Leading Innovation

  • Leading innovation in your local district is not just a job for school administrators! The school board has a very important role, particularly in the areas of sytems thinking, community engagement and policy development—three core areas of effective board work.

    CASB offers training and tools to help school boards lead the way in their local communities as their districts face unprecedented change. Through a grant from the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), formally known as the Colorado Legacy Foundation, as part of a larger Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, CASB piloted its training with 12 of Colorado’s 13 Integration District school boards. The training helped these boards better understand and exercise their role in the implementation of standards, accountability and educator effectiveness, as well as other changes to Colorado’s education landscape.


    Leading Innovation Toolkit



    CASB Innovation Leadership Training for School Boards


    View the training CASB provided to Integration District boards in the fall of 2013.



    CASB is now working with the Colorado BOCES Association to partner with local BOCES to offer similar training. For more information or to schedule a customized workshop for your BOCES or school board, contact Mark DeVoti, CASB assistant executive director, 303-832-1000.


    CASB’s Innovation Leadership Facilitators


    The following individuals have been trained as Innovation Leadership facilitators through CASB’s grant from CEI.
    • Lezlie Burkley, former board member, Salida Schools and CASB Board of Directors
    • Martin Carcasson, associate professor, Communication Studies Department, Colorado State University; founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation
    • Linda Chapman, former superintendent, Estes Park School District R-3; 2013 Project Manager for CEI Integration Grant
    • Mark DeVoti, assistant executive director, CASB
    • Michelle Murphy, of counsel, CASB
    • Jennifer Reeve, assistant to the executive director, CASB
    • Randy Zila, executive director, Centennial BOCES