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The following interactive spreadsheet provides details for the breakout sessions for the 2015 CASE 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.

We look forward to seeing you in February!                                        

 

# Day, Start/
End Time
Session Title Session Description Presenters Learning
Format
Session Learning
Strand
1 Thurs. Feb 5
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Advocacy Toolkit: Your Voice Matters Advocates give voice to the issues, people and principles about which they care. As a Colorado education leader, you are best positioned to advocate for public education and this session will provide you with the tools and information to become an informed, effective and empowered advocate for your public schools. You will leave with a roadmap for creating strong relationships with elected officials. Bring a computer or mobile device with you to this workshop. Bruce Caughey, Executive Director, CASE;

Mitchell Forsberg, Principal, Gypsum Elementary School, Eagle Schools;

Susan Meek, Director of Strategic Engagement and Communications, CASE
Lecture with Interaction Breakout Session I Communications Leadership;

District Leadership
2 Thurs. Feb 5
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Changing Culture in High Poverty Schools A panel of Colorado educators will present the research on the culture of high poverty schools and discuss possible strategies on addressing this issue. You will receive practical suggestions, examples of successful practices, and an inspiring dialogue concerning how to improve student achievement in high poverty schools. Jack Kronser, Retired Human Resources Director, Aurora Public Schools;

Jesus Escàrcega, Director of Grants and Federal Programs, Aurora Public Schools
Panel Presentation or Symposium Breakout Session I District Leadership
3 Thurs. Feb 5
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Building Trust through Challenging Conversations School administrators are continually faced with facilitating challenging conversations with the public on hot topics. Possessing the skills to harness the strong emotions and feelings surrounding many educational topics is essential. At their best, public meetings are an effective means of planning, brainstorming, building relationships, and implementing ideas. At their worst, they are a waste of time and can result in a loss of trust as participants leave upset and frustrated. The key to making these gatherings successful is you, and strong facilitation skills can help ensure your meetings and planning sessions are a win. Join our panel to review strategies and techniques employed by other administrators in real-life situations. Whether you’re working with staff, parents or the larger community, this session will focus on helping you develop the tools and techniques to keep meetings productive. Tustin Amole, Director of Communications, Cherry Creek Schools;

Janelle Asmus, Chief Communications Officer, CDE;

Bill De la Cruz, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Denver Public Schools;

Mark Roberts, Principal, Aurora Central High School, Aurora Public Schools
Panel Presentation or Symposium Breakout Session I Communications Leadership;

District Leadership
4 Thurs. Feb 5
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Education Dialogue Café: The Smartest Kids in the World This interactive session is designed to allow CASE members and conference attendees to reflect on key themes discussed during the Keynote presentation and to share their own wisdom and insights on public education in the United States and across the globe. This sense-making process will enable participants to learn, explore possibilities and co-create ideas to drive positive systemic change. Participants will actively contribute to a graphic recording of the session that will be built upon in the following Education Dialogue Café session. Greg Isaac, Assistant Principal, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, Denver Public Schools;

Janine Underhill, Founder and Artist, Idea 360
World Café Breakout Session I District Leadership
5 Thurs. Feb 5
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Collaborative Observations and Evaluations under Educator Effectiveness This session will focus on the effective use of a collaborative team model for peer observations. Participants will learn about how Edison School is training teachers on the State Model Evaluation System to equip them to conduct peer observations that can assist their colleagues in becoming more proficient teachers. Teachers work in teams to observe colleagues, give feedback and look for observable teaching practices on the Colorado Rubric. This model is most appropriate for smaller schools. Rachel Paul, Principal, K-12, Edison School District;

Paul Frank, Elementary Teacher, Edison School District;

Terrie Sargent, Secondary Teacher, Edison School District
Case Study Breakout Session I Evaluation Leadership;

Instructional Leadership
6 Thurs. Feb 5
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
The Legalization of Marijuana and Its Impact on Schools Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado for adults, what is the fallout in your school? Come hear what other administrators are experiencing, obtain updates on the latest usage data, and discuss ways to best address this topic with students and parents. You will walk away with a wealth of resources for your use. Christine Harms, Director, Colorado School Safety Resource Center;

Anna Gisetti, School Outreach Consultant, Colorado School Safety Resource Center
Collaborative Dialogue Breakout Session I District Leadership;

