Program Overview

Sunday, April 5 

ATLIS Leadership Institutes 2020

Where do you want to up your leadership game? Are you Aspiring, Managing, or Visioning? Our pre-conference programming will address each of these areas in focused workshops to meet you where you are. 

ATLIS Leadership Institutes are action-oriented, project-based, and collaboratively inspired. Registration or application required.


Early Career and Aspiring Technology Directors 
Cohort for 2020-2021

Apply now for this year-long intensive learning experience; once accepted cohort members are encouraged to join us for this three-hour introduction and sampling of their year-long programming (by invitation to accepted cohort fellows only).

Early Career and Aspiring Technology Directors Cohort for 2019-2020
Current fellows will meet from 10 am- 4:30 pm. This institute for early career technology professionals culminates a year of in-person and online programs, mentoring, and professional growth (registration not required; current fellows only).

Leadership Workshop


Leadership Institute: Managing
This middle-level institute draws on leadership literacies addressed in ATLIS publications and programming with a focus on interpersonal relationships and social intelligence; self-care and personal growth; managing a team (including delegation, evaluation, and conflict resolution); communication and advocacy; and strategic planning, project management, and budget stewardship.
1-4 pm
$95 pre-conference session fee; separate registration required


Leadership Workshop 2

Leadership Institute: Visioning
The 20,000-foot level of technology leadership in schools requires dedication to imagining and envisioning the future of schools in every respect that they intersect with the digital world. The goal of this Institute is to bring together thought leaders to produce guidelines and recommendations for the larger ATLIS community on the real problems and opportunities in independent schools. Participants will collaborate to produce a document of best practices and resources by the end of the session.
1-4 pm
$95 pre-conference fee; separate registration required



Welcome Reception followed by ATLIS Dine Arounds


From deep-dish pizza to sushi, when it comes to great eating Chicago has it all! Reserve your spot now for an ATLIS Dine Around dinner to experience great Chicago dining and even better company with new and old friends from ATLIS. ATLIS Dine Arounds are the opportunity to connect with other conference attendees in a small 9-11 person dinner. Sign up for the dining venue of your choice. Spots are limited so sign up today to reserve your spot. Once all the spots are taken, a dinner option will close. We hope you'll enjoy your dinner out and about in Chicago and the conversation with your peers!

*Note: All attendees are responsible for covering the cost of their own dinner and for their own transportation to and from the restaurant.

Date: 04/05/2020 (Sun.)
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Choose from the following restaurants:

The Gage  ● Bub City  ● Eataly  ● Hampton Social  ● Gilt Bar  ● Centennial  ● Francesca’s on Chestnut Barrio  ● Ramen San  ● Union Sushi  ● Orso’sTrue Food Kitchen 

Sign up for the ATLIS Dine Around here.

Monday, April 6

Spotlight Speakers on "Designing the Future" with Follow-Up Breakout Sessions by featured speakers, Awards Luncheon, Crowdsourced Sessions/Deep Dives 
Sponsor Reception

Tuesday, April 7

More Crowdsourced Sessions/Deep Dives, Networking Lunch, "Design the Future Challenge"

Wednesday, April 8

Signups for School Visits and Site Tours will be made separately from your Conference registration. We are still finalizing tours and visits. All School Tours and Site Visits will conclude by 1:30 PM.

Attendees who have signed up for a School Tour or Site Visit will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the school/site. Public Transportation options and directions will be provided as some schools/sites will be located in the city as well as nearby suburbs.

School and site visits will average 1-2 hours. There will be a hands-on activity at the Site Visits. There is no additional fee for school tours or site visits. 

Confirmed Schools and Sites

Catherine Cook School (Chicago) 

Latin School of Chicago (Chicago)

North Shore Country Day School (Winnetka)

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Chicago)

Bit Space (Wilmette location)

Museum of Science and Industry’s Fab Lab (Chicago) 


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

Jam Sessions will be scheduled as time and space permit. Look for more information about submitting your Jam Session idea early in 2020.



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