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Technology Summit

Date: Friday - January 25, 2019
Time: All Day
Location: Bastyr University and Anderson School (Bothell, WA)
January 25-26, 2019

Technology Summit


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Who Should Attend?

This program is being developed specifically for those with the word “technology” in their title or primary job duties.


I thought the conference was excellent and I took away a number of things that I will be able to use right away.


Why Attend The Technology Summit?

This will be a chance for techies to gather and root their discussion and content around the field of educational technology and leadership. Much of the content will be created on-site by the attendees and will be shared through round tables conversations, unconference sessions and case study presentations, allowing participants to learn from each other’s programs and institutions.


Attendees will leave with a stronger network and exposure to a diverse set of models and approaches. We know how crucial these folks are to your institution. For that reason, we have planned it on a Friday evening and Saturday. We hope this allows your whole tech team to participate, share their expertise and benefit from the knowledge and experience of their NWAIS colleagues. 



Tentative Agenda

Program will begin at 3pm on January 25, 2019 and conclude at 3:30pm on January 26, 2019.


Friday, January 25, 2019    






Welcome & Introductions


Opening Session


Spark Talks #1


Ideation & Set-up session for Un-conference  


Job Alike Affinity Groups




Reception at McMenamins Anderson School

Saturday, January 26, 2019



Welcome Back & Intro


Framing Your Own Design Challenge


Reframing The Unconference


Unconference Session #1




Smack-Down #2


Spark Talk #2


Unconference Session #2


Afternoon Break


Unconference Session #3


Spark Talk #3




Opening Session: Developing Leadership Capacities as An IT Professional

with Susan Davis, Professional Development Director, ATLIS (The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools) and Ethan Delavan, Director of Technology, The Bush School


Leadership does not simply alight on our shoulders when we are promoted to positions of so-called authority. To become competent and knowledgeable leaders of IT departments requires our full attention to developing critical competencies in vision-making, communication, empathy, and empowering others. Ethan Delavan, Director of Technology at the Bush School, and Susan Davis, Professional Development Director for ATLIS (The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools, share their insights on these key areas of purposeful growth for IT professionals.

General Session: Framing Your Own Design Challenge with Don Buckley,  Co-Founder at REWIND RESET FORWARD and Mary Cantwell, Educator, Design Thinker, & Learner,

How do you know you are solving the right problem? How do you come up with good ideas? How do you execute those ideas into possible solutions? In this session learn how to frame a "just right" design challenge and use this method to solve technology problems in education through a design lens.



Don Buckley has transformed learning spaces so they work for teachers and students and not just architects, he has transformed textbooks so that they work for students and teachers and not just publishers, and transformed new media resources so that they work for students and teachers and not just programmers. Don will lead participants through a design challenge to help you connect with your colleagues in a new way, experience design-thinking, and solve some sticky problems in the IT office.



Mary Cantwell (@scitechyedu) is a 20-year educator with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in Technology. She dove DEEP into design thinking, encouraged visible thinking, and sparked a rapid transformation into 21st Century learning, thinking, and creating. Currently, Mary travels around the world facilitating and collaborating with schools, organizations, and learners to challenge status quo, strengthen pedological instruction, and create growth and change within the culture. She adapted Stanford’s d. School design thinking model and designed DEEPdt: Discover, Empathize, Experiment, Produce. A design thinking methodology utilized throughout the K12+ spaces. Mary has presented at numerous conferences, including Tech Forum, NAIS, ILC, SXSWedu Makerspace, Nueva Institute, and EduCon. As well as conducted professional learning workshops and coached at Stanford University’s d.School “K12 Workshop”, CDC, Albemarle County Public Schools, Kaiser Permanente, and Episcopal Academy just to name a few. Mary was named 1 of 25 NAIS Teachers of the Future. It is a rare moment that Mary is not connected, as she is an active Twitterhead who feels passionately about demonstrating and sharing the Design Thinking methodology through her tweets. Many followers also enjoy her i.Design Lab blog and her site for DEEP Design Thinking.  Also, she is a cofounder of #dtk12chat, a weekly conversation about design thinking in K12 Education.




Three Formats to Share Ideas and Information with Colleagues. Come Ready To Engage.

The unconference, ignite sessions and smackdowns are times to share with and hear from colleagues. We hope all attendees will come prepared to lead a discussion or share a success from the year.

  • Unconference Sessions are 45 minutes and could be a discussion or presentation. You can be looking for information on a topic or sharing something with the group. We are gathering topics to spur your thinking on the event page.
  • Spark Sessions are short (think 5 minutes) one-person talks about something that moves you or for which you'd like to advocate. If there's something that has always rubbed you the wrong way, or a hack you've discovered that saves you headaches, we want to hear about it. The short format makes is easy to plan, fun to watch, and painless to execute.
  • Smackdown Sessions – These are an open mic for sharing a tool or hack. They are one minute and a quick way to hear about a bunch of useful snippets.


