A newsletter for members of AESA                                                    September 6, 2016

AESA signs letter to U.S. Dept of Ed
on  transportation for students in foster care

By Noelle Ellerson, AESA Advocacy

In July, AESA along with 14 other national education and homeless organizations, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education expressing grave concerns with the proposed ESSA regulation on transporting students in foster care. 

The letter states that ED's regulation contradicts ESSA's statutory language by requiring LEAs to provide transportation when the agencies cannot agree on payment, and would have the effect of shifting the entire cost of transportation to LEAs unilaterally. 

The proposed rule also undermines and defeats ESSA's requirement that LEAs and child welfare agencies develop transportation procedures collaboratively. It removes any incentive for child welfare agencies to collaborate or contribute to costs by creating a default position that permits, and even encourages, child welfare agencies to avoid costs simply by failing to come to an agreement. 

The proposed rule would harm children in foster care, by removing incentives for child welfare agencies to place students near their schools of origin, so students can maintain connections to their community. Such a policy ultimately relieves child welfare agencies of their statutory requirements related to ensuring educational stability for children in foster care, and discourages the allowable use of Title IV-E funds to support school of origin transportation.

If school districts are required to pay the costs of transporting children in foster care to their schools of origin, the resulting expense will limit the ability of school districts to provide transportation and related services to other students, including homeless students. Although both school districts and child welfare agencies have limited budgets, it would be inappropriate for school districts to be required to cover the cost of decisions made by another agency. This is especially true in light of the fact that school districts are currently struggling to meet the transportation needs of homeless children and youth. 

Public schools have witnessed a 100% increase in the number of homeless children and youth since the 2006-2007 school year. McKinney-Vento funds are extremely limited, reaching less than one in four districts and, even in those districts, not meeting needs. As a result, the swelling cost of transportation for homeless children and youth is paid almost entirely from local school district budgets. 

AESA is offering two NEW Pre-conferences at this year's Annual Conference in Savannah, GA.
These sessions are designed to help you move your ESAs forward!
Thinking Strategically 
about y our  ESA's Business Model!

How do we define our market segments? How do we price our product and service offerings? How do we assure that our incentives, measures, and budgeting practices are aligned to our financial goals? Do we have to charge for every offering to be an "entrepreneurial ESA"? Such common questions are often top-of-mind for ESAs in today's changing context. 

Learn from a former CFO in a large Texas ESA who has worked through practical solutions to these and other practice challenges as we transition from traditional funding to a more entrepreneurial approach. 
An interactive session about the most important "business side" leadership skill!
Over time, the importance of thinking strategically emerged as the most important leadership skill related to the business side of the ESA enterprise. Absent a guiding strategy, pricing, promotion, and other tactical practices all fall short. Participants should come to this session with two or three specific program offerings in mind in order to make the most of practical application of the principles and thinking framework Mr. Pechacek presents. 
The format will include both full-group and small-group interaction. 
Andy Pechacek and Susan Leddick; CoFounders The Kinetic Group, LLC 
Registration Fee: $225 per participant 

The Power of INspired Leaders
The only prerequisite to magnifying your greatness is to be aware in the moment. INspired Leadership empowers you to lead from within and take steps toward sustainable individual and organizational growth.

Gain high awareness to employ skills and strategies that impact energy and engagement. 

You will be INspired to increase your passion for work, feel energized at the end of the day, lower overall stress, and create an organizational culture that is empowering! All participants will receive a group debrief of their individual Energy Leadership Index results, an attitudinal assessment developed by iPEC that enables leaders to hold up mirrors to their perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and overall leadership capabilities. 

INspired Leadership is an ESSDACK Leadership service.

Registration Fee: $225 per person 
NAMTC Leadership Summit:  BlendED On My Mind!

Blended Learning, personalized learning, competency-based education, STEM/STEAM, OER and MakerSpaces are all integral parts of the educational process that administrators and teachers must focus on to ensure classroom success and college and career readiness for students. Educational Service Agencies are the perfect support system to help administrators, faculty members and students transition from the traditional classroom to an environment of anytime anyplace learning. The Leadership Summit will feature 4 speakers, breakout sessions, state initiative updates and will culminate with an Ignite session! 

Please join us prior to the AESA national conference in Savannah GA,  November 29 and 30th !  

Registration can be done through the AESA conference website.

Register for AESA Conferences:
2016 Annual Conference
November 30-December 4
Savannah, Georgia

The Future Depends on Their Future!
AESA's Annual Conference promises to add value to your leadership.
Educator Call To Action Conference
September 27-29
Washington DC

Add your voice to the national conversation. Hear about legislation now on Capitol Hill. 
Failure is an Option

Examples of learning by failure are abundant in the history of humankind. Thomas Alva Edison made 700 attempts to invent the lightbulb before succeeding. Michael Jordan missed thousands of shots and hundreds of games before becoming a champion. Even perceived failures resulted in great inventions such as super glue, post­it notes, velcro, and rubber.

This article discusses that when intrinsic motivation is present, failure has great benefits. The article is written by Susanna Clavello Garza Coordinator of Digital Age Learning at Education Service Center, Region 20. She is also an IPEC certified life coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner.