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2016 CASE Winter Leadership Breakout Session Descriptions
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The following interactive spreadsheet provides details for the breakout sessions for the 2016 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.

 

Session Number Session Title Room Date and Time Session Length Session Description Contact Presenters
#01 Becoming a Mobile Learner Westminster III Thursday, February 4
10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM
75 minutes In this session, partipants will join the founder of iSchool Initiative, Travis Allen, in a discussion of learning in the Information Age. Using his true-life experience as a digital native, Allen will share methods to not accept the technological status quo in the classroom. Participants will lean innovative steps to directly meet the technology in the classroom question. Travis Allen, Founder and Director, iSchool Initiative
#02 Approaching Elementary School From a P – 3 Perspective Westminster II Thursday, February 4
10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM
75 minutes Traditionally, education for young children has been delivered through a preschool then K – 12 experience. However, there is a strong research base and growing awareness of the importance of a coherent system of support for families and children along the P - 3 (age-three to grade-three) continuum in order to promote school success. In this session, participants will hear from state, district and school leaders who are taking steps to approach their elementary grades work from a P – 3 perspective. Melissa Colsman, Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Unit, CDE
#03 The Future of Accountability and Assessment Westminster I Thursday, February 4
10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM
75 minutes During this session, CDE staff will share the drafts for the next iteration of the School and District Performance Frameworks. Additionally, CDE will lead a conversation around pilot projects intended to help educators learn about how assessment and accountability could broaden in Colorado in future years. Elliott Asp, Interim Commissioner, CDE
#04 Impacting Educator Effectiveness by Building Professional Capital Cotton Creek I Thursday, February 4
10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM
75 minutes Attendees of this session will learn how to plan for positive transformation by facilitating focused learning conversations that inspire individual aspirations toward signature performance. Explore collaboration models that have amplified and accelerated educators’ professional growth resulting in student success. Learn how developing social capital within an organization increases professional capital and expands sustainable leadership. Participants will create a collaborative framework that will increase their own capacity to impact professional effectiveness. Roberta Reed, District Instructional Coach, Cherry Creek School District
#05 Measures of Student Learning: Implementing Vision Cotton Creek II Thursday, February 4
10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM
75 minutes Partipants will work together as a community of educators to develop their understanding of Measures of Student Learning for use in the educator effectiveness system. This session includes interactive opportunities to pose questions, norm on values and learn from each other. Participants will leave with more clarity about the system and ideas for moving forwards. Sed Keller, Educator Effectiveness, CDE
#06 Navigating Change: Continuing the Exploration Meadowbrook I Thursday, February 4
10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM
75 minutes This session will build on the Navigating Change session offered during the 2015 CASE Summer Leadership Convention, though attendance at this previous session is not required for participation in the current session. This session will provide participants with an overview of the Colorado Education Initiative’s Navigating Change Tool and will continue the exploration of the tool to include topics such as change readiness, mindsets for change and engaging teacher leaders in the change process. Leslie Burkholder, Director, Professional Learning, Colorado Education Initiative
#07 Leaving Opportunity on the Table: Facing the Colorado Budget Conundrum Meadowbrook II Thursday, February 4
10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM
75 minutes In this session, participants will explore the current economic and budget situation in Colorado and review opportunities for change. Led by state budget expert Carol Hedges, the Executive Director of the Colorado Fiscal Insititute, this session will help education leaders more fully understand Colorado’s unique budget situation. Carol Hedges, Executive Director, Colorado Fiscal Institute
#08 Migrant Education: Serving a Family Near You Windsor Thursday, February 4
10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM
75 minutes This presentation will consist of a panel of regional directors discussing the benefits and opportunities for serving migrant children and youth in Colorado districts and schools. Participants will learn how to be part of the academic success of migrant students and families in their communities. Tomas Mejia, State Migrant Director, CDE
#09 District Conditions for Supporting Low-Performing Schools Waverly Thursday, February 4
