Professional Development Update

September 11, 2020

What's in this update

Virtual Professional Development Opportunities

CASB Fall Regional Meetings are now underway

CASB's Fall Regional Meetings have been moved to a virtual format this year. CASB members will have the ability to collaborate in small groups with colleagues from neighboring districts, share ideas, and hear from CASB's knowledgable staff as they offer up-to-the-minute insights to help boards make sound governance decisions. Registration is free and we are looking forward to great participation! 


  Monica Peloso   Welcome
Mastering the Tools of Effective Governance

Monica Furey Peloso, CASB Board of Directors President 

Join CASB Board President Monica Peloso who will lead a panel conversation with several local school board members from your region. Our panel will highlight the tools and resources they used to navigate the past six months, their lessons learned, and plans for moving forward. Learn and collaborate with your peers to refine your leadership skills during this uncharted time where we are all navigating a global health pandemic, an economic crisis, and social unrest. By harnessing the collective wisdom of school boards, we keep Colorado strong and support the more than 900,000 students our school boards are charged with serving.

Addressing Equity in Your Community
Cheri Wrench, CASB Executive Director

Education is the great equalizer in our society and opens up opportunities regardless of race, gender, or economic background. Recent studies, protests, and the media have highlighted equity concerns across our state. When our schools went to remote learning in the spring, the lack of access to the internet and technology became highly visible. In addition, food insecurity in each community was highlighted as schools helped serve their community’s needs. As schools reopen, the inequities in infrastructure are more apparent with concerns around adequate air filtration systems. We will spend time discussing how your districts are approaching equity and making sure every student gets what they need to succeed. 

 Josie Lewis 

 Sam Jones-Rogers

Title IX Information 

Josie Lewis, CASB Chief Legal Counsel and General Counsel
Sam Jones-Rogers, CASB Staff Attorney  

Title IX makes clear that no student shall, on the basis of sex, be subject to discrimination. The U.S. Department of Education recently released its long-awaited final regulations governing campus sexual assault under Title IX. As a board member, the legal control of your district rests with you and understanding the changes made to Title IX is an important responsibility. CASB legal staff will provide you with highlights and answer questions you may have based on the recently released Special Policy Update resources and webinar. 
Monica Peloso Furey
Connecting with Your Community and Working Together

Monica Furey Peloso, CASB Board of Directors President 

Community participation in the affairs of the school district is essential if the school system and the community are to maintain mutual confidence and respect, and work together to improve the academic achievement of students in the district. CASB Sample Board Policy KCB (Community Involvement in Decision Making) speaks to the importance of a strong working relationship with your community to build trust and satisfaction with your school district. This is true during times of stability and even more important when the choices we are making are high-stakes and plagued with uncertainty. Join your peers in walking through the Community Relations Checklist.
The November Ballot

Matt Cook, CASB Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

As an elected official, your constituents look to you to understand how measures on the November ballot may impact schools. Both of the referred measures on the ballot — SCR 001: Repeal of the Gallagher Amendment and HB20-1427: Cigarette Tobacco And Nicotine Products Tax — would affect school funding. We will run through ballot initiatives, their impact on local schools, and address your questions. 

McGuffey Awards

School board members are ordinary people who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to our public schools. The CASB McGuffey Award honors unique board members who bring committed and passionate service to their board work. Every district has the opportunity to submit one board member each year. Join us as we pause and recognize their significant contributions.

Learn more and register 

CASB Conversations Webinar: Title IX Overview

On August 14, 2020, the final Title IX rules went into effect for districts across the country. In response to the changes, CASB released sample policies on July 17, 2020. However, these rule changes have an impact beyond policy that school board members should be aware of this school year. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of Title IX and discuss how the changes impact the process at the local level.

Register Here

Calling all Delegates — CASB Delegate Assembly

The 2020 Delegate Assembly plays a vital role in helping CASB chart its advocacy course. Each member school board receives a vote through its Delegate at this annual event. This year's Assembly will be virtual and takes place on Friday, October 30, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Delegates will be required to participate in a practice session prior to the Delegate Assembly — details will be provided closer to the Delegate Assembly. CASB members who are not Delegates and wish to view the Delegate Assembly will have access to view the Assembly on the CASB website. To update your Delegate with CASB, please email [email protected] by Monday, October 5, 2020.

Delegate-only Registration
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80th Annual CASB Convention registration

We made the decision to go virtual this year due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the health and safety impact it continues to have on in-person events. Even though our annual Convention will look different this year, you can count on the same high-quality board development CASB always delivers. The virtual platform will be engaging and immersive, while offering new opportunities to collaborate with your peers from across Colorado.

