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Breakout Sessions for 2016 Summer CASE Convention
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# Session Title Time Room Session Description
1 School Finance Update 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Peak 14 This session will provide a timely discussion on the 2016-17 School Finance Act approved by the Colorado Legislature and what this approval 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 any new financial requirements for 2016-17 and other financial issues occurring at the district level. Attendees will also receive a sneak peek of the at the financial transparency website being developed by BrightBytes per HB14-1292.
2 Opportunities for Improving the Quality of Early Childhood Programs with Colorado Shines 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Peaks 15 & 16 The Colorado Shines Network is about helping Colorado’s children start early and start strong. Colorado’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) focuses on strengthening the quality of early childhood programs and providing access to funding and professional development. Attendees will reciev an overview of quality components and ratings process and the Professional Development Information System. Attendees will also learn about funding for quality improvement, alternate pathways for district preschools, and alignment initiatives to streamline processes for district Early Childhood teachers and leaders.
4 SACPIE: Partnering with Families to Increase Student Achievement 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Peak 9 The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) was created in 2009 by the Colorado 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 session will describe the research base for partnering with families as applied to daily teacher and administrator practices. Presenters will share practical strategies and data tools related to a tiered instructional framework.
5 Creating SEED: A “System for Educator Effectiveness Development” 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Peak 10 Northwest BOCES will share how their i3 SEED grant project addresses the challenges of 1) providing personalized professional learning, 2) engaging teachers in rich collaboration, and 3) using the educator effectiveness rubric as a tool for meaningful professional growth. Northwest BOCES will discuss their experiences from the first year and a half of planning and piloting SEED. The system consists of opportunities for teachers to explore resources aligned to the teacher quality standards through an interactive online open-source library and/or to participate in more formal in-depth collaborative learning focused on a specific element of the rubric.
6 Increasing Rigor through Questioning and Depth of Knowledge Strategies 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Peak 11 Depth of understanding, quality questioning, and how students apply what they've learned are all related to intentional planning and rigorous instruction. How can educators create classrooms that promote a rigorous learning environment that supports common core standards? Common core standards place high level cognitive demands on students that require them to reason, justify, synthesize, analyze, and solve problems. In a time when access to costly resources is limited, questioning is a free and powerful strategy we can use to promote higher-level thinking and support the rigor required by common core standards. Explore how to plan for asking the “right” questions, scaffold questioning so that students can reach higher levels of understanding, and encourage students to be questioners. Practice using quality planning tools and strategies for engaging students in dialogue.
7 From Urban to Rural Schools: Conducting Crisis Drills 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Peak 12 Colorado schools and communities are no strangers to high profile events of violence and crisis. The best method for saving student and staff lives in the case of a crisis is preparedness and readiness. It is essential that schools be prepared to respond to emergency situations by conducting drills and exercises that provide a sound practice as part of their overall school safety planning. In this session, Rich Payne of Douglas County Schools, Kathy Morris of San Juan BOCES, and Susan Payne of Safe2Tell Colorado will provide a best practice framework for school districts to conduct effective drills that save time, money, and lives.
8 Results Driven Accountability for Special Education 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Base 9 Lounge Recently, educators from across Colorado worked together to develop a process for reporting special education performance. Colorado education leaders will gain insight learn about how special education performance will be measured in their individual districts or BOCES.
9 Impacting Educator Effectiveness by Building Professional Capital - CANCELLED 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Coppertop II This session has been cancelled. Attendees of this session will learn how to plan for positive transformation within a system by facilitating focused learning conversations that inspire individual aspirations toward signature performance. Explore collaboration models that have amplified and accelerated educators’ professional growth resulting in student success. Learn how developing social capital within a system increases professional capital and expands sustainable leadership. Participants will create a collaborative framework that will increase their own capacity to impact professional effectiveness.
10 StratOp: Thinking Outside the Shelf 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Coppertop III Over three decades, StratOp has been used by thousands of organizations, to achieve breakthrough and growth. StratOp is a facilitated process, giving clear perspective on strategic, operational, and financial aspects of an organization. Out of this clarity, educators can create a customized action plan that does more than collect dust on a shelf. The entire team will be aligned and focused, with a clear plan to execute. The power of this system is found in its accountability, consistency, flexibility, and shared leadership approach. Attendees will learn how StratOp is working for educational systems with a case study from the Weld RE-4 School District.
