2020 Western Slope Superintendents' Conference
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Registration for this event is by invitation only. Please contact the CASE office, 303.762.8762, for more information.

 Export to Your Calendar 10/15/2020 to 10/16/2020
When: October 15-16, 2020
10:00 AM
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DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction
743 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, Colorado  81506
United States
Contact: Carissa Hughes

Online registration is available until: 10/12/2020
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Western Slope Superintendents will once again gather in Grand Junction for our Fall Conference on Thursday, October 15, and Friday, October 16. Many attendees choose to arrive Wednesday evening, as the conference begin with a pre-conference finance meeting at 10:00 AM Thursday. The conference officially begins at 1:00 PM on Thursday and ends that evening with a networking hour followed by dinner, which makes for a full day. Friday is another fast-paced morning filled with learning and updates to take back to your respective districts, and typically concludes around 11:30 AM, allowing the afternoon to be used for return home travel.

Please join us in Grand Junction for this critical leadership conference.

Your Hosts:

Dr. K. Kevin Aten                                 Dr. Christy L. Sinner

Superintendent,                                   Superintendent,

Bayfield School District                        Hayden School District



Working in thoughtful collaboration with our host venue hotel, Western Slope Superintendents and CASE are putting into place certain health and safety measures to ensure compliance with current state-level guidelines. These include limiting the number of attendees in each meeting room, ensuring social distance during conference sessions, and using a non-contact thermometer to take the temperature of attendees each day. Additionally, DoubleTree Grand Junction is operating with enhanced guidelines, cleaning and safety measures and reduced booking capacity. Although these event elements are different than any of us are used to, the health and safety of our members is our highest priority and we appreciate your flexibility.  

In the event that Western Slope Superintendents and/or CASE is forced to cancel this in-person event due to COVID-19 restrictions, all registration fees and hotel reservations are fully refundable. (Additionally, if an attendee is forced to cancel their registration due to a COVID-19-related illness, all registration fees and hotel reservations are fully refundable.)  


2020 Western Slope Superintendents Fall Conference


Pre-Conference Meeting – Thursday, October 15


10:00a-12:00p: Colorado School Finance Project - Tracie Rainey


Agenda Day 1 – Thursday, October 15


1:15p-1:30p:  Opening:  Superintendent Christy Sinner, Hayden School District and Superintendent Kevin Aten, Bayfield School District


CDE Updates

1:30p-2:00p:  RANDA and Educator Talent - Mary Biven and Colleen O’Neil

2:00p-2:30p:  Accountability, Performance, and Support - Rhonda Haniford and Lisa Medler

2:30p-2:45p:  Stakeholder Meeting Update - Rhonda Haniford

2:45p-3:00p:  Special Education - Paul Foster


3:00p-3:15p:   Break


Education Partners


3:15p-3:30p:  Rural Alliance - Michelle Murphy

3:30p-3:45p:  CASE -  Bret Miles 

3:45p-4:00p:  CBA -  Dale McCall, Colorado BOCES Association Executive Director

4:00p-4:15p:  CASB - TBD

4:15p-4:30p:  Colorado for Rural Education - Val Sherman

4:30p-4:50p:  Club 20 -  Christian Reece

4:50p-5:00p:   Colorado Digital Learning Solutions - TBD

5:00p-6:00p:   Social and Networking Hour - Sponsored by American Fidelity Sponsor

6:00p-7:30p:   Dinner - Sponsored by Pearson Wollenweber Freedman


Agenda Day 2 – Friday, October 16


7:15a-8:00a:  breakfast – hosted by CASB, CASE, and CBA

8:00a-8:05a:  Welcome back:   Superintendent Kevin Aten, Bayfield School District and Superintendent Christy Sinner, Hayden School District


Reading and Literacy

8:05a-9:20a:  Keynote: Why Reading Growth Flatlines and What to Do About It - Gene Kerns

9:20a-9:35a: Q & A with Gene Kerns


9:35a-9:50a:  Break


9:50a-10:20a: READ Act - Floyd Cobb and Melissa Colsman

10:20a-10:35a: State Board of Education - Joyce Rankin

10:35a-10:55a: CDE Update - Alyssa Pearson (on behalf of Katy Anthes)

10:55a–11:25a:  Assessments – Joyce Zurkowski

11:25a–12:00p:  CARES, Corona Relief Fund & ESSER Fund - Melissa Colsman & Jennifer Okes


Thank you to our Sponsors!!


  • American Fidelity - Social Hour Sponsor
  • Pearson Wollenweber Freedman - Dinner Sponsor
  • CASE,  CASB, CBA - Breakfast Sponsor



  • The member attendee full conference (two days) registration fee is $140.00.

  • The member attendee Thursday or Friday one-day registration fee is $75.00.

  • The non-member attendee registration fee is $250.00. Approval from Western Slope Superintendents for non-member attendance must be received prior to registering. Non-member attendance is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • The deadline for registering and submitting payment is:  Friday, Oct 9, 2020 (this allows us time to make room and food arrangements).



LODGING/ROOM BLOCK: The room block rate is $96.00 per night (+ state and local taxes). If applicable, be sure to submit a valid tax exemption certificate and completed affidavit when you check-in at the hotel. The $96.00 per night rate is available for the nights of Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15, 2020. A first night’s room & tax deposit via a valid major credit card must accompany all individual reservations.

Reservations can be made online at:


To make lodging reservations via telephone, call the DoubleTree by Hilton at 970-241-8888 and be sure to mention that you are a Western Slope Superintendents’ Conference attendee to obtain the room block rate of $96.00 per night.



The room block booking window at the DoubleTree closes on Friday, October 2, 2020.  After that date the hotel will continue to accept reservations on a space and rate available basis only.


PAYMENTS: Payment for your registration may be made via credit card or check. The processing of your payment completes your registration.

Payment by Credit Card: Can be applied online during registration or please call the CASE office at 303.762.8762

Payment by Check

     Make check payable to: Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE)

     Mail to:  Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE)

                    2253 S Oneida St. Ste. 201

                    Denver, CO 80224