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Breakout Sessions: CASE Convention Breakout Sessions are taught by Colorado administrators, policy leaders and researchers with expertise in best practices for public education. Presenters are selected through a highly competitive review process conducted by CASE members and staff. In some cases, vendors co-present with education practitioners who are successfully using the product or service. The range of topics during the Breakout Session time slots offer relevant and applicable information for all seven job-alike CASE departments.

Browse the 2014 Convention Breakout Sessions below.
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# Learning Strand Title Date Time Room Location Description and Presenters
1Communications Leadership Crisis Communications, Preparation and ResponseWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 171 - Crisis Communications, Preparation and Response

Room: BR Peak 17

Delivery Format: Panel Presentation or Symposium
Learning Strand: Communications Leadership

It is not a matter of if, but when you will be called upon to lead during a crisis situation. You need to be prepared to handle a crisis event that could profoundly impact your students, staff and community. Crisis situations take on many forms. The tragic loss of life at Columbine High School has become symbolic of violence in schools. The flooding in Weld County last summer left well over 1,000 students homeless. How does a district respond? We want you to be prepared to lead when it is your time.

Presenter(s): Bruce Caughey, Executive Director, CASE; Mark MacHale, Superintendent, Montrose County School District; Frank DeAngelis, Former Principal, Columbine High School, Jefferson County Schools; Briggs Gamblin, Director of Communications and Legislative Policy, Boulder Valley School District
2Instructional Leadership Tackling MSLs for TeachersWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 162 - Tackling MSLs for Teachers

Room: BR Peak 16

Delivery Format: Panel Presentation or Symposium
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

During this session, participants will review the requirements for Measures of Student Learning (MSLs) in teacher evaluation and hear stories from those who are working through these requirements in meaningful ways. successes. This session provides insights into how these districts and BOCES are tackling this challenging work in order to provide meaningful evaluations for their teachers.

Presenter(s): Chris Vance, Field Support Service Consultant, CDE
3District Leadership Graduation Guidelines: Next StepsWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 153 - Graduation Guidelines: Next Steps

Room: BR Peak 15

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Colorado is implementing focused, strategic improvements in education to ensure that all students are prepared for success in a globally competitive workforce. Districts have already implemented elements of Graduation Guidelines, such as Colorado's Academic Standards, 21st Century Skills and ICAP. This discussion will cover the latest information about what is happening regarding the guidelines and how the implementation will help Colorado align with other reforms.

Presenter(s): Misti Ruthven, Director, Postsecondary Readiness, CDE; Rebecca Holmes, Associate Commissioner for Innovation, Choice, and Engagement, CDE
4District LeadershipYour Worst Nightmare: Risk Management of Student MolestationWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 144 - Your Worst Nightmare: Risk Management of Student Molestation

Room: BR Peak 14

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: District Leadership

This session deals with lessons learned from the sexual molestation case in Colorado Springs District 11. We will review and address the situation involving a School Resource Office with the Colorado Springs Police Department who molested approximately 25 middle school boys in his capacity as a volunteer wrestling coach. In addition, we will focus on lessons learned and the corrective actions implemented as a result of this matter. You will leave with a better understanding of how to prevent these types of issues from happening.

Presenter(s): Glenn Gustafson, Deputy Superintendent and CFO, Colorado Springs District 11
5Assessment LeadershipCFA Administration: Utilizing SchoolVault - an Assessment/Data Management SystemWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peaks 6, 7 & 85 - CFA Administration: Utilizing SchoolVault - an Assessment/Data Management System

Room: BR Peaks 6, 7 & 8

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Assessment Leadership

Gain an understanding of how teachers created an assessment/data management system, SchoolVault, to redefine how they adequately and appropriately diagnose the needs of students, target instruction in the classroom to support mastery, and apply skills in a broader sense. SchoolVault provides an ongoing record of student performance by drilling down to the evidence outcome level in a user-friendly format that helps guide evaluation and analysis of student outcomes.

Presenter(s): Christy Bloomquist, Executive Director of Student Achievement, Durango School District 9-R; Troy Zabel, Superintendent, Bayfield School District; Dan Snowberger, Superintendent, Durango School District 9-R
6Technology Leadership Using Blended Learning to Offer AP throughout ColoradoWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 96 - Using Blended Learning to Offer AP throughout Colorado

Room: BR Peak 9

Delivery Format: Panel Presentation or Symposium
Learning Strand: Technology Leadership

Presenters from two rural Colorado high schools and the Governor's Office of Information Technology will describe how blended learning will be utilized to offer AP courses to students throughout Colorado, including in rural settings. Instructional and technological strategies for the effective use of blended learning to shorten geographic distances will be shared.

Presenter(s): Gregory Hessee, Director, Colorado Education Initiative; Zeb Hayward, Teacher, Fruita Monument High School, Mesa 51; Grant Euler, STEM Director, Jefferson County Schools; Jerry McCarthy, Distance Learning Project Manager, Governor's Office Distance Learning Project
7Instructional Leadership Improving Educational Equity with Academic MindsetsWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 107 - Improving Educational Equity with Academic Mindsets

Room: BR Peak 10

Delivery Format: Case Study
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Decades of research demonstrate that in order to increase academic achievement and promote educational equity, students' academic mindsets, their beliefs about themselves in relation to their academic life, must be healthy (Farrington et al., 2012). Presenters will discuss how they have utilized student focus groups, culturally responsive family engagement and professional development to cultivate equitable classroom practices, strengthen academic mindsets and create learning environments in which all students thrive.

Presenter(s): Erin Yourtz, Equity and Engagement Consultant, Aurora Public Schools; Ron Schumacher, Principal, Elkhart Elementary, Aurora Public Schools
8Instructional Leadership Leading Successful Co-teaching: From Theory to PracticeWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 118 - Leading Successful Co-teaching: From Theory to Practice

Room: BR Peak 11

Delivery Format: Case Study
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

This session is designed to share research-based methods and strategies for co-teaching to meet the needs of English learners in the mainstream classroom. Content will look at the history of a successful co-teaching model, logistics for implementation and identifying elements for change. The focus will be on staffing, classroom placement, time, resources and professional development.

Presenter(s): Holly Porter, ELA Director, Cherry Creek School District; Lisa Drangsholt, ELA Program Coordinator, Cherry Creek School District
9District Leadership P-20 Collaboration and Information SharingWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 129 - P-20 Collaboration and Information Sharing

Room: BR Peak 12

Delivery Format: Panel Presentation or Symposium
Learning Strand: District Leadership

As part of ongoing P-20 collaborative efforts, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, in partnership with CDE, has several data sharing projects underway providing vital information on concurrent enrollment, remedial education, college-going rates, postsecondary success and workforce supply and demand. Join us for a review of the data available through the District at a Glance project, learn about concurrent enrollment and hear about job forecasts.

Presenter(s): Brenda Bautsch, P-20 Alignment Director, CDHE; Michelle Camacho Liu, Postsecondary Readiness Coordinator, CDE; Lauren Victor, Research and Policy Analyst, CDHE
10Communications Leadership Going Out to Bring Them InWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMBR Coppertop II10 - Going Out to Bring Them In

Room: BR Coppertop II

Delivery Format: Case Study
Learning Strand: Communications Leadership

This session will examine home visits at the secondary level. Home visits were conducted at both a middle school and a high school, specifically targeting ELL students and their families. Hear how this process improved parent outreach and communication, established partnerships between school and families and increased parent involvement. Learn about strategies for setting up such a program in your school. This process takes one giant step in closing the achievement gap.

Presenter(s): Joel Rivera, Principal, Summit County School District; Cathy Beck, Principal, Summit County School District
11District Leadership International Benchmarking: Comparing the Practices of the World's Best Education SystemsWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMBR Coppertop III11 - International Benchmarking: Comparing the Practices of the World's Best Education Systems

Room: BR Coppertop III

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Dr. Glass will review the process and lessons learned from educational international benchmarking. He will review practices and strategies employed in the world's best education systems and compare those to reform strategies employed here in the United States and in Colorado.

Presenter(s): Jason Glass, Superintendent and Chief Learner, Eagle County Schools
12District Leadership Achieving District Vision, Mission and Goals through Strategic PlanningWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMBR Imperial Ballroom12 - Achieving District Vision, Mission and Goals through Strategic Planning

Room: BR Imperial Ballroom

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Boulder Valley School District leadership presents a strategic planning process to implement the district’s vision, mission and goals, involving community, teachers, and school/district leadership through the development of action plans. The ten strategic planning action teams focus on strategic areas established through a community consensus-based process that ensured involvement of all stakeholders. The inclusive planning process assures broad ownership and commitment to the strategies in all schools and the community.

Presenter(s): Bruce Messinger, Superintendent, Boulder Valley School District; Deirdre Pilch, Deputy Superintendent, Boulder Valley School District; Ronald Cabrera, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services and Equity, Boulder Valley School District; Shelly Landgraf, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Boulder Valley School District
13Instructional Leadership What Elementary Principals Need to Know about Preschool through Third Grade PoliciesWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMDT Columbine A13 - What Elementary Principals Need to Know about Preschool through Third Grade Policies

Room: DT Columbine A

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Colorado's policy agenda for preschool through third grade necessitates new practices in elementary schools.This session will address the changes required due to the Colorado READ Act, the school readiness initiative, Colorado's new Quality Rating and Improvement System, and the Colorado Academic Standards. School and district leaders will engage with an organizing framework for preschool through third grade to enhance the quality and coherence of programming for our youngest learners.

Presenter(s): Melissa Colsman, Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Unit, CDE; Sharon Triolo-Moloney, Director, Office of Early Learning and School Readiness, CDE; Brian Sevier, Standards Implementation Project Director, CDE; Pati Montgomery, Executive Director, Office of Literacy, CDE
14District Leadership The PoWeR in Improvement PlanningWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMDT Columbine B14 - The PoWeR in Improvement Planning

Room: DT Columbine B

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) is a vital student outcome that includes both academic preparation and demonstration of college and career readiness. This session supports schools and districts in understanding data that reflect PWR in students, such as disaggregated dropout rates, transfers to GED programs, CTE participation, FAFSA and college remediation rates. Tools presented will assist in translating these data points in a way that facilitates effective planning and monitoring of performance goals and interventions.

Presenter(s): Cori Canty, Principal Consultant, CDE; Erin Loften, Principal Consultant, CDE; Peter Fritz, Program Manager, CDE
15Evaluation Leadership Classroom Observations for Instructional ImprovementWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMDT Columbine C15 - Classroom Observations for Instructional Improvement

Room: DT Columbine C

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Evaluation Leadership

This session will focus on identifying and describing the factors that a principal or administrator should consider to successfully implement classroom observations intended to help teachers make instructional improvements to their teaching. Attention will be given to the dilemma of classroom observations for formative versus summative use.

Presenter(s): Margaret Scott, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
16District Leadership Strategic School Design: Maximizing Schedule, Budget and PersonnelWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMDT Mt. Elbert A16 - Strategic School Design: Maximizing Schedule, Budget and Personnel

Room: DT Mt. Elbert A

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Strategic schools use their resources-people, time and money-flexibly and strategically in order to achieve their mission, meet goals, and uphold high aspirations for all students. This presentation will share a number of scheduling and budgeting tools developed to give schools maximum autonomy and flexibility in order to maximize their key resources to enhance student achievement.

Presenter(s): Rob Stein, Assistant Superintendent, Roaring Fork School District; Shannon Pelland, Assistant Superintendent, Roaring Fork School District
17District Leadership Managing a Growing Program without a Growing BudgetWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMDT Mt. Elbert B17 - Managing a Growing Program without a Growing Budget

Room: DT Mt. Elbert B

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Legislation passed in 2009 opened the doors for concurrent enrollment statewide and this option has become a popular choice among families and districts. Although most of us would agree concurrent enrollment is a wonderful opportunity for students, managing growth without additional funding can be challenging. This session will present various best practices from the secondary and post-secondary levels focused on managing growth and promoting student success.

Presenter(s): Margo Leone, Concurrent Enrollment Coordinator, Front Range Community College; Tammy Ward, Director of Concurrent Enrollment, Arapahoe Community College
18Assessment Leadership CMAS Assessment UpdateWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMDT Lupine18 - CMAS Assessment Update

Room: DT Lupine

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Assessment Leadership

Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) include both Colorado-developed science and social studies assessments and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) English language arts and mathematics assessments. These assessments differ from prior ones in terms of content, rigor and delivery. Preparation activities for administering these online assessments, as well as next year’s assessments, will be shared. Descriptions of the assessments, as well as intended uses, will be discussed. Opportunity to ask questions will be provided.

Presenter(s): Joyce Zurkowski, Executive Director, CDE; Christina Wirth-Hawkins, Director of Assessment Development, CDE
19Technology Leadership Making the Most of Your Educator Evaluation DataWednesday, July 2310:30AM - 11:45AMDT Paintbrush19 - Making the Most of Your Educator Evaluation Data

Room: DT Paintbrush

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: Technology Leadership

How can districts, principals, and teachers use data from the new evaluation system to inform professional development and improve their evaluation system? This session will focus on commonly available data dashboards, reports and tools that enable educators to meaningfully analyze their systems and plan for continuous improvement. CDE will share methods for using this data to find actionable trends and patterns, as well as field specific questions from the audience.