11 How to Close the Digital Divide in Colorado School Districts 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Imperial Student access to robust digital tools is key to their success as 21st century citizens. Yet many students from economically disadvantaged families have limited access to these tools at home. To address this key challenge, the Consortium for School Networking, a national affiliate of CASE’s CALET department, launched the Digital Equity Action Agenda initiative. This effort highlights how districts are building meaningful community partnerships and creating tools to help district leaders get started in achieving digital equity. Presenters will provide an actionable set of tools for educators to implement in Colorado districts to close the digital divide and homework gap.
12 Colorado Multi-Tiered System of Supports 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Columbine B Presenters will describe the past and future of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in Colorado and the upcoming State Personnel Development Grant, which will fund school districts and BOCES in Colorado to effectively, efficiently, and sustainably scale up MTSS in their regions. Participants will evaluate their current implementation of MTSS and consider specific strategies that can improve academic and behavioral outcomes for all students, including those with disabilities. Team driven-shared leadership, data-based problem solving, family, school, and community partnering, and a layered continuum of evidence-based practices will all be discussed in an effort to redefine MTSS and initiate the high quality professional development and technical assistance necessary to make it a reality.
13 Leading Successful Co-Teaching: From Theory to Practice 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Columbine A Attendees and presetners will share research-based methods and strategies for co-teaching to meet the needs of English learners in the mainstream classroom. Content will include a look at the history of a successful co-teaching model, logistics for implementation, and identifying elements for change. Attendees will discuss topics such as staffing, classroom placement, time, resources, and professional development.
14 Alternative Licensure 101: An Option for District Needs 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Columbine C Alternative routes afford candidates with life experiences to enter the profession of teaching, and can serve many, including career changers, former military, community members with four-year degrees, and young parents returning to their home communities to raise children. In some of Colorado’s rural and urban schools, alternative licensure has been a vital pathway for filling teacher positions. Curious about alternative preparation pathways and alternative licensure for teachers? Have questions about how the process works? What is a designated agency for alternative preparation anyway? Learn about the requirements for and options available to potential candidates who might serve Colorado schools and communities.
15 Preventing Burn-Out, Disenchantment, and General “Snarkiness” 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Mt. Elbert A The isolation and stress for principals is a root cause of burn-out and exodus from the field of education. An important role in principal supervision is social-emotional support of school leaders as they confront the daily challenges of the job. Increase your awareness of research and resources around the topic of stress management. Using the States of Mind as a framework for exploring these concepts, participants will engage in conversations about strategies to support principals as they supervise, motivate and encourage them as leaders.
16 Now What? Moving Forward without the Colorado ACT 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Mt. Elbert B A lot has changed in the past 15 years regarding assessments in Colorado, but there was one assessment that had been consistent, the ACT. Next year brings more change with the absence of the statewide administration of the ACT. Representatives from Cherry Creek School District will discuss how they are changing their district-wide assessment system amid the new assessment landscape. Colorado’s ACT representative will also address questions related to the district’s proposed assessment plans.
17 Our Journey to Implementing a Mental Health Wellness Center Within our School 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Lupine In a presentation and question/answer session, attendees will learn about the presenters’ path to getting a school mental health wellness center off the ground. The purpose of a wellness center is to provide a dedicated space for social-emotional growth, for drop-in, self-guided resetting/self-regulating using research based methods, and for check-in and check-out for students who would benefit from this connection routine. Presenters, who are in the early stages of development and implementation, will share our experiences in getting a wellness center started, barriers they have come up against, and successes they have had.
18 Navigating Readiness Targets and Graduation Guidelines through Career and Technical Education Programs 10:30 AM -- 11:45 AM Paintbrush Participants will dialogue about best practices in utilizing high-quality Career and Technical Education to address the goals of postsecondary workforce readiness as well as district strategic plan and economic development initiatives. The panel of district and state practitioners will discuss how high-quality CTE programs and pathways ensure that coursework is simultaneously aligned to rigorous academic standards and post-secondary expectations including elements on the "Graduation Guidelines Menu". Attendees will receive implementation support materials and have an opportunity to engage faculty, administrators, and curriculum specialists in a district specific/tailored professional learning and/or technical assistance from the CTE team.