Communications Leadership
7 Thurs. Feb 5
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
The Empowered Superintendent Superintendents can make or break educational technology initiatives. They are responsible for ensuring that their school districts embrace transformative digital learning. CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) and AASA (American Association of School Administrators) have created a toolkit to help superintendents and other district leaders identify the challenges and increase their capacity to lead technology efforts. Keith Krueger, Chief Executive Officer, CoSN;

Denise Atkinson-Shorey, President, e-Luminosity;

Jason Glass, Superintendent, Eagle Schools
Lecture with Interaction Breakout Session I Technology Leadership;

District Leadership
8 Thurs. Feb 5
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Co-Teaching: Including all Students in Excellence Co-teaching is accomplished by pairing a specialist with a classroom teacher so that planning for effective instructional strategies is done in the context of the classroom environment. Co-teaching eliminates the need for separate educational settings such as pull-out programs which have been shown to have a negative social and emotional impact. Participants will learn strategies for co-teaching in the mainstream classroom, experience how to foster effective collaborative partnerships, and discuss best instructional practices. Holly Porter, Director of ELA, Cherry Creek Schools;

Julie Ignacz, ELA Program Coordinator, Cherry Creek Schools
Lecture with Interaction Breakout Session I Instructional Leadership
9 Thurs. Feb 5
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Student Data Privacy -- What you need to know! School leaders need to understand not only how to comply with FERPA and COPPA given increasing cloud computing and app environments, but must also go beyond the minimal legal compliance and enable processes that protect education data. Bob Moore and a panel of local school administrators will help bring clarity to this topic and answer your specific questions. Andrew Moore, Chief Information Officer, Boulder Valley Schools;

Bob Moore, Founder, RJM Strategies, LLC;

Deborah Blyth, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Colorado;

Carey Markel, Data Privacy Officer, CDE;

Sharyn Guhmn, Chief Information Officer, Denver Public Schools
Lecture with Interaction Breakout Session II Technology Leadership;

District Leadership
10 Thurs. Feb 5
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
TELL: Everyone is doing it, but are we using it? Colorado teachers and principals are about to update us on their teaching and learning conditions through the fourth TELL Survey. Do you have a plan for using your own results? Come talk with other districts that will share their approach to using their data to strengthen services. You will also see and provide feedback on draft data visualization tools to help schools unpack this very rich data source. Lisa Medler, Executive Director, CDE;

Diana Sirko, Superintendent, Roaring Fork School District;

Lisa Escàrcega, Chief Accountability and Research Officer, Aurora Public Schools;

Toby King, Director of Educator Effectiveness, CDE;

Hai Huynh, Strategic Data Advisor, CDE
Collaborative Dialogue Breakout Session II District Leadership;

Communications Leadership
11 Thurs. Feb 5
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Education Dialogue Café: The Smartest Kids in the World This interactive session will build on the ideas brought forward in the earlier breakout session. However, you need not attend the prior Dialogue Café to participate in this session. CASE members and conference attendees will reflect on key themes discussed during the Keynote presentation and developed in the earlier breakout. Participants will share their own wisdom and insights on public education in the United States and across the globe. This sense-making process will enable participants to learn, explore possibilities and co-create ideas to drive positive systemic change. Participants will actively contribute to a graphic recording of this session. Susan Meek, Director of Strategic Engagement and Communications, CASE;

Janine Underhill, Founder and Artist, Idea 360
World Café Breakout Session II District Leadership
12 Thurs. Feb 5
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Getting Started with Teacher Inquiry Teacher inquiry embodies collegial, contextual, continuous professional learning: Pick a topic; devise a question; test the question in classrooms. But it's hard to find the time and support for teacher inquiry. Northeast BOCES teachers are using a "starter kit" for teacher inquiry that reduces the time constraints and simplifies the process. This session re-creates these teachers’ preparatory workshop, enabling CASE participants to pursue their own inquiries and/or to facilitate inquiry for colleagues. Arlene Salyards, Director of Special Projects, Northeast BOCES;

Stevan Kalmon, Director, Council on 21st Century Learning;

Dena Palser, Secondary Science Teacher, Lone Star School District
Project-Based Workshop Breakout Session II Instructional Leadership
13 Thurs. Feb 5
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
A Primer on Continuing Disclosure This session will provide the latest details on the SEC rulings impacting the municipal securities market, including disclosure and transparency, financial reporting and accounting, and investor protection and education. It is imperative that school districts understand and comply with the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and this session will help you best understand and comply with the current disclosure requirements of SEC Rule 15c2-12. We will discuss why it matters, including information about SEC enforcement actions and practical compliance tips. Maria Harwood, Attorney, Butler Snow LLP;

