Professional Development Update

March 5, 2021

What's in this update

It's school board candidate season — resources to help you build a strong governance team

School board elections take place this November and it's the perfect time to make sure you have information to pass along to potential candidates. To support Colorado's boards of education, CASB established the Built to Serve campaign to encourage effective and representative school boards that meet the challenges of the diverse districts they represent.

The website provides valuable tools, resources, and information to learn more about what a school board member does, how to become a candidate, recruiting candidates, and more! 



Built to Serve — School Board Candidate Info

CASB event survey

CASB is busy formulating our events for the fall and your feedback is essential for our planning. Your opinions help shape our programming!

Please take a moment to share with us your thoughts for on our Regional Meetings, Fall Conference and Delegate Assembly, and the 81st Annual CASB Convention. 

Take the event survey

NEW CASB Podcast: A Conversation with the Colorado Gifted and Talented Student Board

Episode 1 - A Conversation with the Colorado Gifted and Talented Student Board (31 min)

Join the Colorado Gifted and Talented Student Board as they share their board's creation story, the goals the board has set for supporting gifted and talented students, and how they went above and beyond with what the pandemic brought to their doorstep. Allie Lindsey, Sarah Keller, and Zeyta Whitson-Deherrera share the why, how, and what of the work of their board.

Host: Leslie Bogar, CASB Director of Professional Learning & Events

Listen on Apple Podcast
Listen on Stitcher
Listen on Spotify 

CASB Winter Legislative Webinar Series

Don't miss out on the last in the series webinar on Monday, March 8, at 11:30 a.m. — Advocacy Action Plan for CASB members! 

Join Kathy Plomer, CASB Legislative Resolutions Committee Chair and Board President, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, and Matt Cook, CASB Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, in this webinar. The CASB Board of Directors, Legislative Resolutions Committee (LRC), and member delegates have outlined the legislative priorities for CASB. While the CASB Resolutions Book is a great resource and declaration of our members’ voices, a strategy is required to move our advocacy efforts forward. If you are ready to translate resolutions into action, you won’t want to miss this time with your fellow CASB members.

We will use small breakout groups to help you design and create your personal advocacy plan for this legislative session. Seasoned advocates will facilitate small group conversations to allow you to walk away feeling competent and confident in your next steps as a public school advocate.

At the conclusion of this webinar, attendees will be able to...

  • Have an actionable plan to advance CASB’s legislative priorities
  • Effectively present your position or recommendations in formal and informal settings
  • Explore other strategies to reach and engage the public
Learn more

Upcoming CASB meetings with our Colorado Congressional Delegation

Colorado has two senators in the United States Senate and seven representatives in the United States House of Representatives. We are fortunate to have arranged some upcoming meetings with several of our Colorado Congressional Delegation and/or with their staff. CASB members are invited to join us at these upcoming meetings.

  • Representative Crow ~ Monday, March 22 at 10:30am
  • Senator Bennet’s staff ~ Wednesday, March 24 at 11:00am
  • Representative Neguse ~ Thursday, March 25 at 1:00pm
  • Representative Lamborn’s staff ~ Tuesday, March 30 at 11:00am 

The CASB calendar contains the meeting details and can be accessed through the member login.

CASB calendar (member login-required to see details)


CASB bill tracker and bill graphic

The Colorado General Assembly has been back in session for a couple of weeks, and the elected 100 have wasted no time introducing bills related to education. The CASB website has multiple resources to help you track the various bills, including a member-only bill tracker of current legislation and an open interactive graphic that can be used during board meetings and with your public to access education-related bills.

Bill tracker (requires member login)
Bill interactive graphic

Colorado Virtual Career Fair is April 19-22 

Colorado Virtual Career Fair is open to middle school students through high school graduates. April 19-22, 2021. This is an educational event exposing youth to a broad sampling of career fields through stories shared and journeys traveled.

The Colorado Virtual Career Fair began with a collaborative vision to utilize virtual engagement to foster equity and youth access. Career panels are structured on Colorado's career cluster model and representative of diverse groups of professionals within those careers. With equity as a guiding principle, and leveraging strong industry relationships, the Colorado Association for Career and Technical Education (CACTE) and the Colorado State Youth Council (SYC), along with other key collaborators, have come together to connect youth as a state-wide community in a time when connecting has been a challenge.

Learn more

NSBA Online Experience takes place April 8 -10

NSBA is pleased to announce the transformation of its in-person NSBA 2021 Annual Conference & Exposition to the NSBA 2021 Online Experience. This experience will bring world-class programming, inspirational keynotes, top education solution providers, and plentiful networking opportunities. Join us on April 8-10, 2021, for a fully transformed and memorable event!

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CASB Personnel Announcement & Job Posting

The following message is from Josie Lewis, CASB’s Chief Legal Counsel and General Counsel. We hope you will join us in wishing Josie the best.

Dear CASB Members,

I am writing to you with bittersweet news. I will be leaving CASB as Chief Legal Counsel and General Counsel to return to Iowa where we can be closer to family. I will return to an in-house position this summer and therefore my last day at CASB will be in mid-May.

It has been an honor to serve CASB and work with all of you over the past year. While it is with a heavy heart that I leave CASB, I know that the CASB legal and policy teams are doing great work! I want to assure you we are working diligently on a plan to make this transition at CASB as seamless as possible. Sam Jones-Rogers will continue providing legal and advocacy support to CASB and our members.

The job posting for the CASB Chief Legal Counsel and General Counsel position is available on the CASB website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Josie Lewis
Chief Legal Counsel and General Counsel