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Sunday, April 17
 

1:00pm

What’s Next? Transformative Trends in EdTech
Limited Capacity full
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In a rapidly changing education technology landscape, some school tech initiatives can lead to more questions than answers. Be prepared to tackle new edtech challenges by getting a head-start on the issues that are trending. 

This session will kick off the ATLIS conference with a roundtable platform to highlight and discuss three transformative trends in education technology that are impacting your schools: Student Data Privacy, 1:1 / BYOD, and the Maker Movement. You will have the opportunity to choose a transformative trend, engage in lively roundtable discussion with industry peers, and participate in developing a set of best practices for applying the trend to real-world scenarios. 

Whether your school is just starting to grapple with the trend or whether you already have projects underway, you’ll benefit from the insights and strategies developed in this hands-on working session.


Speakers
avatar for Keith Gillette

Keith Gillette

Senior Advisor, MindBridge Partners
Strategy + Systems • People + Process CIO @ Your Service Keith Gillette is an outcome-driven, process-oriented leader passionate about efficiency, effectiveness, education, environment, & economy. (He also possesses an alarming affection for alliteration.) Keith has more... Read More →
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Scott Roy

Chief Technology Officer, Carney, Sandoe and Associates
avatar for Esin Sile

Esin Sile

CEO, MindBridge Partners
Esin Sile, PhD is a seasoned Economist and Consultant who has worked extensively with institutions and organizations in the education sector, partnering with clients in K-12 and higher education institutions to provide strategy based on data-driven research. Esin has also advised... Read More →



Sunday April 17, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ardmore
 
Monday, April 18
 

10:15am

Connect and Reflect: Early Career Technology Professionals
Just starting out in your career? Come join this unconference-style attendee-led session to discuss the challenges and rewards of being the new kid in town. Topics could include career paths, mentorship, professional development, skills development and more!

Monday April 18, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Pittman

10:15am

What is the Role of Independent Schools in the Educational Technology Landscape?
This session has a twist--Matt Harris will be participating from Indonesia via video conferencing. The session will open with a "fishbowl" conversation with Matt, Jen, and Jack focused on the topic: What is the role of independent schools in the educational technology landscape?  Participants are invited to join in the conversation with their perspectives.  The session will include a global perspective.  

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Carey

Jennifer Carey

Director of Educational Technology, Ransom Everglades
avatar for Matt Harris, Ed.D.

Matt Harris, Ed.D.

International Education Consultant, International EdTech
I am an international educational consultant focused primarily on EdTech. Based in Singapore, I work with schools, EdTech companies, and Ministries of Education around several areas related to the operational and academic uses of technology in schools. Please connect with me on Twitter... Read More →
avatar for Jack Hardcastle

Jack Hardcastle

Director of Technology, McDonogh School
Father of two. Programmer. Teacher. Tech Director.


Monday April 18, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Piedmont

10:15am

Strap on Your Hard Hat: How to Survive Construction Projects
How can IT leaders make a difference in school construction projects? What challenges and opportunities can you expect if your school decides to build? How will you deal with the complexity and chaos such projects inevitably bring? IT Director Curt Lieneck will share what he has learned during five years of construction at his school.

In a light-hearted blend of presentation and discussion, including thoughts and insights from attendees, we'll go over the stages of construction projects, when and how the IT leader should be involved in each phase of the project, what to expect as the project unfolds, leading and managing your IT team during disruptive times, and strategies for preserving your sanity and getting the outcomes you desire. This session will be valuable for IT leaders whose schools are considering major construction, are already engaged in it, or recently completed it. Participants who've been through construction projects can add value to the session by coming prepared to share their experience and insights.

Participants will learn the stages of construction projects and strategies for coping with the extraordinary demands construction makes on individuals and teams. 

Speakers
avatar for Curt Lieneck

Curt Lieneck

Director of Information Technology, The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Long time teacher turned long time tech director. Strengths include communication, team building, leadership/management skills, institutional savvy, finding/hiring/retaining talented team members. Some experience with building projects and school operations. Enjoy baseball, cycling... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Centennial

10:15am

Those who make IT all work
Come join this unconference-style attendee-led session to discuss the challenges and rewards of being one of those in charge of fixing, selecting, maintaining, and managing all the devices involved in a 1:1 program. Topics could include Help Desk management, imaging devices, user administration or more.

