The mission of the Colorado Association of School Executives is to empower Colorado education leaders through advocacy, professional learning, and networking to deliver on the promise of public education.
Established in 1969, CASE serves as the dynamic voice for more than 2,400 public school administrators from nearly all of Colorado's 178 school districts.
CASE is governed by a 24-member Coordinating Council. The Coordinating Council consists of three representatives from each of CASE’s seven departments, as well as the CASE President, President-elect, and Past President.
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The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) was born by fiat. That fiat was the National Education Association’s decision, supported by the Colorado Education Association (CEA), to take on the complexion of a union, which very effectively eliminated school executives, as professionals, from its ranks.Learn More
Colorado was one of the early groups to see the long-range implications of the situation and, during the spring and summer of 1969, an administrator-board member of CEA, John Stuart, led the exodus from CEA. He invited all school executives of a like mind to join him in the organization of a separate administrator association. About 250 prospective members attended the first annual convention of CASE at Hinkley High School in Aurora in the fall of 1969. At that meeting John Stuart was elected president and Bill Hinkley secretary. Individuals who served on the first board of directors for CASE were John G. Stuart, Jack Messervy, Malcomb Drake, William C. Hinkley, Carl Zeiger, Howard Cloud, Harold Dunning, James Filke, and Gerald Ellis.* A constitution was adopted, and the association was born.
By the summer of 1970, it became apparent practicing school executives could not meet the increasing demands of the organization on a volunteer basis. A full-time effort was needed. Colbert Cushing, who had retired as a CEA staff member, agreed to take on the task until a full-time executive secretary could be found.
One of the first tasks facing Cushing was the need to convince CASE membership that, rather than being “one happy family,” the association should be structured as an umbrella organization – identifiable departments with their own programs, activities, and structures, but operating within the identified structure of the association. Five departments were identified and an overall Board of Directors (Coordinating Council) was established. One of the important reasons for the departmental approach was to attract administrator members from CEA. CASE, with its Coordinating Council, its commitment to departmental sanctity, and its plan to rotate leadership among all departments proved attractive.
On January 5, 1971, Arly Burch joined the association as the first salaried executive secretary. Art Ludka became the associate director in 1973 to augment the leadership structure of the association. Under their enthusiastic leadership and the assistance of a dedicated staff, membership grew to over 1,600 school executives representing nearly 75 percent of the eligible school administrators in Colorado.
In September 1971, the elementary principals (DESP, now known as CAESP) affiliated with CASE, and in 1972, the secondary school principals (CASSP) joined the umbrella. With the superintendents and other districtwide administrators already in CASE, it was only a matter of time until the educational specialists and the business officials established their own department structures (DES and DBO).
In 1996, the DES department was renamed the Colorado Association of Educational Specialists (CAES), and school personnel administrators (CASPA) joined CASE that year. In 1998 the Department of General Administrators was renamed the Colorado Association of Superintendents and Senior Administrators (CASSA). Four years later, in 2002, educational technology administrators formed a seventh department under the umbrella of CASE named the Colorado Association of Leaders in Educational Technology (CALET).
Over the years, the association’s image has emerged as a solid, effective, and viable organization. CASE is valued by its members for high-quality professional development, advocacy for the profession and public education, legal assistance, and networking opportunities. In recounting CASE’s history, it also is appropriate to acknowledge the support of the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB). In recent years CASE has expanded its influence through collaborative partnerships with a variety of education-related organizations including CASB and the Colorado Education Association.
CASE Executive Director
CASE Director of Communications and Strategic Partners
CASE Director of Professional Learning and Operations
CASE Director of Finance
CASE Operations and Events Manager
CASE Communications Specialist
CASE Membership, Technology and Learning Programs Specialist
CASE Administrative Assistant, Event Registration
2019-20 CASE Coordinating Council
Cherry Creek District 5
CASE President-elect, Strasburg 31J
CASE Past President, Poudre School District
CAES President, Douglas County Schools
CAES President-elect, Fountain Fort Carson SD8
CAES Past President, Hanover District 28
CAESP President, Red Hill Elementary School
CAESP President-elect, Chinook Trail Elementary School
CAESP Past President, Isabella Bird Elementary School
CALET President, Cherry Creek District
CALET President-elect, Weld RE-4
CALET Past President, East Central BOCES
CASPA President, Morgan County School District
CASPA President-elect, Littleton 6
CASPA Past President, Douglas County School District
CASSA President, Fremont RE-2
CASSA President-elect, Platte Valley RE-7
CASSA Past President, Fountain Fort Carson 8
CASSP President, Gunnison High School
CASSP President-elect, Fountain Middle School
Pamela Swanson, 2020 Colorado Superintendent of the Year Westminster School District
Chuck Puga, 2020 Colorado High School Principal of the Year
Smoky Hill High School, Cherry Creek School District
Dr. William Dallas, Colorado Middle Level Principal of the Year
Fountain Middle School, Fountain-Fort Carson School District
Prairie Ridge Elementary School, St. Vrain Valley School District
Lesher Middle School, Poudre School District
Rochelle Williams, 2020 Colorado Outstanding Assistant Elementary Principal of the Year for Colorado
Abrams Elementary School, Fountain-Fort Carson School District
2020 CoSN Volunteer Hall of Fame (to be named)
2020 CASEY Award (to be named)
2020 CASE Legislative Policy Awards (to be named)