Presenter(s): Sed Keller, Assessment Implementation Specialist, CDE; Ann Pearce, Retired Director of Special Education, Sheridan Schools
21District Leadership Colorado Competes - Changes in Higher Ed Policies, Practices and ResourcesWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 1721 - Colorado Competes - Changes in Higher Ed Policies, Practices and Resources

Room: BR Peak 17

Delivery Format: Panel Presentation or Symposium
Learning Strand: District Leadership

As students prepare for postsecondary success, the Colorado Department of Higher Education has reorganized to provide seamless pathways to college and beyond. This session will provide an update on Colorado Competes, how CDHE can support your faculty, counselors, students and families with reliable information about postsecondary opportunities. Topics include: New Admission and Remediation Policies, Earning College Credit, Educator Prep, Data, the Colorado Challenge, P-20 partnerships, and available resources (Colorado GEAR UP, College In Colorado, etc.).

Presenter(s): Dawn Taylor Owens, Executive Director, College in Colorado; Brenda Bautsch, Director of P-20 Alignment, CDHE; Ian MacGillivray, Associate Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, CDHE
22Assessment Leadership Student Attribution Under Educator EffectivenessWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peaks 15 & 1622 - Student Attribution Under Educator Effectiveness

Room: BR Peaks 15 & 16

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Assessment Leadership

This session will discuss multiple models in which students could be attributed to educators to support measures for Educator Effectiveness. This will include a comparison and contrast of classroom models, business rules for eligibility and roster validations. Also discussed will be an overview of the Teacher Student Data Link, how roster validation can be utilized within the collection, and different ways that vendors are working to accommodate roster validation.

Presenter(s): Margaret Ruckstuhl, Research, Data and Accountability Officer, Harrison School District; Chris Vance, Field Support Service Consultant, CDE
23Instructional Leadership Meeting the Developmental AND Academic Needs of Young Learners: Can It Be Done?Wednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 1423 - Meeting the Developmental AND Academic Needs of Young Learners: Can It Be Done?

Room: BR Peak 14

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

With all of the initiatives focused on preschool through third grade, educators may feel they have to choose between following developmentally appropriate practices and high academic expectations. In this session we'll explore the relationship between academics and the developmental domains and hear advice from educators, education leaders, and early childhood experts about designing learning environments that work for young children and lead to higher achievement.

Presenter(s): Melissa Colsman, Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Unit, CDE; Douglas Clements, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, University of Denver; Sharon Triolo-Moloney, Director, Office of Early Learning and School Readiness, CDE; Brian Sevier, Standards Implementation Project Director, CDE; Carrie Germeroth, Assistant Director of Research at the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, University of Denver; Rachel Anderberg, Senior Consultant, CDE
24District Leadership Pay for Success: Innovation in Funding Early Childhood ProgramsWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peaks 6, 7 & 824 - Pay for Success: Innovation in Funding Early Childhood Programs

Room: BR Peaks 6, 7 & 8

Delivery Format: Panel Presentation or Symposium
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Pay for Success (PFS) funding and contracts are an innovative approach to funding early childhood programs, such as preschool. Under PFS, governments (e.g., school districts) enter into performance-based contracts in which the government is only obligated to pay based upon actual outcomes achieved. Foundations and private investors provide the upfront funding needed for early childhood programs and receive success payments only based upon the outcomes achieved.

Presenter(s): Tyler Jaeckel, Government Innovations Fellow, Governor's Office; Mary Wickersham, Director, Center for Education Policy Analysis; Ken Weil, Consultant, Social Impact Solutions
25Instructional Leadership Metacognition: Reading Comprehension::Mathematical Practices: MathWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 925 - Metacognition: Reading Comprehension::Mathematical Practices: Math Success

Room: BR Peak 9

Delivery Format: Demonstration
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Teaching math without understanding Mathematical Practices is like teaching reading comprehension without teaching metacognition. Cognitive rigor is in; focusing on getting just one, right answer is out. New math standards, expectations, and assessments require a redefined approach to instruction. This session's content for instructional leaders will include an effective PLAN to guide PreK-12 practitioners to learn about, understand, and implement the 8 Mathematical Practices to increase the number of math proficient students.

Presenter(s): Nan Woodson, Principal Consultant, Mc/REL International
26Instructional Leadership An Early College High School Startup StoryWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 1026 - An Early College High School Startup Story

Room: BR Peak 10

Delivery Format: Case Study
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Within this case study, we share lessons learned after our inaugural year as an Early College High School within Colorado Springs School District 11. Topics include: building college and post-secondary workforce ready partnerships, managing timelines and tuition costs, hiring adjunct faculty, and recruiting and retaining students. In addition, participants are provided with the necessary information to explore starting their own Early College High School.

Presenter(s): Aurora Umana-Arko, Principal, Colorado Springs School District 11; Laurie Maxson, Career Pathways Project Developer, Colorado Springs District 11; Daniel Hoff, Career and Technical Education Director, Colorado Springs District 11; David Engstrom, Senior Principal, Colorado Springs District 11; John Keane, Executive Director, K-12 Schools, Colorado Springs District 11
27Technology Leadership BYOD: Implementation and BeyondWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 1127 - BYOD: Implementation and Beyond

Room: BR Peak 11

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: Technology Leadership

Led by a Dream Team, guided by differentiated professional development, and fueled by collaborative leadership and partnerships, BYOD: Implementation and Beyond captures one school's successful journey into a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment to transform teaching and learning. Dream Team members from Monarch High School in Boulder Valley School District share ideas on successful BYOD implementation and discuss problems of practice with attendees.

Presenter(s): Jerry Anderson, Principal, Monarch High School, Boulder Valley School District; Mark Sibley, Assistant Principal, Monarch High School, Boulder Valley School District; Tony Tolbert, Teacher, Monarch High School, Boulder Valley School District; Linda Hubbard, Dean, Monarch High School, Boulder Valley School District; Kevin Lowe, Teacher, Monarch High School, Boulder Valley School District
28District Leadership Managing Stress for Better Work-Life BalanceWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 1228 - Managing Stress for Better Work-Life Balance

Room: BR Peak 12

Delivery Format: Demonstration
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Educators are under tremendous pressure to do more with fewer resources. How can we take care of ourselves under these conditions? First, it's important to know what stress does to our cognitive, emotional and physical capacities. Second, we need evidence-based practices that help us regulate our lives, our work and ourselves. This workshop will address both of these topics, leaving you with some of the tools you need to manage stress and find balance.

Presenter(s): Rona Wilensky, Director of Mindfulness Programs, Passageworks Institute; Kevin Hamilton, Director of Benefits and Human Resources Information Systems, Boulder Valley School District
29Instructional Leadership In Pursuit of Excellence: Who's included and Who's not?Wednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMBR Coppertop II29 - In Pursuit of Excellence: Who's included and Who's not?