Kimberley Crawford, Attorney, Butler Snow LLP
Lecture with Interaction Breakout Session II District Leadership
14 Thurs. Feb 5
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Colorado's READ Act: A Foundation for K-3 Literacy This session will discuss the components of an effective school-wide literacy model and how Colorado's READ Act serves as a foundation for improving K-3 reading outcomes. Attendees are invited to attend the session to meet newly appointed Executive Director of Literacy for CDE, Alisa Dorman, and members of her team and to hear updates on the READ Act implementation. Alisa Dorman, Executive Director, Literacy, CDE;

Donna Bright, Principal Consultant, Literacy, CDE;

Rachel Anderberg, Regional Technical Assistant, Literacy, CDE
Lecture with Interaction Breakout Session II Instructional Leadership
15 Thurs. Feb 5
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Evaluating Specialized Service Professionals Participants in this session will gain a deeper understanding of the State Model Evaluation System for Specialized Service Professionals (SSPs). Highlights include legislative requirements specific to these groups, questions to consider when evaluating and implementing this system, measures of student outcomes, and pilot highlights and learnings. Courtney Cabrera, Principal Consultant, CDE;

Tricia Majors, Project Manager, CDE
Lecture with Interaction Breakout Session II Evaluation Leadership
16 Thurs. Feb 5
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Leveraging the Educator Evaluation System Learn about opportunities in Colorado's evaluation system to leverage district and school initiatives. Participants will learn how to use the evaluation system for backward curriculum design at both the school and district levels, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, standards-based instruction, research-based instructional practices, the design qualities for increasing student engagement, and best practices in formative assessment. Zachary Allen, Director of Educator Effectiveness, Moffat County and South Routt School Districts;

Paul Jebe, Regional Implementation and Support Consultant, Educator Effectiveness, CDE
Lecture with Interaction Breakout Session III Evaluation Leadership;

Instructional Leadership
17 Thurs. Feb 5
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Bringing the Colorado Academic Standards to Life In this session, participants will engage in activities and discussions with CDE’s Standards and Instructional Support team to explore the creation and presentation of interactive educational experiences that will bring the standards to life for communities - families, business leaders, and school boards. For Colorado school districts, this school year is the second full year of implementing the Colorado Academic Standards. This is the time to seize the opportunity to clarify (and realize) the instructional priorities of all ten content areas of the standards as many communities are still deepening their understanding(s) of the standards and instructional implications. This highly interactive presentation is an opportunity to explore how to engage community members in the effort to ensure every student masters the Colorado Academic Standards and is prepared for life, college, and careers. Brian Sevier, Standards Project Director, CDE;

Mary Pittman, Mathematics Content Specialist, CDE;

Vince Puzick, Literary Content Specialist, CDE;

Stephanie Hartman, Social Studies Content Specialist, CDE;

Joanna Bruno, Science Content Specialist, CDE
Project-Based Workshop Breakout Session III Instructional Leadership;

Communications Leadership
18 Thurs. Feb 5
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
The Smartest Kids in the World: Our Collective Beliefs for Advancing Public Education This session serves as the capstone session for discussions and themes addressed throughout the day regarding The Smartest Kids in the World keynote and Education Dialogue Cafés. The strength of any professional association is its collective membership and the graphic recordings created throughout the day capturing our members' ideas and expressions—in words, images and color—will be shared. The education panel members will share their own insights involving The Smartest Kids in the World and will react to those developed throughout the day. Ty Valentine, Director of Human Resources and Public Information Officer, Fountain-Fort Carson School District;

Linda Reed, Superintendent, Archuleta School District;

Jason Glass, Superintendent, Eagle County Schools;

Lea Mitchell, Principal, Adams 12 Five Star Schools;

Tina Goar, Rural Field Support Manager, CDE
Panel Presentation or Symposium Breakout Session III District Leadership
19 Thurs. Feb 5
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Effective Leadership through Strategic Planning Join us for a panel presentation and discussion on the leadership challenges and opportunities for school and district leaders when implementing a strategic planning process. Participants will have the opportunity to engage panelists and share their professional experiences. This will be a highly interactive session with practical application to school and district level planning. Bruce Messinger, Superintendent, Boulder Valley Schools;

