Convention Recap Final

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Breckenridge, CO July 25 - 29, 2016

The 47th Annual CASE Convention, Leadership Elevated

The 47th Annual CASE Convention was our best yet! With record-breaking attendance and registrants from a majority of school districts in the state, this year's event offered timely learning and networking opportunities. Thank you for participating, and if you missed the Convention this year, we hope to see you at our upcoming CASE Winter Leadership Conference, Excellence by Association (February 2-3, 2017). Registration will open in late October.

If you did attend the Convention, please fill out this short survey for a chance to win one of two complimentary registrations for the Winter Leadership Conference. The survey will close in September, so don't delay!

Pre-Convention Workshops

Sessions, offering tailored, job-specific learning experiences


Attendees over the course of two days


Pre- Convention Highlights

We loved launching our week with you during our Pre-Convention workshops! Topics included getting oriented to new superintendent roles, how to address times of crisis as a principal, ESSA implementation, and the needs of rural districts.  To the left, attendees of the Rural Educator Workshop get to know one another through a paper-airplane ice-breaker.

To the right, Augustus Mays of WestEd breaks down ESSA for attendees of the CAES Workshop.

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Convention Highlights







Breakout Sessions


Thought-provoking, timely, and relevant keynote speakers

StoryCorps founder and acclaimed documentarian Dave Isay launched a week of spectacular speakers.  His keynote presentation, "The Power of Storytelling," encouraged educators to "heal through listening"- listening to their students, to their teachers, to their community. Thank you again to the Colorado Education Initiative for their support in bringing StoryCorps to the Convention. On Thursday, author and war-correspondent Sebastian Junger provided another emotional testimony, this time stressing the power of groups. "We are better off together than apart," Junger said, explaining how our society often comes

together during times of adversity. Friday's Legislative and Policy Issues general session finished off the event with an update from CASE's

national affiliate,AASA's Noelle Ellerson. As always, she impressed attendees with her federal advocacy efforts. Additionally, this session included an update from CASE's  lobbyist, Elisabeth Rosen, as well as appearances from the 2016 CASE Legislative and Policy Award Winners, pictured above: Rep. John Becker, Sen. Alec Garnett, Rep. Jim Wilson and Sen. Jack Tate. Also pictured are CASE Lobbyist Elisabeth Rosen and CASE Executive Director Lisa Escárcega.

School Districts Participated


Districts had Superintendent Representation


Passport Prize Program Winners


Newly retired superintendent of Roaring Fork School District, Dr. Diana Sirko, shared some of the highs and lows of her 41 years in education during Thursday's ticketed luncheon.

"Working for students is our true north star," Interim Commisioner Dr. Katy Anthes said during Wednesday's sold-out CDE luncheon.

- Gift cards

-  Getaways

- Gadgets

- and more...!

- Registrations

- Tickets

Multiple opportunities to connect and engage with attendees

From peer sessions and department meetings to evening receptions and the newly introduced networking lounge, we are proud to have offered an event in which attendees, sponsors,

exhibitors, and presenters were able to create strong and lasting professional relationships. Additionally, attendees had the opportunity to interact with one another through our mobile app.

Using #CASEConvention, attendees shared updates on their favorite sessions, moments, quotes, and even breath-taking views of the surrounding Breckenridge area during the event.

Active App Users


#CASEConvention mentions



Shared photos

CASE Leadership

A huge thank you to 2015-2016 CASE President Mitch Forsberg for his service and leadership.

We are thrilled to welcome Diane Doney to the CASE

Presidency. She, along with  Forsberg as CASE Past President, make up two-thirds of the CASE

Executive Committee for the 2016-2017 year. It was wonderful to hear from CASE's new

President-elect, Bruce Messinger, who makes up the other third of the CASE leadership team.  Congratulations to all! We look forward to another year of incredible leadership!

It was CASE Executive Director Lisa Escárcega's first Convention in her new role. Thank you all for the warm welcome  you extended her!

Congratulations again to CASEY award winner, Daniel Ritchie, President of the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation. We loved hearing from you at Convention!

Thanks again for attending this year's Convention! We look forward to seeing you next year in beautiful Breckenridge for the 48th Annual CASE Convention!

Breckenridge, CO July 24 - 28, 2016

Don't forget to fill out this year's attendee survey. Click here for the link!

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