Pre-Convention: Thursday, December 5, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.        Convention registration open
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.                Early Bird Coffee with Kathy Gebhardt, CASB Board President; Cheri Wrench, CASB Executive Director and CASB Staff

9:00 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.       Key People
          ▪Legal and Policy
          ▪Keynote Speaker: Stacy Pederson
          *Website Training

8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.        Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop (limited to 25 people)
    o    Keynote Speaker: Paul Reich, behavioral health program manager, Tri-County Health Network

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid is for individuals who work with, parent, or engage with young people of all ages, particularly those between the ages of 12 and 18. This hands-on class provides the knowledge and skills to help young people who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or the onset of a mental health disorder.  No prior experience or training required. Certificate upon completion. This session is full.


9:00 – 10:00 a.m.              Opening General Session
New Board Members, Superintendents, Veteran Board Members

10:10 – 11:30 a.m.            Sessions
▪Listen: Mental Health Initiatives in our Schools
     o   Veteran Board Members & Superintendents

  • Learn about student led programs that are making a difference in their schools, training opportunities, best practices and much more. You'll have the opportunity to listen as students, counselors and health professionals share the collaborative plans they have in place in order to provide resources for their students, staff and families.

▪New Board Members: You're Elected! Now What!! 

  •  School Finance 101 with Glenn Gustafson and Tracie Rainey
  •  Philosophy of Board Governance

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    Lunch-International Center South

12:45 – 2:30 p.m.                Sessions
New Board Members: You're Elected! Now What!! 

  • Board Relationships
  • Legal Aspects of Board Work and Policy 

Learn & Discuss: K-12 Mental Health Moving Forward: Next Steps
     o    Superintendents & Veteran Board Members 

2:30 – 2:50 p.m.               Refreshment Break
2:50 – 4:00 p.m.               79th Annual Business & Leadership Meeting
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.               Legislative Connections

Friday, December 6, 2019

6:30 - 7:30 a.m.                Yoga
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.                Continental Breakfast - Exhibit Hall
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.                Colorado Rural Schools Alliance Annual Breakfast
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.        Exhibit Hall open (closed during general session and luncheons)
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.                Exhibit Hall Education Theater Offerings
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.                Breakout Sessions (subject to change)

  • Infusing Culturally Responsive Environments Through Safe2Tell
  • The Challenge of Change: The Rewards of Resilience
  • High School Redesign in Rural Communities Through K12 Business, Community and Higher Education
  • Media Literacy Initiatives: What Superintendents and School Boards Need to Know
  • Connect, Collaborate and Create: Growing Your Gifted Advocacy in Corners of Colorado
  • What is Culturally Responsive Education?
  • Vision 2020: An Opportunity for School Funding
  • Governing for Dramatic School Improvement
  • What the 2020 Census Means to School Districts: Help Your Community Count
  • Legal Basics 101
  • Effective and Long-Lasting Board and Superintendent Relationships
  • Leveraging Public Data for Strategic Board and Community Conversations
  • Show Me the Money! The Impact of Financial Incentives on Rural Recruitment and Retention Efforts
  • Promoting Student Success Through Parent-Teacher Collaboration

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Opening General Session Keynote - Compose Your World, Kai Kight - Composer, and International Speaker
12:15 - 1:45 p.m.              Ticketed Lunches
                                               *Awards Luncheon - International Center North
                                               *Networking Luncheon - International Center South
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.                Breakout Sessions (subject to change)

  • Campus Security
  • Tech Tools for Keeping Kids Safe: A Team Approach
  • Activating Community to Redesign Accountability
  • How One Rural District is Transforming a Community Through Student Empowered Learning
  • The Unification of Gifted and Talented Education in Colorado
  • Standards-Based Learning: The Gateway to Personalized Learning (exhibitor) 
  • Colorado Educator Recruitment: A Statewide Collaboration
  • Challenge of Change: Rethinking Debt (sponsor)
  • Effective Board Leadership with Data and Policy
  • Resilience Can Be Taught (exhibitor)
  • Healthy Kids Colorado - Communities and School Districts that Care: Collaborating for Youth
  • Real World Policy Governance
  • Are You a Communicator? Effective Communication Strategies for School Boards
  • What is Policy? 101
  • The School Turnaround GPS: Rerouting to Extraordinary to Improve Your School
  • Behavioral Health Solutions for Rural Schools
  • Accelerate Improvement and Center Equity in Your Work with Authentic Family and Community Partnerships
  • Effective and Long-Lasting Board and Superintendent Relationships

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.                Refreshment Break - Multiple locations
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.                Breakout Sessions (subject to change)

  • Creating a Path for Post-secondary Success by First Generation Students
  • Our Schools Our Community: Changing the Narrative Around Public Education
  • Show Me the Money! The Impact of Financial Incentives on Rural Recruitment and Retention Efforts
  • How Your School District Can Pass a Tax Measure in 2020 (sponsor)
  • Where's "The Win" with Historic School Buildings?
  • Elevating Your Future: How Strategic Planning can be Productive, Inspiring and Community Driven
  • Supporting Mental Health in Schools Through Youth Activation
  • Using Data for Effective Decision-Making
  • Strategies to Address Funding and Teacher Shortages for Small and Rural Districts While Expanding Student Options
  • What the 2020 Census Means to School Districts: Help Your Community Count
  • School Finance Challenges and Pathways Forward (exhibitor)

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.                Breakout Sessions (subject to change)

