In Case You Missed It: ATLIS 2023 Annual Conference Day 1 Recap
Part professional development, part reunion; ATLIS 2023 kicks off with high energy and exciting announcements
The first day of the ATLIS Annual Conference held on Monday, May 1, was a resounding success. Attendees from all over the country had the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of educational technology, and participate in thought-provoking sessions that covered a range of topics.
The event began with the ATLIS conference networking reception. The community was overjoyed to be reunited in person! For people that didn’t know anyone coming into the event, ATLIS facilitated networking opportunities for first time attendees, solo travelers, and women in tech.
The keynote speakers, Kurt David, shared his life journey as a professional basketball player and how he discovered the 5-Keys to navigate sudden change. Attendees were inspired by the time-tested processes that continue to help highly-successful individuals and organizations to face change like champions.
During an awards luncheon, the community celebrated the graduation of the 2022-2023 ATLIS Leadership Institute cohort and their accomplishments through the program. ATLIS also recognized four pillar award winners: Peter Antupit, Howard Levin, Susan Davis, and Larry Kahn. The Center for Institutional Research in Independent Schools (CIRIS) also took the stage to present awards to two individuals who have significantly contributed to the institute: Josh Berberian and Sarah Enterline.
The conference featured a wide range of breakout sessions that covered topics like diversity, equity, and inclusion, curriculum mapping, cybersecurity, and design thinking strategies. One session that stood out was "Start Here: Why DEI-B matters to Technology Leaders" by Allison Starling, where attendees learned how diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging can be worked into the space we are currently holding in our organizations.
In addition, "The Ultimate Governance Mixtape" by Damian Kavanagh, Ed.D., CAE and Aggie Malter, Ed.D. was a highlight where attendees gained a sound grounding in the ways of the board and how to help their heads get rhythm.
Another session, "From Peripheral to Essential: Exploring the Evolution of the Modern Technology Department" by Jason Curtis, had conversations from technology directors, heads of school, and instructional technology specialists who discussed this evolution and brainstormed ways to be seen as holistic partners in learning who help schools deliver on their mission and purpose.
Overall, the conference provided attendees with the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, engage in thought-provoking conversations, and connect with other like-minded individuals. For those who missed out on attending this year, the ATLIS Annual Conference is an event that should be on the top of their list for next year.