5 Reasons Why Now is the Time to Evaluate Your Information Systems

In Yann Marel’s novel Life of Pi, Piscine Molitor, or “Pi” survives for months in a lifeboat with a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and Bengal tiger. When Pi drifts ashore and tells his story, he’s confronted by doubters. How could a boy survive out at sea with wild animals? Pi’s response is simple – just because you’ve never seen a boy survive in a raft with a Bengal tiger doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

Although Life of Pi is a work of fiction, many schools are currently operating in this paradigm – just because we’ve never done something before, doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall 11 November 2020: Like No Other School Year

Late in the fall season, technology leaders have hit a stride, adjusting to the ever-changing circumstances around school during a pandemic. In this reflective town hall, leaders discussed what has worked well and needs to continue beyond this school year, along with what needs to be adjusted. Special guest Pamela Livingston Gaudet, author of 'Like No Other School Year' joined us to share her insights.  

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Protect Your School From Cyberattacks During Remote Learning

Whether your school is in person and planning for potential remote/hybrid scenarios, or if your students are currently virtual, learning from home introduces new cybersecurity risks to your community. We’ve listed 6 low-cost, high-impact things you can do today to improve the security at your school.

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DEI Advisory Committee: Call for Volunteers

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ATLIS Seeks Volunteers for DEI Advisory Committee

Association's newly created Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee launched to support strategic goals

 The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS), the only professional association for independent school technology directors, announces the open call for volunteers to serve on its newly established Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Committee. 

The DEI Advisory Committee's charter states: "The mission of the DEI Advisory Committee is to support ATLIS as it strives to be an organization where all individuals and independent school communities join together to support one another and work together to deliver the best educational environment possible for today’s learners."

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ATLIS Reads SCRUM: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

Our year-long book seminar for technology thought leaders continues with this guest post from Jason Kern, Assistant Head of School for Innovation and Learning, All Saints Episcopal School, Tyler, TX, who previews SCRUM: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland. You can learn more and register for ATLIS Reads here. Upcoming books for our ATLIS Reads conversations include Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin, and Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott. -- SD [10-minute read]

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall 14 October 2020: Where We Are Now

As schools across our community begin to settle in to new learning and working environments, technology leaders from the ATLIS community continue to find value in sharing and reflecting on their experiences with their peers. In this Virtual Town Hall, we looked back on the journey of the past few months, shared what school looks like now in the many varieties of hybrid learning that have sprung up, and began to think about what has evolved in the larger perspective of education as well as what lies ahead. -- SD [15-minute read, 1-hour video]

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14+ Ways Technology & Admissions Teams Can Partner for Success

Recently, Larry Kahn, Chief Technology Officer, and Alice Pritchett, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, from Trinity Valley School, TX, shared the secrets of their successful partnership with Susan Davis, Professional Development Director, ATLIS. The following post is a recap of their conversation. [10-minute read; 1-hour video]

blog banner campus with fall foliageFall is a time for pumpkin-strewn campuses, eager questions from potential parents, and gaggles of wide-eyed students wandering the halls to see what a new independent school can offer. Admissions events are essential to the growth and sustainability of any independent school, yet the COVID-19 pandemic has turned school admissions events for Fall 2020 upside-down.

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ATLIS Contributes Cybersecurity Chapter to New Book About Emergency Remote Learning

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ATLIS Contributes Cybersecurity Chapter to New Book
About Emergency Remote Learning

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Contact: Susan Davis, [email protected]


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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall: School Opening Update (9 September 2020)

Our September Virtual Town Hall gave a glimpse into the realities of what school reopening has looked like for technology leaders across the country. We asked participants to share what school looks like for them -- whether it is fully online, hybrid/hi-flex, or face-to-face. Much of our conversation focused on providing the right kind of devices to teachers who are delivering content to both in-person and online learners. We ended with a number of nagging questions that still keep tech leaders up at night and some practical advice about how to deal with help desk overload fueled by pandemic anxieties and the new technologies schools are adding into the mix. -- SD [10-minute read; 1-hour video] 

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ATLIS 2025: Equipped for the Future

Just 5 minutes of your time can help shape ATLIS’s post-pandemic path 

Most of our mental bandwidth is dedicated to the immediate fires. There is no time to ask strategic questions. We’re too busy to evaluate our long-term goals. Which is exactly why we MUST do it now.

