July 28, 2020
Thank You for
Going Virtual: Summer Leadership Conference
What a great time we had last week during the first Virtual Summer Leadership Conference!

Our members came for the learning and stayed for the fun! This first-time virtual conference, sponsored by ClassLink , kicked off on Monday with the presentation of the Peter C.Young Award to Dr. Mike Cook from AESA Executive Director Joan Wade!

Each day of the four-day conference , attendees captured ideas on how to grow their services during a recession; the importance of leadership in changing systems; and, listened to a panel of ESA leaders on how they are navigating COVID-19 in their ESA.  Time was spent being thoughtful and discussing diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity.  We were not in Nashville as we intended to be; however, each afternoon ended with live entertainment!  Overall, attendees left feeling refreshed and ready to head into a better tomorrow. 

On behalf of AESA, we thank ClassLink for sponsoring our event; the AESA Foundation for hosting the event; the planning team for putting a year’s worth of time into ensuring we had great topics, speakers and entertainment; facilitator Doreen Marvin; MC Jerry Maze; Gordon Taylor and the entire Region 10 Team for their outstanding support; and Ann Fiene for her behind-the-scenes wizardry to make everything magically work!

Joan H. Wade, EdD
AESA Executive Director
Peter C. Young Service Award Recipient
Dr. Mike Cook, Executive Director of ESSDACK, was awarded the Peter C. Young Award as part of the AESA Foundation Virtual Summer Leadership Conference opening session.

He oversees the many ESSDACK activities, services, and personnel. A former teacher and administrator, he has been at the helm of the organization since 1997.

Mike received his doctoral degree from Wichita State University, where his research emphasis was on the use of scenario building as a tool for the strategic planning process. His interest lies in the future of education, organizational development, and leadership. This area of interest has led him to develop and promote a method of scenario planning that aids school and business personnel in developing multiple plausible futures for their organizations.

In addition, he is a Certified Master Trainer in the Implications Wheel, a strategic exploration tool developed by world futurist Joel Barker. Mike has worked with education, business, hospital, church, and community groups to explore the future and formulate organizational visions.

Mike has been a key member of the AESA family. He served as president of the AESA Executive Council and guided the work of the council for nearly a decade. Mike has also served on the AESA Foundation Board for many years. Not only has Mike been around a lot – he has dedicated his time, talents, and his team to numerous AESA events. 

Mike also puts his wonderful auctioneering skills to work at the annual AESA Foundation auction at the annual conference. Mike makes things fun and has turned the live auction into the biggest fundraiser for the foundation. And now, Mike and his ESSDACK team stepped up to run the silent auction too.

Many of you have attended the "6 in 60" sessions at our annual conference or the "ESA Talks" – both of which are Mike Cook innovations. Mike came up with the ideas and facilitated the sessions. 

AESA has dedicated staff, but it has a very small staff. All the heavy lifting at the conferences is not possible without the support of the members. Dr. Mike Cook is one of those members who steps up time and time again. 
Business Strategy Seminar: Pricing
Save the Date and Dig Deeper:
ESA Business Strategy Framewok
If your organization is interested in digging deeper into ESA Business Strategy Framework, you will want to save these dates:

Practitioner Level Business Strategy Framework (Virtual)
Led by a team of AESA experts
October 20, 21, 27, 28, 2020 2 - 5 pm (EST)
Sponsored by Sourcewell, an AESA member.

Premiere Business Strategy Framework (Virtual)
with Dr. Duncan Simester, PhD, Economics and Marketing Professor, MIT
April 26-30, 2021 2- 4 p.m. (EST)
Learning, Connections & Support
Now Enrolling Cohort II
Starting in August
Please hurry - filling up quickly!
AESA believes that authentic and collaborative relationships across all facets of our multi-dimensional membership will strengthen the impact of ESAs locally and nationally.  