Monday April 18, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Ardmore

10:15am

Deep Dive: Getting Relevant with Technology: Department Staffing and Methodology
To adapt to the increase of technology use and curricular integration in the classroom, independent schools have been modifying staffing and structures of the traditional technology department. Many share the belief that classroom practices, curricula, and student outcomes should drive technology deployment choices and decisions. The voice of those with a working understanding of classroom needs are essential to make sustainable and effective technology decisions. As a result, there is an increase in technology departments including educators with roles described as “technology integrators” and “technology specialists.” We will "dive deep" into several major elements of technology department staffing and methodology, as well as ideas or questions that you bring to the session. This session will be interactive, so bring your thoughts, ideas and energy along! Some of the elements of discussion are: 1. Know your school. (Systems, classrooms, business processes, etc.) 2. Define your customers and find out how they feel about your department. 3. What exactly is stellar customer service. 4. How to provide stellar service when we are constantly understaffed and over-worked. 5. Learn how and when to say no. 6. How to keep the energy positive and not get bogged down with negativity.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Carson

Michael Carson

Technology Manager, MS Academic Technologist, McLean School of Maryland
Coffee, Tech, Music!
avatar for Mr. Jeff Dayton

Mr. Jeff Dayton

Director of Technology, The Madeira School
Jeff Dayton joined Madeira in 2000 as the network operations manager after a long career in the business world. He brings a wealth of technology experience, having worked in the field since 1982 beginning with mainframe computers at Tyndall Air Force Base. Mr. Dayton has also given... Read More →



Monday April 18, 2016 10:15am - 12:00pm
Dunwoody

11:15am

Action Research and Google Apps to Create Positive Change
The interactive presentation will provide a crash course on the action research process utilized in Vanderbilt University’s Independent School Leadership M.Ed. program and how to apply it to create innovative professional development practices and enhance school culture. The entire process will be shaped through the collaborative lens of Google Apps for Education.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Huitt

Kevin Huitt

Lead Teacher for Instructional Technology, Brandon Hall School
Kevin has worked at The Brandon Hall School in Atlanta, GA for the past 18 years. In addition to being the Lead Teacher for Instructional Technology, he is also an American Literature teacher, a soccer coach, and a basketball coach. Kevin is a Google Certified Educator and has led... Read More →
avatar for Justin Ryder

Justin Ryder

Dean of Faculty, Brandon Hall School
Justin Ryder is the Dean of Faculty at Brandon Hall School in Atlanta, GA. Justin has worked in various departments of independent schools in both San Francisco and Atlanta, including admissions, financial aid, and athletics. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College and... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm
Ardmore

11:15am

Connect and Reflect: Less Resourced Schools
Does your school have a tight budget for technology? Come join this unconference-style attendee-led session to discuss the challenges, rewards and strategies for maximizing your dollars at a school where you have to get creative to make ends meet.

Monday April 18, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm
Inman

11:15am

Leading IT All; Your Next Professional Challenge
Limited Capacity full
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Leading IT All; Your Next Professional Challenge will focus on the organizational change occurring in some larger independent schools in the country. While the presenters are employed by large independent schools, the challenges we face as leaders who lead it all can be scaled down to any school of any size. Our schools represent a diversity in terms of affiliation, gender, and grade level. During the panel presentation we will discuss how our roles have evolved over time to begin to lead a variety of departments and functions in our schools. We will share our similar, yet distinct paths, to the role of CIO or Innovation Director, how the change over time has evolved our leadership, and what it means for our respective schools. The target audience for this panel discussion is anyone who presently leads or wishes to lead IT and other departments in their schools.

Moderators
avatar for Jason Ramsden

Jason Ramsden

Chief Information Officer, Ravenscroft School

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Britto

Jamie Britto

Chief Information Officer, Collegiate School
Hello! My school life is filled with work on cyber security, data integration, project management, and supporting the growth of my team. Prior to working at Collegiate, I was the Tech Director and Upper School Director at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, North Carolina. I began my... Read More →
avatar for Barry Kallmeyer

Barry Kallmeyer

Chief Information Officer, Hathaway Brown School
Barry Kallmeyer has worked as a Middle School teacher and technology coordinator since 1997. From 2011 to 2015, Barry served as the Director of Academic Technology. In 2015, Hathaway Brown School developed a Chief Information Officer role, and Barry transitioned to that position... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Kyle

Cathy Kyle

Chief Information Officer, Presbyterian Day School
Cathy Kyle currently serves as Chief Information Officer of Presbyterian Day School (PDS), an independent school serving over 630 boys in grades PK-6 in Memphis, Tennessee. Cathy began her career with PDS as a technology teacher in 1991. She became Director of Technology in 1997... Read More →
avatar for Howard Levin

Howard Levin

Director of Educational Innovation, Convent and Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Hear
Director of Educational Innovation and Information Services Convent and Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart - San Francisco. Former Director of Technology, The Urban School of SF + other admin, teaching (history/oral history) and other stuff over 26 years in independent schools... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm
Piedmont

1:30pm

IT Director and System Admin Discussion
A time for IT directors and system admins to get together to talk about problems, successful projects, and other geeky things.

