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Hey, Do You Know Someone Who Clicked?

Recently, a rash of what appeared to be phishing emails mimicking a request to share a Google Document descended upon our online communities. While the circumstances of this particular email attack remain uncertain, issues of cyber security remain of grave to concern to independent school technology leaders and are at the forefront of our work at ATLIS, most recently in a webinar offered by Jamie Britto and Denise Musselwhite.

As it occurred, an active discussion about the attack sprang up on the ECATD and ISED Listserves, Twitter, and regional discussion groups as members shared their experiences and perspectives, an exchange that serves to highlight the importance of our connections with ATLIS members who are dealing with problems like this in real time. The day after the attack, a New York Times article, “Email Attack Hits Google: What to Do If You Clicked,” offered recommendations for those who fell for the phishing attack and clicked. These included  revoking access (via and changing passwords to one never before used on your account.

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Cyber Security: Where to Start?

Jamie Britto from  Collegiate School (VA) and Denise Musselwhite from Trinity Preparatory School (FL)  team up for a webinar  on Thursday, April 13, 2017 (10:00 to 11:00 AM PDT) to explore steps school leaders can take to address cyber security on independent school campuses. Jamie and Denise will focus on no or low-cost options that can immediately improve your school’s cyber security; they will also share next steps for technology leaders who must face the evolving challenges of securing school networks. Here is an overview of this important ATLIS event.

This webinar inverts the approach used at our two-day workshop (co-hosted by ATLIS and ISACS) by starting with tactics, then looking at strategy, and wrapping up with a brief look at concepts which need to be addressed in the future.

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ATLIS Adds Pricing Transparency

ATLIS Data Platform allows members to see peer reviews and the actual prices paid by schools for key technology resources, using LearnPlatform as the analytics engine.  

Join us March 9 to learn more

Our platform now gives ATLIS independent school technology leaders a tool to improve educational technology purchasing decisions for both hardware and software purchases. The platform now allows members to access price reports on the products they are considering for first-time purchase or renewal. Members will have access to easy-to-read graphs that provide insight into how other member schools are buying and utilizing edtech. This transparency will allow schools to make better-informed decisions that improve efficiencies and increase cost savings for ATLIS members.

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Over and Up: Think Like the Knight to Advance Your Career

Over and Up: Think Like the Knight to Advance Your Career

Update: Join Gabe February 10 to discuss career strategies for technology leaders. If you missed the webinar, catch the recording here.

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New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

The celebrations are over, the morning alarm has been turned back on, and educators and students are back in school (hopefully rested and refreshed). Many people use the new year to set resolutions and goals for the year to come. While we often think first of personal goals (run a marathon, read more books), this attitude can be a great impetus to set new professional goals. Those of us who work in schools get to say “Happy New Year” twice each year and the new calendar year can be a great time to set goals for the remaining school year and even the start of the next academic year.

One of the best ways to set new year’s resolutions is to set tangible goals. I like to set goals based on previous challenges. For example, have faculty been struggling with implementing an aspect our LMS or new operating system? Do I struggle to get devices imaged in time for the start of the academic year? Is there a stack of educational books that I’ve been meaning to read? Whatever my challenges have been in the previous year (or years), this is where I look for my goals.

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New Overtime Rules

Overtime Rules and the Technology Department

New overtime rules were released by the Department of Labor this month. ATLIS is sending you our take on what the new rules about overtime mean for those who work in independent school technology. We are providing this information for educational purposes only. Remember that your state and local laws may differ from the federal rules, and your human resource officer should contact your school's legal counsel to ensure that your school is in compliance with all applicable laws.

You can see the entire scope of the new rules on the Department of Labor’s website. Of particular interest is special guidance the department has provided non­profits and higher education institutions. When combined with the overall rules, these two documents cover most of the questions that might arise in an independent school.

Who does not get overtime?

  • Anyone with a job description that previously met the criteria for exemption from overtime (called the “duties test” see below) is still exempt if that individual's salary exceeds $913/week (or $47,476 per year for a full­ year worker). The employee’s job duties must primarily involve executive, administrative, or professional duties as defined by the duties test. In most schools, this would include a technology director and may include other individuals. It is the work itself, not the job title, that determines exemption.
  • All “highly compensated workers” (salary over $134,004) are exempt. Teachers remain exempt, regardless of salary.

Who does get overtime?

  • Anyone making less than $913/week (or $47,476 per year for a full­ year worker) even if his/her job description meets the “duties test” for exemption. This salary threshold will automatically increase every 3 years (not every year) to maintain a salary level that is at the 40th percentile of full­ time salaried workers in the lowest­ wage Census region. The next increase is scheduled for January 1, 2020.
  • Anyone previously entitled to overtime based on the duties test remains eligible for overtime compensation as the criteria has not changed. Help Desk Managers, System Support Specialists, Database Administrators, Network Administrators, etc. typically fall into this category, regardless of salary unless they earn more than $134,004.

What is less clear:

The requirements for overtime for a technology integrationist (or those holding similar positions) making less than $47,476 per year are not clear cut. While most schools consider this a faculty position, to be considered a teacher, the primary daily activity of this employee must be active instruction of students.
However, the rules for higher education also allow for exempt status for those who meet the criteria for "Academic Administrative Personnel": The administrative personnel that help run higher education institutions and interact with students outside the classroom, such as department heads, academic counselors and advisors, intervention specialists and others with similar responsibilities are subject to a special salary threshold that does not apply to white­collar employees outside of higher education. These employees are not entitled to overtime compensation if they are paid at least as much as the entrance salary for teachers at their institution (Overtime Final Rule and Higher Education).

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