As part of the 48th Annual CASE Convention, CASE will be celebrating a few of its outstanding 2016-17 members, including our National and Departmental Award Winners. We hope you'll join us in celebrating them!


2017 CASEY Award

 ~ Elliot Asp ~

  The annual CASEY Award honors a current non-educator who has made a significant contribution to education by furthering the mission and vision of CASE in a substantial and/or continuous manner. We are thrilled to recognize Elliot Asp for his efforts in supporting public education and living out the mission of CASE to empower educators for the sake of Colorado's students. Elliot currently serves as the Senior Fellow of State Policy and Implementation Support for Achieve, located in Washington DC. Thank you, Elliot, for all that you've done and currently do for Colorado's students! Join us in celebrating this outstanding leader!

How long have you served in your current position, and how long have you worked in education?
I have worked in education for 44 years beginning in the fall of 1973 as an 8th grade science teacher at Air Academy Junior High in Academy District 20 in Colorado Springs. I just took a position as Senior Partner at the Colorado Education Initiative. Prior to that I was Senior Fellow, Practice and Policy at Achieve and previously served as Interim Commissioner at CDE.


Who has had a major impact on you as a leader, and why?
Robert Linn, professor at the University of Colorado, Bob taught me that no matter how much you know – it is most important remain humble and to treat people with respect and dignity and to help them learn.


What is your favorite destination in Colorado?
I have several: the Crag Trail on Grand Mesa, Colorado National Monument, and our cabin in Westcreek.


What do you see for the future of Colorado public education given the promising work and initiatives now underway?
I am hopeful that we are on the verge of developing a co-created common vision for education in Colorado with the goal of having every student prepared to have options in their lives and brings practitioners, communities and policy makers together to provide the resources and will needed to accomplish that vision.


Nominees for this award will be accepted in spring 2018.  


The Colorado Association of School Executives ( is the preeminent professional association for public school administrators in Colorado. The organization’s mission is to empower Colorado education leaders through advocacy, professional learning and networking to deliver on the promise of public education.

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