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2018 CASE Winter Leadership Breakout Session Descriptions
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The following interactive spreadsheet provides details for the current breakout sessions at the 2018 Winter Leadership Conference. Click on the header names to sort by that column. We will continue to update the details as the conference draws closer, including announcing more Thursday sessions and providing information on Friday sessions. 

 

Session Number Session Title Date and Time Session Description Contact Presenter
01  
Changing School Start Times: Sleep Science, Community Engagements and Student Wellness

 

Thursday, February 1

10: 30 AM — 11: 45 AM


 
Insufficient sleep in adolescents can cause mental health issues, learning and behavioral issues, and general health and wellness concerns. Across the country, early middle and high school start times are a primary contributing factor to insufficient sleep in adolescents; thus the American Academy of Pedaitrics recommends secondary school start no earlier than 8:30 AM.

In 2015, the Cherry Creek School District began evaluating whether to change start times and then implemented changes in the 2017-2018 school year. Learn about the district's journey, and how they evaluated the science behind changing school start times, how the community was engaged in the process, and about the relationship between sleep and the academic and health outcomes among CCSD students.

 
Scott Siegfried, Deputy Superintendent, Cherry Creek School District

03  
ConnectME: Ensuring Equity with Devices and the Internet at Home

 

Thursday, February 1:

10: 30 AM — 11: 45 AM


 

With the digital world moving quickly, those students that either do not have a digital device nor adequate internet at home can fall behind quickly. In this interactive presentation, learn about what the digital divide is and how the materials supporting curriculum are either digital or are soon to be digital.

Participants will also learn about tools that school districts have to bring digital devices and the internet to the homes of students in need. Examples will include digital device options, wireless hotspots, district internet to the homes, and enabling partnerships both in the private and public sectors. We will also share resources form CoSN, the Consortium of School Networking, to help solve the digital divide.


 
Andrew Moore, Chief Information Officer, Boulder Valley School District

04  
School Finance Update

 

Thursday, February 1:

10: 30 AM — 11: 45 AM


 
This session will provide a timely discussion on the 2018-19 School Finance Act under consideration by the Colorado Legislature. This breakout focuses on the current status of school finance and the impacts to districts. The most current outlook for the 2018 legislative session and updates on upcoming topics such as ESSA per-pupil expenditure reporting will be provided to help planning for the next school year. Note: This session will be repeated twice during the conference to allow for attendees to choose the session that works best for them.

 
Jennifer Okes, Interim Chief Operating Officer, CDE

05  
Leading in Tumultuous Times as Equity Minded Leaders: How are we navigating the political climate and its effects on our school communities?

 

Thursday, February 1:

10: 30 AM — 11: 45 AM


 
In a highly interactive session, participants will engage with one another regarding the educational issues arising due to the current national and local political agendas and decisions. An intercultural development approach will be used to frame how leaders can navigate and respond to controversial topics, related challenges and impacts on school communities. Note: CASE encourages participants of this session to also attend the complementary afternoon session on "Creating the Space for BRAVING...".

 
Doris Candelarie, Clincial Assistant Professor, University of Denver

 06  
Supporting Rural Districts: CASPA's Human Resources Toolkit

 

Thursday, February 1:

10: 30 AM — 11: 45 AM


 
The CASPA HR Toolkit was created through collaborative efforts between CASE, CASPA (School Personnel Adminsitrators), Colorado Education Initiative, Colorado Rural Alliance, and BOCES, and seeks to bring in-demand resources to rural districts. The toolkit will provide support for districts managing increasing demands of unfunded mandates and limited budgets.

In the session, participants will learn about the toolkit, its creation, and how it will serve as a resource not just to rural districts but all districts across the state. Collaborators will also seek input on the toolkit before its publication in the spring of 2018.

 
Shelly Landgraf, Human Resources Consultant, Pure HR Solutions

 07  
Activating Learning: Creating Optimal Environments for Student-Directed Learning to Thrive

 

Thursday, February 1:

10: 30 AM — 11: 45 AM


 
Students are more motivated and engaged in classrooms where they are empowered to be owners of their learning, and students who are more deeply engaged in learning achieve better academic results. In this session, we will explore the research behind the powerful strategy of engaging students in making choices about their learning and identify methods for students to use evidence of learning to monitor and strengthen their own learning.

 
Brooke Mabry, Professional Learning Consultant, NWEA

 08  
Are You Ready? Changes to the State Model Evaluation System for Teachers and Principals

 

Thursday, February 1:

10: 30 AM — 11: 45 AM


 
Participants in this session will review the changes to the State Model Evaluation System for teachers being piloted during the 2017-18 school year in 50 districts/BOCES across the state. Collaborative time to confer with pilot districts to gauge implementation successes and challenges will also be provided. In addition to highlighting changes to the teacher system, participants will also be provided an update and timeline for revisions to the principal system as well as brainstorming possible areas for improvement.

