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2022 Fall Conference & Delegate Assembly

October 21-22, 2022
DoubleTree Hilton in the Denver Tech Center
7801 East Orchard Rd., Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Our Fall Conference focuses on a specific topic of importance to board members each year culminating in a Saturday Delegate Assembly. Multiple opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors. Join your colleagues for a time of networking, learning, and meeting exhibitors that are here to support your district efforts.

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

Friday, October 21, 2022

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Coffee with CASB
Join CASB's Board President, Dr. Richard Martyr, members of CASB's Board of Directors, CASB Interim Executive Director, Leslie Bogar, and members of the CASB staff for an opportunity to share your feedback and priorities related to CASB's advocacy efforts and professional learning opportunities. Bring your diverse perspectives to this interactive time in order to influence the direction of CASB in these critical areas.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Opening General Session with Dr. Joyce Brooks
There is no better person to kick off our Conference than Dr. Brooks as she guides us through the "Why" in regard to the importance of telling our stories. Our stories matter and our communities need to hear of our successes because they are student success stories. Get ready to work on your district stories.

10:50 - 11:55 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Leadership From the Board Table: Charting your success through effective board agenda planning
    Join 
    Mapleton School District's Charlotte Ciancio, Superintendent, Mike Crawford, Deputy Superintendent, and Cynthia Croisant, Board President, as they discuss charting your success through effective board agenda planning. You will learn best practices for board agenda planning and dive into how you can improve your planning along with engaging in the eight practices of highly effective boards. 
  • The Essentials of Effective Evaluations: The How and What of Great Practices
    Learn best practices for effective superintendent evaluations from three well known retired superintendents; Glenn McClain
    , George Welsh, and Brian Ewert. You'll gain information on strategies to help you not only create effective evaluations for your district but also help you in providing effective guidance for your one and only employee - your superintendent. 

  • The Story of "Your Investment in Action"
    It is more important than ever to be proactive in our storytelling — Why locally controlled public schools are so important;  Why local decisions and investments in education make a difference; How our schools are a place where every child can learn, grow, thrive, and belong. When community members do not have relevant, first-hand knowledge, they will rely on the news, social media, gossip, and other methods to fill in the knowledge gap. Tracie Rainey with the Colorado School Finance Project and Susan Meek, Project Manager for the ESSER Assistance grant, will review ready-made tools to help school boards/districts effectively communicate with their key audiences – from parents to staff to the general public and media.

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch & Regional Conversations

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

  • You're a New Board Member and You've Got This!
    A must for all new board members. As public bodies, school boards must comply with a myriad of laws, including laws that govern school board meetings and school district records. Join Sonja McKenzie, General Legal Counsel for Cherry Creek Schools, and Kathleen Sullivan, Legal Counsel at Boulder Valley School District, to learn what board members need to know to conduct legally sound board meetings and respond to open records requests.
  • Student Voice in Trauma-Responsive Practices
    It is estimated that nearly half of all children in the United States have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience. When a school is trauma-responsive it can increase students' coping skills and graduation rates, improve attendance and classroom behavior, as well as provide emotional and physical safety. It has also been noted to decrease incidents of physical aggression, office discipline referrals, and school suspensions. Hear from a panel of high school students on why they believe this practice is important and what they are seeing in their schools as a result of trauma-responsive education.
  • The Portrait of A Graduate: Creating a Collaborative Picture
    Join Karen Cheser, Durango Superintendent, and Kristin Smith, Durango Board President, as they share the experience of a community creating a unity of purpose, a system-wide Portrait of a Graduate, a guaranteed and viable curriculum for ALL students, and an instructional framework focused on deeper learning-all while honoring and celebrating autonomy-with the ultimate goal of students finding their "Ikigai".

3:25 - 5:05 p.m. Closing General Session with Todd Bittner Ed.S, Norwood School District Superintendent
Disabled from birth, Todd has a clear understanding of overcoming obstacles and has learned firsthand the importance of “meeting someone where they are.” Todd's story is one of positivity and enabling others to succeed. His passion and zest for life will leave you inspired and motivated to meet your board members, district leaders, community, and students where they are as you continue to build upon your district success story.

5:15 - 7:00 p.m. President’s Reception
Join your peers for a great time of networking during this CASB Fall Conference tradition. Admittance only for 21 and older.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Delegate Check In

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Delegate Assembly

12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Pricing Early Bird - Before August 26 After August 26
Member - Friday & Saturday $400 $450
Member - Saturday Only (Delegate Assembly) $150 $200
Non-Member - Friday Only $700 $800
Additional Friday Reception ticket (for guest) $65 $75

 

Hotel Room Rates at the DoubleTree by Hilton
$119/night
Room block reservation cutoff date: September 22, 2022


              KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

  

Dr. Joyce Brooks' life and education parallels major educational equity changes in America. She was a baby boomer born after WWII and raised in a racially segregated school in rural Arkansas. Dr. Brooks was in the 2nd grade when the Brown versus the Board of Education decision was published and because of this, her school received indoor restrooms and more classrooms.

After the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Dr. Brooks was able to go to the city’s public library for the first time. Upon graduation from college in 1968, she taught high school English at a voluntary desegregated Arkansas rural high school.

Dr. Brooks has been a High school English teacher in Indiana and California, a
College instructor for Women’s studies in California, and the UniServ director for California Teachers Association.

Retirement did not curtail Dr. Brooks work in education. She was a school board member for six years in a rural Arkansas district, served as the Education Chair for the Denver NAACP and Colorado NAACP, is a board member for Great Education Colorado and past chair, and Co-chair of Coloradans for the Common Good, a broad-based organization of civic organizations, unions, parent groups, faith based institutions and other non-profit groups working together on the Front Range to address issues within education, housing, climate justice, and other civic issues as determined by the member institutions.


 

 

Todd Bittner, disabled from birth, has a clear understanding of overcoming obstacles and has learned firsthand the importance of “meeting someone where they are.” Todd competed in able-bodied sports throughout his school career, including as a men's gymnastic still-rings specialist in a Division II NCAA college.

Todd was a corporate executive before the age of 26 and continued to grow as a professional. During his corporate years, he yearned to have a more significant impact on society. Realizing he could use his athletic talents to represent not only the disabled population but our country, he set a goal to become a member of the United States Disabled Ski, which he accomplished in less than two years. Although injuries prevented Todd from successfully competing in the Nagano or Lilyhammer Winter Olympics, he was not deterred from pushing harder every day to be better than the day before.

Todd channeled his own experiences and challenges into helping others. He has proven strengths in team building, staff engagement, and culture development and has a track record of leading schools to exceed their goals. He is a confident, compassionate, motivational leader that believes in meeting people where they are, which helps them to succeed beyond their perceived limitations.

He is constantly committed to giving back to society. He believes in kindness, accountability, generosity, and self-awareness and instills these values in the teams he leads.

Todd has spent his last 20 years as an educator here in the State of Colorado. He has worked in Grand County, Federal Heights, and is currently the Superintendent at the Norwood Public Schools.

 


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