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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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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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ATLIS AIMS TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM IN FIFTH YEAR AND BEYOND

ATLIS AIMS TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM IN FIFTH YEAR AND BEYOND
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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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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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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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

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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

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Back(casting) to the Future

"My task is to think of innovative technology for future robotics missions and implement them," Dr. Ayanna Howard, 2002. [10-minute read]

Early in her career as a roboticist (and long before Matt Damon colonized Mars), Dr. Ayanna Howard, ATLIS 2019 Opening Keynote Speaker, described her work for NASA in a way that aligns with the responsibilities of independent school technology leadership. Technology is at the heart of one of the foremost challenges our schools face: preparing our students to succeed on missions we can barely currently describe. Our Annual Conference theme for 2019 is “Deep in the Heart of TECHness.”

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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

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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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Happy New Year!

 With this post, Sarah Hanawald begins a new series, "From the Executive Director's Desk," sharing ATLIS resources that can help your new school year run more smoothly.  -- SD

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Welcome Ashley Cross

ATLIS welcomes Dr. Ashley Cross as newly appointed Manager of Membership and Member Services. In this blog post, Ashley introduces herself to the ATLIS community and shares one of the aspects she values most about leading technology in independent schools, professional learning networks. In Ashley’s view, the ready-made PLN of ATLIS provides members with access to important, sustaining connections within our community. 

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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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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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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

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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

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The Crucial Role of Technology Leadership: An Interview with Donna Orem

The Crucial Role of Technology Leadership: An Interview with Donna Orem

Earlier this year, ATLIS Executive Director Sarah Hanawald sat down with NAIS President Donna Orem to talk about the role of technology leaders in independent schools today. What follows in this candid interview provides insight into how technologists can help move other school leaders move toward innovation in the face of disruptions and struggle to adapt to the changing world around us. -- SD

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