Room: BR Coppertop II

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Using a filter for Inclusive Excellence, learn how leaders in the Cherry Creek School District are changing the discourse and course of action relative to closing opportunity gaps for students. By focusing on goals and deliberately considering who's included and who's not included in excellence, teachers and administrators target efforts specific to creating structures of opportunity, which include EVERY child in excellence.

Presenter(s): Robyn Duran, Executive Director of Excellence and Equity, Cherry Creek School District; Floyd Cobb, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Cherry Creek School District
30District Leadership Performance Frameworks 2.0: Redesign Considerations and Stakeholder FeedbackWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMBR Coppertop III30 - Performance Frameworks 2.0: Redesign Considerations and Stakeholder Feedback

Room: BR Coppertop III

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: District Leadership

The purpose of this session is to discuss the future of the Colorado School and District Performance frameworks. This session will present the transition plan for the frameworks while providing an overview of the redesign considerations and criteria for evaluating these considerations. Included will be a dialogue about the work while obtaining additional feedback concerning the suggested metrics and measures and criteria of Performance Frameworks 2.0 (to be released in the fall of 2016).

Presenter(s): Jessica Knevals, Principal Consultant, CDE; Alyssa Pearson, Executive Director of Accountability and Data Analysis, CDE; Dan Jorgensen, Principal Consultant, CDE
31Communications Leadership Engaging Voices and Building Trust in Strategic PlanningWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMDT Columbine B31 - Engaging Voices and Building Trust in Strategic Planning

Room: DT Columbine B

Delivery Format: Case Study
Learning Strand: Communications Leadership

The Roaring Fork School District worked in partnership with the Civic Canopy to develop an inclusive visioning and strategic planning process in order to build trust, engage all voices, and set direction for the future of the district. More than 1,000 individuals participated in a series of meetings that led to the development of a strategic plan. This workshop will provide hands-on modeling and tools for other districts and schools to engage in similar work.

Presenter(s): Rob Stein, Assistant Superintendent, Roaring Fork School District; Jeanne Mackowski, Communications Director, Roaring Fork School District; Drew O'Connor, VP of Place-based Initiatives, Civic Canopy; Bill Fulton, President, Civic Canopy
32Communications LeadershipCANCELLED: Comprehensive and Sustainable Family-School-Community Partnership StructuresWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMDT Columbine C32 - Comprehensive and Sustainable Family-School-Community Partnership Structures (CANCELLED)

Room: DT Columbine C

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Communications Leadership

Strong leadership is essential for successful comprehensive and sustainable partnership structures. Drawing from research and evidence from successful district leaders, learn what your district and school administrators can do to improve the school climate, support distributed leadership, encourage teachers to engage families, and help develop strong partnership structures. Examples of strong leadership from across Colorado and nationally will be shared.

Presenter(s): Darcy Hutchins, Family Partnership Director, CDE
33District Leadership Overview of Suicide Prevention and Intervention for SchoolsWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMDT Mt. Elbert A33 - Overview of Suicide Prevention and Intervention for Schools

Room: DT Mt. Elbert A

Delivery Format: Case Study
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Colorado youth aged 10-24 and has seriously impacted many Colorado schools. Join us for this session as we present an overview that will include the scope of the problem, both nationally and in Colorado, and provide prevention and intervention tools and resources for all educators and school staff.

Presenter(s): Christine Harms, Director, Colorado School Safety Resource Center; Anna Gisetti, School Outreach Consultant, Colorado School Safety Resource Center
34Communications Leadership Protecting Students and Staff when using Social MediaWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMDT Mt. Elbert B34 - Protecting Students and Staff when using Social Media

Room: DT Mt. Elbert B

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue Learning Strand: Communications Leadership

We will be sharing the practices and policies that Academy School District 20 has put in place for the use of social media in the classroom.

Presenter(s): Shelley Kooser, Chief Information Officer, Academy School District 20; Patricia Richardson, Director for Legal Relations, Academy School District 20
35Instructional Leadership New Strategies in Educator Effectiveness: STEM and Next-Gen LearningWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMDT Lupine35 - New Strategies in Educator Effectiveness: STEM and Next-Gen Learning

Room: DT Lupine

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Participants will discover the connections between Colorado's standards for effective teaching and school leadership and Colorado's vision for providing all students with excellent STEM and next generation learning opportunities.

Presenter(s): Angela Baber, Director, Initiatives, Colorado Education Initiative; Samantha Long, Director, Initiatives, Colorado Education Initiative
36Evaluation Leadership Staff Development Aligned to Teacher and Principal Effectiveness StandardsWednesday, July 231:45PM - 3:00PMDT Paintbrush36 - Staff Development Aligned to Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Standards

Room: DT Paintbrush

Delivery Format: Demonstration
Learning Strand: Evaluation Leadership

eNetColorado and the Colorado BOCES Association provide districts and teachers access to a series of over ten online staff development courses aligned to the Teacher and Principal Quality Standards. Courses have graduate credit from Adams State University, registration fees are $100 or less, and BOCES and districts can deploy these titles at a significant discount. Courses are delivered online in a blended format, customized to Colorado standards and facilitated by Colorado educators.

Presenter(s): Dan Morris, Executive Director, eNetColorado
41Instructional Leadership Strategies for Educator Effectiveness: Comprehensive Health StandardsThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 1741 - Strategies for Educator Effectiveness: Comprehensive Health Standards

Room: BR Peak 17

Delivery Format: Panel Presentation or Symposium
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

This session will engage participants in gaining an understanding of how the educator rubric and the comprehensive health and physical education standards promote a healthy, safe and engaging learning environment in both classroom and school settings. Participants will be able to use the activities presented in this session at their respective school sites.

Presenter(s): Mike Gradoz, Director, Initiatives, Colorado Education Initiative; Amy Dyett, Director, Initiatives, Colorado Education Initiative; Finessa Ferrell, Director, Initiatives, Colorado Education Initiative
42Instructional Leadership Creating Instructional Units in the Sample Curriculum ProjectThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 1642 - Creating Instructional Units in the Sample Curriculum Project

Room: BR Peak 16

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

In this session, participants will explore the unit development process utilized in the District Sample Curriculum Project, consider the usage and components of the units, and examine/discuss the (new) unit-development process guide. This guide is intended to enable educators across the state to replicate the process of translating curriculum samples into full units. This session will use interactive dialogue to examine the guide and will include participation by the Colorado educator authors involved in creating the units.