10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM
75 minutes Low-performing schools face many challenges in meeting the learning needs of all students. Districts play an essential role in supporting and holding them accountable to higher performance. In this session, participants will gain an understanding of some key district conditions and systems that can help or hinder schools. Participants will engage with one another in a case study and complete a self-assessment tool about their own districts' conditions. This session will introduce some of the learning and resources that currently exist in the CDE turnaround support programs. Peter Sherman, Executive Director School and District Performance, CDE
#10 Building a Culture that Thrives in the 21st Century Classroom Westminster III Thursday, February 4
1:00 PM -- 2:15 PM
75 minutes You can put as much technology as you want in the classroom, but it doesn’t mean positive change will occur. If all teachers, students and parents are not brought in to the conversation, then technology initiatives will not succeed. In this session, participants will learn how to effectively change culture, overcome common technology barriers and create a sustainable 1:Web model. Travis Allen, Founder and Director, iSchool Initiative
#11 Navigating Key Legal Issues Facing Schools and Districts Westminster II Thursday, February 4
1:00 PM -- 2:15 PM
75 minutes Increasingly, school administrators face complex and potentially controversial issues that pose legal implications for schools and districts. From governmental immunity for school districts and school safety, to student data privacy and social media use, it's critical that educators are well-versed in the hottest legal issues and know best how to navigate them. CASE has assembled a panel of expert attorneys to share their insights on these and other topics. Partipants will walk away with practical, immediate strategies. Melissa Gibson, Director of Membership and Strategic Partners, CASE
#12 Broomfield Buddies: A Case Study in Partnering with Community in Creative, Meaningful Ways Westminster I Thursday, February 4
1:00 PM -- 2:15 PM
75 minutes If it truly takes a village to raise children; how do educators engage the whole community (school community, faith community and business community) to walk alongside schools and help improvement efforts? This case study presents the grassroots story of two principals and a faith leader in a Denver suburb who formed their own non-profit to help support the mental health needs of students. Tracy Stegall, Principal, Aspen Creek PreK-8, Boulder Valley School District
F1 The Future of Education: A Secondary Teacher's Perspective Windsor Thursday, February 4
1:00 PM -- 1:25 PM
25 minutes Join Mark Thorsen, PhD, as he shares his perspective on the future of education. He'll pose the question "Why do we need an educational climate that nurtures wise actors and how do we get there?"
Mark Thorsen, PhD, Social Studies Teacher, Ponderosa High School
F2 The Future of Education: An Assistant Principal's Perspective Waverly Thursday, February 4
1:00 PM -- 1:25 PM
25 minutes Join Rachel Heide, Colorado's Assistant Principal of the Year, as she shares her perspective on the future of education in Colorado. She'll envision a preferred future for students while building teacher leadership through an inside-out approach. Rachel Heide, Assistant Principal, Eerie Pre-AP Middle School, St. Vrain Valley School District
F3 The Future of Education: A Superintendent's Perspective Windsor Thursday, February 4
1:30 PM -- 1:55 PM
25 minutes Join Bruce Messinger, Superintendent in Boulder Valley School District and the 2016 Colorado Superintendent of the Year as he shares his perspective on the future of education. He'll share why he believes the time is right to seize an opportunity to provide positive, proactive leadership in public education. Now is the right time to ensure success for all students by securing talent, building partnerships and delivering high-quality learning. Bruce Messinger, Superintendent, Boulder Valley School District
F4 The Future of Education: A CASE Partner's Perspective Waverly Thursday, February 4
1:30 PM -- 1:55 PM
25 minutes Join Randall Peterson, the Colorado Education Association's Director of Professional Practices, as he shares his perspective on the future of education in Colorado. Randall Peterson, Director of Professional Practice, Colorado Education Association
F5 The Future of Education: An Elementary Teacher's Perspective Windsor Thursday, February 4
2:00 PM -- 2:25 PM
25 minutes Join Phyllis Robinette, National Board Certified Teacher from Lewis Palmer, as she shares her perspective on the future of education in Colorado. She'll look at pathways for the future of educators and how to build a culture of teacher leadership, empowering teachers as they remain in the classroom. Phyllis Robinette, National Board Certified Teacher, Palmer Lake Elementary School, Lewis Palmer School District
F6 The Future of Education: A Principal's Perspective Waverly Thursday, February 4
2:00 PM -- 2:25 PM
25 minutes Join Mitchell Forsberg, CASE President and Gypsum Elementary School Principal, as he shares his perspective on the future of education in Colorado. Mitchell Forsberg, Principal, Gypsum Elementary School, Eagle County Schools
#13 Extraordinary Leaders for Unordinary Times: Navigating the Challenges of Turnaround Leadership Cotton Creek I Thursday, February 4