19 Colorado's Transition to the New SAT 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Peak 14 Colorado’s transition to the new SAT® as the state-provided college entrance exam has implications for all administrators. Eight key changes to the SAT® and what they mean for Colorado high school students will be discussed. Additionally, presenters will highlight how to use PSAT data from the prior year’s reports to inform instruction, and review decisions across the content areas prior to students taking the SAT®. Freely available, personalized and optional resources and other advantages of the PSAT/SAT® system will be presented. Participants will be asked to provide the types of implementation support they would like to see CDE and College Board provide in the upcoming year.
20 Building a School-Wide Culture of Peer Observation 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Peaks 15 & 16 This year, Ken Caryl Middle School, implemented a school-wide peer observation model. Intensive thinking, research, planning, and extensive collaboration contributed to this Peer-on-Peer Observation (P.O.P.) initiative. The framework included “look fors” that spoke to school-wide formative practices, lesson-scripting, mediative questions, a prescribed process for the debrief session, and an established calendar to ensure consistency and regularity of look-fors drafting sessions, observations, and feedback debriefs. Learn how peer observation has contributed to a culture of continuous improvement and a focus on professional learning at Ken Caryl Middle School.
21 Navigating Key Legal Issues Facing School Administrators 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Peak 17 Increasingly, school administrators face complex and potentially controversial issues that pose legal implications for schools and districts. From governmental immunity for school districts and school safety, to student data privacy and social media use, it's critical that educators are well-versed in the hottest legal issues and know how to best navigate them. CASE has assembled a panel of expert attorneys to share their insights on these and other topics. Participants will walk away with practical strategies that they can immediately put to use back home.
22 Pathways to the Future: Transforming High School 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Peak 9 A troubling 50 percent of high school students currently feel like they do not have direction on a career pathway and only one-third of college completers feel ready to transition to a career. With nearly five million jobs opening up in the United States in the next five years, it is essential that students explore and experience career pathways throughout their high school experience. Poudre High School, located in Northern Colorado, is doing just that through the school's Career Pathways. Using students' ICAP for direction, students choose a Pathway that provides hands-on experience and opportunities for exploration, and creates a smaller learning community that increases student engagement and success. When students have options to choose "post-secondary and career opportunities," rather than simply choosing classes, they have a greater understanding of how they want to invest their time and money in their future.
23 Identifying Quality Teaching Strategies and Providing Thoughtful Feedback 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Peak 10 CDE’s Educator Effectiveness team and district leaders explore the use of video to deepen evaluators' efficacy in identifying high quality teaching practices in a risk-free environment. Working with others to align and calibrate on the professional practices in the teacher rubric, attendees will learn a discussion protocol that incorporates inquiry and reflective questioning strategies to support the continuous growth of educators.
24 Closing the Achievement Gap between FRL and nonFRL Students in Rural Districts: Evidence from Research and from Practice 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Peak 11 This session will provide information from a systematic research review and from common themes among those rural districts in Colorado that have successfully closed the gap between students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch and those who do not, as well as those rural districts in Colorado that sustained gap-closure for at least four years. Research will be presented in an interactive fashion, and attendees will discover commonalities through scenario analysis. Discussion will center on how to put instructional and organizational practices in place to benefit all rural districts.
25 A High Reliability Approach to System Improvement and Leadership Development 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Peak 12 Assuring instructional quality and reducing variability from classroom to classroom is the key job of leaders in education. Participants will learn about a systems-view model, similar to that found in aircraft carriers and trauma centers. Testimonies of success within this model include connecting the Principles of High Reliability Organizations and Improvement Cycles in school and district settings with a focus on developing leadership at all levels.
26 Comprehensive and Sustainable Family-School-Community Partnership Structures 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Base 9 Lounge Strong leadership is essential for successful comprehensive and sustainable partnership structures. Drawing from research and evidence from successful district leaders, learn what 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.
