2021 Fall Conference & Delegate Assembly
October 22 - 23, 2021
The Hilton in Fort Collins, Colorado
425 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Proposed Resolutions for 2022 Legislative Session


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Join your colleagues for a time of networking, learning, and meeting exhibitors that are here to support your district efforts. We'll be convening in the beautiful town of Fort Collins across from the CSU campus.

Opening Keynote Speaker

Gerardo Munoz


Gerardo Muñoz is the 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year. He has taught middle and high school Social Studies in the Denver Public Schools for over twenty years, the last fifteen at the Denver Center for International Studies. Born and raised in Denver, his roots run deep in Mexico and Southwestern Colorado. He graduated from Manual High School in 1994 and went on to complete his Bachelor of Arts in History and Latin American Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, followed by a Master of Arts in Education at the University of Denver in 2009. A seven-time Distinguished Teacher, as measured by DPS’s rigorous LEAP evaluation system, he serves in the role of Senior Team Lead for Student Voice and Leadership in which he supports, coaches, and evaluates other teachers. He is active in the Denver Classroom Teachers Association’s Latinx and Ethnic Minority Educators’ Caucuses and the national organization EduColor. Additionally, he is an independent media producer as founder of Too Dope Productions, where he produces three education-related podcasts. He is working on his first book and will begin his Ph.D this fall.


Gerardo Muñoz

2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year






Closing Keynote Speaker

Dr. Janine Davis


Janine Davidson, Ph.D., has served as president of Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2017. She is a national thought leader in higher education and on topics such as public service, U.S. foreign policy and national security.

Prior to her time at MSU Denver, Davidson served as the 32nd undersecretary of the United States Navy. Her appointment by then‐President Barack Obama as Navy “under” followed nearly 30 years of academic, civilian and military service.

She has taught at George Mason University, Georgetown University, Davidson College and various professional military schools, and was an aviation and aerobatics flight instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. She recently returned to the classroom at MSU Denver, co‐teaching a course on the philosophical and legal origins of freedom of speech in the United States.

Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

President of Metropolitan State University of Denver


Agenda at a glance


7:00 - 8:30 a.m.       Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.     Opening General Session 

  • Keynote Speaker, Gerardo Muñoz, Colorado Teacher of the Year

10:40 - 11:40 a.m.    Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout     Onboarding New Board Members is Time Well Spent
    CASB school board members from across the state will be welcoming new board members to their Boards following the November elections. Why is it important to spend time up-front in order to ensure new school board members feel included, respected, and valued? How can the current board welcome new members and quickly integrate them into the governance team? These questions and more will be addressed in order to provide concrete strategies for the onboarding process.
    Bart Hanks, Board President, Peyton 23-Jt School District
    Deirdre Pilch, Superintendent, Greeley-Evans School District 6
    Brian Ewert, Superintendent, Littleton Public Schools
    Charlotte Ciancio, Superintendent, Mapleton Public Schools
  • Breakout     Gaining Clarity on Board-Superintendent Roles and Responsibilities
    In order for a school board to operate efficiently and effectively, it is essential that there is an understanding among board members and the superintendent regarding the functions and responsibilities of the board versus the superintendent and staff. This session will walk through real-world scenarios to help determine whether actions taken by the board of education fall under "oversight" or "overstepping." In this interactive session, seasoned education leaders and school board members will share their perspectives to help ensure your board has clarity on roles and responsibilities in order to build a rock-solid board-superintendent working relationship, which is key to effective district governance. 
    Laura Case, CASB Board of Directors, Board President Estes Park R-3 School District
    Risha VanderWey, Superintendent, Montezuma-Cortez School District
    Sheldon Rosenkrance, Superintendent, Estes Park R-3 School District
    Sherri Wright, CASB Board of Directors, Board President, Montezuma-Cortez School District
  • Breakout     Engaging Student Voice in Your Board Work
    Student voice is essential in the district decision-making process, but how can school boards approach this work? Students engage when their voices matter. With the concern around inequities being exacerbated over this past year, student voice is particularly important for ensuring equitable outcomes for all students. Without question, establishing strategies to engage student voices is essential. You will hear how one district and student group are focused on establishing the culture of student voice and how they have embedded this in their board and organizational work. You'll gain insight in hearing from a local student in regard to how many students envision collaboration with board members.
    Facilitator: Sam Battan, Founder and Executive Director, Colorado Youth Congress
    Shelly Jarnot, CASB Board of Directors, Board Member Eagle County Schools
    Philip Qualman, Superintendent, Eagle County Schools
    Meadow Sinner, Mountain View High School Sophomore

