Workshop-plus resources

An anytime-anywhere resource for board leaders advancing excellence through supports of the member relations team, Colorado Association of School Boards, 800.530.8430, 303.832.1000 / 1200 Grant Street, Denver, Colorado 80203, / Randy Black,



Maximizing "CASB"

CASB's GreatGoverning resources are part of a "gold mine" of CASB assets, all good for ideas, models, solutions, and supports to help you and your governing team continously improve.  Easy and essential maximizers: 

  • Meet with your team mentor on an ongoing basis.
  • Stay fresh with local board policies on the roles, responsibilities and limitations of your board of education.
  • Use CASB's Leadership WORKbook for ongoing individual and team sharpening.
  • Catch CASB tweets @randycasb and @CASBConnects.
  • Use blog postings, pics and pages to trigger next-steps conversations (10 minutes during a business agenda, at coffee, over a meal, inside a mentoring relationship...).
  • Get CASB's GavelGuide on your smartphone.
  • Link to CASB's Facebook page.
  • Engage with your governing team in 2-3 work sessions each year to appraise, sharpen and take next steps of effectiveness.
  • Build a regular discussion about board effectiveness into work sessions and regular meetings. 
  • Live out a simplified plan to develop your personal insights and mature your leadership
  • Talk or get together with board leaders of neighboring districts
  • Maximize your continuous improvement via CASB learning events:  webinars, regionals, conferences, and annual convention.
  • Connect easily and often with your CASB staff (each department represents a crucial element of great governing):  800-530-8430; 303-832-1000. For a quick list of services, go here.   For a list of staff members and email links, go here.  Ask for assistance!

Owning needs and wants

A simple checklist to help you maximize CASB (local, area, region, state, staff) 


WE need/want a CASB staff member to...

  • just come and meet us locally

  • tour our district

  • observe our meeting and give us some feedback.

  • give us a fresh, personal update on CASB networking, challenges...

  • give us a brief presentation on __________

  • facilitate a workshop, retreat or community conversation

  • provide project expertise (policy, legal, advocacy, team effectiveness...)


WE plan to participate in leadership learning sessions such as...

  • local presentation, study or workshop

  • gatherings with neighboring boards

  • CASB-BOCES partnerships

  • regionals (fall)

  • conference (fall and winter)

  • annual convention (December)


WE plan to improve our governing by...

  • studying together

  • engaging hopes and insights from constituents

  • traveling to learning sessions together

  • gatherings with neighboring boards

  • CASB-BOCES partnerships

  • regionals (fall)

  • conference (fall and winter)

  • annual convention (December)

  • occasional effectiveness workshop


WE need to have a locally-owned work session or retreat to...

  • work better together

  • gain vision and goals

  • evaluate our board work

  • build trust and understanding with constituents

  • strenghten our constant advocacy

  • strengthen our effectiveness framework and disciplines


Simple next-step suggestions:

  • have a team conversation to clarify hopes, needs and next-step possibilities

  • call CASB staffer Randy Black (800-530-8430, 303-832-1000)