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You'd had your say. You've ranked your priorities. Now it's time to gather proposals from the thought leaders in our community on the topics you've selected.

Call for Speakers OPEN NOW!

Technology leaders have given us a roadmap of what they want to see at the 2020 ATLIS Annual Conference in Chicago, and now we’re looking for thought leaders and presenters who can deliver on the topics they’ve ranked highest.

If you’d like to be considered as a presenter at the ATLIS Annual Conference, please take a moment to review the session priorities listed below and complete this online form.

The call for presenters is open until October 28, 2019, and selected presenters will be contacted starting in December.

Are you jazzed about one of the session topic areas that were crowdsourced by our community? Are you willing to leverage your experience and share your expertise with your education technology peers? If so, we want to hear from you! 

Cybersecurity & Student Data
Digital Literacy, Safety & Wellness
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Doing More with Less in IT
Emerging Trends: ARVR, E-Sports, IoT, 3D Printing
Envisioning the Future
Evolving Edtech
IT for Edtech
IT Operations: Security
Managing Change: People & Pedagogy
The Role of the Technology Leader
Staying Current in IT

Don't see your session idea here? Not to worry, you can still submit your session proposal, though keep in mind that priority will be given to sessions that address our crowdsourced topics.

Important Information

  • Presenters will receive $100 discount on their conference registration.
  • ATLIS conference attendees prefer interactive sessions, so you will want to up your game and think to actively engage your audience.
  • Session presenters should expect to be notified in December.
  • Jam Sessions will be scheduled as time and space permit. Look for more information about submitting your Jam Session idea early in 2020.
  • Sponsors and vendors are welcome to submit session proposals to meet the needs of the industry's crowdsourced topics. If you're interested in presenting content specific to your company, please contact Ashley Cross, [email protected]

Read ATLIS Executive Director Christina Lewellen's complete blog post about the crowdsourcing process...


We are creating webinar programming for the coming year based on our community's interests. If you have a specific request or expertise to offer, contact Susan Davis at [email protected].

Our User Group series has evolved to become the ATLIS Live Chat. Our first chat, on October 30, at 1 pm EDT, is dedicated to the topic of E-Sports.

More information and registration can be found on our Calendar of Events.

ATLIS Reads 2020: A Book Seminar for Technology Thought Leaders 

Theme: Leadership Literacies

4 Live Webinar Conversations + 1 Reflective Micro-Course

Registration for this intensive seminar is required (single webinar registrations will not be offered) and will be limited to the first 30 participants. 

Register Here

Registration Opens: August 27
Complimentary registration for members; $129 for non-members. 

Live Webinar Book Conversations

The Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony C Greenwald
Conversation Leader: Jared Colley
English Department Chair and Director of Professional Development at the Oakridge School, TX
September 25, 1 pm Eastern 
Archive available on our companion micro-course.

The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins
Conversation Leader: Lisa Lamont, Director of Innovation and Institutional Learning, Hopkins School, CT
October 23, 1 pm Eastern

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, & Change the Way You Lead Forever
by Michael Bungay Stanier
Conversation Leader: Connie White, Director of Learning Design and Innovation, Woodward Academy, GA
January 29, 1 pm Eastern

The Algorithmic Leader: How to be Smart when Machines Are Smarter than You by Mike Walsh
Conversation Leader: Vinnie Vrotny, Director of Technology, the Kinkaid School, TX
February 26, 1 pm Eastern
Excerpt not available

Reflective Micro-Course

Create a shareable reflection portfolio and earn a badge as an ATLIS Reads 2020 Thought Leader. 

  • Comment in an online portfolio after each conversation and define your take-aways for future growth. Develop and refine your leadership vision. 
  • Videos from each webinar will be archived only in the micro-course for later viewing. 
  • Share your completed portfolio as a data-embedded badge with your PLN and colleagues to spur further conversation. 

(The complete seminar, consisting of 4 webinars and 1 micro-course would cost $275, if purchased separately by non-member registrants.)


What do you need to know to launch the new school year? Or to catch up on the latest developments? Are you transitioning to independent school IT work? Are you wondering about virtual reality and student learning?

Learn more about ATLIS micro-courses here.

*ATLIS micro-courses provide just-in-time, individualized learning to help independent school technology leaders stay current in a quickly evolving field. Micro-courses are designed to be completed in an afternoon for an immediate impact on your school

Plugging in to Independent Schools (For IT Professionals)
Curt Lieneck, ATLIS ECATD Faculty and Retired Independent School Technology Leader

Watch our webinar preview!

Curt Lieneck brings over 30 years of experience to this useful and practical introduction for transitioning to independent schools. If you are thinking of moving from the business or public school world to an independent school technology department, or if you are onboarding someone to your staff from a similar background, you will find this course to be enormously helpful. Lieneck provides an introduction to what an independent school actually is and how it is different from other kinds of educational institutions, digs into independent school culture, and addresses the challenges facing independent schools today. 

Practical VR in the Classroom
Stacy Tippens, Educational Technology Specialist, The Madeira School (VA)

Preview Stacy's webinar update.

Take this micro-course if you want learn

  • the basics of beginning a VR program at your school
  • what equipment to consider
  • specific suggestions for classroom implementation
  • valuable tips from an educator who has worked directly with VR in a classroom setting

Learn how to complete a plan for your own implementation today.


bullet journalAs our members have gone through the first two years of the Technology Impact and Efficacy assessment, we have noted their requests for more detailed instructions and guidelines for implementing and surveys efficiently and successfully.

The TIE Deployment Guide was created with these requests in mind. Learn more about the Guide and the TIE assessment here.