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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


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 3pm 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


Design Challenge


Reframing 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

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.

Come Ready To Share With and Hear From Colleagues

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 Session

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.


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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