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Monday, April 18


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.  

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Jennifer Carey

Director of Educational Technology, Ransom Everglades
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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 →
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Jack Hardcastle

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

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


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. 

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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


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.

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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 →
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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
Tuesday, April 19


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.

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Michael Ehrenfried

Chief Information Officer, Kent Denver School
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Audrey Imhoff

Director of Libraries and Academic Technology, Kent Denver School

Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
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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.

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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


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.

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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


The Future of Academic Technology Leadership
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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.

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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


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).

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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


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.

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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