CASB Winter Legislative Conference

CASB's Winter Legislative Conference provides opportunities to network with peers from across the state, hear from advocacy experts, dive into professional development, and engage with legislators. Join us for this one and a half day conference including time at the Capitol. 


Make sure to download the CASB Events Mobile App to access specific conference details for attendees.

Wednesday, February 23

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.  Early Conference check in

Thursday, February 24

8:00 - 9:15 a.m. Conference check in and breakfast

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Opening General Session 

  • Keynote Speakers: Autumn Rivera, 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year and Gerardo Muñoz, 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year
Join the discussion with Colorado's Teachers of the Year for 2022 and 2021 as they dive into student behavioral and mental health, teacher retention, the state of education in our state, and much more. 

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Colorado PERA: Transforming to Connect - Connecting to Serve
CASB members know the important role the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) plays in the overall compensation of school district employees. Retirement benefits from PERA are invaluable for Colorado educators as they plan for life after their working career. Join PERA Executive Director Ron Baker for an update on the state of PERA, legislative issues, and the role PERA has with school district employees.
  • Understanding the Colorado State Land Board and the BEST Program
As a condition of statehood in 1876, Colorado received land from the federal government to be held in a trust and used to support public education. Today, the State Land Board still manages a $4 billion intergenerational endowment that earns $100+ million annually for schools. Director of the State Land Board Bill Ryan will discuss the history of trust land, how the state agency leases land and mineral estate, and how the financial assets are managed. He'll describe how revenues are currently distributed to the Colorado Department of Education and discuss opportunities to increase the value of this endowment and its distributions, and reduce reliance on volatile markets.
  • The Importance of Student Voice in Advocacy Efforts

The most effective way to solve complex challenges is to bring multiple perspectives together through collaboration. Elevating the student voice and collaborating with students is a great place to start! Students are obviously key stakeholders in education. In fact, research shows that engaging students in transforming education systems can lead to creative, culturally relevant solutions while also ensuring that students and teachers engage in sustaining solutions. Hear from students who are actively working to elevate student voice with their school boards and community.

12:20 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Session

  • A Capitol Story: Insights and Information from Those Who Cover the General Assembly Daily

    Panelists - Joey Bunch, Colorado Politics and Jesse Aaron Paul, Colorado Sun

The November 2022 election will feature a very full ballot. Colordoans will elect:

    • Governor
    • United States Senator
    • Representatives to the US House - including the brand new Colorado 8th Congressional 
    • New members to the Colorado General Assembly
    • State Board of Education - including new members to represent the 8th Congressional district

If that weren't enough the election will feature for the first time ever newly approved Congressional and Legislative Districts. To help CASB members put it all in perspective you will hear from the folks who cover this beat daily.  

1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Everything You Need to Know About Local Control: The What and the Why
  • Rural Advocacy Under the Gold Dome
If the more than 130,000 students included educated in Colorado rural schools were in one school district it would be the largest in the state. How do we ensure these students receive all of the same benefits as their peers along the front range? By being actively involved in the process of advocating with state lawmakers on their behalf. Join Michelle Murphy the Executive Director of the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, Kirk Banghart the Vice President for the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative, Denille LePlatt Executive Director - South Central BOCES and Matt Cook CASB Director of Public Policy and Advocacy as they help CASB members create a plan of action to bring the voice of rural Colorado education leaders to the State Capitol.
  • You Can’t Do It Alone: Community and School Partnerships - A Success Story!
The Clear Creek Board of Education and Leadership team set out to improve the academic outcomes for their students by asking for help from their community. Business, Community and Educators came together to reimagine career connected learning and community partnerships. Join Clear Creek Superintendent Karen Quanbeck, President of the Board of Education Mitch Houston, Laura Robertson, Coordinator for Mountain Youth Network and Cameron Marlin, Executive Director for Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District as they share their story and provide insights on how your local Board might be able to follow in their footsteps.

3:00 - 3:20 p.m. Snack Break

3:25 - 5:05 p.m. Colorado Legislative Redistricting: What it Means for The State

Colorado voters approved amendment Y and Z to the Colorado Constitution in 2018 to create a citizen commission to draw new legislative districts. The commission traveled to every corner of the state to gather input to guide their work drafting the new legislative maps. What was the process like? Former CASB Board President Dr. JulieMarie Shepherd Macklin was one of the commission and she will share her story, shed some light on the process and take questions from CASB members about what it all means.

