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2012 Fall Conference & Delegate Assembly

Highlights from Fall Conference & Delegate Assembly

More 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.

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