  • Breakout     Telling Your Story: How to Effectively Communicate
    Public Education is an incredibly complex human enterprise and this fact alone makes the job of telling your district's story so vital. This session is designed to spur conversations between board members and district administrators about ways to tell the story of school board leadership and public education. Your story shows how your board is making a difference, how the district is serving all students, and how public education matters in your community. You have the ability to change perception. You will be provided with a checklist of ideas, strategies, and techniques your board can use to tell your story effectively, as well as techniques to address complaints, questions, and concerns. By investing time in honing your communication skills, you will be prepared to take on community engagement and help others better understand the foundational role our public schools play in our communities.
    Douglas Bissonette, Superintendent, Elizabeth School District
    Chris Gdowski, Superintendent, Adams 12 Five Star Schools
    Kathy Plomer, CASB Board of Directors, Board President Adams 12 Five Star Schools
    Frank Reeves, Superintendent, East Grand School District
    Diana Sirko, Superintendent, Mesa County Valley 51 School District

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.   Networking Lunch 
1:15 - 2:00 p.m.     Regional Conversations
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.     Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout     Division, Discourse, and Decision-Making – the Board’s Role in Adaptive Times
    In a society that’s more polarized than ever, is civil discourse a lost art? Is it possible to find commonalities and connections in a divisive environment? What are the conversations the school board should be having? This session will help uncover answers to these provocative questions and more. This interactive workshop is designed to help board members explore the impacts of division in discussion and decision-making. Learning outcomes will help to define division, talk about purposeful conversations, and explore strategies to move through conflict. This session will deepen your thinking, model elements of relational leadership — and equip you with techniques and practices designed to help foster a culture of belonging and inclusion.
    Carrie Olson, CASB Board of Directors, Board Member Denver County Public Schools 
    Bill de la Cruz, Principle Consultant, De La Cruz Solutions; Author; Former CASB Board of Directors
    Monica Johnson, Superintendent, Strasburg 31J; CASE Past-President
  • Breakout     Strategic Planning and Effective Agendas
    "Failure to plan is planning to fail" is an age-old saying and one that has a lot of truth to it. This session provides concrete examples your board can follow in order to prioritize desired outcomes and make the most of the Board's time by effectively using a well-crafted agenda. District policy manuals set forth the board's strategy because when policy is written, the board makes decisions on questions that arise today, tomorrow, and for years to come. School board members who place a higher priority on strategic planning oversee school districts with comparably higher levels of academic performance. You'll learn the steps to gain success and the pitfalls to avoid. 
    J. Thomas Gregory, Superintendent, Academy District 20
    Karin Reynolds, Board President, Academy District 20

  • Breakout     Mental Health Supports for Your Students and Staff
    Just when we thought we were making progress on social-emotional learning, mental health supports, eliminating JUUL from our campuses, COVID-19 came along and disrupted not only learning but the lives and physical and mental well-being of students, staff, families, and communities. As the 2021-22 school year gets underway, hear about some of the ways COVID-19 impacted our youth and staff, how have they persevered, and what supports are available today to help them. Join former Telluride Board member and CASB past-president, Paul Reich, for an engaging discussion about mental health and wellness with students, counselors, and mental health professionals. Learn about programs to support both students and staff. 
    Paul Reich, Community Relations Liaison for the Center for Mental Health, former Telluride Board Member and CASB Board Past-President

  • Breakout     Time to "Tell Your Story": Resources and How To's
    It's more important than ever to be proactive in storytelling about why locally controlled public schools are so important — and why money matters when it comes to making our schools a place where all children can learn, grow, and thrive. The morning breakout session on Telling Your Story focused on the "Why" and on providing some concrete examples. This session will give you the "How" and "What" to get going in the right direction. This is an interactive and hands-on session giving you the tools necessary to reframe and reclaim the narrative for your district's story.
    Susan Meek, CASB Director of Strategic Engagement and Communication

3:15 - 3:35 p.m.     Snack Break
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.     Closing General Session 

  • Dr. Janine Davidson, Metropolitan State University President

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.     President’s Reception


7:00 - 8:30 a.m                 Breakfast (for 2-day conference attendees)
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 Sept. 24 After Sept. 24
Member - Friday & Saturday $400 $450
Member - Saturday Only (Delegate Assembly) $150 $200
Non-Member - Friday Only $800 $900
Additional Friday Reception Ticket (for guest or spouse) $60  
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Hotel Information: Room availability will be for October 21 & 22 (two nights).
Hilton Fort Collins
425 West Prospect Road  I  Fort Collins CO 80526 I  970-482-2626
Two double beds or king bed - $149, $8/night for overnight guest self-parking
Reservation Deadline: October 4, 2021

Hilton Cleaning Protocols

Fall Conference Exhibitors

American Fidelity
Hausmann Construction
Hope Rising SEL

Lunchtime Solutions
Musco Sports Lighting
Schneider Electric

Exhibitor Information

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education Credit Hours may be obtained through attendance in breakout sessions during our 2021 Fall Conference [or the 81st Annual Convention]. Please use this form to document your attendance at the specific breakout session. All sessions and times need to be documented. You will receive a certificate of attendance upon receipt of your completed form.


Archived Resolution Booklets