1:00 PM -- 2:30 PM
90 minutes Presenter Doris Candelaire, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver, will share a theoretical model of turnaround leadership attributes that make a difference in successful school turnaround and how she implemented this model in her school. A panel of turnaround leaders will also share their own experiences related to the turnaround leadership model. Participants in this session will receive support in creating next step actions to instantly apply to their own leadership styles. Doris Candelarie, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Denver
#14 Re-setting Systems for Change: Three to Third Cotton Creek II Thursday, February 4
1:00 PM -- 2:30 PM
90 minutes A district set out to disrupt inequitable patterns that existed in students’ reading improvement plans by ""resetting"" the system at the early childhood level (preschool through third grade). In this session, leaders will demonstrate how they reset a system for increased student achievement through collaborative communication and professional learning opportunities. After recognizing the role of research in collaborative inquiry and goal setting, participants will analyze change models to apply to district- and school-based work. Sandy Ripplinger, Assistant Superintendent, Boulder Valley School District
#15 Bridging Educator Preparation and District Human Capital: Recruiting, Retention and Mentoring Meadowbrook I Thursday, February 4
1:00 PM -- 2:30 PM
90 minutes In this tri-focused presentation, presenters will introduce a model for establishing stronger pathways between school districts and university teacher preparation programs to increase teacher recruitment. Then, presenters will discuss school-based mentor programs as a strategy for recruiting student teachers and retaining new and beginning teachers. Lastly, session participants will take part in a mini-workshop that will serve as an example of professional development in the area of high-performance mentoring. Philip Bernhardt, Department Chair, Secondary Education, K-12 Education, & Educational Technology, Metropolitan State University of Denver
#16 Co-Teaching: Including ALL students in Excellence Meadowbrook II Thursday, February 4
1:00 PM -- 2:30 PM
90 minutes Co-teaching provides English learners with equitable access to cohesive learning opportunities that accelerate their social and academic English. It also provides access to grade-level content and increases overall achievement. This session introduces co-teaching as a programming model, an approach to meeting the academic and language needs of English learners and a structure to include English learners in excellence. Thinking through a change-process activity, participants will reflect and create a plan for steps they will take to ensure success when adopting a co-teaching approach. Holly Porter, Director of English Language Acquisition, Cherry Creek School District
#17 Social Media in K-12: What You Need to Know Now Westminster III Thursday, February 4
2:45 PM -- 4:00 PM
75 minutes Social media plays an important role in supporting K-12 environments. However, social media can also distrupt the learning environment. This presentation assesses the positive aspects of social media, reviews sample policies for students and staff and provides professional development resources related to digital citizenship. Bruce Caughey, Executive Director, CASE
#18 Graduation Guidelines: Update and Implementation Strategies Westminster II Thursday, February 4
2:45 PM -- 4:00 PM
75 minutes Colorado Graduation Guidelines have influenced district board policy. In this session, a diverse panel of educators discuss these changes as well as how to engage parents and community members in this issue. They explain why change (from small adjustments to systemic modifications) makes all the difference for students. Robin Russel, Graduation Guidelines Manager, CDE
#19 Public School Finance Update Westminster I Thursday, February 4
2:45 PM -- 4:00 PM
75 minutes Associate Commissioner for School Finance, Leanne Emm, will lead a timely and in-depth discussion about the state of school finance as the legislative session heats up. This session will focus on the current status of school finance along with plenty of time to read the tea leaves and speculate on potential impacts from the 2016 session. Attendees will better understand the options available to them as they plan for the upcoming school year. Leanne Emm, Associate Commissioner, School Finance & Operations, CDE
#20 Planning in a Time of Transition Cotton Creek I Thursday, February 4
2:45 PM -- 4:00 PM
75 minutes How do educators lead teams through times of transition, rather than just weather it? The solution is to gather information, design an intentional plan and add in a dash of flexibility. This session explores transition models and uses real life examples. Participants and presenters will spend time brainstorming together. Examples will focus on the impact of the state assessment transition and the accountability clock pause on the Unified Improvement Planning (UIP) process and on the transition into the new online UIP system. Lisa Medler, Executive Director, Improvement Planning, CDE
#21 An Avant Garde Approach to Professional Development Cotton Creek II Thursday, February 4
2:45 PM -- 4:00 PM
75 minutes This technology-rich session will address the difficulty every administrator faces when trying to deliver top-quality, highly important professional development to staff. This session includes a discussion of the progressive and unconventional methods to professional development. Since professional development is 24/7, administrators need to be empowered to lead by example. Participants will leave this session armed with a collection of free tools and techniques that will revamp professional development. Insights include using Google Classroom, flipping meetings, technology alternatives and other methods of honoring teacher-mindsets. Christina Rivera, District Technology Coach, Summit School District
#22 Releasing Untapped Potential: What Works for Equity Leadership Meadowbrook I Thursday, February 4
2:45 PM -- 4:00 PM
75 minutes In an interactive format, participants will explore ""Equity Literacy: The skills and dispositions that enable [educators] to recognize, respond to and redress conditions that deny some students access to the educational opportunities enjoyed by their peers and, in doing so, sustain equitable learning environments for all students and families” (Gorski, 2013). Attendees are invited to look at both the challenges and the celebrations with Equity Literacy, and how as leaders, educators are impacting the opportunities every student has to feel welcome and excel academically. Ellen Miller-Brown, Professor of Practice, University of Denver
#23 The Accelerator Project: Updates, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps Meadowbrook II Thursday, February 4
2:45 PM -- 4:00 PM
75 minutes The Colorado Education Initiative’s Accelerator Project partners with teachers, school and district leaders, and education organizations across the state to improve instructional practice, use data to inform instruction and decision-making and create professional development that meets teachers’ needs. During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from district and school leaders working in partnership with CEI across the three learning networks of the Accelerator Project, as well as the Liaison Project. In addition, key lessons learned will be shared from the work thus far, along with what lies ahead as the work continues. Mike Gradoz, Senior Director, Professional Learning, Colorado Education Initiative
#24 Promoting Professional Growth through Learning-Focused Conversations Windsor Thursday, February 4
2:45 PM -- 4:00 PM
75 minutes Supporting educators to move from compliance to self-actualization, self-management and self-direction can be challenging. Learning-Focused Supervision (LFS) has been shown to promote professional growth in standards-based systems. Participants will learn what LFS is, its research base and how it is being used in Colorado to support principal and teacher growth. Ann Pearce, Educator Effectiveness Consultant and Liaison, Santa Fe Trail BOCES
#25 Catapulting Your Concurrent Enrollment Program to New Heights Waverly Thursday, February 4
2:45 PM -- 4:00 PM
75 minutes Concurrent Enrollment is trending, but that doesn't mean it's new. Presented by the founders, administrators and partners of a top-performing concurrent enrollment program in Colorado, this session will inspire attendees to give college-ready students opportunities like never before. Participants will learn how productive partnership strategies with higher education and a deliberate college adjunct development plan can make an early college program perform like the top-rated high school in Colorado. Mary Perez, Director of Concurrent Enrollment, Falcon School District
#101 The Studies Are in: New Information Regarding PERA Cotton Creek I & II Friday, February 5
8:30 AM -- 9:30 AM
60 minutes In 2015, Colorado released independent studies on the cost and efficiency of PERA’s current hybrid defined benefit plan compared to alternative retirement plan designs, and an analysis of PERA’s long-term sustainability. Additionally, new studies from PERA have updated information on the economic impact of retirees, and a progress report on pension reforms. PERA CEO Greg Smith will cover the findings of those studies, what they mean for all of Colorado’s school employees, and answer questions. Greg Smith, Executive Director/CEO, Colorado PERA
#102 Building a Better Colorado Westminster III Friday, February 5
8:30 AM -- 9:30 AM
60 minutes Reeves Brown will provide an update on the Building a Better Colorado project - a non-partisan effort to engage citizens statewide in a coversation about Colorado's initiative and elections processes and fiscal policy. The project will identify consensus policy recommendations and support implementation of those policies on the ballot in November 2016. Reeves Brown, Project Director, Building a Better Colorado
#103 Legislative & Policy Update Meadowbrook I & II Friday, February 5
8:30 AM -- 9:30 AM
60 minutes CASE Lobbyist Elisabeth Rosen will provide a legislative overview of the 2016 session, including bills introduced to date and topics still to come. She will also provide an analysis of the current funding situation and predictions for the future school finance act. Attendees will hear from a panel of leaders from CASE departments, the CASE President, President-Elect and Legislative Co-chairs. Comments and questions during this session are strongly encouraged. Elisabeth Rosen, Lobbyist, CASE
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