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Please navigate our 2020 Winter Leadership Conference web pages using the drop-down menu above, or the links to the right. You will find the drop-down menu at the top of every page related to our 2020 Winter Leadership Conference.

The CASE Winter Leadership Conference, Excellence by Association, is the only conference that brings together public education leaders from every job position in the state. At an affordable price, the conference addresses the learning needs of school leaders by featuring nationally-recognized speakers, more than 20 engaging breakout sessions, and a robust legislative program. 


Feel free to reach out to CASE with any questions at 303.762.8762 or case@co-case.org.


Lodging is available at the Westin Westminster under the group rate of $159.00 a night.  The group block closes on 1/14/2020, but will likely sell out before that date. To reserve your room now, click the Lodging Information link in the menu to the right. When the Westin has reached capacity, we will provide details on the group rate at our overflow hotel - Denver Marriott Westminster, which is less than one mile away from the Westin Westminster.


2020 Keynote Speaker

Jimmy Casas - Educator, Leadership Coach, Author, Speaker

Keynote:  Live Your Excellence – Bring Your Best Self Every Day

As educators, it is easy to grow complacent or settle for the status quo. You could easily allow what is average to become the standard. However, when a transformation is needed, your ability to lead and gain support is crucial. This is not something that can be done by merely sticking to the ordinary.

If you’re the type of educator who wants to inspire greatness, this presentation is a can’t miss. You will learn what it takes to raise expectations for all students and staff, foster belief in one’s ability to achieve and create an environment where everyone takes pride in supporting each other. Casas knows firsthand the challenges faced by public school administrators, and his content and insights are a mix of inspirational and practical advice to help elevate your leadership to the next level. 



Jimmy Casas has twenty-two years of school leadership experience at the secondary level. He received his BA in Spanish and Master’s in Teaching from the University of Iowa and his Master’s in Administrative Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Jimmy earned his superintendent endorsement from Drake University, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor.


Casas served fourteen years as principal at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.

He was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge.


Casas is the author of Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes. and co-author of three books entitled, What Connected Educators Do Differently, Start. Right. Now.: Teach and Lead for Excellence, and Stop. Right. Now.: The 39 Stops to Making Schools Better.

He currently serves on the Professional Development Faculty for the NASSP and is a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education.