Presenter(s): Brian Sevier, Standards Project Director, CDE; Karla Allenbach, Executive Director, Learning Services, Mapleton School District; John Kaufman, Superintendent, Plainview School District; Linda Murray, Assistant Superintendent, Woodland Park School District
43Instructional Leadership Designing, Delivering, and Evaluating English Language Development ProgrammingThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 1543 - Designing, Delivering, and Evaluating English Language Development Programming

Room: BR Peak 15

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Learn about the tools and resources in the revised English learner guidebook. Gain a deeper understanding of the tools and resources through a hands-on review of a variety of Colorado district ELD program plans. Leave empowered to engage leadership and educators to use the tools and resources needed to ensure English learners meet the goal of every Colorado student graduating from high school ready for college and career.

Presenter(s): Liliana Graham, Language, Culture and Equity Director, CDE; Georgina Owen, ELD Specialist, CDE
44District Leadership TABOR and Other Contracting Pitfalls in Financing TransactionsThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 1444 - TABOR and Other Contracting Pitfalls in Financing Transactions

Room: BR Peak 14

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: District Leadership

This interactive session is designed for all business officers and other district personnel who are responsible for contracting. The presenters will discuss the various pitfalls and problematic provisions commonly seen in contracts that school districts are asked to sign. Attendees will learn how to address or, at a minimum, how to identify unfavorable contract clauses that could get their districts into trouble. The material presented will help you be more careful in your future dealings.

Presenter(s): Coulter Bump, Attorney, Caplan and Earnest, LLC; Jim Branum, Attorney, Caplan and Earnest, LLC
45Technology Leadership 1:1: Two Districts, Two StoriesThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peaks 6, 7 & 845 - 1:1: Two Districts, Two Stories

Room: BR Peaks 6, 7 & 8

Delivery Format: Case Study
Learning Strand: Technology Leadership

School districts throughout Colorado are ramping up access to technology for staff and students to create engaging, relevant learning experiences. Come join two very different school districts, Englewood Schools and St. Vrain Valley Schools, as they roll out thousands of iPads to grades K-12. Your hosts will share lessons learned around infrastructure, policy, personnel, planning and professional development.

Presenter(s): Mike Porter, Director of Information Technology, Englewood Schools; Michelle Bourgeois, Project Manager, Learning Technology Plan, St. Vrain Valley Schools
46Instructional Leadership ICAPs: Unfunded Mandate or Best Practice for Postsecondary Readiness?Thursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 946 - ICAPs: Unfunded Mandate or Best Practice for Postsecondary Readiness?

Room: BR Peak 9

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

All students need to be ready to succeed in a postsecondary setting to allow them to achieve their aspirations. Students need to make connections between the academic content they are learning and their goals and future aspirations. ICAP, when implemented in a meaningful manner, is a tool that can help in this process. This session is prestened by two ICAP experts on current research, best practices and meaningful implementation strategies.

Presenter(s): Tracy Thompson, ICAP Implementation Specialist, Colorado Community College System; Scott Solberg, Associate Dean for Research Professor, Counseling and Human Development, Boston University
47District Leadership Special Education 2.0: From Compliance to AchievementThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 1047 - Special Education 2.0: From Compliance to Achievement

Room: BR Peak 10

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Tired of the gotcha spirit of Special Education compliance monitoring? The Results Driven Accountability Team will discuss the shift occurring in the state to self-monitoring processes being implemented in the Fall of 2014. Focusing on a partnership with the local district or administrative unit to improve outcomes for students with disabilities, this is an important session for district leadership. We will discuss reasons for the shift and on how it will impact Special Education at the local level.

Presenter(s): Randy Boyer, Assistant Commissioner, CDE; Faye Gibson, Supervisor, Statewide Professional Development Initiatives, Exceptional Student Services Unit, CDE; Judy Stirman, Director, Student Outcomes, CDE
48Technology Leadership Early Promises of 1:1 Device ImplementationThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 1148 - Early Promises of 1:1 Device Implementation

Room: BR Peak 11

Delivery Format: Demonstration
Learning Strand: Technology Leadership

This session will address whether employing 1:1 devices increases achievement and how to measure its effectiveness. A school in Summit School District implemented 1:1 iPad devices for students in fourth grade and its data (qualitative and quantitative) indicate that achievement has risen dramatically where the devices have been employed. Neither teachers or curriculum have changed, yet achievement is increasing. Achievement has also increased in two subgroups-free and reduced lunch students and students who are second language learners.

Presenter(s): Crystal Miller, Elementary Principal, Summit School District; Shelly Wasson, Media Specialist, Summit School DIstrict; Christina Rivera, Tech Specialist, Summit School DIstrict; Trish Winter, Teacher, Summit School District
49Instructional Leadership Moving from Zero Tolerance to Supportive School DisciplineThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Peak 1249 - Moving from Zero Tolerance to Supportive School Discipline

Room: BR Peak 12

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Colorado school districts annually report disciplinary incidents and actions taken to CDE. Workshop participants will review state data against the legislation that ended zero tolerance policies. The workshop will cover the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, which is calling attention to the discipline gap between student groups and outlines a process for a safe school climate. Materials on best practices, alternatives to suspension and effective strategies will be provided.

Presenter(s): Juliana Rosa, Research and Evaluation Specialist, CDE; Judith Martinez, Director of Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement, CDE; Kenlyn Newman, Director, Intervention Services, Adams 12 Five Star Schools
50Instructional Leadership Executive Functions and EducationThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Base Nine Lounge50 - Executive Functions and Education

Room: BR Base Nine Lounge

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Executive functions (EF) are processes responsible for the ability to engage in purposeful, organized, strategic, self-regulated, goal-directed behavior. The caliber of EF skills is directly related to brain development and experiential sculpting. EF skills are one reason students walk away from high school with a diploma in hand. EF instruction aligns with Common Core. This presentation will focus on the development of EF and general guidelines/delivery models to teach these game-changing skills.

Presenter(s): Monica Smith, Neuropsychologist and School Psychologist
51Instructional Leadership Using Simple Research Techniques to Transform Student LearningThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Coppertop II51 - Using Simple Research Techniques to Transform Student Learning

Room: BR Coppertop II

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

School-based practitioners will share easy-to-use research techniques and then explain how they incorporated them into their daily practice so that learning and learning opportunities for their students in elementary, middle and high schools would be enhanced. There will be time for questions and answers as well as audience sharing of their successes with action research.