The AESA Women's Leadership Network is specifically designed to inspire courageous leadership and to build collaborative relationships between women leaders from all roles within ESAs.
Welcome Pat Sublette to
AESA Executive Council
There has been a change on the AESA Executive Council in the Western Region. Kristen Benson has accepted a new position which is not with an ESA. She resigned from the council earlier this month. 

At their summer meeting, the AESA Executive Council unanimously appointed Pat Sublette, Superintendent of Columbia Gorge ESD in Oregon, as Western Region representative.

We are very excited to welcome her to the executive council!
Dr. Pat Sublette
Western Region, Executive Council
AESA - PlanMember Retirement Program:
Learn More during this Webinar

AESA - PlanMember Retirement Program
August 5th, 2 p.m. ET

While you continue serving your employees in the midst of unprecedented health and economic challenges, saving and investing for their future is now more important than ever.

Through the unique partnership of AESA and PlanMember, you can access exclusive pricing while your employees gain access to unparalleled financial education and planning services that can be accessed either in-person or virtually and delivered at exclusive AESA pricing.

Brent Neese, SVP Market Development with PlanMember Services, will be hosting a live webinar to provide you with timely information and answer your questions. This webinar will review important information, such as: 1) why retirement education matters; 2) ongoing education and support for your employees; and 3) complimentary personal retirement plan reports.

Space is limited, register today!    

AESA and PlanMember are partnering to bring this service to AESA members.
More From AESA Business Partners
Distance Learning Up Close:
Teaching for Engagement and Impact in Any Setting
August 3, 2020
1:30 pm Eastern (12:30 pm Central; 11:30 am Mountain; 10:30 am Pacific; 9:30 am Alaska)

Presented by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie

All attendees will receive a free e-book after the event!
In this webinar Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie draw on their newly published Distance Learning Playbook to reveal what works best in teaching, assessing, and planning in an online
environment--per 25+ years of Visible Learning® research and evidence.

Learn how best to advise teachers to:
  • Get started during the first days of school.
  • Manage teacher-student relationships from a distance.
  • Plan instructional units, engaging task design.
  • Obtain equitable feedback for assessment and grading considerations.

Connecting Careers to Learning--Answering the Age-Old Question: “When will I ever use this . . . ”

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
2:00 pm Eastern
(1 pm Central; 12 noon Mountain; 11 am Pacific; 10 am Alaska)
Why should I learn this stuff? This is an increasingly common question in math classes that suggests students are struggling to find purpose in their learning. In this session, we will explore a new career-focused math curriculum from Pathway2Careers that places  ALGEBRA and GEOMETRY  in the context of high-value career opportunities. Lesson samples will be explored that align with Common Core State Standards in algebra or geometry and demonstrate the real application of these standards in authentic on-the-job examples. Seeing the why behind the what can enhance both motivation and retention

For help communicating health and wellbeing topics, or with questions, contact:

Jeff Mercer, Community Health Magazine Jeff@communityhealthmagazine.com  

Thursday, August 13, 2020
2:00 pm Eastern

Join Community Health Magazine Publisher Mark Hornung and COO of Digital Operations Zach Payer as they share lessons from educational entities who have increased employee engagement and helped deliver better health care outcomes.

Staying On Track
As we all know, America, and the world, is facing an unprecedented situation right now. Many people are working from home or out of work completely.

This time can’t be seen as a vacation though. Routines and structures still have to be in place.

Upcoming Events
Book Club!
Next Meeting: August 20
Book Choice: All Adults Here by Emily Straub
AESA and CESA 7 (Wisconsin) have joined forces to provide the Reading Leaders Book Club!

The next book club date is Thursday, August 20, 2020, 7 pm Eastern (6 pm Central; 5 pm Mountain; 4 pm Pacific; 3 pm Alaska).

Use THIS LINK to sign up if you haven't joined before.
Educators' Call to Action Conference
September 29, 30, Oct 1 2020 - Virtual
AESA Annual Conference
December 2-5, 2020
Hilton Orlando, Florida