CASB Winter Legislative Webinar Series

The annual CASB Winter Legislative Webinar Series focuses on major issues affecting legislation and other public policy issues. The goals of the webinars are to increase our members' knowledge about the political aspects of our school board work, help our members become more effective in influencing legislative changes that will support our schools, and cultivate relationships with our legislators and other education leaders.

There has never been a more important time for school board members to have their voice heard at the Colorado Capitol. The effects of the ongoing public health pandemic have brought to light the challenges our students, teachers, and administrators face everyday. From inadequate and unequal access to broadband networks to the ongoing effects of the Budget Stabilization Factor the issues are numerous. Now is an opportune time for you to speak with your state Senators and Representatives on these important topics. Don’t know where to start? Join fellow CASB members for a series of webinars designed to support and advance your advocacy efforts. 

Each webinar is offered free of charge to members. We hope you will join us!


Using the CASB Advocacy Resources for the 2021 Legislative Session
Monday, February 22, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Presenters: Kathy Plomer, CASB Legislative Resolutions Committee Chair and Board President, Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Matt Cook, CASB Director of Public Policy and Advocacy; and Susan Meek, CASB Director of Strategic Engagement and Communications

As the only locally elected officials chosen by the voters to represent the interests of children, school board members have a profound responsibility to speak out for the children in their community. Board members, both individually and collectively, are uniquely positioned to serve as critical advocates for children. While this may sound daunting, CASB is here to support you and your efforts.

With the 2021 Legislative Session underway and on pause, there is no better time to reach out and connect with your local legislators. CASB has launched several interactive tools to help inform and engage board members in this important work. Join CASB to learn how you can make the most of these advocacy resources to build personal relationships with your legislators and engage others in making a real difference for your students and community. 

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

  • Describe the nine steps for effective advocacy

  • Use CASB’s interactive engagement tools to contact legislators and decision makers

  • Know how to quickly and effectively communicate your information and recommendations to key decision makers

  • Know how to reach the public using CASB’s tools and resources

  • Recognize the role of a board member in the electoral process

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CASB Advocacy — Beyond the Gold Dome
Monday, March 1, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Presenters: Chip Slaven, NSBA Chief Advocacy Officer; Lisa Escárcega, Colorado State Board of Education, District 1; Karla Esser, Colorado State Board of Education, District 7; Matt Cook, CASB Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

What role does a new U.S. Secretary of Education play in the ultimate success of Colorado students? What about a new United States Congress? How will a new makeup on the Colorado State Board of Education impact what happens in the classroom? As an advocate for public education, you provide support for or against public policies that have an impact on the district’s students, parents, staff, and stakeholders that are decided by other public bodies. Understanding the answers to these advocacy questions will help you be more effective in this critical advocate role.

Join us for a robust discussion of the happenings in Washington D.C. with staff members of the National School Boards Association. NSBA works closely with Congress and the United States Department of Education to bring the voice of locally elected school board members to Capitol Hill. We will also be joined by the two newest members of the Colorado State Board of Education, who will share their priorities and tell us what they hope to accomplish. 

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

  • Explain how the new U.S. Secretary of Education impacts Colorado K12 public education

  • Gain an understanding of the effects the U.S. Congress will have on Colorado K12 public education

  • Meet the new Colorado State Board of Education members and learn about what they hope to accomplish

  • Construct a plan for using public policy information to advocate for your district

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Advocacy Action Plan for CASB members
Date: Monday, March 8, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Presenters: 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

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.

This interactive session will highlight the CASB legislative priorities and provide you with specific steps you can take to ensure the needs of Colorado students are front and center in the minds of the Colorado General Assembly. 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 

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2020 Winter Conference Recap (member only access)