January 6, 2022

Don’t Miss the Early Bird Discount for CASB’s 2022 Winter Legislative Conference!

We are closing in on CASB’s Winter Legislative Conference! Slated to take place February 24 and 25 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Denver, make sure you take advantage of all our early bird pricing discounts for both the Conference registration and our room block rates for the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The Conference will be highlighted by our keynote speakers Gerado Muñoz and Autumn Rivera, Colorado Teachers of the Year for 2021 and 2022.

Deadlines are:

January 21, 2022: Early Bird Conference Registration

February 2, 2022: Room Block Rates


January is School Board Recognition Month!

The month of January is designated every year as School Board Recognition Month. Given the challenges of governing school districts over the past couple of years, we are thrilled to honor these special individuals who consistently exemplify being Resilient, Ready, and Relentless for all Colorado schools and their students. With this in mind, we wanted to provide you with the resources to help acknowledge all of our Colorado board members for all of their hard work. Board meetings are just a fraction of the amount of time and energy that school board members devote to leading their districts and they deserve to be recognized for their constant dedication to being Resilient, Ready, and Relentless for all those that they represent.

Resources Included:

  • Tips for School Administrators
  • Tips for Staff, Students, and Parents
  • Tips for Community Groups, Service Clubs, and Businesses
  • Sample Proclamation
  • Sample News Release
  • Sample Editorial
  • Sample Newsletter Article
  • Sample Messages for Social Media and School Marquees
  • Inspiring Quotes

Board President's Cafe –
January 13 at 11:30 a.m.

Join CASB member board presidents and past presidents for informal discussions that are single topic driven. This monthly gathering is to connect, communicate, commiserate, and celebrate with one another. The Cafe meetings are virtual and casual and will not be recorded. We welcome your ideas for lunch gathering discussion topics.

Topics for this meeting:

  • Sum up your first semester successes and challenges. 
  • What are your second semester challenges? 
  • Where do you need support?

School board presidents are invited and encouraged to participate.

Register for the FREE January 18 CASB Conversations Webinar – Maximizing Your Leadership: Best Practices for Board Members

School board members are elected to govern their school district and while this may feel daunting at times, CASB is here to help. Join us for this webinar on Tuesday, January 18, at 3:00 p.m. to learn how to maximize your leadership as a school board member. CASB Executive Director Cheri Wrench and Chief Legal and General Counsel Evan Gaffey will use the CASB Leadership Workbook to help new and experienced board members identify the best practices and resources to advance their effectiveness in board leadership.

Rural Board Members Roundtable – January 27, 2022

In support of our rural board members, CASB will be co-hosting with the Rural Alliance a series of roundtable discussions for rural board members. We recognize that there are unique challenges that rural board members face and we are here to support you in addressing those concerns. The discussion topics will be driven by our rural board members, so please join us beginning January 27 at either 12:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.! You can submit discussion topic ideas when you register. 

  • Register - January 27 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Register - January 27 from 6:00 -
    7:00 p.m.

Onboarding Podcasts

Make sure to check out the latest CASB Connections Podcasts regarding onboarding new board members. It is a four-episode mini-series that can be listened to on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Episode 4 - There are multiple areas new board members should be oriented to in the onboarding process. These include orientation to the board, orientation to board member responsibilities and those of the superintendent, and orientation to the district. This podcast focuses on orientation to the board and the district and the documents and protocols necessary to help your new members get up to speed.


CASB’s Interactive Advocacy Graphics Will Prepare You to Engage
in the Upcoming Legislative Session

The Second Regular Session of the seventy-third General Assembly will convene on January 12, 2022. Are you ready to advocate for your students? CASB is here to help.

Know Your Legislator

School board members advocate for local schools by working with their legislators and it is important that members take the time to get to know their legislators and gain the ability to share the challenges and the successes their teachers and students face on a daily basis. Invite legislators to visit local schools to see first-hand how state policies affect students, teachers, and administrators. As fellow elected officials, board members bring expertise and knowledge about education in their community to their legislators.

CASB has Key Legislators' documents for every school district that highlight the policymakers who represent their local constituents. This directory houses all the documents.

Join the CASB Digital Advocacy Network

Want to make your voice count on the important issues of the day? Join the CASB Digital Advocacy Network to receive alerts to take action on bills that will impact our classrooms. Text CASB to 52889. You will receive a text message back to “opt-in”. If you accept that message you will receive the occasional text message to contact your legislator on a specific issue. All you have to do is follow the link you receive in the text message.


Thank you to our Professional Development Update sponsor!


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Denver, CO 80224