ATLIS Summit Holds Space for Important DEI Conversations

ATLIS Summit Holds Space for Important DEI Conversations

On December 8, 2021, ATLIS hosted a summit titled “DEI -- Understanding the Conversations”. The summit format followed a conversation, guided by panelists, surrounding the essential question “what do tech teams and their leaders need to understand about; DEI conversations in classrooms, DEI conversations at a systems or administrative level, DEI conversations from a cultural/historical perspective?”

Panelists included Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, Trinity School (Atlanta), GA, Dr. Beth Holland, The Learning Accelerator, Colin Samuel, Brearley School, NY, and Frances Cortez O'Connor, National Cathedral School, DC. Each panelist brought specific questions to the table from their own unique perspectives. 

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, November 10, 2021

ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, November 10, 2021


The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) hosted its monthly Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 3:00 pm Eastern. The group who gathered discussed their successes and challenges as they near the midpoint of the school year and navigate “new normal”. 

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall Oct. 20, 2021

ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, October 20, 2021

The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) hosted its monthly Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm Eastern. The focus was a conversation for Google users during which attendees brought to the table their questions about Google functionalities for their school, answered questions about recent updates, and shared resources together to improve user experience. 

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall Sept. 22, 2021

ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, Sept. 22 2021


The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) hosted its monthly Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 3:00 pm Eastern. The focus was “Back to School 2021” with conversation surrounding challenges, successes, and opportunities entering a new school year. 

As attendees considered the state of their school at the start of the 2021-2022 school year compared to last year, most agreed that they are faring better, with a stronger ability to navigate unexpected challenges that arise. Conversation included reflections on positive changes that have carried through from the first full pandemic school year into this year. A common theme that arose was greater connectedness with their school communities due to new ways to make content available to parents and the community in an asynchronous fashion. 

There is a new willingness to engage in live streamed events, performances and meetings that wasn’t always present before. From shy students who are more comfortable engaging through technology, to working parents who can’t always attend school functions, the lessons learned from last year surrounding technology and asynchronous events are presenting opportunities for more equitable access to participation among the school community. 

The increase of schools leveraging technology across more practices causes greater need for education and training around cybersecurity, providing both more opportunities and more demand on the technology team. Daisy Steele of the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon shared that she was able to work with HR to add videos on multi-factor authentication, phishing, and appropriate use of school computers to the mandatory training videos all school staff have to view. She added that the faculty has been extremely receptive to these cybersecurity measures and have come to her for assistance and guidance. 

Other technology leaders on the call have found creative ways to bring technology and cybersecurity training to teachers who are burned out from virtual professional development, including sharing cybersecurity tips at faculty meetings, and creating engaging videos to incorporate into new staff onboarding. 

Ethan Delavan from the Bush School in Seattle said on the call, “I’m feeling a lot more traction for tech, media and information literacies now, especially in curriculum mapping efforts”, and most participants agreed. Overall, school leaders seem to be forging stronger strategic collaborations with the technology teams to weave media and tech literacy into their programs. The future is bright for technology leaders in independent schools, and the ATLIS community is here to help along the way. 

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ATLIS Reads Fall Launch

ATLIS Reads is a community of thought readers who lead technology in the independent schools. In this post Kwaku Aning, Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking at San Diego Jewish School, CA, previews his conversation about Post Corona by Scott Galloway slated as our first ATLIS Reads event of the year on September 29. This year's conversations are centered around the theme of "Rethinking What Matters" using Post Corona in tandem with 9 BIG Questions Schools Must Answer to Avoid Going "Back to Normal" (*Because Normal Wasn't that Great to Begin With  from The BIG Questions Institute as a basis for thinking deeply about the schools we serve.  [15-minute read]


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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall 21 July 2021

The July 2021 Virtual Town Hall invited participants to share what they were most excited about for the coming school year and to ponder what kept them going when times were roughest. -- SD [10-minute read; 1 hour video]

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, July 21, 2021

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ATLIS Welcomes a New Face to the Team

Kelsea Watson to Join ATLIS as Membership and PD Manager

The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS), the only professional association for independent school technology directors, announced that Kelsea Watson will join its team later this month as membership and professional development manager.

