April 18, 2017
Look below. Here's a summary of the many ways 
you can be involved in AESA.
Proposals for break-out sessions at Annual Conference are accepted through May 1. (Save the date: AESA Annual Conference is November 29-December 1, 2017.

Executive-in-Residence program: Applications are open through May 15. This program delivers professional development for current or aspiring ESA leaders.

Summer Leadership Conference  July 17-20, 2017.  Registration is open!  CEOs and their leadership teams are invited to learn from the experts about how strategic partnerships can add value to your ESAs.

Affinity Groups : Announcing a new Affinity Group is now forming! 
Read about the new  Open Education Resource (OER) Affinity Group.

(Did you know? We now have the following six Affinity Groups up and running. You will find details about all of these on our website.
Blended/Personalized Learning
Ed-Fi Alliance use by ESAs
Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice
Special Education Service Providers Think Tank
Visible Learning)
Federal Advocacy : We need your voice on behalf of education.  It's been a very busy time for our federal advocacy team and they need your continued participation. We've completed the 2017 Legislative Agenda and 2017 Priority Agenda . Please don't forget the  Advocacy Challenge ! Check out April's update on appropriations. 
Introducing new members of AESA's Executive Council
East Region
Christopher Rooney
Superintendent of Schools/CEO
Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission
100 Tomillo Way
Tinton Falls, NJ  07712
Central Region
Jon Sheldahl
Chief Administrator
Great Prairie Area Education Agency
Work # (800) 622-0027
2814 N. Court St.
Ottumwa, IA  52501-1163

South Region
Joseph Oliverio
Executive Director
Regional Education Service Agency #5
2507 9th Ave.
Parkersburg, WV 26101

newaffinitygroupNew Affinity Group Forming
Open Education Resource (OER)
This Affinity Group will explore the changing instructional landscape as it moves from a traditional paper textbook and materials toward various Open Education Resource (OER) materials for online and face to face instruction. Participants will share ideas and approaches about how ESA's can support this changing landscape, particularly around ESA services that support schools and promote the shift of instructional practice around these 21st century pedagogies.

Technology used; Quarterly Zoom video meetings and Google Docs.
Meetings Schedule: May 17, 2017, August 9, 2017, November 15, 2017, February 14, 2018
Lead Contact: Evan Abbey (IA)  eabbey@aeapdonline.org .

Please read on to learn more about AESA's Affinity Groups or for more information, please  contact Joan Wade, AESA Executive Director. 
Is the Executive in Residence Program for you?
AESA's Executive in Residence Program provides a performance-based professional development opportunity that includes:
  • A strong mentor component by CEOs of AESA's Executive Council and host organizations;
  • Access to a variety of leadership experiences; and
  • Participation with a cohort model, providing executives in residence with a national network and opportunities for peer communication. 
The program commences in July at the Summer Leadership Conference and prepares our next generation of CEOs with the needed skills.

Learn more!
Application deadline is May 15, 2017.  Executives in Residence application.
federaladvocacyupdateFederal Advocacy Update
The 2017 legislative agenda and priority agenda are now available to guide your advocacy efforts in Washington DC.  

What is the difference between AESA's "priority agenda" and AESA's "legislative agenda"?

This is the first time AESA has had a priority agenda. The priority agenda focuses on those issues that have a direct impact on Education Service Agencies (ESAs).  

The legislative agenda is used in coordination with the AESA policy priorities.  The policy priorities outlines AESA's overarching priorities as they relate to federal education policy for ESAs and the annual legislative agenda is more time-sensitive. Subject to annual revision, the legislative agenda allows the organization to pivot and prioritize response to emerging federal policy discussions.

Noelle Ellerson Ng, AESA Legislative Liaison, can assist with all of your federal advocacy questions.
AESA Business Partner News

Join Zaretta Hammond at a webinar sponsored by Corwin Publishing.
Webinar opportunity:
Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

Presented by Corwin, AESA business partner

When: Monday, May 1, 2017  -  3:30pm PDT /6:30pm EDT
Learn how to use culturally responsive teaching to re-ignite authentic student engagement by using the cultural values and cues that resonate with students! In this  webinar, Zaretta Hammond discusses the neuroscience of culturally based learning and ways to provide more culturally responsive instruction.

You will come away with:
  • A framework to understand the key principles of culturally responsive teaching
  • Ways to transform your relationship with students into a learning partners
  • Strategies to support students in developing an academic mindset
  • Techniques to improve student thinking by leveraging culturally and linguistically diverse students' natural learning styles.

Register  here.