March 21, 2017
Job Well Done! New Mexico RECs Earn State Recognition

New Mexico Regional Education Cooperatives (RECs) are honored by the state legislature

The RECs in New Mexico have made a strategic effort to work with their state department of education and their state legislature.  Their hard work paid off earlier this year when the House of Representatives unanimously passed a memorial declaring February 2, 2017 as Regional Education Cooperatives Day.

There are nine regional education cooperatives geographically located throughout New Mexico to serve 63 of the state's 89 school districts.   State Representatives from both sides of the aisle took turns speaking about the strength of the New Mexico RECs and the highly effective and efficient services each of them provide the school districts in their region.  Congratulations New Mexico RECS!  Job well done!

Call for proposals now open
Three ways to share the good work of your ESA!

Breakout sessions: 60-minute sessions
How it works:  These are the backbone events of our annual conference. We look forward to your submissions that feature best practice, expertise, programs, innovation and audience engagement! There are several slots available throughout each day Thursday and Friday, and Saturday morning.

ESA Talks: 15-minute "Ted Talk" style presentations
How it works:  These  are thought leader conversations similar to "Ted Talks".
There will be four (4)  ESA Talks  presented back-to-back in the one ESA Talks 60-minute time slot. We anticipate two (2)  ESA Talks  time slots scheduled throughout the conference schedule. 
Maximum: 8

6 innovations in 60 minutes: 
10-minute presentation plus 30 minutes of table conversations
How it works:  First, present 10 minutes on an innovation, new idea, processes, home-grown product or programs. There will be six (6) presentations in hour. Then immediately following the presentations, you will host a 30 minute post-presentation conversation for interested participants.
Maximum: 12

Feel free to share this application with ESA colleagues, too. Applications are open to AESA members and are due May 1, 2017. 

AESA's legislative liaison, Noelle Ellerson Ng has prepared a brief overview of President Trump's budget proposal.  In it, s he poses two great questions: 

How committed is President Trump to this budget? 
How will Congress react to this proposal?

In terms of advocacy, watch for the April 2017 Advocacy Challenge which will focus on federal funding. 
Registration open for Summer Leadership Conference

CEOs and their leadership teams are encouraged to attend this important AESA event, sponsored by the AESA foundation

Why attend?
AESA's 2017 Summer Leadership Conference promises to ignite your thinking about strategic partnerships.
  • Expand your knowledge about strategic partnerships.  Learn how to create and capture value for the future of your Educational Service Agency.
  • Expand your leadership tools.  Learn to evaluate and sustain partnerships that are valuable to your organization.
  • Expand your network.  Learn together with other agency leaders and their teams from across the country and gain from a vast range of experience and expertise.

AESA Business Partner News
AESA Business Partner SLA Management: 
A food service company ready to help school districts 
Right now, many districts throughout the United States divert millions of dollars in General Purpose monies to keep their foodservice operations afloat while viable options are available to them, especially through a trusted AESA business partner, SLA Management.