Unconference Sessions

No one knows your job like you do! The unconference sessions will allow us to share information between attendees. The tool below will help us figure out the most meaningful topics. Feel free to add a topic below. It does not commit you to leading the discussion, but we hope it will inspire you to consider what you might lead during the conference.

This year - More Technical Sessions

We heard you! Feedback from last year, especially from those on the system admin side, was that you would like more sessions that were technical in nature. To meet this need we are engaging industry experts and leaders from external organizations to bring in some additional technical expertise to the unconference sessions. Pre-set unconference sessions will include:

Remember These are Just a Start - Lots More Sessions Will Be Proposed By Your Colleagues During the Conference

Session 1 

Cybersecurty Essentials with Susan Davis, Professional Development Director for ATLIS (The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools)

Major Technology Spends with Tom Wildman Founder and Managing Partner of Knowing Technologies – The importance and the futility of refresh cycles. The trap of reactive spending. The infrastructure being held ransom by a sudden failure. We will learn how to build an effective technology spending plan, and how to be flexible with it to support emerging technologies.

VR vs. Gaming, and why education is winning globally with Michael Wong, CEO and founder at Peeka VR - In America, VR is being funneled unfairly through the paradigm of gaming. Gamers have the highest standards for their experiences, and thus VR in America has suffered growing pains. However, globally and even here in America, VR is being already rapidly being used for educational purposes across all grade levels. VR let's us take students to different planets, into the pages of their favorite books, on the rim of active volcanoes. Learn how to VR is changing education, and even try some VR!


Session 2

Firewall and Network Architecture in Education Environments with Randy Garbrick of Network Computing Architects (NCA): An interactive discussion of the network architecture needs of modern education environments.  Topics may include network segmentation for performance and security, guest network architecture and centralized versus distributed network architecture.  Topics can be tuned to the interests of the attendees.

Backup and Disaster Recovery with Tom Wildman Founder and Managing Partner of Knowing Technologies Many independent schools don’t have a BDR plan, and some of those schools that do have them don’t use them properly. What should your plan look like, when is the right time to do it, and who owns it?

Launching Microsoft Teams at Your School with insight2execution

Session 3

Use of VPNs to Bypass Firewall Policy with Randy Garbrick of Network Computing Architects (NCA): A discussion of VPN usage in schools, prevention through firewall blocking, enforcement of written policies and the benefits and drawbacks of SSL inspection.

Build a Security Plan – You Can’t Afford Not To with Tom Wildman Founder and Managing Partner of Knowing Technologies Learn the essential elements of a comprehensive technology security plan for your independent school. Understand where the biggest risks actually are, and why starting with a solution isn’t usually the best way.

Making Better Use of OneNote at Your School with insight2execution

Of course, we rely on  attendees to bring their expertise as well. We know there is a demand, so start thinking of unconference sessions that you could lead that are more technical in nature.


Please note that registration is a two-step process. Please 1) register for the program with NWAIS and 2) arrange for accommodations directly with McMinamins Anderson School. See below for more information about making hotel reservations. 


For additional savings take advantage of the NWAIS travel share programs to reimburse expenses (see below).


Early Bird: $375 By December 17, 2018

Regular: $425 By January 3, 2019

Late: $475 After January 3, 2019

Non-Member: $525 Anytime



To receive the early bird or regular discount, your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the stated deadline.

* For registrations completed by mail or online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by the stated deadline

* Online registrations completed by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the stated deadline.


Substitutions and Cancellations

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by January 14, 2019 are eligible for a refund after a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after January 14, 2019 are ineligible for any refund.



Meeting Space

Bastyr University - 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore, WA 98028



McMenamins Anderson School (18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011)

On the outskirts of Seattle, McMenamins Anderson School welcomes one and all to explore this reimagined school, in session daily. Built in 1931 as the first junior high in Bothell, and later named after the school's first Principal, Wilbert A. "Andy" Anderson, the art-deco style Anderson School and surrounding buildings are three blocks north of the intersection of Routes 527 and 522—approximately 13 miles north of Seattle. Should this location fill, an overflow space will be made available. If it is important to you to stay at the Anderson School, please make your reservation early.

To make your hotel reservation call (425) 398-0122 by December 20, 2018 and refer to the group name: NWAIS Technology Summit. After December 20, rooms will be available as space allows and at the prevailing rate.

NWAIS is Going Paperless

All program materials will be provided electronically.

If there are pre-event materials, they will be sent to you via email about a week prior to the event. Please "BYOD" (bring your own device) to access them at the workshop or if you prefer, print out the digital materials and bring them with you. We will not have hard-copy packets for attendees on-site.


NWAIS May Help Cover Travel Costs

The NWAIS travel reimbursement policy is designed to reimburse candidate and accredited member schools for some travel costs. This policy applies to a school’s total travel expenses (not the cost of rooms and meals), no matter how many people the school sends to the workshop. If your school spends more than $150 dollars on travel for this event and is traveling a distance greater than 250 miles you will be reimbursed a percentage of your expenses. Click here for more details





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