When the Shovel Hits the Dirt

ATLIS research on the Role of Technology Leaders in Educational Capital Improvement Projects demonstrates that technology leaders can make a positive impact on school construction projects. A new report and an upcoming webinar make the case for positioning tech leaders to make the best use of their skills and expertise as schools take on the kinds of projects that can define a school’s future. -- SD

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Long before the first shovel hits the dirt of any school construction or reconstruction project, the technology leadership team must be brought to the table and may even serve the school well by being at the head of the table. New research from ATLIS supports the position that technology leaders see capital projects through a different lens and can provide valuable insights and oversight that can assure those projects succeed.

Capital Improvement ReportNEW ATLIS REPORT

The report on the Role of Technology Leaders in Educational Capital Improvement Projects is based on a Fall 2019 survey of technology professionals and compares responses from the independent and public school realms. Several key findings could help schools optimize their capital investments:

  • Technology leaders have more project management experience and strategic insight on capital campaigns than school leadership teams may realize;

  • Involving the technology team early and often in a project can mitigate costly changes in scope; and, 

  • Some technology leaders with certain characteristics (ex., those who report directly to the head of school or district superintendent) are more likely to be involved in the early strategic phases of a project.

The 39-page report is available to ATLIS member schools free of charge. Non-members and other interested parties can download the full report for $79. You can access the full report here.


You can learn more about the report and the benefits of incorporating the guidance of technology leaders early and often in school improvement projects from an upcoming webinar sponsored by EDMarket, “Planning Capital Projects from the IT Perspective.Christina Lewellen, Executive Director of ATLIS, will represent compelling data about the role technology leaders play in construction projects, and Jeff Dayton, Director of Technology at The Madeira School, VA, and Jeff Mozdzierz, Field Services Director, Oakland Schools, CA, will provide first-hand experience about construction projects they’ve guided as technology leaders. Together, the presenters will provide a roadmap for how to save money and time, facilitate a collaborative construction team environment, and avoid long-term frustrations about the final product. 

While ATLIS solely represents technologists at independent schools, this project arose as a collaborative effort to represent both independent and public school technology leaders. Comparison of these different school environments validates some assumptions about the differences in cultures between public and independent schools.

For more information about this and other research conducted by ATLIS, email [email protected]

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