2012 Fall Conference & Delegate Assembly
Highlights from Fall Conference & Delegate AssemblyMore than 125 school leaders from rural and front-range districts across the state turned out for lively discussions on topics ranging from constitutional reform to strategies to become more effective leaders.
“A Matter of Law: Legal Issues for School Leaders” was the central theme of our Fall Conference and Delegate Assembly held Oct. 19-20 in Fort Collins. The conference kicked off early Friday morning with “coffee conversations” among fellow board members who gathered to discuss leadership challenges and rural advocacy opportunities. Keynote speaker Richard Collins, law professor at the University of Colorado, took attendees down the “Road to Constitutional Reform” and shared his thoughts on why and how Colorado can revise its constitution.
Our breakout sessions were both diverse and educational covering topics such as reform laws, effective board training, school board liability, child abuse, technology, bullying, superintendent contracts and school board policies. We concluded the day with Ken DeLay and Kathleen Sullivan’s entertaining, yet informative, “Update from the Courts.” Ken and Kathleen brought everyone up to speed on some of the legal hot topics impacting schools, including the school finance adequacy lawsuit, legal challenges to TABOR and other recent case law.
On Saturday, members of the Delegate Assembly gathered for a briefing and mock debate among board members to help them become better acquainted about the resolutions they would later be debating. We were pleased to see so much discussion of the resolutions at this year’s assembly. The CASB team is already brainstorming ideas to improve next year’s conference, but if you were unable to attend this year, we have provided some of the presentations.
- Richard B. Collins
The Road to Constitutional Reform
- Colorado Department of Education Staff
An Overview of Colorado Education Reform Laws
- Kristin C. Edgar
Child Abuse Reporting: Legal and Practical Considerations
- Alex Halpern, Richard Bump and Jim Branum
Important Issues in the Negotiation of Superintendents' Employment Contracts
- Jeri Hodgson Fleuter
Translating Law Into School Board Policy
- Sonja McKenzie
School Board Member and District Liability
- Michelle Murphy
Student Discipline, Bullying and Harassment
- Kathleen Sullivan and Beth Friel
Legal Basics for Effective Boardmanship
Advanced Training for Presiding Over Board Meetings
Advanced Training Workbook