Professional Development Update

October 4, 2019

What's in this update

CASB Fall Delegate Assembly Conference is only 2 weeks away!

It's not too late to register for the CASB 2019 Fall Delegate Assembly Conference on October 18-19 in Breckenridge at the DoubleTree by Hilton. The conference is a full day on the 18th followed by our half-day Delegate Assembly on the 19th, where delegates will determine the CASB advocacy platform for the upcoming year based on the resolutions submitted by our members. The 2019 Resolution Book is now available for your review.

You won't want to miss the development-driven breakout sessions focused on making the most of CASB resources, learning best practices for onboarding new school board members, unpacking the 50 resolutions submitted by our members, and exploring the latest on the uniform mill levy conversation and Proposition CC.

View the full agenda


Legislation Summary of 2019 bills

This new member-only resource summarizes all the education-related bills from the 2019 legislative session. This valuable document provides the bill sponsors and summary of each bill, along with an assessment of whether CASB sample school board policies or regulations may be affected by the bill. In addition, it summarizes whether there is action required by the Colorado Department of Education or the Colorado State Board of Education. A special thank you to our partners who helped craft this document — Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Colorado Association of School Executives, and the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance.

View Legislation Summary 

Proposition CC resources for school boards

If you haven't had a chance to review the resources available on the CASB Proposition CC website page, you will find:

  • Ballot language
  • Link to the Blue Book
  • Sample resolution in support of Prop CC for school boards (English and Spanish)
  • Vote YES on Prop CC website
  • Vote NO on Prop CC website
  • District Fact Sheets 
    • English
    • Spanish
    • Arabic
    • Vietnamese
    • French
  • Legal resources and a Do's and Don'ts document

Fact sheets are being translated into additional languages that will be added in the near future.

View Proposition CC website page
View full memo (member-only resource)
View Do's and Don'ts on Prop CC (member-only resource)

Introducing Sam Jones-Rogers, CASB's new staff attorney

CASB is pleased to introduce our new CASB staff attorney, Samantha (Sam) Jones-Rogers. Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Pomona College and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to joining CASB, Sam advocated for children’s best interests as a Guardian ad Litem in Denver, working with children and families involved with social services as well as with students involved in truancy matters. During law school, Sam pursued her interest in providing legal advice to educators and school districts by clerking for Walsh Gallegos, a Texas-based school law firm.

As a military brat, Sam grew up abroad in Germany and Turkey but her home base is Denver. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, and weekly trivia nights. She looks forward to getting to know our membership at our upcoming events.

Interim Committee on School Finance taking public comment

The Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance has recently published a web form seeking public comments from stakeholders. The form is seeking feedback from multiple stakeholders and school board members are key. Please make sure your board submits feedback before the next meeting of the Interim Committee on October 21. 

Submit your feedback to the Interim Committee

Based on the funding principles Colorado superintendents identified and agreed upon last year, they believe this feedback process in general, and the published form specifically, to be flawed and problematic. As a result, the superintendents' planning group has drafted a letter to submit as "public comment" to the Committee. The superintendents have requested that individuals who plan on responding to the Committee's call for public comments via the web form and have not done so already, please take a minute to read the attached document before responding. 

Read the superintendents' public comment to the 
Interim Committee on School Finance

CASB Convention registration now open

Registration for the 79th Annual CASB Convention: Creating a Vision for Colorado — The Challenge of Change is now open. The Convention FAQ document provides answers to questions such as:

  • How do I log in to register?
  • How do I download an invoice or credit memo for an event registration?
  • What was the process for getting rooms at The Broadmoor Hotel?
  • How do I register board members when I don’t know if they will be elected in November?

Answers to these questions and more can be found on the FAQ.

View the Convention FAQ page

CASB Connections podcast: Voices of Education in Colorado with Cheri Wrench

Episode 3 - Voices of Education in Colorado with Cheri Wrench

Cheri Wrench, CASB's new Executive Director, brings a unique perspective to her role with a career grounded in education from the classroom on up. You'll hear her vision for CASB and its members as the association continues to grow in providing members tools that are necessary for governing with excellence.

Interview with Cheri Wrench, Executive Director, Colorado Association of School Boards

Host: Leslie Bogar, CASB Director of Professional Learning

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