Speakers
JD

Justin Dover

Technology Director, Harpeth Hall School


Monday April 18, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Ravinia

1:30pm

Deep Dive: Leadership
Join us to discuss strategies and ways to cultivate and grow innovative practices even in the most traditional of schools. From implementing 21st century classrooms to creating vibrant maker spaces, in what ways can we support these practices within our institutions?

The devices and tools we use are becoming commodities, and it requires special skills to make them all match, which has traditionally been the focus of technology directors. But there is a needed integration with the pedagogy that is being missed, and that is the key ingredient in a successful technology implementation in a school.  As technology leaders, we need to learn more about the educational process and how tools should be used, not just how they work. Bridging this gap is the new challenge for technology and its leaders, and we must begin to prepare for the changes.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Podchaski

Alex Podchaski

Director of Technology, Oak Knoll School
Director of Technology for a K-12 school with a love for technology and learning. CETL Certified. #edtechchat moderator. about.me/alex.podchaski
avatar for Vinnie Vrotny

Vinnie Vrotny

Director of Technology, The Kinkaid School


Monday April 18, 2016 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Inman
 
Tuesday, April 19
 

8:30am

ATLIS Member School Director's Breakfast
For Director or C-level leaders at ATLIS Member schools. Join Sarah and the Executive Board for breakfast as we discuss ATLIS's past, present and future.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Hanawald

Sarah Hanawald

Sarah has been involved in independent school technology and education for more than 20 years, at Greensboro Day School, Cannon School and Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC. She’s served as a classroom teacher, a technology director, and an academic dean and has worked as a consultant... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 8:30am - 9:45am
Ellington AB

9:00am

Information Technology, Libraries, and Ed Tech: Fight, Coexist, or Thrive?
Technology and library teams thrive together and die alone. Come hear about our three year journey as a merged Information and Innovation Team. We will reflect on the historical turf wars in this space and how they create opportunities, consider the merged approach through an LMS rollout case study, and share why a merged team accomplishes more than a house divided.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ehrenfried

Michael Ehrenfried

Chief Information Officer, Kent Denver School
avatar for Audrey Imhoff

Audrey Imhoff

Director of Libraries and Academic Technology, Kent Denver School


Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Ellington C

10:00am

Get Your Team RACIng: An Integrated Approach to IT Job Design
Too many schools aren't "firing on all cylinders" because it's unclear who’s responsible for even routine work. This is especially challenging in IT, where complexity and interconnection rule. Learn clear frameworks for apportioning job responsibilities that respect the intricacy of IT tasks and allow for clear delineation of responsibility without sacrificing teamwork.

Detailed Description
Whose job is it?! In almost any organization, interdependent workflows make figuring out who is responsible for what a tricky task. This is especially true in IT departments. If the internal complexity of administering our multiple, interconnected, and frequently changing systems weren’t enough, the services they provide support virtually every function in the school, putting IT staff in the middle of almost every organizational process.

To combat this, teams must negotiate clear roles and responsibilities without becoming siloed into solo performers. In this session, you will learn clear frameworks for defining and apportioning job responsibilities that respect the intricacy of IT tasks and allow for clear delineation of responsibility without sacrificing teamwork.

We will explore:
  • A service delivery model for identifying and classifying IT and organizational processes and the procedures, tasks, and duties that enable them;
  • An integrated framework for apportioning duties among multiple positions, both within and across functional departments;
  • A free, customizable tool to automatically generate position descriptions from an integrated responsibility matrix;
  • A detailed procedure for negotiating responsibilities within a stakeholder group.

Learning Objectives:
 At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify workflow stakeholders,
  • Classify position duties into process areas,
  • Define levels of involvement for a given duty/procedure,
  • Construct a responsibility matrix.

Related Resources:

Speakers
avatar for Keith Gillette

Keith Gillette

Senior Advisor, MindBridge Partners
Strategy + Systems • People + Process CIO @ Your Service Keith Gillette is an outcome-driven, process-oriented leader passionate about efficiency, effectiveness, education, environment, & economy. (He also possesses an alarming affection for alliteration.) Keith has more... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Ravinia

10:00am

There is a better way……To buy and manage school technologies...
For years schools have procured and managed technology through what can be a complicated, convoluted and challenging process commonly referred to as an RFP. This process was thought to not only keep vendors competitive but make it easier for you to compare them all against your requirements. Well those days of a typical RFP are over….You can now turn that tradition on its head and adopt a more nimble sourcing/procurement and provider management approach that will yield great results and be less of a hassle…

Speakers
NH

Norman Harber

CEO, Leverage Corporation


Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Centennial

10:00am

Connect and Reflect: Faith Based Schools
How can technology reflect and embody the religious mission and culture of your school? Come join this unconference-style attendee-led session to discuss the challenges and rewards and strategies of working at faith-based schools.

Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Training Room B

11:15am

A Look into the Future: A Conversation about the Future of Education
An insightful conversation about the future of education from three individuals directly involved in building new educational paradigms.  Panelists include Brad Rathgeber, Executive Director of One SchoolhouseKawai Lai, Vice President, Education Technology and Learning Services for NAIS; and Kevin Lewis, Director, Innovation Lab., First Data.  

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Hanawald

Sarah Hanawald

Sarah has been involved in independent school technology and education for more than 20 years, at Greensboro Day School, Cannon School and Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC. She’s served as a classroom teacher, a technology director, and an academic dean and has worked as a consultant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kawai Lai

Kawai Lai

Vice President, Innovation Initiatives, National Association of Independent Schools


Tuesday April 19, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Ellington DEF

1:30pm

Connect and Reflect: Boarding Schools
How can you best support your school's 24/7 technology needs? Come join this unconference-style attendee-led session to discuss the challenges and rewards and strategies of working at boarding schools.

Tuesday April 19, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Training Room B

1:30pm

GTD- Productivity in Education
We all work, but not all of us work well. GTD- Productivity in Education is a quick exploration of strategies, mindsets, methodologies and tools to productivity and Getting Things Done in the education game.

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Cole-Farrell

Nicholas Cole-Farrell

Director of Technology, The Brandeis School of San Francisco
Nicholas is the Director of Technology at The Brandeis School- where he runs the IT, EdTech, Media Resource and Maker programmes. In 2015, he designed, led a community fundraising project to endow, and worked to construct CREATE+BUILD- two unique spaces focusing on tinkering and making... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Ardmore

1:30pm

The Future of Academic Technology Leadership
Limited Capacity full
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During Bill Gates' speech at the NAIS Conference in 2012, he stated that new technology leaders in schools must possess a knowledge of pedagogy and operational technology in order for educational technology to advance in the 21st century. This session is designed to discuss the reason why technology leadership must evolve in our independent schools. In the past, technology leaders were tasked with only the operational management of servers and hardware. As technology becomes more embedded in our classrooms, the role of the technology leader must shift to include a working knowledge of pedagogy and curriculum as well as the business operations of a school. This session will outline why technology leadership must change and how to best prepare academic and school leadership teams for this transition.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Morrison PhD

Jeff Morrison PhD

Director of Education Technology, Trinity School
Jeff Morrison has 15 years of teaching and 6 years of educational technology leadership experience in both formal and informal educational settings. He holds professional teaching certifications in nine content areas in the State of Georgia, including Educational Leadership and Gifted... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Piedmont

2:30pm

Staying Relevant in a Private School – How to manage your IT career in an ever changing environment
Technology changes constantly particularly in a private school environment, but what does that mean for the traditional “IT Guy”? As servers and systems are moving to the cloud and our campuses are becoming flooded by BYOD, how does a traditional IT Director stay relevant in an ever changing technology environment and culture. Attendees should come ready to share their experiences and strategies for re-invent ourselves in order to stay relevant (and employed).

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Jeff Dayton

Mr. Jeff Dayton

Director of Technology, The Madeira School
Jeff Dayton joined Madeira in 2000 as the network operations manager after a long career in the business world. He brings a wealth of technology experience, having worked in the field since 1982 beginning with mainframe computers at Tyndall Air Force Base. Mr. Dayton has also given... Read More →



Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Pittman

2:30pm

How to Become a Digital Citizenship Certified Educator or School
Learn about Common Sense's free K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, hear best practices and examples from independent schools, and walk away with a road map to get certified. Are you teaching students to be safe, responsible, and respectful as they participate in the digital world? Are you engaging parents in helping their kids be good digital citizens? Join the thousands of educators and schools across the country that are Digital Citizenship Certified by Common Sense Education. At this session you'll learn about Common Sense's free K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, hear best practices and examples from independent schools, and walk away with a road map to get certified.

Speakers
avatar for Louisa Sullivan

Louisa Sullivan

Education Community Manager, Common Sense Education
lsullivan@commonsense.orgCommon Sense Media is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing educators and families free tools and resources to help young people think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.


Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Piedmont

2:30pm

Successfully Launching Instructional Technology Initiatives
As schools work to become more efficient and effective, needs arise that require launching initiatives intended to enhance learning, instruction or productivity. In this session, we will share several methods, templates and processes to increase success. Learn to glean feedback and gain buy-in by using strategies to engage constituents in the conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Connie White

Connie White

Director of Learning Design & Innovation, Woodward Academy
Connie White serves as the Director of Learning Design & Innovation at Woodward Academy. She is a former Upper School Physics, Chemistry & Math teacher who became one of the first Technology & Learning Directors of a 1:1 program in the southeast. She specializes in start-up innovation... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Dunwoody