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Call for Presentations

Help us build better boards!

CASB is proud to provide the highest quality educational leadership for boards of education in Colorado. The annual convention is CASB’s flagship event: an intensive 3-day learning and networking experience bringing together more than 1,000 board members, school district leaders and content experts.

We need your expertise. We are seeking session proposals from school districts, school board members, thought leaders and like-minded organizations that support our theme, Building Better Boards.

Sessions must demonstrate ways for school boards to become more effective, building upon a foundation of leadership excellence. We are looking for fresh ideas, proven strategies and a collaborative spirit to help build better boards!

Please review the following guidelines and submit your proposal by Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Presenting at CASB’s Annual Convention is the ideal way to share best practices, disseminate effective strategies and deepen understanding regarding emerging issues in education.


  • Proposals must be consistent with the core responsibility of boards of education: setting education policy for school districts. PLEASE NOTE: the primary convention audience is school board members (not administrators) who govern (not manage).
  • We recommend having no more than three presenters per session (except if the proposed session is a panel discussion with Q&A).
  • Vendors submitting proposals are strongly encouraged to pair up with a school board member or school administrator. Sessions are educational in nature; direct selling is prohibited.
  • Proposals originating from school districts will only be considered if the district is a member of CASB.
  • CASB reserves the right to edit presentation titles and descriptions for length and clarity.
  • Presentation proposals may be submitted online only at our Call for Presentations Form. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, July 15.

CASB is seeking presentations related to the following areas:

Student Achievement, Accountability and Data – Understand and use data to inform strategy and board decisions. Gain an understanding of the conditions that optimize teaching and learning, narrow or eliminate the achievement gap, improve accountability and foster continuous improvement within a system. Topics may include graduation guidelines and goals, implementing reform and standards, maximizing technology, English language learners, charter school authorizing and literacy.

School Board/Superintendent/Community Partnerships – Learn the different roles and responsibilities of the board and superintendents, as well as how to collaborate and develop long-term successful relationships inside and outside the system.

Innovations in District Financial Management (including collaboration and resource sharing) – Learn how to deal creatively and collaboratively with economic challenges, diminishing resources and local bond initiatives.

Governance and Executive Leadership – Effective leadership skills are necessary to transform public education. Learn how to align resources to the achievement of district standards and priorities, get insight on legal decisions impacting education, understand education reform, collaborate with diverse stakeholders, and build policy leadership and team effectiveness skills.

Technology + Learning Solutions – Technology is transforming how students learn. Learn about emerging research and technologies, practical strategies, real-life solutions and how to make better use of personal technology as an educational leader.

Student, Family, Community, Wellness and Environment – Support, environment and wellness profoundly affect student outcomes. Learn about factors that support and hinder these critical contributors to student learning, as well as strategies to address challenges.

Presentation opportunities

Breakout session – These 75-minute sessions focus on specific topics, issues or challenges. We encourage sessions that showcase strategies that can be replicated in other school districts. Audience participation also must be included.

Roundtable discussion – These 75-minute sessions are built on facilitated discussions around specific topics, issues or challenges that face all school districts. Presenters need to come prepared with a short presentation, an action plan to facilitate open dialogue and at least a one-page information sheet for attendees.

Expenses and logistics

  • CASB does not pay an honorarium for convention program session presenters.
  • Presenters who plan to attend other portions of the convention must pay for a convention registration.
  • Due to high rental costs, presenters will need to bring their own computer and projector if needed for their presentation. Each meeting room will be provided with a screen, AV cart and power for your computer and projector.
  • CASB will post presentations and supplementary handout materials for attendees on our website. Materials are due to CASB by Nov. 21, 2014.

Please contact Nancy Weiss at for more information.