A Pre-Convention will be offered on Thursday, December 3, and will include programs for Key People and the Business Meeting. The main Convention will be held on Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5. The preliminary agenda is available on our website.
The virtual platform will allow us to feature student art work and performers throughout the Convention. We are accepting student art work for our art contest, as well as applications for student performers. The submission deadline for both is October 9, 2020. We have paused the Student Strand for 2020, but it will return in 2021.

What you can expect this year:

  • Opening Keynote from Manny Scott, the original Freedom Writer
  • Networking opportunities with peers
  • Over 30 relevant breakout sessions
  • Dedicated time to virtually meet with businesses dedicated to serving schools
  • Convention resources will remain available for one-year following the event to support your professional development needs

Visit the CASB website to learn more about the programming and details.


Other Professional Development Opportunities

New CASB Podcast: 1st and 2nd Policy Readings

CASB offers over 35 podcasts for professional development of our members. The most recent release focuses on the first and second readings of board policies. Policy guides the direction of public school board members as they govern their school district. If you need a refresher on the reasoning behind 1st and 2nd readings this Grab and Go podcast provides the information so you can grab what you need to get going as a school board leader.

Access the podcast 

Resources to support board-superintendent strengthening

Strengthening the local board-superintendent governing team requires effort and hard work. CASB has resources on its website designed to help in:

  • Building trust
  • Strengthening and advancing local leadership efforts
  • Engaging constituents
  • Bridging gaps of awareness, understanding and action
  • Aligning personal, team and system efforts

You can find these resources and more on our website.

Board-Superintendent Strengthening

New NSBA member benefit — school safety resources

CASB members now have access to a new NSBA member benefit — a complimentary subscription to NSBA’s Center for Safe Schools!

The NSBA Center for Safe Schools is now providing complimentary subscription services to the National School
Boards Association (NSBA) members and their local districts. As part of a member district of your state school
boards association, you can now have access to this valuable resource. The Center provides a national forum and
platform by which school district leaders/employees, students, parents, and communities can educate, engage, and
be empowered to ensure that schools are a safe place to learn and grow.

The Center promotes and develops collaborative relationships with and between state school boards associations,
communities, educators, law enforcement, emergency responders, and other entities concerned with school
safety by providing critical resources in four key focus areas: Infrastructure, Crisis and Emergency Management,
Cybersecurity, and Whole Child Health. Complimentary subscriptions include:

Daily News Briefing – A daily news briefing selected from thousands of sources to keep you up to date on the latest
news impacting school safety delivered right to your inbox. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing after subscribing.

Quarterly Newsletter – A newsletter providing unique content on national issues and best practices related to the
NSBA Center for Safe Schools’ four key areas. States and regions also have an opportunity to collaborate with NSBA
on content.

Annual Publication – Publication focused on areas related to safety issues in K-12 education.
Center for Safe Schools Member Online Community and Discussion Group – Online community to provide
networking opportunities in an environment designed for sharing ideas and innovative thinking open only to member
state school board associations and their local districts.

State School Safety Resource Library – Access to resources submitted directly by state associations. 

Subscribe to the NSBA Center for Safe Schools in four easy steps:

  1. Go to to sign in.
  2.  Click Subscriptions in the navigation bar.
  3. Select Center for Safe Schools.
  4. Click Subscribe on the right-hand side. You should then receive a, “Thank You for Completing Your Order!” email confirming your subscription.

If you would like to opt-out of communications from the NSBA Center for Safe Schools, you can do so at any time by
clicking the unsubscribe link within that communication.

Visit the Center’s website at for more information. For questions, please
contact [email protected].

Nomination process for Superintendent of the Year is now open

AASA, the School Superintendents Association, recently announced the opening of their 2021 program throughout the United States. For information about award eligibility and criteria, FAQ, past honoree information, and more, please click the link below. In Colorado we follow the process outlined by AASA and the final selection is made by a panel of previous Superintendent of the Year award winners, as well as other superintendent peers, to assure a geographic and district size balance.

For your convenience, the nomination form will be completed online through the AASA website. Please click below to access the award webpage, register as a nominator, and complete the nomination form. The deadline to nominate a Colorado superintendent is Friday, October 2, 2020.

The AASA website link in the paragraph above includes detailed information about how to complete a nomination and will walk you through that process. Because AASA oversees and facilitates this award, nominations must be submitted through their website and cannot be accepted by CASE.

If you have any questions about the 2021 Colorado Superintendent of the Year award process and timeline, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or (303)762-8762.

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The McGuffey Award — Recognize a deserving school board member for their service

The CASB McGuffey Award honors unique board members who bring committed and passionate service to their board work. Every district has the opportunity to submit one board member each year. Honorees are recognized at CASB’s Fall Regional Meetings and featured on our website, through social media and in the Annual Convention program. It takes just a small amount of your time for a worthy recognition.

Submission deadline is two weeks prior to your regional meeting — so act today! 

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