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2022 Fall Conference & Delegate Assembly

October 21-22, 2022
DoubleTree Hilton in the Denver Tech Center
7801 East Orchard Rd., Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Our Fall Conference focuses on a specific topic of importance to board members each year culminating in a Saturday Delegate Assembly. Multiple opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors. Join your colleagues for a time of networking, learning, and meeting exhibitors that are here to support your district efforts.

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

Friday, October 21, 2022

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Coffee with CASB
Join CASB's Board President, Dr. Richard Martyr, members of CASB's Board of Directors, and members of the CASB staff for an opportunity to share your feedback and priorities related to CASB's advocacy efforts and professional learning opportunities. Bring your diverse perspectives to this interactive time in order to influence the direction of CASB in these critical areas.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Opening General Session with Dr. Joyce Brooks
There is no better person to kick off our Conference than Dr. Brooks as she guides us through the "Why" in regard to the importance of telling our stories. Our stories matter and our communities need to hear of our successes because they are student success stories. Get ready to work on your district stories.

10:50 - 11:55 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Leadership From the Board Table: Charting your success through effective board agenda planning with members of Mapleton School District Charlotte Ciancio, Mike Crawford (deputy sup), and Cynthia Croisant (board president). They will help you with charting your success through effective board agenda planning. They will also discuss the best practices for board agenda planning. They will hand out their template and help you see how your board agenda compares. They will also share eight practices of highly effective boards. 
  • The Essentials of Effective Evaluations: The How and What of Great Practices: Glenn McClain, George Welsh, and Brian Ewert are three retired superintendents that will be facilitating a discussion around effective evaluations. They will discuss the best practices from their experiences as superintendents. They will also share strategies to help you create effective evaluations for your district. 

  • The Story of "Your Investment in Action": It is more important than ever to be proactive in our storytelling — Why locally controlled public schools are so important;  Why local decisions and investments in education make a difference; How our schools are a place where every child can learn, grow, thrive, and belong. When community members do not have relevant, first-hand knowledge, they will rely on the news, social media, gossip, and other methods to fill in the knowledge gap. Tracie Rainey with the Colorado School Finance Project and Susan Meek, Project Manager for the ESSER Assistance grant, will review ready-made tools to help school boards/districts effectively communicate with their key audiences – from parents to staff to the general public and media.

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch & Regional Conversations

1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • You're a New Board Member and You've Got This!: A must for all new board members. As public bodies, school boards must comply with a myriad of laws, including laws that govern school board meetings and school district records. Join Sonja McKenzie and Kathleen Sullivan to learn what board members need to know to conduct legally sound board meetings and respond to open records requests.
  • Student Voice in Trauma Informed Practices
  • The Portrait of A Graduate: Creating a Collaborative Picture: Join Karen Cheser, Durango Superintendent, and Kristin Smith, Durango Board President, as they share the experience of a community creating a unity of purpose, a system-wide Portrait of a Graduate, a guaranteed and viable curriculum for ALL students, and an instructional framework focused on deeper learning-all while honoring and celebrating autonomy-with the ultimate goal of students finding their "Ikigai".

3:25 - 5:05 p.m. Closing General Session with Todd Bittner Ed.S, Norwood School District Superintendent
Disabled from birth, Todd has a clear understanding of overcoming obstacles and has learned firsthand the importance of “meeting someone where they are.” Todd's story is one of positivity and enabling others to succeed. His passion and zest for life will leave you inspired and motivated to meet your board members, district leaders, community, and students where they are as you continue to build upon your district success story.

5:15 - 7:00 p.m. President’s Reception
Join your peers for a great time of networking during this CASB Fall Conference tradition.

Saturday, October 21, 2022

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

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 August 26 After August 26
Member - Friday & Saturday $400 $450
Member - Saturday Only (Delegate Assembly) $150 $200
Non-Member - Friday Only $700 $800
Additional Friday Reception ticket (for guest) $65 $75

 

Hotel Room Rates at the DoubleTree by Hilton
$119/night
Room block reservation cutoff date: September 29, 2022


              KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

  

Dr. Joyce Brooks' life and education parallels major educational equity changes in America. She was a baby boomer born after WWII and raised in a racially segregated school in rural Arkansas. Dr. Brooks was in the 2nd grade when the Brown versus the Board of Education decision was published and because of this, her school received indoor restrooms and more classrooms.

After the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Dr. Brooks was able to go to the city’s public library for the first time. Upon graduation from college in 1968, she taught high school English at a voluntary desegregated Arkansas rural high school.

Dr. Brooks has been a High school English teacher in Indiana and California, a
College instructor for Women’s studies in California, and the UniServ director for California Teachers Association.

Retirement did not curtail Dr. Brooks work in education. She was a school board member for six years in a rural Arkansas district, currently serves as the Education Chairperson for Denver NAACP and Colorado NAACP, is a board member for Great Education Colorado, and Co-chair of Coloradans for the Common Good.

 


 

 

Todd Bittner, disabled from birth, has a clear understanding of overcoming obstacles and has learned firsthand the importance of “meeting someone where they are.” Todd competed in able-bodied sports throughout his school career, including as a men's gymnastic still-rings specialist in a Division II NCAA college.

Todd was a corporate executive before the age of 26 and continued to grow as a professional. During his corporate years, he yearned to have a more significant impact on society. Realizing he could use his athletic talents to represent not only the disabled population but our country, he set a goal to become a member of the United States Disabled Ski, which he accomplished in less than two years. Although injuries prevented Todd from successfully competing in the Nagano or Lilyhammer Winter Olympics, he was not deterred from pushing harder every day to be better than the day before.

Todd channeled his own experiences and challenges into helping others. He has proven strengths in team building, staff engagement, and culture development and has a track record of leading schools to exceed their goals. He is a confident, compassionate, motivational leader that believes in meeting people where they are, which helps them to succeed beyond their perceived limitations.

He is constantly committed to giving back to society. He believes in kindness, accountability, generosity, and self-awareness and instills these values in the teams he leads.

Todd has spent his last 20 years as an educator here in the State of Colorado. He has worked in Grand County, Federal Heights, and is currently the Superintendent at the Norwood Public Schools.

 


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