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ATLIS Launches Community Conversation Hub as Online Complement to Print Magazine


Access Points by ATLIS is part discussion board, part in-depth industry features

Go to the Discussion Board

The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools, the only professional organization targeting technology leadership in independent schools, announced the launch of an online community discussion portal to serve as the digital complement to its recently redesigned print magazine, Access Points. The Access Points message boards are open to the entire independent school community and create space for continuing the conversation around important, in-depth features presented in the magazine. Further, the discussion boards aim to capture and continue to uphold the peer-based solution sharing that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ATLIS Reads 2021-2022 Preview and Planning

ATLIS Reads is a community of thought readers who lead technology in the independent schools. Here we make plans for the coming year and discuss the first three questions in 9 BIG Questions Schools Must Answer to Avoid Going "Back to Normal" (*Because Normal Wasn't that Great to Begin With from The BIG Questions Institute. -- SD [15-minute read; 30-minute video]

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ATLIS Reads Preview and Planning
July 14, 2021 

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, June 16, 2021: Exploring New Roles and Responsibilities

In this gathering of the ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, participants pondered the changes that have come to the leadership role of technologists in independent schools, including acting as trusted guides for the many complex technologies that are now desired at their schools.The technology leader has a new sense of authority, but also new responsibilities. Leaders need time to reflect and reassess the nature of technology at their schools alongside other school leaders, but they also need to look to their teams and assess what to keep and what to let go. [10-minute read, 1 - hour video]

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, June 16, 2021

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Presenting ALI R&D Projects 2021

game boardThe ATLIS Leadership Institute asks its fellows to undertake a capstone project at the end of each year of learning together. The project builds on each team's collaborative learning and goals for the year, while also seeking to provide a tool, research, or though leadership that can benefit the larger community of technology leaders in independent schools.

ATLIS proudly presents the R&D project for the 2020-2021 Cohort below:

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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, May 13, 2021: Through the Portal

The ATLIS Virtual Town Hall for May 12, 2021 found our technology colleagues at independent schools reflecting on their schools’ identities and pondering how to refresh both the tech and the tech teams at their schools this summer. -- SD [15-min. read, 1-hour video]

  • June 16, 1 pm Eastern: Save the date for our next Virtual Town Hall. Registration is required for new Virtual Town Hall participants and is free and open to all. If you have previously registered, you will automatically receive an invitation to join. 
  • Complete Virtual Town Hall Video Archive (Wakelet)

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May 13, 2021 

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ATLIS Announces Incoming Chair

ATLIS Announces Incoming Chair
Denise Musselwhite steps into Chair-Elect role in July

 The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS), the only professional association for independent school technology directors, announced that Denise Musselwhite has been unanimously named as chair-elect to the ATLIS board of directors, effective July 1, 2021. She is the Chief Information Officer at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Florida.

As chair-elect she will work alongside ATLIS’s current chair, Dawn Klus, until Klus’s term expires in July 2022, at which time Musselwhite will assume the chair position.

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ATLIS Honors 2021 Leadership Cohort

