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School Spotlight: The Fletcher School The Fletcher School in Charlotte, NC named Apple Distinguished School from 2022-2025 for its innovative use of technology to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities and differences. The Fletcher School announced recently that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School from 2022–2025 for its innovative use of technology to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities and differences. Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking in learning, ...
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You Belong Here: 7 Ways for Tech Leaders to Build Belonging Contributor: Allison Ross Starling, M.Ed. When was the first time you truly felt like you belonged in your current organization? Can you pinpoint the catalyst for feeling like you were part of the community, or does this question spark ideas about whether you feel like you belong at all? As leaders, amplifying belonging falls under each of our purviews as we seek to increase community through belonging. Belonging is a major component of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). It benefits not only the well-being of the individual but also the organization in both cognition and emotional ...
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School Spotlight: St. Stephens Episcopal Day School St. Stephen’s in Miami, Florida seeks to ignite learning, spark creativity, explore passion, and empower leaders by allowing students to investigate the world with an open mindset. Learning at St. Stephen’s embeds empathy, problem-solving, collaboration, learning from experts and others, creativity, presentations, and reflection. St. Stephen’s designs optimum learning environments with room for risk-taking while actively practicing good citizenship. None of this would be possible without technology. Student engagement, voice and choice, cross-curricular units, and differentiation are part of a more ...
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Driving K–12 Innovation in Independent Schools By Dr. Ashley Cross Each year, a global advisory board of K–12 leaders, practitioners, and change-makers engages in discourse about the major themes driving, hindering, and enabling innovation at schools. The Consortium of School Networking hosts this initiative and partners with ATLIS. Below are the findings of the report, as well as how they impact independent school education. Hurdles A “hurdle” is a significant organizational or human capacity challenge that forces educators to slow down, prepare themselves, and make the leap to innovation. The top three hurdles for schools to address in 2022 are scaling ...
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More with Less Trailblazers from small schools across the nation share ideas on how to stretch school resources and make tiny tech teams mighty. Moderator: Dr. Ashley Cross, Senior Director of Education and Content, ATLIS Panelists: Tina Abbott, Director of Technology at The Heritage School in Newnan, Georgia; Michele Bossick, Director of Technology at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in Suffolk, Virginia; Chris Cripe, Director of Technology at The Stanley Clark School in South Bend, Indiana; Jonathan Jacobs, Director of Technology at Maple Street School in Manchester, Vermont; Chet Rodriguez, IT Director at St. Barnabas Episcopal School in DeLand, Florida ...
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Technology: The Fourth Teacher By Susan Davis You may have never heard of the Reggio Emilia Approach® to education. Nonetheless, it has had a profound impact on the evolution of how we think about teaching and learning. A big piece of the Reggio Emilia philosophy holds that the environment plays an essential role in learning, and the intentional design of the learning space is part of the work of the educator. Mary Ann Biermeier, writing for Young Children, the journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, explains that “an environment … encircles the child with three ‘teachers,’ or protagonists. The first teacher—the parent—takes ...
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A New Approach to Old Questions Institutional research offers a new way to examine what's working and what's not By Dava Stewart Institutional research (IR) in independent schools is a relatively new discipline, and as organizations begin using their data to solve problems, questions arise. Is this area a good fit for our school and culture? What can our data be used for? Should we have concerns about privacy? Who should be in charge of an IR initiative? Maret School in Washington, D.C., established the Center for Institutional Research in Independent Schools (CIRIS), which seeks to provide support for professionals looking for answers to IR questions. ...
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ATLIS Partners with NBOA and Industry Experts to Update Cybersecurity Insurance Guidance Technology leaders and business officers now have more tools to collaborate on cybersecurity insurance, as ATLIS partnered with NBOA to release an updated version of their cybersecurity insurance guidelines. Cybersecurity is an ever-changing landscape, and having proper cyber liability insurance coverage is one of the most important essentials when it comes to mitigating risk in schools. Over the past few years, ATLIS has heeded increasing alarm from their community when it comes to navigating how to obtain, and keep cyber liability insurance. In ...