5:15 - 7:00 p.m. Legislator Reception

Friday, February 25

7:00 - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast and Legislative Update

Todd Engdahl of Capitol Editorial Services and CASB Director of Public Policy and Advocacy will get you ready for our trip to the Capitol with the latest news, information and insights on what lawmakers are up to. 

8:40 - 9:00 a.m. Walk to the Colorado Capitol

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Observing House and Senate Proceedings and Capitol Tours

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Wrap Up and Adjourn


Gerardo Munoz  

Gerardo Muñoz is the 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year. He has taught middle and high school Social Studies in the Denver Public Schools for over twenty years, the last fifteen at the Denver Center for International Studies. Born and raised in Denver, his roots run deep in Mexico and Southwestern Colorado. He graduated from Manual High School in 1994 and went on to complete his Bachelor of Arts in History and Latin American Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, followed by a Master of Arts in Education at the University of Denver in 2009. A seven-time Distinguished Teacher, as measured by DPS’s rigorous LEAP evaluation system, he serves in the role of Senior Team Lead for Student Voice and Leadership in which he supports, coaches, and evaluates other teachers. He is active in the Denver Classroom Teachers Association’s Latinx and Ethnic Minority Educators’ Caucuses and the national organization EduColor. Additionally, he is an independent media producer as founder of Too Dope Productions, where he produces three education-related podcasts. He is working on his first book and will begin his Ph.D. this fall.


Autumn Rivera was selected as the 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year. She is currently a sixth-grade science teacher at Glenwood Springs Middle School in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and also an adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College in the Education Department. During her more than sixteen years as an educator, she has worked with students from elementary to postgraduate levels. Rivera holds both a Bachelors of Arts in Biology and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary Science from Colorado College; and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She is a member of the Colorado Science Conference Planning Committee and the Steering Committee with the Colorado Science Education Network. Rivera is the Region 3 Elementary Board representative for the Colorado Association of Science Teachers. She also volunteers with the American Association of Chemistry Teachers. She has presented a variety of professional development courses including at the Roaring Fork EdTech Summit and the Colorado Science Conference. Ms. Rivera is the middle school science lead for her school district.  

In addition to her work in the field of science, Rivera holds other leadership roles. She serves on the Roaring Fork School District Interest Based Bargaining Committee. She is Building Advisor for the district’s Mentor and Advisor Program. She is the Design Facilitator who plans, organizes, and runs school-wide events such as student-led conferences and Better World Day, along with serving as a middle school track coach. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, volunteering, and spending quality time with people she loves. 









SSC Chartwells




Early Bird Member Pricing until January 21 $425 Early Bird Non-Member Pricing until January 21 $600
After January 21 Member Pricing
(Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 12:00 pm is the deadline for pre-registration)
$500 After January 21 Non-Member Pricing
(Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 12:00 pm is the deadline for pre-registration)
On-site Registration for Members $575 On-site Registration for Non-members $750


Price includes: one Thursday breakfast, one Thursday lunch, one Thursday evening reception, and one Friday breakfast


Additional Breakfast tickets $50 
Additional Lunch tickets $60
Additional Reception tickets $60


Meal Tickets Form


Grand Hyatt Denver
Atrium Tower on the 38th floor:
Capitol Peak Ballroom and breakouts in Crystal Peak rooms

Room Cost: $179 for Wednesday, February 23 and Thursday, February 24
Room block deadline is February 2, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. MST
Parking: Self-parking rate for the day is $25. Overnight self- parking rate for Wed. and Thur. nights is $28/night.
Room Block Reservations

Board Organizational Meeting Notice
Colorado's Open Meetings Law requires full and timely notice to the public when a quorum of the board is gathering and "public business is discussed or at which any formal action may be taken." C.R.S. 24-6-402. 

If your board plans to hold a retreat or its organizational meeting, the meeting must be noticed, recorded, and open to the public as any other regular or special meeting.

Convention and Retreat Noticing
Colorado's Open Meetings Law requires full and timely notice to the public when a quorum of the board is gathering and "public business is discussed or at which any formal action may be taken." C.R.S. 24-6-402.

One or more members of the [insert district name] board of education will be attending the Colorado Association of School Board's Annual Convention December 2-4, 2021. The purpose of this event is for board members to engage in professional learning--it is not to conduct public business of the local district or engage in formal action. While notice is not required pursuant to C.R.S. 24-6-402, the Board believes in transparency and therefore is providing this information regarding the event.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education Credit Hours may be obtained through attendance in breakout sessions during our 2021 Fall Conference [or the 81st Annual Convention]. Please use this form to document your attendance at the specific breakout session. All sessions and times need to be documented. You will receive a certificate of attendance upon receipt of your completed form.