2019 Winter Legislative Conference Recap

CASB Board President, Kathy Gebhardt, welcomed more than 150 conference attendees at this annual conference meant to increase school boards' knowledge about the political aspects of their work, help boards become more effective in influencing legislative changes that will support our schools and cultivate relationships with our legislators and other education leaders.

The theme for this year's event was Advocating for Equity and Excellence. From the Opening General Session focused on facilitative leadership and deliberative engagement to Friday's Closing Session on understanding the public’s perception on public education, attendees heard about strategies for tackling some of Colorado’s most "wicked problems." Governor Jared Polis engaged attendees during the Lunch and Learn session and provided insight on his education priorities.

Thursday's program ended with a Closing Session and a Special Delegate Assembly that was focused on taxpayer equity and fiscal policy as it relates to the re-establishment of a uniform statewide school mill levy. This topic is addressing one component of a larger complex school funding issue that has vexed Colorado since we embedded formulas and tax policy into the Constitution. After hearing from Colorado State Treasurer Dave Young and Joint Budget Committee members — JBC Vice-Chair Representative Esgar and Senators Rankin and Zenzinger — CASB delegates debated and approved a resolution that will guide CASB's lobbying efforts on this legislation. Additional information can be found on the uniform school mill levy page of CASB's website.

Below you will find links to presentations and tools that will help you stay informed and effective as a public school advocate. Handouts also included:

Opening General Session: Tackling Wicked Problems through Facilitative Leadership and Deliberative Engagement

Martín Carcasson, Ph.D., CSU professor Communication Studies

  • PowerPoint  (member-only access)
  • PowerPoint from morning breakout session: Hands-on with Deliberative Engagement: Tools and resources for Better Conversations and Collaborative Decision-making  (member-only access)
  • Video  (member-only access)

Social and Emotional Learning: Advocacy & Mental Health Supports

Dr. Sarah Davidon, research director, Mental Health Colorado; Laura Case, CASB Board of Directors and president, Estes Park School District Board of Education; Kim Bundgaard, president, Park County RE-2 School District Board of Education

  • Presentation  (member-only access)
  • Handout 1  (member-only access)
  • Handout 2  (member-only access)

Lunch and Learn with Governor Jared Polis

  • Video  (member-only access)

School Finances and the State Budget: How to Navigate the Fine Line

Jennifer Okes, chief operation officer, School Finance and Operations, CDE; Lauren Larson, director, Office of State Planning and Budget

  • Presentation  (member-only access)

BEST Grants and Advocacy Efforts

Kathy Gebhardt, president, CASB Board of Directors, vice president, Boulder Valley School District Board of Education, and vice chair, BEST; Andy Stine, director, Capital Construction; Tim Reed, board chair and executive director, Facilities and Construction Management, Jeffco Public Schools

  • Presentation

What the 2020 Census Means to School Districts: Help Your Community Count

Lily Griego, 2020 census partnership coordinator, 2020 Census; Dustin Senger, census partnership specialist, 2020 Census

  • Handout 1
  • Handout 2

Thursday's Closing General Session: Taxpayer Equity and Fiscal Policy Related to the Re-establishment of a Uniform School Mill Levy

Colorado Treasurer Dave Young

  • Presentation  (member-only access)
  • Handout  (member-only access)

Closing General Session: What the Colorado Community Survey Shares About Public Education

Todd Vitale, owner, Vitale and Associates

  • Presentation (member-only access)
 

Mark your calendar for 2020!

CASB's 2020 Winter Legislative Conference will be held 
February 27-28, 2020 at the 
Art Hotel (1201 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203) and at the History Colorado Center