  • Inclusive Budgeting: Engaging Community Stakeholders in the Budget Process
  • Bringing Civility Back to the Boardroom
  • The Road to Preventing School Shootings: A Risk Management Approach
  • The Role of Policy in Effective Governance
  • Advanced Financial Accountability
  • Making Sense of Colorado's Graduation Guidelines
  • Physical and Psychological Safety: School Districts and Their Approach to Strategic Collaboration
  • Preparing Students for Career Success (sponsor)

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.                79th Annual CASB Welcome Reception - Lake Terrace Room

Saturday, December 7

7:00 - 9:00 a.m.                Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.        Exhibit Hall Open (closed during General Session)

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.                Breakout Sessions (subject to change)

  • Colorado Education Accountability: Overview and Updates
  • Portfolios, Capstones and More Inclusive Assessment Practices: Leveraging Graduation Guidelines to Promote Different and Better Outcomes for All Students
  • An Innovative Approach to CTE Internships
  • Stakeholders Matter: Strategies for Effective Engagement
  • When Rigorous Academic Foundation Collides with Powerful Robust Innovation
  • Bring Augmented Reality to Your Classroom with iPad (sponsor)
  • Great Schools, Thriving Communities: Moving Toward Adequate and Equitable Funding
  • Board Meeting or Bored Meeting: Your Choice
  • Ten Commandments of Collaboration
  • What is Policy? 101
  • Effective Board-Superintendent Relationships
  • It Takes a Village: Making the Case for the Central Office (exhibitor)
  • Building Stronger and Better Schools: Are Insulated Concrete Froms Your Answer to Being Net-Zero Ready (exhibitor)
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     Opening General Session Keynote - Creating a Culture of Dignity, Rosalind Wiseman - Founder of Cultures of Dignity

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.               Lunch & Grid Card Game Giveaway & Prize Drawings in Exhibit Hall (ticketed lunch)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.                 Breakout Sessions (subject to change)

  • Our District's Journey: Morgan County RE-3's Continued Improvement
  • The Personnel Performance Evaluation Council (1338 Committee)
  • Redefining Rural Education
  • Understanding the Unique and Important Governance Role of a BOCES Board of Directors and the Role of Individual Board Members
  • Using Blended Learning to Provide Cost-Effective, High Quality Courses for Any Size District or School
  • Community Engagement: A Path to K12 Global Outcomes
  • Goals, Priorities, Budgets and Equity: How Do They Fit Together?
  • Legal Basics 101
  • Aligning Accountability, Improvement and Instruction for Deeper Learning in Rural Schools
  • Colorado Education Accountability: Overview and Updates
  • Accelerate Improvement and Center Equity in Your Work with Authentic Family and Community Partnerships
  • Finding, Keeping and Excelling with Your One Employee: Superintendent Searches and Beyond
  • What the 2020 Census Means to School Districts: Help Your Community Count
  • Girls Who Code: Teaching Girls to Code and Change the World
  • Creating a More Equitable and Sustainable PreK-12 Revenue System

3:15 - 4:45                    Distinguished Speakers

  • Colorado's Education Landscape: Creating a Vision for Colorado-The Challenge of Change - Katy Anthes, commissioner of education, CDE and Cheri Wrench, executive director, CASB          

Join Cheri and Katy in a conversation about the current state of education in Colorado. They will discuss the challenges, successes, and the changing landscape. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from these Colorado education leaders.

  • Jeffco DeAnglis Center- Ron Mitchell, Board of Education President Jefferson County Schools; Steven Bell, Chief Operating Officer, Jefferson County Schools, President Jeffco DeAngelis Foundation; John McDonald, Executive Director Safety and Security Jefferson County Schools; Frank DeAngelis, former Principal Columbine High School (video address); Kevin Carroll, Executive Director Jeffco DeAngelis Foundation

    Members of the Jeffco DeAngelis Foundation, and guests, will host a discussion about what school board members should be considering as they think about safety and security within their district. Following a brief description of the Foundation and its work, guest presenters will share important considerations for school boards from each of their unique lenses. This session will incorporate an opportunity for attendees to add their voices to the discussion through a question and answer segment. 

  • Teens Under Stress - Jenny Brundin, reporter, Colorado Public Radio; Susan Meek, director of strategic engagement and communications, CASB

    Teens are in a pressure cooker moment with adults understanding far less than about kids’ lives than perhaps any other moment in time. There are a number of societal factors that are leading to widespread anxiety and depression in teens, and there are also teens working to reverse those. Join Jenny Brundin who has recently released an on-going series that takes listeners into the world of teens -- exploring the factors fueling anxiety and depression as well as what can help make childhood and the teenage years healthy again. Susan Meek will highlight the best practices and lessons learned resources available to CASB members.

  • Positioning Colorado as the "State of Education" -  Members of the panel will include ELC members Dan Snowberger, Durango superintendent of schools; Senator Bob Rankin; Commissioner Katy Anthes; Millie Hamner, Keystone Policy Center and Matt Cook, director of public policy and advocacy, CASB

    Members of the Governor’s Education Leadership Council will provide an update on the progress made to date in establishing a Vision and Strategic Plan that will position Colorado as “The State of Education” in achieving a world-class education system.  The discussion will highlight the transition of the ELC to the Polis administration, successes and accomplishments of the ELC, plans for “Phase Two” of the work of the ELC, and opportunities for school board and local action toward the prioritized strategies within the Plan.  

Sunday, December 8

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.                   Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.                 Closing General Session  - Inspiring the LEAD Back Into Leadership: Why Public Education is so Critically Important to our Nation's Future
          ▪Dr. Don Haddad, superintendent, St. Vrain Valley RE-1J
10:30 a.m.                           Conclusion of CASB 79th Annual Convention