December 18, 2019
AESA Executive Council Elections
The CEO from each member organization is encouraged to participate in the AESA 
Executive Council Annual Election.

In order to make it as easy and secure as possible for our members, we are using an online voting service, . This voting system is secure, authenticating the CEO as an eligible voter and verifying that only the CEO can cast the ballot for your organization.

There are three open seats in the annual election process. There was one nomination in the Eastern Region and one nomination in the Southern Region; no election process is needed for those two regions this year. The Western Region does have two candidates that were nominated to serve. This year’s ballot reflects the biographies for those candidates. 

The election period runs from  Friday, December 13, 2019 12:00 am to Monday, January 13, 2020 11:55 pm . Please don't wait until the last minute to cast your vote! 
Meet the Candidates:
Dr. Kristen Benson
Executive Director at Fremont County
BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education Services)

Dr. Kristen Benson was a teacher, administrator, author, college instructor and currently the Executive Director at Fremont County BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education Services).  She was a math/science teacher for 10 years. A middle school administrator for 3 years before relocating to beautiful Wyoming. She was teaching at Central Wyoming College when she was then recruited by Fremont County BOCES to run their career and technical program at the time. She received her bachelors of education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 1995. She then attended the University of Virginia where she received her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction in 2002 and doctorate in Education Leadership in 2008. Dr. Benson serves on many boards. She is the chairman for the Suicide Prevention Taskforce, Fremont County Prevention Coalition, and the Northwest BOCES. She is the clerk for Fremont County School District #6 and Secretary for Help for Health Hospice.  
Pat Sublette, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Columbia Gorge ESD.

The need for strong education service agencies has never been greater. Maintaining and expanding the influence of ESAs requires strategic innovation and bold new collaborations. Bringing groups together to create actionable solutions is vital to our work.

As your Western Representative, I will leverage prior experience (20 years at ESAs in multiple roles, 11 years in public and 9 in private schools, and universities) to serve you through partnerships and results that represent your interests.
As Superintendent of Columbia Gorge ESD, I serve on several committees that support my region and ESDs e.g., Oregon Association of School Executives, the Children Systems Advisory Committee and the Oregon Association of ESDs Finance Committee.

I also enjoy standing in rivers with a fly rod and waders as fish pass by unconcerned.
I hope to earn your vote.
Microsoft Cyber Security Webinar
Thursday, December 19 | 1:00 pm (EST)
Safeguard your students,
online and at school . . .
Safety and security are key considerations for students and parents when choosing a school. They are also some of the top concerns that educators face today. Schools have become a major target for phishing attacks, ransomware, and data theft. Safeguarding physical and digital security at schools is more critical and complex than ever before.

In this webinar geared toward K-12 schools and ESAs, you will gain knowledge to help you build your security strategy. Join this FREE webinar to learn:
  • How to plan an approach to security that considers how to both protect information online and ensure a safe school environment.
  • How smart-cloud technology can automatically address and remediate security threats online.
  • How to plan an approach to security that considers both protecting information online and ensuring a safe physical environment.

See how Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 integrate physical and cyber security with sophisticated artificial intelligence that works seamlessly in the background—sharing intelligence and working smarter to protect your campus.
Member Spotlight: Waco, Texas
Waco, Texas  - Dr. Jerry Maze, Executive Director of the Education Service Center Region 12 in Waco, Texas, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Thomas Poe Award by the John R. Hoyle Memorial Administrative Leadership Institute (ALI) recognizing effective educational leaders.   
Federal Advocacy Meeting
January 21 - 22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Washington
on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington D.C.
We need your voice to determine our federal advocacy agenda for 2020! Your continued advocacy for ESAs and education is critically important!
The Federal Advocacy Committee is open to all AESA members!  The committee represents ESAs from around the country and will meet on January 21-22, 2020 in Washington DC. The committee meets annually with the AESA Legislative Advocacy and Leadership Team to update the legislative priorities of AESA.
New this year!  You can select one of two field trips. The first choice is to the Department of Education to talk about Special Education issues. The second choice is to the FCC to talk about E-Rate issues! Your voice matters! Come to Washington D.C. so you can tell these agencies and your elected officials about the important work you do!

You will also have input into the AESA Legislative Agenda and Priorities. These documents guide our federal advocacy work throughout the upcoming year. Be sure to register today!
New Business Partner
Pathway2Careers is a career readiness service provider that offers a collection of resources to support career readiness efforts in educational settings. The P2C approach places considerable emphasis on the use of regional labor market data to identify local high-value careers, ensuring that education practices enhance students’ access to good jobs in their communities. As a comprehensive career service provider, P2C offers a wide variety of products and services for administrators, faculty, students, and parents, ranging from easy-to-use labor market systems to career-immersive curriculum. P2C strives to improve access to labor market data and encourage the use of data-informed practices in career education. 

We are excited about the opportunity to serve AESA and its members through our business partnership. AESA has always been an organization focused on providing services that benefit its members, and we believe we bring the same mindset for partnering at the local level with education service centers. Our Pathway2Careers platform, along with our research, provides us an opportunity to bring a unique perspective on gathering data and understanding the policy effect and implications for developing models that yield a critical change in communities, districts, and education services centers.”  
~Dr. Joseph Goins
Student Privacy Workshop for ESAs
Educational Service Agencies:
Since 2013, over 130 new student privacy laws have passed in 41 states, with more bills and regulations being rolled out each year with many new requirements for educators and administrators to implement. Some state laws include the threat of jail or large fines when school staff even unintentionally violate student privacy. Unfortunately, few states have received funding or support in implementing these new laws. This isn’t only a legal problem: as technology changes and the amount of information schools collect and maintain increases, ensuring that new educators and administrators come into their schools with the skills needed to adequately protect student privacy in their day-to-day work is extremely challenging. These rapid changes make it almost impossible for local education agencies, especially small or rural schools, to keep up. 

Educational service agencies are perfectly placed to be leaders in helping the districts and schools they serve with this evolving landscape, but it can be difficult for them to know where to begin.

The Future of Privacy Forum, a nonprofit focused on consumer privacy, is launching a Train-the-Trainer program in 2020 to build the capacity of ESA staff and other key stakeholders to become student privacy experts to help the schools they serve and also become a student privacy evangelists to other ESAs across the U.S. Whether you are new to the student privacy world or an experienced practitioner, the free one-year FPF Student Privacy Train-the-Trainer Program will provide the knowledge and skills to make you a student privacy expert while also connecting you with a peer network and student privacy experts from across the country. 

Participants should have a strong interest in student privacy, the willingness to conduct student privacy trainings at their institutions or relevant conferences and be able to dedicate approximately eight hours per month for virtual webinars (1-2 hours) and asynchronous activities (6 hours). Participants will also need to travel to Washington, D.C. for in-person workshops in February 2020 and November 2020. Travel scholarships are available for a limited number of participants. To learn more and apply or nominate someone else to be part of the program, please visit or email .

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Amelia Vance, Senior Counsel (Child Privacy) and Director of Education Privacy
Future of Privacy Forum  |  | 1400 Eye Street NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20001
Upcoming AESA Events
Summer Leadership Conference
July 20-23, 2020
Hilton Nashville Downtown

Educators' Call to Action Conference
September 28-30 2020
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill