A newsletter for members of AESA
November 15, 2016
2016 Federal Election Summary

What might the recent election results mean for K-12 education?

As the country contemplates what the future will look like after l ast  week's election results, AESA offers its view of the federal education issues to watch.  This article considers who might lead the Department of Education and how the Congressional elections might shape future education decisions.

Conference Podcast Coverage 

AESA will again present live, online podcast radio coverage of the AESA Conference, hosted by  EduTechGuys, staff members at Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative.

Listen In!

Find the live feed and archived shows at   radio.edutechguys.com

On December 1 and 2, EduTechGuys will conduct open-chair interviews with participants, presenters, and representatives from ESAs at the AESA's Annual Conference.  They will bring education technology conversation to the forefront and share what they learn while at the conference with their listeners.

Join In

Looking for participants: Join in!
Here is your chance to tell listeners what to expect in your session or the background behind your presentation. Ideally, presenters would schedule a time slot before their presentation occurs, but we will gladly speak with any presenter at any time they've chosen from the scheduler. This is also a great way to get the word out about your ESA!  

Use this Scheduler link to schedule your interview
You will see  Dec 1 and Dec 2  as clickable dates. Choose the day you would like to visit with the EdutechGuys. You will then be able to choose a time slot.  As a presenter and/or representative of an ESA, feel free to choose a time slot that works best for you. Interviews and conversations will generally last 10 minutes, scheduled at 15-minute intervals. You may request more than one spot, if desired. 

(You will be required to provide an email address to sign up for a slot. No personal information is shared with anyone else. The information is used only for communicating about the AESA Conference interviews. This service is completely optional.)

Come join us for a relaxed, fun way to share your story online live at the 30th Annual AESA Conference in Savannah. 

Please help welcome our new business partner!

Please help AESA welcome a new business partner, TSA Consulting Group (TSACG). TSACG is an independent, fee-based, provider of IRS retirement plan compliance administration services to public education employers. 

AESA members will have the opportunity to discuss the advantages of working with TSACG on 403(b) and 457(b) plan administration at the AESA Annual Conference in Savannah, GA - November 30-December 3, 2016. 

The Big Read grant application deadline is 
January 26, 2017.

The National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA)  The Big Read, in its tenth year, provides Americans with the chance to read and discuss a single book within their communities.  

Governments, libraries, school districts, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for one of an estimated 75 grants that will be awarded for programming occurring between September 2017 and June 2018.  The application deadline is January 26, 2017.  Besides the grant, communities will receive resources, including reader's and teacher's guides and audio guides with commentary from artists, educators, and public figures.  Communities will also receive publicity materials.
For this cycle, communities will choose from 28 selections (novels, short stories, memoirs, poetry, and books in translation), including 13 new titles.
Interested in learning more?  The NEA will host  a public webinar about The Big Read on November 16, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, featuring a discussion about the selections in the Big Read library.  

Participants are encouraged to inquire about the selections and authors, as well as the application process.