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BQI Offers Online Workshop, Perfect for Teams

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Ela Ben-Ur, one of the pioneering designers at IDEO and MIT, now an instructor of design at Olin College of Engineering, will be leading an online workshop: Navigating a Mess of Unending Challenges: Five Questions to Get Us Unstuck for Impactful STEM to SEL to Staff Meetings on Feb 2 + 4 at 7 pm US ET. Ela, the creator of Innovator’s Compass, will personally guide participants through its protocols during the session as they learn to apply it to their own challenges.



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ATLIS Virtual Town Hall Salutes Tech Team Rock Stars, January 13, 2021

iconThe first ATLIS Virtual Town Hall of 2021 gave special recognition to the many tech team rock stars who keep the technology humming along smoothly at our independent schools -- help desk staffers, data managers, IT and systems administrators, edtech implementation coaches, and, yes, those who serve as all of the above. Our conversation ranged from helpdesk implementation to considering the school’s value proposition to the community to favorite hacks and solutions for the challenges faced by tech teams in recent months.

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ATLIS December Summit-- Leading Together (Video Archive)

ATLIS Summit: Leading Together -- Why Administrative Partnerships Matter
December 16, 2020

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its mark on our schools, technology leaders have risen to prominence as key figures to rely upon for determining how to manage in the crisis and meet the missions of the schools they serve. The success of their partnerships with colleagues across the administrative team has depended upon openness, transparency, and collaboration to serve the mission of the schools they serve. Guests panelists from AISAP and MISBO join ATLIS Executive Director Christina Lewellen to share important ways for technology leaders to team up with Admissions and Finance officers to help their schools thrive amidst the pandemic and beyond.


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ATLIS Executive Director Shares 2020 Holiday Message

In this post at the end of a challenging year, Christina Lewellen, Executive Director of ATLIS, shares a holiday message for the independent school technology leaders in our community. -- SD [10-minute read] 

I usually look forward to decking out the house in holiday lights, and I’ve been known to spend days shuffling ladders and adorning surfaces high and low with my LED color palette of the year. 

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ATLIS READS: Race After Technology by Ruha Benjamin

Our year-long book seminar for technology thought leaders continues with this guest post from Theresa Jay, who previews Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha BenjaminYou can learn more and register for ATLIS Reads here. Our final selection for our ATLIS Readsyear-long book seminar is 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: Olympic-Class Technology Teams, December 9, 2020

photo of equestrianThis last Virtual Town Hall of 2020 provides numerous resources shared by our participants. Our conversation focused on assessments, content areas that may have been lost in the transition to online and hybrid learning (along with ways to recapture them), and a general accounting of the participants' well-being after this very challenging year. -- SD [10-minute read; 1-hour video]

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Asking Vendors the Right Questions About Data Protection

At a recent ATLIS webinar, industry experts were invited stock share a "Cybersecurity Update" for our community. As the webinar came to a close, a vital question remained unanswered in the chat, so we followed up with our panelists for an answer. In this post, you will find responses from Buddy Pitt, Director of Technical Development for the Network Support Company, and Alex Inman, Founder and Senior Collaborator for Educational Collaborators, on asking vendors the right questions about data protection.  [10-minute read; video archive included in resources]

What are the best questions to be asking our vendors to ensure that we are getting the information about security or prevention measures they have in place, their data retention policies, etc.?

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ATLIS 2021: Undaunted Annual Conference Announced

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PRESS RELEASE

Contact: [email protected]

This is not your ordinary conference. And we’re not just saying that. 

It’s a virtual event, AND we’re offering an in-person add-on retreat for those who are willing and able to gather with us in Seattle. 

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ATLIS October Summit: New Systems & Processes (Video Archive)

ATLIS Summits on special topics invite members of the community to share insights and innovations in an informal panel format. The October Summit was dedicated to Reinventing the Wheel -- New Systems & Process Under COVID-19. 

summit bannerReinventing the Wheel -- New Systems & Processes Under COVID-19  
October 28, 2020

Technology leaders thrive in a world of systems and processes. Yet the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many to rethink, reinvent, or totally create new ways to address how technologies are integrated into the way a school works. 
Topics/Panelists include: 
Tracking Attendance Revisited -- Vinnie Vrotny, Director of Technology, The Kinkaid School, TX
Google Solutions for Dismissal and Calendar Integrations -- Richard Anderson, Director of of Academic Technology, Washington International School, DC; Eileen Ford, Educational Technology Specialist, Trinity Valley School, TX; Nicholas Marchese, Director of Academic Technology, Emma Willard School, NY
Policies and Procedures for Teaching from Home -- Anne Sena, Director of Technology, St. David’s School, NC
This Summit  is available FREE to ATLIS members; $59 for non-members.
Access the October Summit Archive

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

Press Release

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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 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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