Professional Development Update

July 24, 2020

What's in this update

CASB Survey on Event Participation

As we map out our journey to serve you this next school year, we would greatly appreciate a few minutes of your time on this very brief survey. As YOUR association, our goal is to design programming that meets your needs. Thank you in advance for your input.

Please complete the survey by Friday, July 31, 2020.

Take the survey

80th Annual CASB Convention

CASB’s 80th Annual Convention is going hybrid this year and this means you have the ability to attend in-person at the Broadmoor or virtually from a location of your choice. The Convention will be held on December 4 - 5, 2020 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

The deadline for submitting a proposal to present at the 80th Annual CASB Convention is quickly approaching — Monday, August 3.

The theme for this year is 80 Years of Leading a Vision for Colorado. Consider sharing your expertise and experience in order to help your peers learn from your own experiences. We are seeking session presentation proposals from school districts, school boards, thought leaders and like-minded organizations.

Learn more and submit your proposal soon.

Call for Presentations
Learn more about the 80th Annual Convention

CASB Conversations Webinar: Special Policy Update — Monday, July 27 at 3:00 p.m.

CASB members still have time to register and join us for the Special Policy Update webinar this Monday, July 27, at 3:00 p.m. This highly-anticipated webinar will cover policy updates related to:

  • Title IX legal updates
  • COVID-19-related policies for reopening schools

The Special Policy Update with this information was released on Friday, July 17, and this webinar will be provided as a way to walk through this information and answer questions you may have. Registration is open to CASB members.

Register Here

CASB Conversations Webinar: Your Social-Emotional Health — Wednesday, August 5 at 3:00 p.m.

School board members typically put themselves last in line when it comes to self-care. We are at a point in time where anxiety and stress are mounting for our school board members. It is critical for you to take care of yourself so that you can continue to take care of your district. Understanding the importance of maintaining your social-emotional health is key and as we learned from Rosalind Wiseman, CASB keynote speaker for the 2019 Convention, dignity is the root of social-emotional health.

There is a path forward in self-care and that path is grounded in the principle of dignity; our collective belief that each of us has inherent worth and our relationships with each other matter. Furthermore, dignity is the foundation for developing the skills and capacity to have difficult conversations with each other and successfully respond to any problem.

Join Cultures of Dignity Co-Founder’s Rosalind Wiseman and Charlie Kuhn for an interactive webinar to help you be better prepared to respond to parents and colleagues' concerns and equip you with tools you can immediately put to use.

Register Here

CASB Connections Podcast: Coffee Cart Program

The Coffee Cart Program (CCP) is a job and life skills curriculum for high school special education students with the goal of helping each student seek, obtain, and retain employment after high school. It's a wonderful program bent on making sure students do not become one of the 80% of disabled adults that are unemployed. Julie Lang, Cotapaxi School District board member, attorney and founder of the Gus Belt Family Foundation and former CCP student, Victoria, share their insights on the success of this program.

Initiative 271— Fair Tax Colorado: Last week to sign and/or turn in petitions

With the Budget Stabilization Factor now over $1 billion and with the growing costs required to safely reopen our schools, the need for sustainable, adequate, and equitable funding for our schools has become even more imperative.

Initiative #271—Fair Tax Colorado will address this need...IF it makes it onto the ballot for November and is passed. As this weekend is the last big push for signatures, we want to provide you the link(click here) where you can:

  • find a location where you can drop off your petition
  • find a location where you can sign a petition
  • sign up to host a signing event (make it easy for others who want to sign a petition in support of this ballot initiative to find you)



Ordering your PPE to prepare for next school year

CASB’s BuyBoard program gives you the opportunity to purchase PPE and other items necessary to begin your 2020 school year. BuyBoard is a national purchasing cooperative program with the highest standards in place and this benefits you. As a CASB member, you can gain access to all of the BuyBoard vendors by simply activating your membership. Find more information and membership activation details on our CASB website. You can also learn more about BuyBoard listening to this CASB Connections Podcast.

If you have any vendors that you currently use or you think would be interested in submitting a response to one of the upcoming proposals below, please refer them to the BuyBoard.

COVID Resources
BuyBoard recognizes that this is a difficult time for school districts. To assist you, BuyBoard is providing some specific details on how to purchase deep cleaning, PPE safety supplies, and distance learning equipment through the BuyBoard purchasing program. Some of these products are most likely in short supply, but hopefully this will help expedite your search.

Our Disaster Recovery and Restoration Services contract (591-19) offers structural and contents cleaning and restoration, HVAC decontamination and air duct cleaning, building deodorization, water extraction and structure and content drying to help you with managing and recovering from disasters of all kinds.

Other contracts that include PPE, thermal/temperature products, cleaning and sanitizer products and distance learning/technology products.

Contract Name
Building Maintenance, Repair, Operations Supplies and Equipment (577-18)
Custodial Supplies and Equipment (569-18)
First Aid, Emergency Medical, and Athletic Trainer Supplies and Equipment (610-20)
Instructional Materials and Classroom Teaching Supplies and Equipment (573-18)
Public Safety and Firehouse Supplies and Equipment (603-20)
Technology Equipment, Products, Services, and Software (579-19)
Software as a Service (SaaS), Cybersecurity Assessments Products and Services (607-20)

Please remember, many vendors may have these items on backorder, so we suggest contacting them and/or submitting an RFQ request to identify who is able to accommodate your order.

PPE Approved Vendors