or not, the company certainly kicked off a culture of customization that has transcended many industries.

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Board Announces Dues, Cap Increase to Continue Membership Benefits Expansion

July 1, 2019 (San Carlos, Calif.)—The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) has announced the association will increase its dues rate to $3.75 per enrolled student with a cap of $3,750 per school, effective July 1, 2019. This increase, approved by the ATLIS Board of Directors, will allow the association to maintain the momentum it has built in its first four years as an organization as it continues to expand and improve its vast membership offerings.

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Optimizing Summer Wifi Updates: Best Practices

ATLIS Corporate Member Wyebot offers the following best practices for analyzing and updating your campus wifi systems. Whether you are installing new hardware, running diagnostics, or conducting security audits, maintaining effective wifi services is a mainstay of independent school technology department work. -- SD

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Photosharing at the ATLIS 2019 Annual Conference

Cross-posted from Vidigami

4 Things to Look Out for at ATLIS 2019 Annual Conference

Team Vidigami is excited to return to the annual ATLIS conference. Held this year in Dallas from April 14-17, ATLIS focuses on the independent school technology community, and will bring together more than 500 independent school technology professionals, including more than 30 vendors across 35 states and 3 countries to learn, connect, and share knowledge.

Along with fellow Platinum Sponsors; Veracross and LearnPlatform, Vidigami will participate as Media Management Partner, bringing back its private social platform as ATLIS’s dedicated portal for sharing event highlights, candids, keynotes, and more. As part of the 3-day conference, Vidigami’s roaming photographer will be on-the-go capturing great moments, from keynote speeches, sessions, and networking breaks, to activities and workshops. Photos and videos will be professionally captured and centralized in Vidigami, then made available exclusively to attendees through a personalized feed.

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Power Up Your Learning in the ATLIS Community

We loved learning about new forms of PD from the recent webinar, “How to Deliver PD on Demand: 3 Ways to Power Up Professional Learning in Independent Schools” with Brad Spirrison and Dr. Jennifer Williams of Participate. In particular, we are excited about opportunities for developing the ATLIS personal learning network via the ATLIS Community portal. For the 2019 ATLIS Annual Conference, we are pleased to offer additional opportunities for you to explore, including courses in conjunction with the 2019 Hackathon and the ATLIS Reflection ⇒ Ideation Lab, resources curated  around “Leadership in the Digital Age,” and authentic conversations related to these topics and the conference theme, “Deep in the Heart of TECHness.” -- SD

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Keeping Tech People-Focused

What do floating highways, destination travel stops, and quality vending machine coffee have in to do with independent schools and the learners they serve? Creativity, choice, and user-centric customization. As part of the NWAIS IT Summit on January 25-26, in Seattle, Washington, Joey Tanaka, Edtech and Robotics Specialist at Bertschi School (WA), offered a vision of the future for independent schools based on his recent experiences with human-centered design while traveling in Japan. This blog post is adapted from that talk. -- SD  [15-minute read]

What if you could travel into the future, but you could only bring back whatever was in your head?  What would you bring? Insights? A new vision?

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Create Cultures of Empathy Through Connected Classrooms

The intersection of technology and global learning presents a unique opportunity for independent schools to have an impact on the future. In this post, Brad Spirrison, a Media Ecologist who works for ATLIS Corporate Member Participate, poses the question, "What if we used the very screens and digital resources that promote antisocial behavior (and frequently contribute to bullying) as a vehicle to bring more real-world interactions into our elementary school classrooms?" Participate's partnership with Empatico on The Empathy Project provides just one answer to that question. -- SD

[10-minute read]

The introduction of technology within any educational setting always comes with a bit of a conundrum.

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It's About Time

With this post, ATLIS inaugurates a blog series from the winners of the ATLIS Pillar Awards. Curt Lieneck, who is on the faculty of the Early Career and Aspiring Technology Directors Institute, shares in this post his reflections on time from the perspective of someone who has recently retired from multiple decades as a leader of technology in schools. You can learn more about the ATLIS Pillar Awards in our 1 May 2018 post, "Launched! ATLIS Annual Conference Highlights."

[15-minute read]

Curt LIeneck

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Another Day, Another PHISHING Attempt

Earlier this fall, William Stites, Director of Technology at Montclair-Kimberley Academy (NJ) shared this post about his school's experiences with and responses to several phishing attempts. The post confirms how frequent such attempts can be and how they have unfortunately become part of daily life at schools. Stites, who is also one of the co-hosts for the ATLIS Information Systems User Group, describes how phishing attempts provide an opportunity for training and education. -- SD

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Seeing Is Believing: Persuasion via Data Visualization

This week's post "From the Executive Director's Desk" points out the growing importance of data visualization in the world today. What is your school doing to take advantage of this powerful tool? -- SD

[20-min read]

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