Deirdre Pilch, Deputy Superintendent, Boulder Valley Schools;

Joe Torrez, Principal, Ellicott Elementary School, Ellicott Schools;

Jennifer Sanchez-Mason, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Widefield Schools
Panel Presentation or Symposium Breakout Session III District Leadership
20 Thurs. Feb 5
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
CMAS: Year 1 Lessons Learned In 2014, Colorado administered its first statewide online assessments in the areas of science and social studies. Following the assessments, cut scores were adopted establishing expectations for student performance on these assessments. This session will address some of the lessons learned in terms of the content of the assessments and their online administration and how they can inform preparations for this upcoming spring. Joyce Zurkowski, Executive Director of Assessment, CDE;

Christina Wirth-Hawkins, Director of Assessment, CDE
Lecture with Interaction Breakout Session III Assessment Leadership;

District Leadership
21 Thurs. Feb 5
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Colorado School Finance Update This session will provide a timely and in-depth update and discussion on Colorado school funding. This breakout focuses on the current status of school finance and the impacts to districts. The most current outlooks for the 2015 legislative session will be provided to help planning for the next school year. Leanne Emm, Associate Commissioner of School Finance, CDE Lecture with Interaction Breakout Session III District Leadership
22 Thurs. Feb 5
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Q&A for RANDA: The Colorado Performance Management System This is an informal informational session to answer questions regarding the Colorado State Model Performance Management System (COPMS) hosted by RANDA Solutions, Inc. If you’ve heard about the system and want to learn more or are currently using the system and have specific questions, CDE staff will be available to meet your needs. *Note: If you have specific questions, it may be helpful to bring your laptop or tablet. Joslyn Robich, Project Coordinator, Educator Effectiveness, CDE;

Toby King, Educator Effectiveness Evaluation Systems Director, CDE
Demonstration Breakout Session III Evaluation Leadership
101 Fri. Feb 6
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Legal Issues Forum: Key Issues Facing Administrators Smart legal minds will dissect the critical legal issues impacting school districts and school administrators, such as social media, bullying, student discipline, the latest on educator effectiveness and the impact of recreational marijuana on schools. Join this panel discussion and learn about the latest court decisions and legal strategies and tactics being employed by school attorneys. In addition, you will have a chance to hear from Kathleen Gebhardt, the lead attorney for the Amendment 23 Lawsuit, which challenges the very existence of the Negative Factor. Melissa Gibson, Director of Membership and Strategic Partners, CASE;

Kathleen Gebhardt, Attorney and Executive Director, Children’s Voices;

David Skaggs, Senior Strategic Advisor and Former Member of Congress, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP;

Stu Stuller, Attorney, Caplan and Earnest LLC
Panel Presentation or Symposium Breakout Session IV District Leadership
102 Fri. Feb 6
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
A Conversation with CDE Commissioner Robert Hammond and the CDE Leadership Team How often do you have an opportunity to converse with the Colorado Commissioner of Education? At this session, Commissioner Robert Hammond will provide a quick overview of major issues facing the department including possible changes to the assessment and accountability structures, moving toward a competency based graduation system and how we license and regulate the teaching profession. Bring your questions for a lively and productive conversation with our top education leader and his key staff. Robert Hammond, Commissioner of Education, CDE;

Jill Hawley, Associate Commissioner of Achievement and Strategy, CDE;

Keith Owen, Deputy Commissioner, CDE;

Rebecca Holmes, Associate Commissioner of Innovation, Choice and Engagement, CDE;

Leanne Emm, Associate Commissioner of School Finance, CDE
Panel Presentation or Symposium Breakout Session IV District Leadership
103 Fri. Feb 6
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Short- and Long-Term State Funding Dynamics with Carol Hedges Colorado schools will likely never see the funds that were cut during the recession. Despite a roaring economy, we are told there are not enough funds to pay back the “credit card debt” owed to schools that is reflected in the Negative Factor. Understanding the unique constraints on our state’s budget means getting into the weeds a bit. Meet with a state budget expert Carol Hedges, executive director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute, to fully understand the politics and power of money, including the collision of adequate school funding and TABOR restrictions. Carol Hedges, Executive Director, Colorado Fiscal Institute;

Craig Harper, Joint Budget Committee, State of Colorado
Lecture with Interaction Breakout Session IV District Leadership
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