PEBC’s FORWARD: From Polarization to Progress presents a book study with Dr. Katy Anthes, former Colorado Commissioner of Education - PEBC

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PEBC’s FORWARD: From Polarization to Progress

A book study with Dr. Katy Anthes, former Colorado Commissioner of Education

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Tuesday, July 23, 2024

$399 Early Bird / $450 General

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

1:00pm-2:30pm MT

Virtual - Zoom Information will be provided via email prior to the event date
$399 Early Bird / $450 General

Join Dr. Anthes for a virtual book study of Amanda Ripley’s: High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How to Get Out*

Together, we will use the book to learn how to steer out of high conflict loops and into more productive ways of seeing each other and working together for a clear focus on students. This three-part book study will help you navigate away and de-escalate destructive conflict situations, and move forward to solutions.

  • Module 1 (June 5, 2024, 1 - 2:30 p.m.): How did we get here and why? We will work to better understand good and bad conflict.
  • Module 2 (June 26, 2024, 1 - 2:30 p.m.): How do we listen and build connection? We will learn to see humanity in others, even when we vehemently disagree, and explore why it is critically important in these times.
  • Module 3 (July 23, 2024, 1 - 2:30 p.m.) What are strategies for getting out of high conflict situations? We will identify methods for getting unstuck and moving forward.

*Attendees should purchase their own copy of the text in preparation for the book study. You can purchase from Tattered Cover Book Store by clicking here.


Dr. Katy Anthes joined PEBC in December 2023 as Director of Forward: From Polarization to Progress. As Commissioner of Education in Colorado from 2016- 2023, Dr. Katy Anthes is widely respected for her commitment to listen to diverse perspectives and leaves a legacy of developing solutions that are founded on productive middle ground. Continuously keeping students’ best interests as her top priority, she focuses on providing high quality expertise and support to policymakers, districts and educators working to enhance student achievement. WhileCommissioner, Anthes worked with the Colorado State Board of Education, the Legislature and the Governor to craft and implement a vision of education for Colorado.  She led the Colorado Department of Education, an $8 billion dollar agency, dedicated to helping districts achieve great things for students.  During her time as Commissioner, she served on the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Board of Directors, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) Steering Committee, and Chiefs for Change.

Dr. Anthes led CDE from 2011 to 2023, serving as Chief of Staff, Interim Associate Commissioner for Achievement and Strategy and Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness. As the ED of Educator Effectiveness, she led CDE’s efforts to support and retain highly effective educators in Colorado. In her previous position as a partner with the Third Mile Group, Anthes led and researched major education initiatives for state, district, and national organizations on a variety of education issues. Her projects included the Colorado School Leadership Academy Board, the Expanded Learning Opportunities Commission and the evaluation of district education programs across the state.

Prior to founding the Third Mile Group, she conducted seven years of research, designed policy and developed her leadership at the Education Commission of the States while focusing on school and district leader effectiveness. Anthes holds a Ph.D. in public policy and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver. She  earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon.

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