January 22, 2019
AESA Announces
New Business Partnership with Microsoft
Microsoft and the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) are excited to announce a new business partnership. Microsoft is the first technology company of its size to provide access to technology services, affordable Windows devices and professional development for educational institutions, to partner with AESA, a professional organization serving more than 500 regional educational service agencies (ESAs) in 43 states. 

Microsoft Education 
Microsoft, whose mission in education is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more, believes in the potential of every student, that teachers deserve more time to teach, and that with the right tools, everything is possible. Microsoft Education makes it easier for IT to provide thoughtful, effective integration of technology into modern classroom practices that inspire and empower educators to drive real change in their classrooms.​

Partnership Supports ESAs
Through the newly established partnership with AESA, Microsoft can better support ESAs in providing critical services to districts and schools, ultimately helping students of all abilities achieve better learning outcomes. Microsoft provides tools and free resources to support students, teachers, IT staff and education leaders, including STEM and digital skills resources ranging from digital literacy courses to computer science. We strive to provide programs to support service agency IT staff and affordable, easy-to-manage solutions and devices designed for education.

Microsoft Education is uniquely positioned to support the ESA community and excited about the partnership and opportunities ahead. For more information on Microsoft’s work in education, please visit  Microsoft.com/education .
AESA is Launching
A New Virtual Conference
New! Announcing a Virtual Conference

Join your AESA colleagues online for this virtual conference to learn more about the effects of poverty and trauma on students and staff, plus gather ideas on how to resolve its effects on learning.

The Poverty and Trauma Virtual Conference is being presented by AESA members who are experts in the field.

L  earn more on AESA's website: Poverty and Trauma

$100 per participant

Welcome! New Executive Council Members

AESA Central Region

Jeremy Biehl,
Agency Administrator,
Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 5, Wisconsin

In addition to serving his Agency in central Wisconsin for 7 years, Jeremy has been the Wisconsin representative to AESA’s Federal Advocacy Committee since 2015. He also serves on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance and is a member of the State Superintendent’s Education Data Advisory Committee.
Advisory Position Represents
State Association Executive Directors Network
Craig Burford,
Executive Director,
Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA)

OESCA represents the approximately 13,000 full- and part-time personnel and governing board members of Ohio’s 52 regionally-based educational service centers (ESCs). In this capacity, he manages association operations and directs the policy development and lobbying efforts of the association through its grass roots network.
AESA Southern Region
Jeff Goldhorn, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Education
Service Center, Region 20
San Antonio, Texas

Jeff’s career in education has spanned more than 23 years and includes time as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and 17 years in various leadership positions at an education service agency (ESA). In addition to his work at Region 20, Jeff also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Trinity University.
AESA Western Region
John P. Welch, Superintendent, Puget Sound Educational Service District, Renton, Washington

As the agency's executive director, John leads the educational service center serving 428,000 students, preschool through grade 12, across 35 school districts, eight (8) charter schools and two (2) tribal compact schools in the Seattle-Tacoma region of Washington state. The vision of the agency is to ensure success for each child and eliminate opportunity gaps by leading with racial equity.
Corwin and AESA Team Up to
Offer High-Quality Professional Development
Thank you to premiere business partner, CORWIN, for offering AESA members a discount of $50.00 per registration for two highly-relevant upcoming CORWIN Institutes.

Hurry - these events are coming soon!

Save the Dates! Join In!
Upcoming Affinity Group Meetings
2nd Tuesday of each month
Program Evaluation:
February 13, 2019
12:00 pm CST
Next meeting Jan. 22
1 pm CST
Special Education Service Providers
February 19, 2019

Blended/Personalized Learning
March 13, 2019
(2nd Wednesdays)
11:00 am CST
The Blended/Personalized Learning Affinity Group will be co-meeting with the Open Education Resource Affinity Group on March 13th.

Check out AESA's Job Central:
New CEO Positions Posted
Check out AESA’s Job Central. New CEO positions have been posted from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Rhode Island and New York!