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ATLIS Reads: Positively Resilient by Doug Hensch

To launch our newest year-long book seminar for technology thought leaders later this month, Connie White, Director of Learning Design and Innovation at Woodward Academy, GA,  previews Positively Resilient: 5 1/2 Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles, and Defeat Anxiety by Doug Hensch in this post. You can learn more and register for ATLIS Reads here. Upcoming books for our ATLIS Reads conversations include SCRUM: The Art of Doing Half Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland and JJ Sutherland; Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick People, Probabilities, and Big Moves to Beat the Odds by Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt, Sven Smit; and Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott. -- SD [10-minute read]

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ATLIS Summit: Technology-Fueled Health Solutions for Schools (Video Archive)

In this post we share the video archive from our latest Summit -- focusing on Technology-Fueled Health Solutions for Schools. Experts and practitioners responded to our essential question by sharing thought leadership on effective communication about health protocols and resources, designing health plans for returning to school, zone tracking of individuals on campus for contact tracing, and data-driven decision making. Thank you to Jin-Soo Huh of The Parabola Project; Valerie Bourbeau of Magnus Health; Daisy Steele of Catlin Gabel School (OR); and Justin Cullifer of WellEntry for providing their insights on this critical issue facing schools today. -- SD [5-minute read; 1-hour video] 

ATLIS Summit: Technology-Fueled Health Solutions for Schools
August 26, 2020
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Our Essential Question: How can technology address health solutions for reopening school? 
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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall 12 August 2020: The Next Normal

The technology leaders who gathered for our August 12 Town Hall were in the final phases of preparing their schools for reopening. Their usual summer planning and projects have been compounded by the constantly changing landscape for opening schools amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yet technology leaders continue to meet these challenges and carry their schools forward into the future. In our latest Virtual Town Hall, we discussed "When Your Data Is Breached" with special guest Todd Doss of the Ankura Data Response Team, school reopening challenges and solutions, the emotional impact of the pandemic, and shifts in professional development strategies. -- SD [10-minute read; 1-hour video]

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ATLIS Schools Collaborate on Hybrid Learning Resource

Four schools from the ATLIS community have joined together to create a resource dedicated to using the Meeting Owl in a hybrid learning environment. The collaborating schools include Hathaway Brown School, OH; Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ; Gilman School, MD; and Ravenscroft School, NC. The collaborating schools expect to grow these resources in the future. All of the resources can be used via a Creative Commons license. -- SD [5-minute read]

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Technology leaders from group of independent schools -- Hathaway Brown School, OH; Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ; Gilman School, MD; and Ravenscroft School, NC -- have collaborated to create training resources for schools using the Owl in their classrooms. The collaborators will be continuing to add resources to these pages and welcome your feedback.
Learn more at Owl & Hybrid Learning

PD Paradigm Shift Examined at July Summit

The transition to online learning this past spring opened the window for shifting schools towards new ways of engaging students in learning. We asked our community how their professional development programming was evolving in response. -- SD [1o-minute read; 1-hour video]

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ATLIS Reads: FREE BONUS Webinar: Teach Boldly

Our ATLIS Reads book series launches with this free webinar featuring Dr. Jennifer Williams sharing how her book Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social Good addresses "purposeful pedagogies for action" that provide a plan for teaching in in-person, fully online, or hybrid learning landscapes. In this post, Dr. Williams provides an overview to her book and a list of discussion questions to guide our conversation. -- SD [10-minute read]

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3 Things Every Boarding School Should Consider as Part of Their Reopening Plan

Boarding schools face a uniquely complex set of reopening challenges given the residential component of their model. The following is an excerpt taken from a Magnus Health webinar conducted last week. Contributing panelist, Susan Harrington, Chief Financial Officer at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, presents a valuable set of tactics and strategies specific to boarding schools.   The outline below describes the considerations and steps within each aspect of a reopening plan. Beyond governmental approval, Brewster Academy created a series of criteria to be met along with a Reopening Campus Strategy Team to help determine and evaluate their standing.  

I. Testing Strategy 
Each school should develop a testing strategy that can be implemented prior to students, faculty, and staff returning to campus. This plan should also provide testing for all once on campus, have an allowance for self isolation, and include an action plan should an outbreak occur. 




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Measuring Up: ATLIS Launches New Compensation Benchmark Report

ATLIS teamed up with Ed Tech Recruiting to launch a new benchmark report focusing on what technology leaders earn in the way of salaries and benefits in their roles at independent schools. The in-depth analysis looks at compensation through a wide variety of lenses, giving tech leaders ample opportunity to have meaningful conversations around compensation. [10-minute read]

 

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Executive Director Christina Lewellen Shares Insights on Capital Improvement Projects

Essentials magazine bannerChristina Lewellen, Executive Director of ATLIS, shared insights from the Association's publication, The Role of Technology Leaders in Capital Improvement Projects in her recent article, "Saving Money on Your Next Capital Improvement Project: Evolving Tech Leaders Early Prevents Avoidable Mistakes," published in the July 2020 edition of the Education Marketing Association's publication, Essentials.

Access the entire issue from EdMarket here.

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall: Meeting the Needs of Our Youngest Learners

Over the past few months, a constant refrain of concerns about working in hybrid learning environments with younger students has emerged in our Virtual Town Halls and other conversations. The need for a specially focused Town Hall on Meeting the Needs of Our Youngest Learners thus emerged. For this conversation, we focused on the faculty perspective, even as we recognized the need to wrestle with parent, student, and larger community concerns as well. -- SD [15-minute read]

 

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