This month 31 Fellows completed their work for the first international cohort of the ATLIS Leadership Institute. In 2020, ATLIS redesigned its leadership programming to meet the needs of technologists serving independent schools at any stage of their careers, adding to 4 previous cohorts of its earlier iteration as ECATD. Congratulate these members of the 2021 Cohort:
Brittany Adkins-Williams, STEM Integrator, York Preparatory School, NY
Wendy Apfel, Educational Technology Integrator, Bay School of San Francisco, CA
Becky Barrett, Educational Technologist, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, Dallas, TX
Damien Barrett, Director of Technology, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ
Baekkyoung Choi, System Specialist, Chadwick International School, South Korea
Barbara Cohen. Director of Technology, Brandeis Marin School, CA
Sarah Costello, Co-Director of Technology and Innovation, San Francisco Day School, CA
Jimmy Cudzilo, Interim CIO, Miami Country Day School, FL
Rebekah Daniell, Academic Technology Specialist, Lovett School, GA
Peter Evans, Technology Director, Francis W. Parker School, IL
Gabriel Gador, Program Manager, Information Technology, Poway Unified School District, CA
Matthew Herrera, Director of Information Technology Westtown School, PA
Brian King, Director of Technology, Fredericksburg Christian School, VA
James Lengel, Director of Technology, Hamlin School, CA
Robyn Little, Director of Educational Technology, McDonogh School, MD
Angela Mackenzie, Director of Educational Technology and Library, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, CA
Colleen McNeil, Chief Technology Officer, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, VA
Jennifer Mehra, ISS Department Coordinator, The Blake School, MN
Carl (CJ) Micklitsch, Director of Technology, Canterbury School, IN
Jason Moore, KIOSC Educator & Project Coordinator, Swinburne University of Technology, Wantirna, Victoria, Australia
Erin O’Brien, Director of Technology, Isadore Newman School, LA
Frances Cortez O’Connor, Technology Integration Specialist, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
Kimberly Pearson, Director of Technology, Kent Place School, NJ
Jeremy Rahn, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Cranbrook Schools, MI
Ashley Reed, Technology Education Coordinator, Temple Beth Am Day School, FL
JC Rodriguez, Database Manager, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, FL
Zack Smith, Training and Information Technician, The Bush School, WA
Jose Tagle, Director of Technology, The Buckley School, CA
Melissa Turner, Director of Educational Technology, Flint Hill School, VA
Tracey Williams, Design Thinking and Technology Integration Specialist and Ed-Tech Coordinator, All Saints Episcopal School, AZ
Phil Zaubi, IT Director, Porter-Gaud School, SC
Applications are being accepted for the newest ALI cohort. ALI’s team-oriented professional development program is designed to support your growth as the technology leader your school needs, no matter where you are in your career. Apply now -- the program begins June 25.

Save money for your school

We are pleased and excited to announce a new partnership that we expect will add significant value to ATLIS members. We’ve teamed up with Revolution Office to provide a potential solution to a challenge we hear a lot about -- printers!

Revolution Office has extensive experience with the K-12 independent school community.  They are industry disruptors and have created a new way to save on copier/printer technology with guaranteed savings of 30 percent to 50 percent, even if a school is in the middle of an existing equipment lease.  These savings have translated to tens and hundreds of thousands and the average K-12 independent school is savings $73k.  Revolution Office offers all major brands including Canon, Ricoh, and Xerox and as well as guarantees that include 95 percent uptime and four-hour service response time. 

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ATLIS Announces Incoming Directors

ATLIS Announces Incoming Directors

Hudson, Kern, Malter to join Board in July 2021

PRESS RELEASE: The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS), the only professional association for independent school technology directors, announces the election of three highly qualified professionals to its board of directors: 

Eric Hudson, Director of Learning & Design, Global Online Academy
Jason Kern, Assistant Head of School for Innovation and Learning, All Saints Episcopal School, Tyler, Texas
Aggie Malter, President and CEO, PAISBO

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Measuring Up: ATLIS Announces 2021 Compensation Benchmark Report

ATLIS once again partnered with Ed Tech Recruiting to update its popular benchmark report focusing on what technology leaders earn in the way of salaries and benefits in their roles at independent schools. The 2021 Compensation Benchmark Report for Technology Leaders in Schools provides in-depth analysis that looks at compensation through a wide variety of lenses, giving tech leaders ample opportunity to have meaningful conversations around compensation. [10-minute read]

By Christina Lewellen, Executive Director

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Relieving the Burden of Payment Security

Relieving Some of the Burden of Payment Security

As business offices evaluate their processes in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, changing school policies, and ever-evolving technology priorities, keeping payment compliance top of mind is critical. Maintaining compliance for software applications that process payments is demanding, requiring regular audits and reports as well as knowledgeable staff.

The security of cardholder information is of the highest importance. Schools face a choice: Install a software application on premise and maintain PCI DSS compliance for all payments processed at your school, or partner with a Software as a Service (SaaS) vendor or Application Service Provider (ASP) who maintains the software to meet PCI DSS compliance, reducing the school’s compliance scope.

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2021 Pillar Winners Press Release

ATLIS Announces 2021 Pillar Award Winners

Cuevas, Luthra, Ramsden recognized with association’s top honor

March 30, 2021—The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS), the only professional association for independent school technology directors, announced today the recognition of three highly accomplished professionals as 2021 ATLIS Pillar Award winners:

  • Hiram Cuevas, Director of Information Services and Academic Technology, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, Virginia

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