Presenter(s): Ellen Miller-Brown, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Denver; Kristina Hesbol, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Denver; Tim McNerney, Assistant Principal, Green Mountain High School, Jefferson County Public Schools; Carolee Jackson, Coordinator of Student Re-entry Resource Center, Mapleton Public Schools; Melissa Kloster, Instructional Coach, Adams 12 Five Star Schools
52Instructional Leadership English Learners and Gifted Programming: Identify, Plan, ServeThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Coppertop III52 - English Learners and Gifted Programming: Identify, Plan, Serve

Room: BR Coppertop III

Delivery Format: Case Study
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Culturally and linguistically diverse learners continue to be under-represented in gifted programming due to a lack of understanding of their unique educational and socio-cultural needs. This presentation addresses research-based frameworks for identifying gifted English Learners (ELs), outlines critical cultural considerations, and provides practical guidelines for planning and serving their culturally and linguistically diverse learning needs. Applicable strategies for practitioners and implications for future practice will also be discussed.

Presenter(s): Robin Carey, Director, Personalized Learning, Douglas County School District; Remy Rummel, Coordinator, English Language Development, Douglas County School District; Natasha Straayer, Coordinator, Gifted Education, Douglas County School District
53District Leadership Moving to Zero Dropouts: Boulder Valley Graduates InitiativeThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMBR Imperial Ballroom53 - Moving to Zero Dropouts: Boulder Valley Graduates Initiative

Room: BR Imperial Ballroom

Delivery Format: Case Study
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Boulder Valley School District has decreased their dropout rate by over 65% and significantly increased graduation rates for impacted students in the last five years by providing a comprehensive continuum of services and support. Learn how to ensure every student has a meaningful plan for graduation and beyond.

Presenter(s): Deirdre Pilch, Deputy Superintendent, Boulder Valley School district; Michele Deberry, Executive Director of Student Services, Boulder Valley School District; Bruce Messinger, Superintendent, Boulder Valley School District
54Instructional Leadership Connecting the School Performance Frameworks and UIPs to Measures of Student LearningThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMDT Columbine A54 - Connecting the School Performance Frameworks and UIPs to Measures of Student Learning

Room: DT Columbine A

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

During this session, participants will consider methods for using the School Performance Framework (SPF) and District Performance Framework (DPF) as measures of student learning (MSLs) for principals. As an outcome, participants will make connections between the measures of student learning and their Unified Improvement Plans (UIPs).

Presenter(s): Toby King, Director of Evaluation and Support, CDE; Alyssa Pearson, Executive Director of Accountability and Data Analysis, CDE; Lisa Medler, Executive Director of Improvement Planning, CDE
55Evaluation Leadership Educator Effectiveness from A to Z in a Small DistrictThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMDT Columbine B55 - Educator Effectiveness from A to Z in a Small District

Room: DT Columbine B

Delivery Format: Case Study
Learning Strand: Evaluation Leadership

How do you implement Educator Effectiveness in a smaller district with limited resources? Over the past two years, Woodland Park School District took on the challenge of designing a system that addresses all aspects of SB 191. During this session, we will share a systematic approach which could be replicated and beneficial to any district. This approach includes addressing both professional practices and student measures of learning, using a robust user-friendly online customizable tool.

Presenter(s): Tina Cassens, Director of Educator Effectiveness and Instructional Technology, Woodland Park School District; Jed Bowman, Superintendent, Woodland Park School District; Linda Murray, Assistant Superintendent, Woodland Park School District; Kay Lynn Waddell, Principal, Gateway Elementary School, Woodland Park School District; Lisa Kitson, Teacher, Gateway Elementary School, Woodland Park School District
56Instructional Leadership SACPIE: Partnering with Families to Increase Student AchievementThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMDT Columbine C56 - SACPIE: Partnering with Families to Increase Student Achievement

Room: DT Columbine C

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

The State Advisory Council on Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) was created in 2009 by the Colorado state legislature and represents P-20 education. The Council's responsibilities include reviewing best practices and recommending strategies to increase student achievement and school completion. This presentation will describe the legal and research base for partnering with families as applied to daily teacher and administrator practices. Practical strategies for engaging parents as partners will be shared.

Presenter(s): Sandy Ripplinger, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership, Boulder Valley School District
57Instructional Leadership Academic Parent Teacher Teams--A Student's First InterventionThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMDT Mt. Elbert A57 - Academic Parent Teacher Teams-A Student's First Intervention

Room: DT Mt. Elbert A

Delivery Format: Panel Presentation or Symposium
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Participants will understand how Meadow Community School implemented Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT),an evidence-based system that is unique and authentic, as a intentional parent engagement and intervention strategy for the purpose of raising achievement for every student in grades PreK-8.

Presenter(s): Jill Fuller, School Director, Meadow K-8, Mapleton School District; Gina Incorvaia, Academic Parent Teacher Teams Coordinator, Meadow K-8, Mapleton School District; Jessica Christensen, Teacher, Meadow K-8, Mapleton School District; Jennifer Hoben, Teacher, Meadow K-8, Mapleton School District
58Assessment Leadership Formative Assessment GRITThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMDT Lupine58 - Formative Assessment GRIT

Room: DT Lupine

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Assessment Leadership

This session will provide participants the opportunity to see and discuss formative assessment in the classroom and to learn how to create a Teacher Learning Community (TLC). Our discussion will be focused on the five strategies of formative assessment by Dylan Wiliam. Participants will watch short clips of the strategies in action and will be provided with ideas, resources and examples on how to set up a TLC. Bonus: every participant will leave with video examples and resources if they bring a USB thumb drive.

Presenter(s): Justin McMillan, Principal, 27J School District
59District Leadership Breaking Bad: Reimagining the Central Office RoleThursday, July 2410:30AM - 11:45AMDT Paintbrush59 - Breaking Bad: Reimagining the Central Office Role

Room: DT Paintbrush

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Learn about and contribute ideas to the design of a central office support team model, focused on an effort to balance district-wide consistency with school-based improvement strategies. Goals of the school support teams include: increase educator efficacy to implement a continuous cycle of standards-based education; provide common messaging and cohesive support from central support teams; increase student performance/growth with new standards; develop trust/collaboration; articulate connections of Educator Effectiveness, Colorado Academic Standards, professional development and UIPs.

Presenter(s): Tracy Dorland, Chief Academic Officer, Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Kari Cocozzella, Executive Director of Schools, Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Kim Walsh, Executive Director of Schools, Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Janette Walters, Executive Director of Schools, Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Priscilla Straughn, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Annette Lambeth, Executive Director of Support Services, Adams 12 Five Star Schools
61Instructional Leadership Understanding and Implementing the PARCC Assessment SystemThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 1761 - Understanding and Implementing the PARCC Assessment System

Room: BR Peak 17

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Participants will learn about how the PARCC assessment system was designed to challenge students and help identify when they're not meeting college and career ready standards so that educators can provide targeted instruction, supports and interventions to ensure all students are ready for college and career. This session will also provide an overview of PARCC implementation including: sample items, accommodations/accessibility features, technology guidelines and educator resources.

