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CASE is proud to share a few conference highlights that helped make the event valuable and memorable to our attendees.
On February 1 - 3, 2017, public school administrators from across the state gathered at the Westin Hotel in Westminster for the 17th Annual CASE Winter Leadership Conference, Excellence by Association. This event is CASE’s largest professional learning offering during the school year, and aims to connect participants with timely information about the most pressing issues impacting K-12 education.
2017 Pre- and Post- Conference Workshops
Rounding out the event were targeted learning opportunities at our pre- and post-conference workshops. Four well-attended pre-conference workshops offered content geared toward specific administrator job type and interest: Exploring the Superintendency; School Finance: Nuts, Bolts, and Beyond; Next Level Technology Leadership: Helping Your District Build Future Readiness; and Principals Matter: Leading for Civility, Cultural Responsiveness and Community Engagement. The brand-new Women in Leadership post-conference garnered enthusiastic feedback from participants, and CASE plans to offer this program moving forward.
Keynote speaker Dr. Tali Sharot kicked off the conference with the insightful presentation Smart Influence: How You Affect the Decisions, Desires and Opinions of Others. Central to her remarks were the scientific findings around the natural human tendency toward optimism--how this both inspires and encourages our work and behavior, and how it can also result in making misassumptions and incorrect predictions about the future. Dr. Sharot shared insights about how best to impact and guide those around us based on behavioral science data, and how to most effectively create change in our environments.
Additional learning happened in the 24 conference breakout sessions, which focused on topics including ESSA implementation, strengths-based leadership, school finance, and legal issues facing public education and school leaders. The Legislative and Policy Issues session on the second day of the conference featured an update from CASE Lobbyist Elisabeth Rosen, presentations from school finance strategist Michael Griffith and Governor Hickenlooper’s budget director Henry Sobanet, as well as a superintendent reaction panel led by CASE President-elect Bruce Messinger (Boulder Valley) and featuring Harry Bull (Cherry Creek), Bret Miles (Northeast BOCES), Chris Gdowski (Adams 12), Kendra Anderson (Otis), and Karen Brofft (Lewis Palmer).
CASE was so pleased to highlight two outstanding members during the event, 2016-17 Colorado Superintendent of the Year Harry Bull and 2017 National Principal of the Year for Secondary Schools Tom Dodd. Both had inspiring messages about what it means to be a leader in what feels like a very unsettled time, particularly with so many changes happening at the federal level and such a grim outlook for school funding here in our state.
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