2011 CASB Annual Convention
We hope you enjoyed the 71st Annual CASB Convention!
This year, we focused on sharing the challenges we face with the power of partnership. Nearly 1,000 school board members, superintendents and other education leaders gathered Dec. 8-11 in Colorado Springs for four days of information, inspiration and conversation.
Attendees heard from state, national and international education leaders. Colorado's Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond, Gov. John Hickenlooper and former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise were among those who spoke at this annual event. Many of these sessions were captured on video, and some of those will be posted on this site soon, along with other post-Convention information.
DVDs of the 1st and 3rd general sessions are available for purchase by downloading the DVD Order Form. Watch the Governor's special session and the 4th general session below.
Executive Director Ken DeLay welcomes attendees
Gov. Hickenlooper addresses attendees during special session
CASB members welcomed Gov. John Hickenlooper during a special session Friday morning. The governor discussed education's economic importance and other topics such as Proposition 103, teacher effectiveness and Colorado's Race to the Top application. He also fielded a number of audience questions, including one on using his popularity to reform Colorado's constitution and fix school finance in the state. This marked the first year Hickenlooper attended the CASB Convention, and we were glad to have him. Read EdNewsColorado's coverage of the event, and see the complete video of this special session below.
Attendees share their experiences in Convention videos
CASB Associate Executive Director of Communications and Board Development Brad Stauffer talked with attendees about their experiences at Convention. Watch the videos below.
Keynote speakers make audience laugh, think
Two influential keynote speakers also discussed our theme. Garrison Wynn used humor to demonstrate ways we can influence people and encourage partnerships. Richard Gerver, who flew from the UK to join our Convention, broadened our perspective of education and showed us ways we can empower our students for learning today and in their futures.
Garrison Wynn, author of "The Real Truth About Success."
Richard Gerver, author of "Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today."
Fourth general session panel explores school finance in Colorado
Funding for schools was at the forefront during the 71st Annual Convention. CASB Executive Director Ken DeLay moderated a panel discussion Dec. 11 to explore the past, present and future of school finance in Colorado.
- Charlie Brown, director, Center for Colorado's Economic Future at the University of Denver
- Michael Griffith, senior policy analyst, Education Commission of the States
- Glenn Gustafson, deputy superintendent and chief financial officer, Colorado Springs District 11
- Ron New, vice president, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
- Todd Snidow, senior vice president and manager of K-12 practice, George K. Baum & Company.
Some of the panelists used Powerpoint presentations, which are in PDFs below.
Members expand learning during Preconvention Sessions
Public engagement, rural education and data were just a few of the topics covered during CASB's Preconvention Sessions Dec. 8. Superintendents heard from Gov. Bob Wise, now president of the Alliance for Excellent Education. Powerpoint slides are available below for some of these sessions.
Resource Guide on Public Engagement, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
Student Associate Training Workbook, CSU Center for Public Deliberation
Rural Education - Brian Talbott, executive director emeritus, Association of Educational Service Agencies
Gov. Bob Wise - president, Alliance for Excellent Education
Breakout sessions explore variety of topics
More than 50 breakout sessions helped attendees hone in on specific topics of their choice. Copies of some presentations are available for download below.
Legal Basics for Effective Boardsmanship, Kathleen Sullivan, associate executive director for legal programs, CASB and David Price, of counsel, Hoskin, Farina & Kampf.
If you would like handouts from any of the breakout sessions, please contact CASB Director of Conferences Nancy Weiss, who will forward your request to the presenter.
Convention DVDs available for purchase
Want to order the Convention DVD? Download the DVD Order Form.
Video coverage of our Fourth General Session – "Funding Our Public Schools: Colorado's Unique Challenge" – is available on this webpage, but you can also order a DVD copy of this panel discussion using the above order form.
Special Offer from the Broadmoor:
The Broadmoor Hotel is offering a special holiday rate for Convention attendees and friends of CASB. Download their flier for more information.