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The ATLIS 2022: Ignited Annual Conference is in full swing in Orlando. Following an afternoon of pre-conference workshops on Sunday, May 1, attendees gathered for the first major reunion of independent school technologists since 2019 with a welcome reception. The positive energy among attendees was palpable as they shared laughter, visited with vendors, and already began problem-solving conversations around the challenges independent school technology leaders are facing since the last gathering. “All of the people I would want to turn to when I have a problem in my school are right here in this room tonight” - Jason Kern, Assistant Head of School ...
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A ccreditation at independent schools is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. What was once a necessary evil and an interrup­tion to regular routines has now become a strategic tool that leading independent schools use to drive change in a chaotic landscape, evaluate educational outcomes, and explore boundary-stretching opportu­nities for innovation. This unique feature will explore accreditation from three different perspectives: what’s happening in the broader landscape of accreditation of independent schools; how the most forward-looking schools are using accreditation as a foundation for growth; and what tech­nology leaders can do to not only support the ...
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ATLIS Wins 2022 Gold Circle Award for Excellence in Association Communications from ASAE April 21, 2022 — The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) announced today it has been recognized by ASAE with a 2022 Gold Circle Award in the print magazine category. The Gold Circle Awards competition is the premier association marketing, membership, and communications award that recognizes excellence, innovation, and achievement in association/nonprofit marketing, membership, and communications programs. This year’s competition received more than 300 entries across 15 categories, including convention/meeting campaign, ...
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ATLIS and Project Unicorn Invite You to Participate in the Second-Annual Project Unicorn School System Data Survey Wouldn't it be great if your school’s education technology all worked together seamlessly? Project Unicorn knows that when it comes to student data, you – and teachers and administrators at your school – often spend valuable time transferring data from system to system to complete everyday tasks. This administrative time could be better spent helping students. In efforts to find that solution, ATLIS and Project Unicorn are inviting you to participate in the 2nd annual Project Unicorn School System Data Survey by April 30, 2022. ...
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New Google Workspace for Education Track Announced for Annual Conference Agenda Google for Education has shared that they are excited to be back at the ATLIS annual conference this year, and especially looking forward to engaging with and learning from each attendee. They have announced a dynamic schedule of content planned, where sessions will dive deep into a range of topics suitable for educators, school leaders, and IT Admins. Whether you join them for a session or stop by to ask a question and engage in thoughtful discussion, Google for Education has something for everyone. Here is an overview of the sessions included in the Google track: Practice ...
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ATLIS Announces Incoming Directors Kallmeyer, Rumsey, Scott and Luke Wille to join Board in July 2022 The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS), the only professional association for independent school technology directors, announces the election of four highly qualified professionals to its board of directors: Barry Kallmeyer Molly Rumsey Marquis Scott Shelly Luke Wille “Each year as we welcome new board members, we aim to complement our current board’s strengths, and we are particularly pleased to welcome Barry, Molly, Marquis, and Shelly to the team,” said Dr. Dawn Jenkins Klus, ATLIS ...
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ATLIS Announces Launch of Companion Manual to its ATLIS360 Self-Study Guide Two years in the making, book provides critical resource for independent schools conducting strategic audits The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools, the only professional organization dedicated to technology leadership in independent schools, announced the release of a comprehensive companion manual to its ATLIS360: Technology Self-Study Guide for Schools. The ATLIS360 Companion Manual features more than 100 pages of guidance, templates, and resources designed to support independent schools engaged in an accreditation review or a school-wide technology ...
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Delavan, Maxwell, and Sena join leadership institute faculty April 4, 2022—The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS), the only professional association for independent school technology directors, announced today the selection of three new faculty for its premier leadership programming. Ethan Delavan, Director of Technology, Systems and Extended Programs, The Bush School (Washington) Dr. Marsha Maxwell, Head of Technology and Innovation, Atlanta International School (Georgia) Anne Sena, Director of Technology, St. David’s School (North Carolina) Continuing members of the ATLIS Leadership Institute faculty ...
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ATLIS Announces 2022 Pillar Award Winners Hanawald, Inman, Wenzel recognized with association’s top honor March 22, 2022—The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS), the only professional association for independent school technology directors, announced today the recognition of three highly accomplished professionals as 2022 ATLIS Pillar Award winners: Sarah Hanawald, Senior Director of Academic Leaders Alex Inman, Chief Academic Officer, STS Education Ally Wenzel, Director of Technology, Stevenson School (California) Established in 2018, the ATLIS Pillar Award program was initiated to bring attention ...
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In case you didn't hear, early bird registration is ending soon for the ATLIS Ignited annual conference . Take advantage of the best pricing by registering today . Get Savings Now Check out the robust conference agenda , health and safety measures , travel deals , and more. Need a little help getting permission to come to the conference? Here are some ideas to help you convince your boss . We can't wait to see you in Orlando. #General #SustainingInnovationandLookingAhead
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Each year, the National Association of Independent Schools surveys thousands of schools across the nation. The Data and Analytics for School Leadership (DASL) survey tool includes technology questions from ATLIS. As a partner organization, ATLIS compiles the results of the tech questions in an annual report for our members. The report not only includes this year’s results but also trends over time. The 2022 edition is now available for ATLIS members to download. To save you time, ATLIS presents the findings from this national research collaboration in a visual format. The ATLIS report equips you with access to useful information in a way that can ...
