July 26, 2019
ESAs Do Amazing Work
What an Amazing Summer Leadership Conference

As the presentations from various ESAs rolled out during last week’s AESA Summer Leadership Conference, I was reminded again, along with other participants, how amazing the impact is for the ESAs all across our country.

The theme for this year’s Summer Leadership Conference was “Collective Impact.” While learning about this important community engagement process, AESA showcased how ESAs are stepping into the much-needed leadership roles to bring stakeholders together. The presentations proved that ESAs make a significant difference in rural, suburban, and urban communities. ESA staffs are impacting lives by bringing forward collaborations to improve education, mental health, financial security and clean water (which was the case in Flint, Michigan).  

Take a look at the Summer Leadership PowerPoint presentations to learn more about the great work your colleagues are doing across the country!

Thank you to everyone who attended, presented, and supported this annual event. Mark your calendars to attend next year when we go to Nashville on July 20-23, 2020. We promise to work hard to bring you another stellar event.

Please join us at the Educators’ Call to Action Conference, September 18-20, 2019. Your voice really does make a difference in our nation's Capitol.

It is my honor to lead AESA and serve this group of amazing ESA leaders. You do make a difference!

Joan H. Wade, EdD
Executive Director
Thank You for Your Service to AESA!
Dave Distel was awarded the Peter C. Young Service Award for his many years of dedication and leadership to AESA and the AESA Foundation.  Pictured here from left to right are Joan Wade, AESA Executive Director; Dave Distel, Hamilton County ESC Superintendent and 2019 Peter C. Young Award winner; Jerry Maze, Region 12 ESC Executive Director and AESA Foundation Chair.  
AESA Working for You:
New Services Available for Members
Looking for a new registration system for your events?

Check out AESA Connect …developed by AESA specifically for ESAs!

AESA Connect provides a streamlined, user-friendly process for event registration. The program automatically sends a registration confirmation email to both the registrant and the registration administrator. If credit card payment method is used, a credit card transaction receipt is generated and emailed to the user. Users are provided easy access to event participation history. System administrators can track registrations and produce reports to aid in invoicing and other event management tasks.

If you are looking for a user-friendly registration system, this one's for you! For more details, contact AESA Chief Operating Officer  John Bass .

AESA has a new lineup of services for ESAs. Learn more on our website.
Congratulations to the
2019 Executives in Residence
The 2019 Executives In Residences who recieved their plaques at the Summer Leadership conference are pictured here from left to right.

Cliff Carmody, Program Coordinator & Executive Director South West/West Central Service Cooperative; Jeffrey Stone, Deputy Director Business & Technology Services, Region 20 ESC San Antonio, Texas; Jeffrey Smith, Regional Coordinator of Adult Education, SERRC, Juneau, Alaska; John Kurelja, Chief Academic Officer, Central Susquehanna IU, Milton, Pennsylvania; Chad Hilliker, Assistant Superintendent, Hamilton County ESC, Cincinnati, Ohio; Jennifer Dodd, Director of Operations & Development, ESC of Northeast Ohio, Independence, OH. 

Other members of the 2019 cohort not shown are: Sam Atkins, Chief Development Officer, Kentucky EDC, Ashland, Kentucky; Trisha Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky EDC, Ashland, Kentucky; Katherine Ericson, Executive Director LEARN, Old Lyme, Connecticut; Naomi Norman, Assistant Superintendent, Washtenaw ISD, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  
Here are some reflections from this year's participants . . .

"My learning certainly went beyond an exchange of ideas and interests...I have met with our leadership cabinet at KEDC to share my learning and have proposed revisions to some current projects and initiated new ones for the coming year based on my learning and experience with AESA’s Executive in Residence program."
- Trisha Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky EDC

"The Executive in Residence (EiR) Program has been a wonderful learning experience . . . The connections I have made will serve me well for the rest of my career. I now have a group of experts I can reach out to whenever the need should arise, and I can only hope that my colleagues feel the same way."
- John Kurelja, Chief Academic Officer, Central Susquehanna IU, Milton, Pennsylvania
Dates to Remember

Educators' Call to Action Conference
September 18-20, 2019, Washington D.C.
This event features federal legislative updates relevant to educational service agencies and the regional schools they serve. It is an important way to become or stay informed! Plus, all attendees are encouraged to visit with their local legislators during their visit. The deadline to secure a discounted hotel rate through AESA's group is August 29, 2019.

Annual Conference
December 4-7, 2019, Phoenix, AZ
20/20: The Vision Ahead
This multi-day event features presentations on education topics of national importance; break-out sessions featuring ESAs and experts from around the country; and an exhibit hall.  
AESA Is Your Professional Network:
We Connect ESAs to ESAs!
You have Questions: AESACommunity has Answers! 
A Free Resource for All Staff of Member-ESAs

Do you sometimes wonder what other ESAs across the country are doing about an important topic you happen to be working on? Now it is easier than ever to find out in the AESACommunity.

This online discussion board is a member only place where our members can talk to one another. It is easy to post a new discussion, collect responses from other ESAs from across the country and receive valuable information from your colleagues! 

How it works: Go to AESACommunity online. If you are a staff member of an AESA- member ESA, you can set up your profile today. Everyone automatically belongs to the "All-Member" Community. The Affinity Groups are also using AESACommunity.
Please join today!
News From the Directors
Executive Council Meeting Recap

The AESA Executive Council Summer meeting was held on July 15th in Long Beach, CA. 

Laurie Newell Joins AESA Executive Council
It is with great pleasure we announce that Dr. Laurie Newell, Superintendent of Essex Regional ESC in Fairfield, New Jersey, was approved by the council to fill the remaining term of Chris Rooney, Superintendent of Monmouth-Ocean ESC in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. 

Chris recently retired from Monmouth-Ocean ESC and has been named as the CEO of Artha Systems. 

New AESA Services
Board members received an update on the new member services that have been developed.  AESA member services are available to all members with additional services coming in 2020!

New and Prospective Members
The list of current AESA members was reviewed along with potential members from a variety of states. The recruitment and retention of AESA members is an important goal of the council. 

Appointments were approved for the Foundation Board of Trustees and the Perspectives Editorial Board as follows:

Mike Cook, Executive Director of ESSDACK, Hutchinson Kansas, was appointed to the Foundation Board. 

Craig Burford, Executive Director of the Ohio ESC Association, and Joan Schuman, retired, were appointed to the Perspectives Editorial Board.
AESA Foundation Board Meeting Recap

The AESA Foundation Board held their summer meeting last week in Long Beach, CA. Election of officers was held which resulted in the following leadership positions being appointed. 

Chair: Jerry Maze, Executive Director, Region 12 ESC, Waco, TX

Vice Chair: Laurie Newell, Superintendent, Essex Regional ESC, Fairfield, NJ

Secretary/Treasurer: Valentina G. Villetto, Esq. Director of Community & Gov’t Relations, Montgomery Co IU 23, Norristown, PA

Mike Cook, Executive Director, ESSDACK, Hutchinson, KS was welcomed back to the Foundation Board of Trustees. (Mike will finish out the term of Peter Young who recently resigned from the board.) 

Trustees of the board expressed their sincere appreciation to Peter for his years of service to AESA and the AESA Foundation. 

The board established several ad hoc committees as a result of the 2019 retreat. Those committees align with the priorities for 2019–20 and include:

  1. Support AESA and align the foundation goals annually with AESA goals.
  2. Establish relationships with AESA members and aligned partners.
  3. Develop and nurture the identity of the foundation.

The trustees also established the Summer Leadership Conference Planning Team for 2020.