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Image: Students at Punahou receive a contemporary, well-rounded education grounded in the history and culture of Hawai‘i. Island Insights Independent schools in Hawai'i tackle technology, inclusion, and preparing island learners for a big future By Christina Lewellen Like many independent schools throughout the U.S. and around the world, independent schools in Hawai‘i demonstrate deep commitments to their learners and to finding creative ways to meet the increasingly complex demands of their missions. But like the islands on which they operate, there’s a sparkly, colorful, multifaceted aspect to independent schools in Hawai‘i uniquely shaped by the ...
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ATLIS Support Efforts in Advocating for Dedicated Social Media Verification and Reporting Processes for K-12 Education Institutions “Our school hasn’t been able to get verified on social media. When stakeholders see fake-official district accounts, it can lead to chaos via misinformation and disinformation.” Sound familiar? How about, "We have reported accounts and individual photos to social media platforms without success of getting them removed. These bullying accounts have a huge negative impact on the mental health of our students.” Over the last few years, communication with students, families and stakeholders has become more important ...
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Call for Proposals Now Open for the ATLIS 2023 Annual Conference Help shape the ATLIS 2023 conference by sharing your expertise with the community. ATLIS is a community of bright minds, forward thinkers, and innovators. You have knowledge, experience, and stories to share; and your community of independent school technology leaders from around the country wants to learn from you! Has your technology team developed helpful processes that may benefit the larger independent school community? Do you have innovative ideas around edtech trends? Do you have expertise in a certain aspect of school cybersecurity that can help others mitigate risk? Have you developed ...
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What are the top tech enablers at your school? “Tech enablers” are the technologies implemented to support extraordinary learning experiences. DIGITAL COLLABORATION ENVIRONMENTS: digital systems, tools, technologies, connectivity, and pedagogy UNTETHERED BROADBAND AND CONNECTIVITY: ubiquitous broadband internet and the underlying technologies ANALYTICS AND ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES : digital technologies that utilize data related to learning ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: interfaces that mimic the complexity and function of human brain processes CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE : virtual or hybrid infrastructure that is delivered ...
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Deloitte Survey Unveils CIO’s Role in Helping Drive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Outcomes A 2021 survey of technology leaders shows that tech-enabled solutions hold great potential for achieving DEI outcomes. Deloitte conducted a survey of approximately 400 technology leaders to determine the potential for tech-enabled solutions to achieve DEI outcomes. The survey looked at three components: emerging tech, data-informed decision-making, and vendor marketplace to identify hurdles and action items to help companies further their DEI efforts. Although this survey was conducted on technology leaders in the corporate space, the findings can ...
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Cybersecurity 101 Workshop Will Help Schools Mitigate Increasing Risks of Cyber Threats The two-day virtual workshop will include a combination of live instruction, special topics conversations, and hands-on activities to help independent school leaders establish a standard of care around cyber safety. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed by the increase of news headlines announcing cyber attacks on schools, or you think that you have a handle on cybersecurity practices but want to make sure that your school has all of the tools to embrace cyber safety as part of their culture, the ATLIS Cybersecurity 101 workshop is a must-attend. This five-hour ...
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Join your ATLIS Community for PD and Networking this Fall Semester ATLIS has released a robust lineup of programs for the Fall 2022 semester including interactive virtual meetups, webinars, and the two-day ATLIS Cybersecurity 101 Workshop. The "Meetup of Minds" programs offer the opportunity to be interactive and learn from fellow indy school technologists. These programs will offer guided questions and discussion but are also an open space for participants to bring their big wins, their challenges, and their questions to one another. The Fall lineup will also feature three unique webinars: CoSN's Driving K-12 Innovation Report , a special ...
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Year-Long ATLIS Leadership Institute to Guide Tech Leaders as Schools Continue to Evolve Twenty-six individuals have officially launched their year-long commitment to advancing their leadership skills together as members of the 2022-2023 cohort of the ATLIS Leadership Institute: Josh Bain, Associate Director of IT, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, MA Bryan Barnett, Director of Technology, The Episcopal School of Dallas, TX Lita Bledsoe, Director of Operations, Oaks Christian Online (SC) Keegan Bowen, Sr., Technology Support Specialist, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC Aisha Bryant, Director of Educational Technology, McDonogh ...
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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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