Presenter(s): Laura Slover, CEO, PARCC, Inc
62District Leadership District Conditions for Dramatic ImprovementThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 1662 - District Conditions for Dramatic Improvement

Room: BR Peak 16

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: District Leadership

A synthesis of the most current body of research on district turnaround consistently points to a set of key conditions that catalyze and support dramatic, sustained improvement. In this session, participants will collaboratively engage in examining the district level conditions that bolster improvement efforts, understanding methods to analyze current district context, and brainstorming ways to redefine strategies and structures to significantly improve outcomes for students and to sustain improvements over time.

Presenter(s): Lindsey Dulin Jaeckel, Director, Turnaround Support, CDE; Cindy Ward, Performance Manager, CDE; Peter Sherman, Executive Director, District and School Performance Unit, CDE
63Technology Leadership Educational Privacy in the Age of Big DataThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 1563 - Educational Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Room: BR Peak 15

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Technology Leadership

School districts are creating, storing and sharing with third parties more student information than ever before, which has given rise to a number of privacy concerns. This session will identify the legal and practical issues involved in sharing student information with third parties and will discuss best practices for ensuring the privacy and integrity of such information when it is in the hands of others.

Presenter(s): Kristin Edgar, Attorney, Caplan and Earnest, LLC
64Instructional Leadership Improving Student Outcomes While Implementing Colorado's Educational ReformsThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 1464 - Improving Student Outcomes While Implementing Colorado's Educational Reforms

Room: BR Peak 14

Delivery Format: Case Study
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

In this session you will learn how Center Consolidated School District raised its accreditation rating above priority improvement and took Haskin Elementary School from turnaround status to performance rating status in only three years, all while implementing Colorado's CAP4K, SB 191, and READ Act reforms. Attend this session to learn how your school or district can replicate these efforts.

Presenter(s): George Welsh, Superintendent of Schools, Center Consolidated School District; Andrea Kutinsky, Professional Developer, Focal Point
65Instructional Leadership Co-teaching: Meeting the Needs of English LearnersThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peaks 6, 7 & 865 - Co-teaching: Meeting the Needs of English Learners

Room: BR Peaks 6, 7 & 8

Delivery Format: Project-Based Workshop
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Participants will be provided with research-based methods and strategies for co-teaching in the mainstream classroom. This course is designed to provide an overview of how to foster collaborative partnerships between instructional specialists and classroom teachers through the exploration of co-teaching approaches, differentiation for unique needs, and best instructional practices. The focus will be on planning, co-teaching, assessment, reflection and instruction.

Presenter(s): Holly Porter, ELA Director, Cherry Creek School District; Julie Ignacz, ELA Program Coordinator, Cherry Creek School District; Margaret Lucero, ELA Program Coordinator, Cherry Creek School District
66Evaluation Leadership CANCELLED: Standard 6: Student Performance in Teacher EvaluationThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 966 - Standard 6: Student Performance in Teacher Evaluation (CANCELLED)

The Douglas County School District teacher evaluation system is undergoing a significant redesign due to state legislation (50% based on student performance) and priorities within the district strategic plan (authentic learning experiences). A slow and steady tiered rollout provided readiness for implementation. This session will share an overview of the components of the Standard 6 model and the work that school leaders and teacher teams tackled to bring the model to life in their schools.
67Instructional Leadership The READ Act: Moving Beyond Compliance Toward SuccessThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peaks 9 & 1067 - The READ Act: Moving Beyond Compliance Toward Success

Room: BR Peak 10

Delivery Format: Panel Presentation or Symposium
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

The implementation of any new initiative can be overwhelming, and it is often difficult to see beyond compliance requirements.This session will provide participants with models of successful implementation from across the state. This panel discussion with district and school level staff will illustrate how school and district leaders have been able to leverage READ Act requirements and funds to create successful literacy programs. Topics covered will include assessment schedules, intervention, high quality READ Plans and data analysis.

Presenter(s): Rachel Anderberg, Senior Consultant, CDE; Donna Bright, Principal Consultant, CDE; Monty Lammers, Zone Superintendent, District 49; Kim Leon, Principal, Meridian Ranch Elementary, Falcon School District 49; Patti Virden, Principal, Rocky Mountain Elementary School, Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Ron Marostica, Assistant Superintendent of Assessment and Curriculum, Valley RE-1
68Assessment Leadership Understanding the Colorado Growth Model for Continuous ImprovementThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 1168 - Understanding the Colorado Growth Model for Continuous Improvement

Room: BR Peak 11

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Assessment Leadership

Get a conceptual overview of the Colorado Growth Model, including student growth percentiles, median growth percentiles and adequate growth. If you are interested in exploring district and school growth data utilizing the tools found within the SchoolView system, you won't want to miss this breakout. Also, the future of growth reporting and the new ACCESS student reports will be discussed. You will leave this session with a more developed understanding of the Colorado Growth Model.

Presenter(s): Dan Jorgensen, Principal Consultant, CDE
69District Leadership Colorado's Important New Admission- Remediation-Credit Transfer PoliciesThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Peak 1269 - Colorado's Important New Admission- Remediation-Credit Transfer Policies

Room: BR Peak 12

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: District Leadership

Aligning with Graduation Guidelines, CDHE has revised Admission and Remediation Policies to ensure seamless transitions for high school to college, prevent surprises, maximize opportunities and minimize the need for remediation. This session will de-mystify the new Admission Policy (coming into effect in 2019) and current remediation policies and practices, including updates on Concurrent Enrollment, PWR Endorsed Diplomas, Colorado’s Credit Transfer Policies and Practices and integration of Career and Technical Education (CTE) with academic courses and credits.

Presenter(s): Vaughn Toland, Director of Admissions and Outreach, CDHE; Tamara White, Dean of Students, Community College of Aurora; Eric Dunker, Director, Extended Campus, Metropolitan State University of Denver
70District Leadership Colorado School Finance UpdateThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Base Nine Lounge70 - Colorado School Finance Update

Room: BR Base Nine Lounge

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: District Leadership

This session will provide a timely discussion on the 2014 School Finance Act approved by the Legislature and what it means for school districts. Implications for funding and all new requirements will be shared, along with updates on potential policy changes that may be on the horizon. Critical information to help planning for the next school year will be addressed, including: impacts to district funding based on the School Finance Act, new financial requirements for 2014-2015, and other financial issues occurring at the district level.

Presenter(s): Leanne Emm, Associate Commissioner, CDE
71District Leadership What's Next for GASB 68 Implementation?Thursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Coppertop II71 - What's Next for GASB 68 Implementation?

Room: BR Coppertop II

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: District Leadership

It's been a long time coming, and now implementation is finally here. Let's get down to the nuts and bolts of implementing the new standard.

