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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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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

[10-minute read]

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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

[10-minute read, plus webinar video]

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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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5 Best Practices for Inventory, Budgeting, and Replacing Equipment

Last month Bill Donovan and Marygrace Blubaugh of Cannon School (NC) joined Sarah Hanawald for a discussion of “How to Automate Your Inventory, Budgeting, and Replacement Cycle.” (Members can view the recorded webinar here.) To supplement their webinar, Marygrace has provided several best practices for creating an Inventory Database, which she shares with ATLIS readers. -- SD

[10-minute read]

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9 Reasons to Present at the ATLIS Annual Conference

Are you thinking about writing a proposal for the ATLIS Annual Conference in Dallas? Do you find yourself hesitating for any number of reasons? Ask yourself, instead, why you SHOULD submit a proposal. Here are 9 reasons why. -- SD

[10-minute read]

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Web Accessibility Matters to Independent Schools, Too

What are the best practices for web accessibility? This repost by Hadley Rosen, Finalsite's Director of Communications, details why it's important to consider web access from all perspectives, including those with physical disabilities.  From Finalsite, July 11, 2018.

[10-minute read]

Web accessibility aims to equalize site usability for the nearly estimated 12 to 20 percent of Americans with disabilities such as color blindness and low vision, hearing loss and deafness, dyslexia, and more. Supported by federal regulations that include the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are more than two hundred specific requirements in the recently updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1), an updated repository of technical details that designers use to bring their website into conformance.  

WCAG 2.1 was released in June 2018, following the release of WCAG 2.0. As of right now, public school districts are only required to meet WCAG 2.0, while state and government agencies must begin efforts to adhere to WCAG 2.1. In both cases, the mandate is clear: all websites must adhere to the WCAG guidelines or risk Office of Civil Rights complaints and possible lawsuits.

But for independent schools, there have been more questions, including: do these rules apply even though we don’t receive federal funds? How will we do this when we have a small team? Can we afford this? Can we afford not to do this and take our chances?





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Independent School Leaders Join ATLIS Board

Three newly appointed members to the ATLIS Board of Directors bring a broad range of experience in technology and independent school education to the ATLIS leadership. Tye Campbell of the Gilman School (MD), Dr. Dawn Klus of ISACS (IL), and Denise Musselwhite of Trinity Preparatory School (FL) joined the ATLIS Board of Directors on July 1, 2018. We are pleased to introduce you to them in this blog post. -- SD

[15-minute read]

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Behind the Scenes at ATLIS

This summer ATLIS has been privileged to hire Marketing Intern Emma Stack, who has already made an impact by assisting with our member directory and advising us on social media. Check out and like our Facebook and Instagram pages, which have been renewed with Emma's help. This is Emma's first post for our blog, as she introduces herself along with Virtual Executive Assistant Amelia Daul.  -- SD

[10-minute read] 

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Making Sense of GDPR

 

If you haven’t heard about GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) the EU’s new standard for privacy protection on the web, you will. In this guest blog post, Brent LaRowe, Registrar at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (IL), provides some helpful advice on how the new rules may -- or may not -- apply to independent schools. In this adjustment period, LaRowe suggest that schools “expand on some existing good practices in order to meet a basic level of compliance.” -- SD

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Executive Function, Leaders, and Stress

For this post, we welcome Renaud Boisjoly, CEO and Co-Founder of Studyo, an ATLIS corporate member. Boisjoly shares his reflections on executive function in response to sessions and discussions at the ATLIS Annual Conference last month in Crystal City, Virginia. To learn more on this topic, you may wish to attend the Studyo-sponsored webinar, which will be held later this month. -- SD

[10-minute read]

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Launched! ATLIS Annual Conference Highlights

In this post, ATLIS Executive Director Sarah Hanawald shares her reflections on our Annual Conference, held last month in Crystal City, Virginia. The cherry blossoms were in bloom, the conversation flowed, the speakers inspired, and the keynotes pushed our thinking. Here Sarah looks back on conference highlights and looks forward with new and evolving programs that have been launched. -- SD

[10-minute read]

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ATLIS Cyber Threat Assessment February 2018

ATLIS views cybersecurity as a critical area of concern for technology leaders in independent schools. In this post, you will find the February 2018 update of the ALIS Cyber Threat Assessment. Are you ready for a deeper dive into professional development designed specifically for independent schools? securing your school from cyber threats? Learn more about our two-day cybersecurity workshop designed specifically for technology leaders and risk management professionals, to be held this summer, July 19-20, at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas. -- SD

[10-min read]

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Meet Vidigami at the ATLIS Annual Conference 2018

We are thrilled to have Vidigami's support as a Platinum Sponsor of our Annual Conference in Crystal City, Virginia, April 15-18. We are reposting this March 5, 218 blog from the Vidigami website as an introduction to the workshops Vidigami will host at the conference (plus contests!) and to the photo portal they will provide to the ATLIS community for the coming year, starting at the conference. We look forward to sharing photos with you about the learning that is happening at your schools and in your own professional lives. -- SD

[10-minute read]

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Connecting, Reflecting, and Creating within the ATLIS Community

As part of a recent G-Suite User Group webinar on leveraging G-Suite tools for curriculum mapping, Richard Anderson of Washington International School (DC) and Barry Kallmeyer of Hathaway-Brown School (OH) relayed the story of their collaboration on curriculum mapping tools that developed out of a bootcamp workshop at the ATLIS 2017 Annual Conference. Their connection continued online in a Google+ community and will continue to evolve with new participants and partners at ATLIS 2018. Learn more about what came of their collaboration and open source sharing in this blog post. -- SD

Richard Anderson and Barry Kallmeyer on Curriculum Mapping with G-Suite

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Tricia Edwards on How to Spark Inquiry Learning

Recently, Sarah Hanawald, Executive Director of ATLIS, had the opportunity to interview Tricia Edwards, Head of Education for the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. Edwards, who will present the Tuesday Keynote for our annual conference, shared her back story as an educator and the evolution of the SparkLabs at the Smithsonian. View the video of their conversation for a sneak peak into our offerings for the ATLIS Annual Conference in April. -- SD

(5-minute read; video)

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Cybersecurity Update

Recently, in the ATLIS Slack Channel on #security, Shandor Simon, Director of Technology  at the Latin School of Chicago (IL), shared a collaborative document for tracking the cybersecurity information of concern to Independent Schools for January. In this post, we share his document and a link for updating -- and we encourage our community to crowdsource the information critical to keeping our information safe. We also want our community to know that ATLIS will offer its Cybersecurity Workshop for Independent Schools as an introductory bootcamp at our annual conference and as a two-day workshop this summer in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 19-20. Learn more about this essential, one-of-a-kind workshop for independent schools here.  -- SD

(10-minute read)

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