27 Academic Rigor Meets Developmental Science: Supporting High-Level Achievement in Early Grades 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Coppertop II Expectations for academic rigor in preschool and the early grades has caused serious debate and raised questions about how best to teach young children and what high-quality and equitable classroom environments should look like. Effective principals create a culture in which children are regarded as learners with individual needs, each with their own skills and interests and reaching mastery at their own pace. At the same time, to meet today’s academic benchmarks at third grade and beyond, children’s learning experiences and environments must provide opportunities and support for high-level achievement. By using balanced instructional strategies that incorporate both a fundamental understanding of children’s development across all domains, an awareness of social and cultural contexts, and a firm grasp of the knowledge and skills children need to be successful, academic rigor can exist in a P-3 world.
28 Turn Communications Challenges into Strategies in 15 Minutes 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Columbine A Sign up for a one-on-one, 15-minute session with a seasoned school district communicator. Bring a communication challenge and leave with new ideas and strategies. Advice includes insights on kickstarting a communication strategy to build sustained internal and public support for a district, the importance of positioning the superintendent for success in the community, and how to bolster a district’s image from the inside out. Tips on leadership communication, perception surveys, preparing for effective crisis communication, social media investment and the necessity of internal ambassadors and well-cultivated community partners are all topics for discussion.
29 Closing the Achievement Gap: College/Career Readiness System (ACRS) 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Columbine B Students and administrators from diverse communities/school populations discuss the impact of using research-based best practices that prepare students for college and career. These practices promote a college and career going culture that transforms the entire campus. For several decades, the AVID College Readiness System has had great success helping thousands of students achieve college dreams while closing achievement gaps and graduation percentage gaps amongst all students. It has also improved college persistence data measured by the National Student Clearinghouse. Attendees will interact with panelist in a discussion about these succeses and where the ACRS program can go from here.
30 #aqueerendeavor: Affirming Family, Gender, and Sexual Diversity District-Wide 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Mt. Elbert A To ensure a systemwide approach to understanding gender and sexual diversity, leaders in the Boulder Valley School District partnered with the University of Colorado’s School of Education and their initiative, A Queer Endeavor, to design professional learning that increased awareness of policy, created changes in practice, and aligned educator effectiveness and curriculum standards. The intention was to create inclusive learning environments for all within their system: families, staff, and community. Representaves from this parntership will share what they’ve learned and engage participants through reflection and dialogue. Collaboratively with the audience, all will take stock of their current school or district’s contexts and create plans of action.
31 Exploring the Other Side of the Report Card 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Mt. Elbert B Effective social emotional learning (SEL) leads to a more positive work and learning environment, greater levels of satisfaction for staff and students, and higher levels of student engagement. SEL isn’t just for the students; it’s also for parents and the entire district staff. Follow Academy District 20’s journey as they implemented SEL initiatives for the entire district community. Hear about how a renewed commitment to emotional well-being has energized the community. Presenters will describe their work with the RULER curriculum from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and their own “Be Here” campaign.
32 Effective Bullying Prevention in Colorado 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Lupine This presentation will describe novel, functional, and evidence-based approaches to bullying prevention. It will also discuss the Colorado Bullying Prevention and Education Grant Program, which will fund effective strategies. Participants will evaluate bullying prevention strategies they currently have in place and will think systematically about adding interventions that result in positive outcomes for all students. Efficient and effective bullying prevention strategies will be demonstrated along with discussion of their development and empirical validation. Recent additions and research on strategies linked to Positive Behavior Support, including a new strategy for working with older students, will also be described. Finally, implementation and outcome data collection critical to sustainability will be discussed, and participants will leave the session with specific action plans for the future.
33 School and District Accountability: The Request to Reconsider Process 1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM Paintbrush This session will provide an overview of how Colorado’s 2016 school accountability system will work, with a specific focus on the request to reconsider process. Together, attendees and presenters will evaluate interim assessments reviewed by the assessment and accountability units, the updated request to reconsider template, and how data will be considered. CDE staff will provide examples of how districts and schools can best present their local data through the request to reconsider process.


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