Professional Development Update

February 20, 2020

What's in this update

Only FOUR DAYS LEFT to register for CASB's 2020 Winter Legislative Conference!

Registration closes at 4:00 p.m., this Monday, February 24. Enhance your advocacy efforts with knowledge gained through attendance at our annual Winter Legislative Conference. The program is available for download.

2020 Winter Legislative Conference program

You can also view the program on the mobile app. It's easy to download and view sessions, speakers, and more!

General sessions will be held at the History Colorado Center and breakout sessions will be at the ART, a hotel.

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CASB Connections newest podcast focuses on a free coding program for girls in grades 3 – 5 and 6 – 12.

Girls Who Code Breaking Through the Computer Science Gap

Even though girls have been heavily involved in STEM programs the same isn't true for computer science. Girls Who Code clubs are changing that trajectory with their 3rd - 12th grade clubs, which are free, provide money, curriculum, support, and don't require a coding background for facilitators. This is a win-win program. 

Interview with Ellie Canter, Regional Partnership Coordinator, Girls Who Code


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CASB’s A-Z directory of resources is at your fingertips. Check out the following as you grow in your board development.

•    The Budget
•    Community Engagement

CASB’s 2019 Leadership Workbook helps you to become a stronger board member and your board to be high functioning.

Chapter 6, pages 66-83, leads board members through the budget by defining the board’s role in fiscal management. In this chapter you’ll learn about:

  • The district’s sources of revenue
  • Where marijuana tax money goes and how much of it actually goes to a district
  • The Public-School Finance Act of 1994, Amendment 23 and the Budget Stabilization Factor
  • Gallagher and Tabor and efforts to reform Colorado’s tax structure
  • The funding of capital construction projects
  • Charter school funding and district funds
  • The budget adoption process 
  • Financial accounting and reports and the board’s relationship with its auditor
View the Workbook materials


 Public Schools Week

Get Your Community Involved In Celebrating Public Schools Week
February 24 - 28, 2020

Next week is Public Schools Week, a designated week for administrators, teachers, specialists, teacher educators, parents and school board members to host events for their communities and reach out to lawmakers, businesses, and other community members to discuss the importance of public education.

Three easy steps you can take to support Public Schools Week:

  1. Share why you are #PublicSchoolProud on the social media.
  2. Help celebrate all that teams of public school educators do for our students. Shine a spotlight on the educators who are making an impact in your school district and post a photo or video to #PSW20 #PublicSchoolProud and #PublicSchoolsWeek.
  3. Talk to your school administrators and organize an event the week of February 20, 2020, where the school community can come together to celebrate the awesome students, programs and professionals whose hard work is going to strengthen the future of our country.
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Support Public Education Day at the Capitol on March 11

Join Our Schools Our Community, a coalition of over 30 Colorado school districts and partner education associations, in celebrating Public Education Day on March 11. All CASB members are invited to attend and celebrate the outstanding things happening in our public schools, which serve more than 900,000 Colorado students.

The agenda for the day at the State Capitol in Denver is as follows:

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Interactive Booths on the 1st floor

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 | Choir performances on the 3rd floor

9:00 a.m. | Students lead the Pledge in the House and Senate

9:30 a.m. | Public Ed Day Resolutions in the House and Senate

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Students prepare breakfast on the 1st floor

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Legislator photobooth on the 1st floor

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Mobile Innovation Lab at the West Steps

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Rally celebrating public education on the West Steps

If you would like to showcase your district's students or programs by hosting an interactive student booth at the event, click here to learn more and sign up. We hope to see you on March 11!

Download Public Education Day Flyer