May 26, 2020
Member Highlight
AESA congratulates Sherry Zubeck, Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 Director of Early Childhood & Special Education Services in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for receiving the Gary L. Miller Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units. This is their most prestigious award, which is given to an IU employee who exemplifies dedication and leadership related to the work of intermediate units and education initiatives for the Commonwealth. Sherry is also the facilitator for the AESA Special Education Directors Think Tank Affinity Group!  
Virtual Workshop Series
$199 Subscription: Live participation in all 3 virtual workshops including interactive breakout sessions
( Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.)

$120 Fee: Access to recordings of the 3 workshops
Pricing is challenging when things are “normal”. So how can you price with confidence in an environment that is characterized by so much uncertainty? The first step to confidence, in any environment, is understanding the underlying principles that create a firm foundation upon which to build. This series is designed to provide training in and practice applying fundamental principles which will guide you and allow you to price with confidence in any environment.

This interactive session introduces the fundamentals of pricing using ESA examples and interactive exercises to provide a hands on experience. Learn how to properly identify the different costs associated with a product or service and how those costs should impact a good pricing model.

This session will focus specifically on solutions to the challenges of pricing for services delivered virtually, not face-to-face. Whether the services are brand new or changed from in-person to remote delivery, you will learn various ways to structure your pricing models to preserve customer loyalty and protect your bottom line. Current examples of ESA practice will be provided. 

Bolstered with ESA examples, this session will address how to structure meaningful     experiments that will inform you on the critical effect of pricing on program enrollment. You will learn how to conduct pricing experiments ethically in the public arena. Strategies will be provided for addressing challenges such as a limited number of customers or the fact that ESA customers communicate frequently with each other. 

Nominations Now Open for AESA Award Program
Congressional Service Award Program
AESA annually honors one or more members of the United States Congress who have:
  • Provided strong support for furthering the federal role and funding of ESAs.
  • Advocated for positions on federal legislation supported by AESA.
  • Served in a leadership role or on a congressional committee sponsoring legislation supporting ESA legislation.
It is important that we recognize our elected officials for supporting our issues. You are invited to nominate a member of congress for this honor.

Return nominations to . All nominations must be postmarked by  June 15, 2020
Federal Advocacy
Seven Steps to Sending Elementary Kids Back to School and Parents Back to Work
submitted by Michael Petrilli

All over the country, states, districts, and task forces of every sort are wrestling with the question of how to safely reopen schools. This scenario planning is daunting, as schools must navigate a minefield of health, safety, legal, and instructional issues, and do so blindfolded by our ever-changing yet imperfect understanding of the virus itself. The AEI “blueprint for back to school” does an excellent job spelling out the major considerations that leaders must take into account, but it stops short of providing specific advice. In a blog post that  originally appeared online  on May 15, AESA friend Mike Petrilli walks through the considerations and logistics to be addressed if we are to have elementary kids back to school and parents back to work this fall.  Read the article in PDF here.

Editorial Note:  AESA has Return to Work and Return to School resources in the All Member Community . Be sure to check them out! 
Check Out the AESA Community to make connections with ESA employees just like you!

AESA Welcomes a New Business Partner!

BEHAVIOR ADVANTAGE combines on-line clinical support with cutting edge software to help educators design effective, positive behavior interventions to manage any challenging student behaviors. Clinically sound and legally defensible reports and graphs are automatically generated to guide implementation, progress monitoring, while saving hours of staff time!

“Behavior Advantage supports our MTSS-PBIS initiatives with easy to design behavior plans, check-in/check-out interventions, and student data. The applications are efficient, save time, and customer service is great!”
Lisa Weigel, Principal
Laramie County School District 1

Supporting Educators & Students
  • Guided FBA, BIP, Simple BIP development

  • Data collection & progress monitoring tools

  • Check-in/check-out interventions

  • Behavior emergency reporting

  • Implementation checklists & supports

Online clinical support & professional development delivered by a board-certified behavior analyst!
“AESA is proud to partner with Behavior Advantage. Behavior Advantage has the ability to bring much needed behavioral services, support and training to our agencies along with the districts, families and students they serve.”   
Please contact Aaron Stabel at or visit the Behavior Advantage website for more information.
Upcoming AESA Webinars
(click on the event title to register)

Visit the AESA website for more information about
these professional development opportunities.
Registration is open for our first virtual conference . . . . The 2020 Summer Leadership Conference!
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are transitioning the 2020 Summer Leadership Conference to a virtual conference! 

The AESA Virtual Summer Leadership Conference,   “New Times Ahead: Reflect, Reset, Refresh,”  will be held on the same dates, July 20-23, 2020, with an altered schedule. We are excited to bring you valuable content on timely topics using a different delivery method. 

The registration fees have also been reduced:
$150 per individual/$575 per organization (maximum of 8 registrations)
$150 per individual/$575 per organization with a maximum of 8 attendees. Any registrants beyond 8 will be charged the individual rate. Your organization will be invoiced after the event in accordance with the above registration fee structure. If you prefer to pay via credit card, arrangements can be made with Ann Fiene after the event.

Visit the Summer Leadership Conference webpage to see the conference program.
Virtual Summer Leadership Conference
July 20-23, 2020
Educators' Call to Action Conference
September 28-30 2020
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
Registration Open Soon!
AESA Annual Conference
December 2-5, 2020
Hilton Orlando, Florida