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46th Annual CASE Convention - Distinguished Speakers
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Take advantage of early-bird rates when you register through June 19, 2015

The Journey of LGBTQ Students
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Schools are often places where LGBTQ students don’t feel safe. In Colorado, 7 out of 10 students are harassed based on their sexual orientation, 8 out of 10 students hear homophobic remarks at school and 3 out of 10 students have missed class or even a whole day of school because they felt unsafe.

In this powerful Distinguished Speaker session, Lauren Cikara, Safe Schools Manager at One Colorado will facilitate a panel of LGBTQ students as they share their stories about how it feels to navigate their schools each day. School leaders will hear firsthand about why it is important to support all students and how to build school climates that are inclusive for all students.

Lauren has been working with and for students for over 14 years. As the Safe Schools Manager with One Colorado, Lauren works with school board members and administrators to change policy, with students to start gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and allies clubs, and area educators and with school personnel to create safe cultures in their school buildings and buses. She also supports the One Colorado GSA Network through empowering young people to combat bullying, harassment, homophobia and transphobia in schools.


Getting it Right: What High-Impact Leaders Do
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

College and career readiness, teacher evaluation, new assessment systems…how can we prioritize the work we're doing to maximize student learning? Why do some initiatives succeed while others consistently have little to no effect on student learning? Great leaders, as opposed to those who are merely good, make the difference in achieving bottom line results and driving success. What does high-impact leadership look like? What do really successful principals do to promote teaching and learning? In this session we will examine five key leadership practices that will help leaders ensure their efforts, initiatives, and resources ultimately affect student learning.

Dr. Pamela Salazar spent thirty years in public school education where she served as a physics teacher and high school principal before moving to higher education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She recently retired from UNLV as full-time faculty to adjunct. Pam now works as a consultant and coach with districts and schools across the country on translating research into practice for student success. For the past three years she has been involved with the design and development of the new Nevada Educator Performance Framework which is the new statewide evaluation system for teachers and leaders. She currently serves as editor for NASSP Bulletin, the research journal for secondary schools and she has published the book High Impact Leadership for High Impact Schools with a second book in progress.

Improve Principal Evaluations and Create Highly Effective Leaders
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Even with great teachers, student achievement hinges on an effective principal. Behind every high-quality principal is an airtight system of leadership evaluation that consistently rewards excellence and remedies deficits. While teacher evaluation methods have improved, instructional leadership evaluation has often stood still and student learning and achievement have paid the price. This session will highlight the major problems in this process and articulate clear solutions for growing instructional leaders. The result is a blueprint for ensuring the best person for the job is occupying the principal’s chair.

Dr. Julie Smith is a thirty-five year veteran educator, international speaker-consultant and author. She currently serves as an Author Consultant with Corwin Press. Her passion and expertise is in building leadership capacity within people and systems; school improvement planning, teacher, principal and district evaluation models. Julie has taught at the University level in principal preparation programs in both Colorado and Florida and served as Executive Director of Elementary Schools in Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. Julie continues to pursue her passion in leadership development by coauthoring two books on principal evaluation entitled The Reflective Leader (2012) and Evaluating Instructional Leadership: Recognized Practices for Success (2015). Dr. Smith provides seminars focused on leadership development, and is a Corwin consultant for Professor John Hattie’s research on Visible Learning, Dr. James Popham’s research on defensible teacher evaluation models and Dr. Russ Quaglia’s research on student voice and aspirations.

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