Presenter(s): Cheryl Wallace, Partner, RubinBrown LLP; Rodney Rice, Partner, RubinBrown LLP
72Communications Leadership Managing Safety through Good Hiring PracticesThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Coppertop III72 - Managing Safety through Good Hiring Practices

Room: BR Coppertop III

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Communications Leadership

Employees who have been on the job less than one year account for more than 30% of the total claims costs and number of claims reported to Pinnacol. This session will provide you with information to help you safely introduce new employees to your workplace. As an added bonus, you will learn how to assess existing employees’ abilities to perform their jobs safely and what you can do if they are having trouble doing so.

Presenter(s): Nate Mulhauser, Worker's Compensation Specialist, Wells Fargo Insurance Services
73District Leadership Navigating Current Legal IssuesThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMBR Imperial Ballroom73 - Navigating Current Legal Issues

Room: BR Imperial Ballroom

Delivery Format: Panel Presentation or Symposium
Learning Strand: District Leadership

School administrators increasingly face complex and potentially controversial issues that pose legal implications for your district and schools, and the issues change from year to year. It’s critical that you are well-versed in the hottest legal issues and know how to best navigate them. CASE has assembled a panel of expert attorneys who will share their insights on these and other topics, and you’ll walk away with practical strategies to know how best to handle these difficult situations.

Presenter(s): Stu Stuller, Attorney, Caplan and Earnest, LLC; Alex Halpern, Attorney, Alexander Halpern, LLC; Allen Taggart, Attorney, Caplan and Earnest, LLC; Mike Schreiner, Attorney, Caplan and Earnest, LLC; Melissa Gibson, Director of Partnerships, CASE
74Technology Leadership The Colorado State Model Performance Management System: RANDAThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMDT Columbine A74 - The Colorado State Model Performance Management System: RANDA

Room: DT Columbine A

Delivery Format: Demonstration
Learning Strand: Technology Leadership

This session will address CDE's collaboration with RANDA to create the Colorado State Model Performance Management System. Participants will engage in a live demonstration; have the opportunity to navigate within the system to see how it works from an educator, evaluator, and district perspective; and provide feedback for system development.

Presenter(s): Toby King, Director of Evaluation and Support, CDE; Joslyn Robich, Project Coordinator, CDE
75Instructional Leadership Assessment Transition: Impacting Accountability, Improvement Planning, Educator EffectivenessThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMDT Columbine B75 - Assessment Transition: Impacting Accountability, Improvement Planning, Educator Effectiveness

Room: DT Columbine B

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

The purpose of this session is to discuss the impact of the standards and assessment transitions on accountability, improvement planning and educator effectiveness. A timeline for the data available in the transition year (2015-16) and some options for addressing the data needs for accountability, improvement planning and educator evaluations will be shared. A large portion of the session will include time and a framework for individual/group work around how your individual school/district could handle the challenges.

Presenter(s): Alyssa Pearson, Executive Director Accountability and Data Analysis, CDE; Elliott Asp, Special Assistant to the Commissioner, CDE; Katy Anthes, Executive Director, Educator Effectiveness, CDE; Lisa Medler, Executive Director, Improvement Planning, CDE
76Communications Leadership Social Norming to Address Marijuana and Alcohol UseThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMDT Columbine C76 - Social Norming to Address Marijuana and Alcohol Use

Room: DT Columbine C

Delivery Format: Panel Presentation or Symposium
Learning Strand: Communications Leadership

Colorado's social environment has changed tremendously in a short time. Students are experiencing greater access to marijuana than ever before and perception of harm is at an all-time low. Fortunately, the reality is that student engagement in marijuana use is not typical. Social norming approaches are effective ways to correct misperceptions. National examples will be shared as well as the longevity of a program at Windsor High School and strategies for comprehensive community involvement.

Presenter(s): Laurel Carter, Program Director and Interim Executive Director, Team Fort Collins; Richard Thomas, Windsor High School Assistant Principal and Activities Director, Weld RE4
77Instructional Leadership Brain-based Reading Instruction for School LeadersThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMDT Mt. Elbert A77 - Brain-based Reading Instruction for School Leaders

Room: DT Mt. Elbert A

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

It is critical for instructional leaders to understand what current research says about how kids learn to read. In this session, participants will learn about current research on reading instruction and implications for classroom practice, professional development, and teacher evaluation. This session will focus on reading development and is appropriate for leaders who want to learn more about best practices for core literacy instruction at the elementary level.

Presenter(s): Beth Melton, SPED Literacy Coordinator, NW CO BOCES
78Instructional Leadership What Your Counselor Does to Impact Academic SuccessThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMDT Mt. Elbert B78 - What Your Counselor Does to Impact Academic Success

Room: DT Mt. Elbert B

Delivery Format: Lecture with Interaction
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

This presentation explains effective implementation of a standards-based, developmental, comprehensive school counseling program. This type of program can effectively impact 100% of a school’s students. The effective use of school counselors and their role in the educational system will be clarified.

Presenter(s): Rhonda Williams, Associate Professor, Colorado School Counselor Association (CSCA); Samantha Haviland, CSCA President, CSCA; Matthew McClain, CSCA Past President, CSCA; Jennifer Diethrich, CSCA President-elect, CSCA
79Technology Leadership Student Data Privacy and Security: State Policies and District GuidanceThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMDT Lupine79 - Student Data Privacy and Security: State Policies and District Guidance

Room: DT Lupine

Delivery Format: Collaborative Dialogue
Learning Strand: Technology Leadership

Attend this session for a review of CDE data policy updates, new student data security legislation, and recently released district guidance surrounding student data security and privacy policies. After an overview, the session will encourage interactive dialogue and discussion of FERPA, Cloud Computing, and effective methods of safeguarding student data privacy in an increasingly digital world.

Presenter(s): Dan Domagala, Chief Information Officer, CDE; Corey Kispert, Information Security Officer and Network Manager, CDE
80Instructional Leadership Improving Content Reading through Critical Thinking and AnnotationThursday, July 241:45PM - 3:00PMDT Paintbrush80 - Improving Content Reading through Critical Thinking and Annotation

Room: DT Paintbrush

Delivery Format: Demonstration
Learning Strand: Instructional Leadership

Join us for an interactive, multiple strategy workshop focusing on annotation instruction intended for non-fiction reading through the Gradual Release Model, CCSS, and Google Apps for Education. We will demonstrate guided annotation stops throughout the reading process, involving text from different content areas. Experience how incorporating annotation with guided instruction will provide formative and summative assessment opportunities for approaching critical thinking, in-depth comprehension of reading material, and specific, standards-based content knowledge.

Presenter(s): Melissa Toland, Language Arts Teacher, Littleton Public Schools; Marie Paul, Language Arts Teacher, Littleton Public Schools
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