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ATLIS Announces CIRIS Institutional Research Track at its Annual Conference Two independent school organizations teaming up to bring technology leaders and institutional researchers together for an in-person conference The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) is proud to announce a partnership with the Center for Institutional Research in Independent Schools (CIRIS) to bring together technology professionals and institutional researcher practitioners at a single in-person conference, May 1-4 in Orlando, Florida. CIRIS has created a robust content track focused on institutional research at independent schools, ...
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On Tuesday, February 1, 2022 ATLIS hosted an informal event over Zoom called “Emerging Tech: A Meetup of Minds”. The meetup was the result of requests from the community to understand more about Web 3.0, Blockchain, and NFTs, and their impact on independent schools. ATLIS brought together renowned experts to explain these topics, how they impact education, and what students need to know to be prepared in a world where these things are making an impact. Panelists included Vriti Saraf, CEO and Founder of k20 Educators and Co-founder of k20 DAO; Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, Co-founder of k20 DAO; Mike Peck, Co-founder of k20 DAO; and Erik Zvaigzne,VP of Product ...
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On February 3, 2022, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) hosted a webinar on cybersecurity and the Log4j vulnerability in collaboration with the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS), and Ankura . ATLIS executive director Christina Lewellen, MBA, CAE served as a panelist on the webinar to represent the independent school technology leader community. Additional presenters included Tim Fish, chief innovation officer, NAIS; Bob Olsen, senior managing director, Ankura; George Mendel, senior director of IT, NAIS; Stephanie Wilkinson, senior director of engineering, NAIS; Brent Riley, managing director, incident ...
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The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) celebrated cyber security awareness month in October by bringing extra cyber safety resources to the independent school community. On October 22 and 29, ATLIS hosted 5 hours of workshop programming specifically aimed to provide independent school technology leaders and their teams with the tools and resources to keep their security practices up-to-date year round. With a foundation based in the ATLIS Cybersecurity Recommendations , workshop participants were guided through a series of presentations, breakout conversations, reflections, and activities aimed towards establishing a “standard ...
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By Matt Flora The independent school community faces its own particular set of challenges when securing sensitive data. Schools must support students of varying ages and technical needs, parents, facility personnel, and administrators traversing the network from a variety of different platforms each day. While each school environment is unique, schools face common pitfalls that can lead to security incidents. Below are the top cybersecurity missteps that many independent schools face when securing their environments. 1. Relying on Cloud Security Defaults Most schools have migrated either entirely or partially to the cloud for more convenient ...
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Focusing Forward

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Agility, relationships, and the role of technology are top of mind as schools of the future take shape A discussion of schools of the future in 2018 and the same discussion in 2021 would likely be two very different conversations. The lessons of the pandemic, which are largely still being learned and processed by most education professionals, include much about what schools of the future will need, from technology to relationships and everything in between. Technology leaders in schools across the country acknowledge that the last 18 months revealed areas for improvement, sometimes surprising positives, and an optimistic view of teaching and learning. ...
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During a challenging year, technology leaders adapted with agility and set up their schools for lasting success BY TRACI BROWNE Editor’s note: In this inaugural issue of the redesigned Access Points , we saw an opportunity to yearbook the experiences we’ve just lived through in the COVID-19 pandemic. Part timeline, part reflection, the following article captures the flavor of one of the most challenging school years of a generation. As a publication, Access Points is a time capsule, of sorts, and we are grateful to the participants who aided in summarizing the moment and to the ATLIS staff whose reflections allowed us to put the year in perspective. ...
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Cybersecurity is increasingly being vaulted to the fore of operations in independent schools. To protect their students, teachers, and administrations, technology leaders have been forced to take charge against malicious attacks, from phishing to ransomware and everything in between. ATLIS Director of Professional Development Susan Davis sat down (virtually) with four of those tech leaders to discuss their experiences and gain insight into how they are championing cybersecurity in their schools. Join the discussion in the comments below! Susan Davis: How did you first become aware that cybersecurity was a need, and has that translated ...
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Data You Need

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ATLIS’s latest benchmarking report offers valuable insight into the role of technology leaders and how they’re being compensated DATA YOU NEED J ust as you have all been hard at work taking your schools into the future, ATLIS, along with California-based firm Ed Tech Recruiting, has been diligently gathering data that will inform important discussions among leadership at independent schools. The 2021 Compensation Benchmark Report for Technology Leaders in Schools is ATLIS’s latest resource that aims to be a starting point for technology leaders to better understand the market surrounding compensation and benefits. “As we continue to grow ATLIS into ...
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