 
Joslyn Robich, Educator Effectiveness Specialist, CDE

 09  
Cultivating Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students

 

Thursday, February 1:

10: 30 AM — 11: 45 AM


 
A majority, 88%, of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students in Colorado reported hearing anti-LGBTQ remarks from peers and school staff on a regular basis. Additionally, sexual orientation and gender expression remain the two of the highest reported categories for identity-based harassment and assault in Colorado schools. There are many actions school communities can take to improve the safety and inclusion of LGBTQ students. This plenary session will review the work of One Colorado’s Safe Schools Program; the experiences of LGBTQ students; laws and policies protecting LGBTQ students; and how to make schools safe and affirming.

 
Kerianne Smith, Program Manager, One Colorado

 10  
Mindfulness in a Hyper-Connected World: The Student Perspective

 
Thursday, February 1: 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM

 
Sometimes we need to get in the slow lane of the information superhighway. In this session, students from Littleton Public Schools will share their experiences with smartphones, social media and self-regulation strategies with their devices. They'll share how a movement, Offline October, went international, and how they struck a chord with the community.

 
Mike Porter, IT Director, Littleton Public Schools

 11  
Colorado's Action Plan to Address Educator Shortages

 
Thursday, February 1: 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM

 
Educator shortages across Colorado have headlined news reports for years. Recruiting teachers and retaining them remains a challenge. In response to HB 17-1003, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) partnered to actively seek strategies to address these needs. This session will showcase the final action plan, highlight how legislation can promote this work, paint a picture of how state and local districts can actively address the shortage, and will include an opportunity to hear from superintendents and administrators in regard to how the CDE and CDHE can help in solving teacher shortages across Colorado.

 
Colleen O'Neil, Executive Director, Educator Talent, CDE

 12  
CMAS Assessment Updates: What’s New, What to Expect?

 
Thursday, February 1: 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM

 
This session will share information about Colorado’s spring 2018 assessment system changes. The replacement of the 9th grade CMAS English language arts and math assessments with the PSAT will be reviewed, along with updates related to CMAS content and administration. The session will cover the development approach taken to maximize comparability between the 2017 and 2018 CMAS English language arts and math assessments, including details about the adjustments made to the assessments, while also taking steps to address some of Colorado’s assessment-related concerns. The impact of these changes in terms of administration and reporting will be discussed. Time for questions will be reserved.

 
Joyce Zurkowski, Executive Director of Assessment, CDE

 13  
Priority to Performance: A Systemic Approach to Sustainable Change

 
Thursday, February 1: 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM

 
Elkhart Elementary (96% Poverty, 65% ELL), moved from “Priority Improvement” to “Performance” in two years, and has maintained that rating for five consecutive years. Join the session to learn more about the work done by the leaders and school community, and the systems put in place to ensure the success of the work. Presenters will discuss the development and implementation of Early Literacy curriculum and instruction, and special attention will be paid to the development of a short game (quick wins) and a long game (sustainable practice) and how to balance both approaches when making a large paradigm shift in instruction and expectations.

 
Ron Schumacher, Principal, Aurora Public Schools

 14
Creating the Space for “Braving”: True Belonging as a System of Support for School Leaders

 
Thursday, February 1: 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM

 
Participants will learn strategies for engaging with others who are different from them ideologically, philosophically and culturally. Brené Brown’s newest book, Braving the Wilderness (2017) will be used to guide participants in dialogical processes for cultivating community and the power of belonging in the age of disconnection and retreatism. Note: CASE encourages participants of this session to also attend the complementary morning session on "Leading in Tumultuous Times...".

 
Doris Candelarie, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Denver

 16  
Clarifying Learning: Understanding, Developing, and Using Learning Targets and Success Criteria to Increase Student Engagement and Achievement

 
Thursday, February 1: 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM

 
Students are more engaged and achieve better academic results when they have a clear understanding of what they need to learn and how to use success criteria to evaluate their learning progress. In this session, we will explore the five key elements for developing great learning targets, how to make standards and objectives more meaningful for instruction, and ways to effectively communicate learning targets and success criteria to students.

