May 29, 2018
AESA Member News & Updates
After the Hurricane:
Helping is as Easy as 1, 2, 3
ESC Region 12 in Waco, Texas has partnered with rural Regugio ISD, Texas to support their rebuilding efforts. Can you help?

The Rebuilding of Schools and Communities Continues

Many of our members reached out right after Hurricane Harvey to offer support to the affected ESAs and schools in Texas. School districts continue to need assistance as they rebuild their schools.

ESC Region 12 from Waco, Texas has partnered with a small, rural school district, Refugio ISD, to support their rebuilding efforts.

Refugio ISD has a student enrollment of 725 and is located in a rural town of 2,890 residents on Texas’ coastal bend. More than 75% of the town was damaged, including every building in the district. 78% of the students qualify for free/reduced lunch and after Hurricane Harvey 95.2% of the students were considered homeless.


Today, ESC Region 12 and the school district are focused on meeting the basic needs of their student population.
 
You can help their efforts by providing funds to support classroom library sets for elementary teachers, library books for grades 7 – 12, provide tablets to replace technology, replace band instruments, and the list goes on.

Making a donation is as easy as following these three steps:

Step 1: Open up a new text message to the number 71777.
Step 2: Type in the word REGION12 (all one word; not case-sensitive) and hit send.
Step 3: Click the link in the reply message to make a donation. 


Thank you!
U.S. Department of Education Launches New Website Accessibility Technical Assistance Initiative
AESA received the following information in an email from the US Education Department:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced it is launching a new technical assistance initiative to assist schools, districts, state education agencies, libraries, colleges and universities in making their websites and online programs accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Through webinars, OCR will provide information technology professionals with vital information on website accessibility, including tips for making their online programs accessible. The initiative announced today, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, builds on OCR’s history of providing technical assistance on this issue to hundreds of stakeholders.

"As more educational opportunities are delivered online, we need to ensure those programs, services and activities are accessible to everyone," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “OCR’s technical assistance will help us continue to forge important partnerships with schools for the benefit of students and parents with disabilities." 

OCR will offer the first three webinars on the following dates:

Webinar I:   May 29, 2018, at 1 p.m. EDT
Webinar II:  June 5, 2018, at 1:p.m. EDT
Webinar III: June 12, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. EDT

If you are interested in participating in any of these webinars, please send your request to OCRWebAccessTA@ed.gov ; include your name, preferred webinar and contact information. You are encouraged to invite your vendors to attend these webinars. 

Information regarding the scheduling and registration for additional webinars is available on the Department’s website.

Award Nominations Now Open
Do you know a colleague deserving of an AESA Award?

Recognition is a wonderful way to promote your profession and celebrate the work of individuals and teams that make our Nation's ESAs great!

Award Nominations are open. We appreciate your nominations!


Representing ESAs in Washington DC

AESA Federal Advocacy
AESA Recommends Against Considering The PROSPER Act


AESA joins AASA and ASBO to oppose President Trump’s proposal to rescind $15.4 billion in federal funding, funding that has already been approved and allocated by Congress. 


AESA Summer Leadership Conference








Are you still deciding about attending AESA's Summer Leadership Conference?

Here are three reasons why we hope you will join us!


1. There is plenty to learn!

  • Tips from Jennifer Smith, the "Culture Innovator" and one of Minneapolis' top business leaders.

  • Ideas about how to lead your organization successfully through times of growth.

  • How to use analytics to build new business opportunities for your organization.


2. There is still time to get the discounted hotel rate!

  • Register today. The hotel discount is available until June 18, 2018, when you register for the conference.

3. There is plenty to do in Minneapolis to make your visit memorable!

  • Minneapolis is a family-friendly town with lots to do and see!
 
  1. Mall of America
  2. Minnehaha Park
  3. Walker Art Center
  4. Mill City Museum
  5. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  6. Stone Arch Bridge
  7. Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  8. Mills Ruins Park
  9. American Swedish Institute
  10. Time to network with ESA leaders, like you!

Come join us!
Affinity Group News
Interested in Cloud Computing? 

Join other AESA members in an Affinity Group that will focus on Cloud Computing providers such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Participants will exchange ideas, share their learning, and coordinate work with vendors.

Contact Stuart Long, CIO, Clackamas ESD (OR)  slong@clackesd.k12.or.us