January 23, 2018
AESA Member News & Updates
In This Issue:

New Job Openings Posted to AESA's Job Central

This Week: The Federal Advocacy Committee is meeting in DC!

Outcome of the 2018 Executive Council Election

Affinity Group News: Special Education Service Providers Think Tank

If you use Facebook for your ESA, here is News to Know about FB Changes

Save the Date:

AESA Foundation Summer Leadership Conference
July 17 - 19, 2018
Renaissance Depot Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
ESA-to-ESA: We work to connect you!

Do you know about AESA Job Central?

You can find job postings submitted by AESA members on the AESA website.

We have recently posted new openings in the state of Montana and Iowa! Check them out at Job Central and please share this link with your colleagues that you think would be interested!

When you have a position to fill, or if you are looking for an opportunity, please visit:

Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting January 23-34
Federal Advocacy

The Federal Advocacy Committee, the members of which represent ESAs from around the country, are meeting this week, on January 23-24, 2018 in Washington DC.

Committee members will receive briefings on federal policy issues including Ed Tech, Higher Ed Act, Federal Funding of Education, DACA and Early Childhood Education. They will also take a deep dive into the 2017 AESA legislative agenda and ESA priorities to provide important updates. The committee will wrap up their work by learning how their colleagues from Arizona, Minnesota and Pennsylvania are successfully implementing advocacy work at the state level!

Be sure to watch for the updated 2018 Legislative Agenda following our meeting.
Outcome of 2018 Executive Council Elections

Six candidates ran for three positions on AESA's Executive Council.
We welcome the following leaders to the Council:
Western Region:
Maria Jaramillo,
Executive Director of Central Region ESC
Albuquerque, New Mexico 
Central Region:
Wanda Cook-Robinson, Superintendent Oakland Schools in Waterford, MI 
Charles (Chuck) Khoury, Superintendent Ulster BOCES in New Paltz, NY
Please welcome the new members of AESA's Executive Council: Their service begins in April 2018

Maria Jaramillo
Maria Jaramillo has been involved in NM public education since 1986 and has worked for a NM Education Service Agency since 1993. Maria began her career at Central Region Educational Cooperative as a speech-language pathologist serving member school districts throughout the state. At the CREC, she served multiple administrative program roles. Maria currently serves as executive director and has always known how beneficial ESAs are to their school districts from a firsthand point of view. Through her leadership roles in NM, she continues to help bridge and build collaboration with the educational initiatives and goals we all share.

Wanda Cook-Robinson
Wanda Cook-Robinson, superintendent of Oakland Schools, finds passion in fully exploring the teaching-learning process all while building instructional systems so children can learn to their full potential. She also acts as a tireless advocate on issues concerning diversity by promoting a welcoming and supportive environment for all students and staff at Oakland Schools. These priorities have guided Cook-Robinson throughout her career, including now as she supports the academic achievement of the 207,000 students in Oakland County’s 28 public school districts, charter schools and non-public schools.

In 2013, Cook-Robinson was named “Michigan State Superintendent of the Year” by the Michigan Association of School Administrators. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Courage Award for Educational Excellence and Development from the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition. Cook-Robinson holds a Ph.D. in instructional technology and an Ed.S. in educational leadership from Wayne State University, among many other educational and vocational achievements. 

Charles (Chuck) Khoury
Dr. Charles V. Khoury is the District Superintendent/CEO of Ulster BOCES, providing services to the eight school districts of Ulster County, NY. Dr. Khoury has held this position for over six years. As District Superintendent, he is the NYS Commissioner of Education’s representative to the county. He oversees a budget of approximately $70 million. For the past four years Dr. Khoury has served as the NY representative to AESA’s Federal Legislative Committee.  He was instrumental, along with his colleagues from Connecticut and Massachusetts, in initiating, planning and implementing the first NY-New England Regional AESA Conference in May, 2017. 

Dr. Khoury is completing his 44 th year in public education. He has been a teacher, counselor, high school principal and superintendent in both NJ and NY. He holds an Ed.D. from Rutgers University.  He is viewed by his colleagues as a thoughtful, articulate, innovative educational leader, focused on improving student learning.

Thank you to all our leaders who stepped up and participated in the Executive Council election!
NEWS from Special Education Service Providers Think Tank

This affinity group is comprised of special education service providers from educational service agencies across the United States. As of today, we have 39 members participating and more members are welcome!

The group leverages various forms of communications:
·        Quarterly zoom meetings are scheduled with pre-determined topic areas generated by the interest of members. To date we have discussed topics such as the provision of mental health services; the type of secondary transition services made available to students; the relationship between the ESA and the Department of Education across states; the trends across teacher training and teacher retention; the approaches to reducing truancy; and, the challenges experienced in the provision of early intervention services.

·        Various resources are posted to a google.doc account wherein members can share documents.

·        List serve emails are sent at the discretion of members whenever they have a question or issue that they would like to be addressed by others from across the country.

·        A network directory allows each member to provide a profile of what their ESA offers in the way of special education services. ESA demographics, the member’s years of experiences, and his/her role definitions are provided to allow members to find others who meet certain criteria for which they are interested.

·        Opportunities for face to face networking have been nurtured at AESA conferences and has recently expanded to affinity group members volunteering to part of a panel at the annual Pennsylvania Intermediate Units Conference in June 2018.

The next zoom meeting for the Special Education Think Tank Affinity Group is scheduled for February 27, 2018 at 2 PM EST.

Anyone interested in this group is encouraged to contact Sherry Zubeck at sherry_zubeck@iu13.org for more information. 

Business Partner News!

Gary Howard presented at the recent AESA Annual Conference and was a smash hit! 

Continue the learning!

AESA Business Partner, Corwin, is sponsoring a Deep Equity Institute in Illinois on March 1 and is offering AESA members a $100 off using the discount code: LOYALTY! 

The Deep Equity framework addresses the dynamics of power, privilege, and the impact that implicit biases have on our schools and our students. This capacity-building approach to cultural competence and culturally responsive teaching empowers educators to close the racial and socio-economic gaps in student achievement. 

Deep Equity builds the foundation for organizational growth by giving educators the tools and skills to have authentic conversations, drive positive change, overcome equity barriers and become courageous leaders of cultural transformation.

The link to the conference registration site is here:   http://www.cvent.com/deepequity
Does your ESA use Facebook Pages for promoting events and sharing News?

Here is news to know about upcoming changes! (Or maybe the changes have already happened!)
On January 11, FB creator Mark Zuckerberg, released significant news about the News Feed in Facebook.

If you use Facebook Pages or Instagram as a communication tactic in your organization, you definitely want to listen in to this recording of a video-cast from Social Media Examiner.

In short, the program explains the changes ahead for Facebook Pages. In the opinion of Social Media Examiner President, Michael Stelzner, the news isn't good.

So, how to respond?
The video discusses the changes, and possible responses.

A blog post from the  National School Public Relations Association, written by Nicole Kirby, APR provides a succinct three-step process.