 
Brooke Mabry, Professional Learning Consultant, NWEA

 17  
School Finance Update

 
Thursday, February 1: 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM

 
This session will provide a timely discussion on the 2018-19 School Finance Act under consideration by the Colorado Legislature. This breakout focuses on the current status of school finance and the impacts to districts. The most current outlook for the 2018 legislative session and updates on upcoming topics such as ESSA per-pupil expenditure reporting will be provided to help planning for the next school year. Note: This session will be repeated twice during the conference to allow for attendees to choose the session that works best for them.

 
Jennifer Okes, Interim Chief Operating Officer, CDE

 18  
Understanding Gender and Sexual Diversity Systemwide: #aqueerendeavor

 
Thursday, February 1: 1:15 PM — 2:30 PM

 
To ensure a systemwide approach to understanding gender and sexual diversity, leaders in districts in the Denver Metro area have partnered with the University of Colorado’s School of Education’s center A Queer Endeavor, to design professional learning that increases awareness of policy, creates changes in practice, and aligns educator effectiveness and curriculum standards. The intention of these partnerships is to create inclusive learning environments for all in our system: families, staff, and community. This session involves a panel of leaders from Boulder Valley, St. Vrain, and Adams 12. Following the panel presentation, participants have the opportunity to reflect on their unique context and create plans of action.

 
Tracy Stegall, Principal, Aspen Creek School, Boulder Valley School District

 19 Navigating Legal Issues  
Thursday, February 1: 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM

This popular and highly-ranked session reviews the complex and often-controversial legal issues facing schools and districts. An expert panel of attorneys will offer their input on such topics as school safety, data privacy and more. There will also be time for attendees to pose their own questions about topics of interest and concern. Participants will walk away with practical information and strategies that can immediately be put to use back home.

 
Melissa Gibson, Director of Communications and Strategic Partners, CASE

 21  
Classroom Walkthroughs 2.0: A Leadership Journey in Two Schools

 
Thursday, February 1: 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM

 
We all want to harness the power of teacher leadership and improve instruction through collaborative efforts in our schools. In this session, the presenters (who represent three different school structures: elementary, middle level, PK-8... and who also have high school teaching and leadership experience) will share their journey in building teacher leadership and improving instruction through classroom walkthroughs. Following a brief interactive panel by the presenters, participants in this session will engage in collaborative conversation about their current reality and determine the highest leverage best-action steps related to instructional leadership teams and classroom walkthroughs. Note: This is a continued conversation from the 2017 CASE Leadership Convention. Whether you're new to the conversation or attended over the summer, you're invited to attend.

 
Tracy Stegall, Principal, Aspen Creek School, Boulder Valley School District

 23  
The Power of Influential Leadership

 
Thursday, February 1: 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM

 
There is no “one size fits all” style for leaders. Marzano (2005) asserts both Flexibility and Situational Awareness as leadership responsibilities that have a large impact on school leader effectiveness. Hattie (2009), on the other hand, cites instructional leadership and transformational leadership as having the greatest effect size for leaders. In a nutshell, leadership is complicated, messy and ever changing. Understanding positional power and influential power as leaders is critical for today’s educational executives. In this session, workshop participants will explore using influential leadership to impact both direct and indirect areas of leadership.

 
Kirk Henwood, Data and Assessment, Sheridan School District

 25  
Rural and Remote: Changing the Underrepresentation of Giftedness among Underrepresented Minority Students

 
Thursday, February 1: 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM

 
In 2016, there were more rural students in the US than all the students in New York, Los Angeles, and the next 75 largest school districts in the country – combined (Showalter, Klein, Johnson, & Hartman, 2017). Underrepresentation of giftedness in the context of poverty and minority subgroups is a challenge present in both urban and rural settings. In this Right 4 Rural study, supported by a Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students federal grant, practitioners and researchers collaboratively explore the question, “What local assumptions and beliefs serve as barriers to recognizing potential in every student in demographically changing rural schools?”
Join a team of rural school and district leaders with faculty researchers from the University of Denver to understand how they successfully navigate barriers to improvement. Strategies will be shared to lead school change to address the underrepresentation of giftedness.

 
Kristina Hesbol, Assistant Professor, University of Denver

 26  
Leveraging ESSA Funds Locally

 
Thursday, February 1: 2:45 PM — 4:00 PM

 
Much of the initial focus on ESSA has been on the process to develop and gain approval of Colorado's ESSA state plan. But school districts also need to develop local ESSA plans in order to receive ESSA funding. What can school districts do with their ESSA funds that they were unable to do under NCLB? How can school districts evaluate the impact of their ESSA strategies? How can school districts coordinate their resources more effectively to maximize the impact of their ESSA funding? In this session, presenters will cover the opportunities, challenges, and requirements created by ESSA at the local level.

 
Brad Bylsma, Director, Office of ESEA Programs, CDE

       
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