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45th Annual Pre-Convention and Convention - Online Registration is CLOSED

Empowering Leaders to Deliver on the Promise of Public Education. Online Registration is CLOSED. On site registration will be available at Beaver Run.

7/21/2014 to 7/25/2014
When: 7/21/2014
8:30 AM until 5:00 PM
Where: Beaver Run Resort
620 Village Road
Breckenridge 80424
Contact: Leisa Sacry

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Empowering Leaders to Deliver on the Promise of Public Education
July 21-22, 2014 - Pre-Convention Workshops
July 23-25, 2014 - Main Convention
Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge

CASE’s largest professional development event of the year is your one-stop shop for critical learning and sharing best practices with colleagues. Enjoy a national caliber convention at lower in-state prices with our internationally-recognized speakers, over 70 timely breakout sessions, and a comprehensive legislative and policy program, all in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado.


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Keynote Speakers

Joseph Grenny
Crucial Accountability: Bridging the Gap between Expectations and Actual Results
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The emphasis on educator accountability has never been higher. Learn how to lead your schools and departments so that problems are quickly resolved and a pervasive sense of empowerment and responsibility for results prevail. Joseph has spent thirty years studying crucial moments that have the potential to change the trajectory of our career and relationships—moments when what we say and how we say it can mean the difference between success and failure. When the stakes are high, emotions run strong and opinions differ, masters of crucial conversations and accountability create alignment and agreement. The importance of speaking up when colleagues, teachers and parents let us down, break rules, fail to deliver on promises or behave badly will be addressed. In school districts that build a culture of accountability, teachers and administrators raise concerns with anyone regardless of power, position or authority. What’s more, in organizations that foster a culture of open dialogue, mistakes are caught more quickly, decisions are implemented more effectively and innovation flows more routinely.

Joseph Grenny is a four-time New York Times bestselling author, dynamic keynote speaker and leading social scientist for organizational performance. Joseph has shared his expertise at some of the world’s premier leadership conferences and organizations including HSM World Business Forum and the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. Specifically, he has focused on human behavior and the underlying written and unwritten rules that shape what employees do every day. A protégé of Albert Bandura, the world’s most influential living psychologist, Joseph’s internationally published research led to the development of his four books and four award-winning training solutions of the same titles, Crucial Conversations, Influencer, Crucial Accountability and Change Anything, which have helped more than one million people and 300 of the Fortune 500 companies in 36 countries change human behavior.


Tasha Eurich, Ph.D
Happy Teachers, Quality Education and the Power to Deliver Both
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Accountability is high, funding is low and schools are overwhelmed with implementing all the new, state-mandated education reforms. As a result, school executives are facing unprecedented leadership challenges. They must motivate teachers and employees to deliver results and sustain morale. Dr. Tasha Eurich will review the principles in her book, Bankable Leadership: Happy People, Bottom-Line Results, and the Power to Deliver Both. Dr. T’s fresh, science-based framework for leadership can help anyone become a more effective leader. Her approach to this topic is new, fun and exciting. You will leave this session with an understanding of your preferences as a leader and with the knowledge of how to develop a plan to improve your leadership effectiveness.

Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, speaker and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Bankable Leadership: Happy People, Bottom Line Results, and the Power to Deliver Both. Her life’s work is to help organizations succeed by improving the effectiveness of its leaders and teams. Dr T. (as her clients call her) pairs her scientific grounding in human behavior with a practical approach to solving leadership challenges. Her ten-plus year career in the Fortune 500 world has spanned roles as an external consultant and a direct report to both CEOs and human resources executives. With a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University and BAs in Theater and Psychology from Middlebury College, she serves on the faculty of the Center for Creative Leadership, one of the top ten executive development institutions in the world. In 2013, Dr. Eurich was honored as one of Denver Business Journal’s “40 under 40” rising stars in business. In 2014, she was named a Top 100 Thought Leader by Trust Across America alongside the likes of Franklin Covey, Jim Kouzes and Bill George.




Distinguished Speakers

J. Todd White
Improving Instruction through Effective Coaching
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Key to instructional improvement is the ability to provide teachers with effective feedback that influences their practice. During this interactive session, participants will learn a feedback protocol that allows the evaluator to understand the teacher’s perspective, focuses on strategically leveraging strengths, and develops next steps grounded in improving learning. Participants will explore causes of resistance and analyze video of feedback conversations to gain insights and skills for conducting feedback conversations leading to instructional change.

Dr. J. Todd White began PhocuseD on Learning in the spring of 2009 to provide support for individuals, schools, and districts in developing teacher and administrator evaluation models that meet both local standards and state/national requirements. Todd served as Senior Vice President, Training, for the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. He has been acknowledged as First Union Administrator of the Year, South Carolina PTA Principal of the Year, a National Distinguished Principal, and a Milken Educator Award.

Mark Hoog
Conscious Leadership
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Conscious Leadership is an inspiring session dedicated to exploring a few of the reasons your profession is vitally important. The greatest individuals throughout history have utilized a handful of leadership tenets to impact the world.  Every day your job invites schools, teachers, students and communities to make the same life-changing "Conscious Leadership" choice. You’ll walk away from this presentation with a renewed sense of passion, purpose and leadership understanding.

Mark Hoog is the author of the bestselling Growing Field leadership book series, the Executive Director of the Children's Leadership Institute and a Captain with United Airlines. Inspired by the loss of friend and mentor Captain Jason Dahl (Captain of United Flight 93) on the morning of September 11, Mark authored the Growing Field book series and set out to inspire a generation. Mark travels the world sharing his message of "Conscious Leadership" with people from all walks of life and challenges everyone to make their signature and "live life without limit."

Tracy Weeden, Ed.D.
A Season of Change
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Speaking to the importance of adapting curricula and leadership to “A Season of Change,” Tracy will share with you her insights on adapting to economic trends, meeting the rigorous requirements of next-generation assessments and transforming skills to meet the demand of the 21st century global marketplace. These hot-topic issues are shaping our education system, and Tracy’s experience as a change agent and servant leader to forward-thinking organizations will add an interesting perspective to the conversation. You will be moved by Tracy’s storytelling techniques as she inspires, informs and motivates, as you begin a new school year. 

Dr. Tracy Weeden is the Director of Academic Planning with Scholastic. Tracy served as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the seventh largest district in the country, Houston Independent School District. She now supports strategic planning with superintendents and their cabinets from coast-to-coast. Tracy completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Detroit Mercy and both her M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision and Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision at the University of Houston.

Robert McCord, Ed.D.
Critical Issues in School Law Affecting Education Leaders
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This interactive session addresses the pressing legal issues facing school administrators. By learning more about these potential risks, you will be better able to avoid the entanglement in unnecessary legal action. Topics include, but are not limited to: student rights, high stakes assessment, religion, intellectual property and state standards, electronic communications, liability, and other contemporary topics. Learn how to effectively identify these complex issues and effectively mitigate the risks.

Dr. McCord is an emeritus associate professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who spent more than 30 years, prior to his appointment at the university, with the 310,000 student Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. His role in the school district ranged from teacher, counselor, dean, assistant principal, principal, director of federal programs, and finally serving as an assistant superintendent where he directed the government relations and school accountability operations.


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