May 12, 2020
Join Your Colleagues at this Special Online Meeting, organized by AESA for Member ESAs
COVID-19: Preparing your ESA for an Uncertain Future
May 27, 2020,
2 pm EST

ESA executives have spent the past few weeks in triage as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, moving operations to a virtual environment and making decisions about upcoming activities, meetings, events, PD, and general operations.

Planning for the future is the next logical step. It’s time to start asking questions like these: If we postpone our PD or change it to virtual, how will that impact attendance and revenue? How do I stay connected to the school districts in my region? How will that impact my cash flow? Should I take advantage of a government loan program? How should I manage my payroll expenses?

This webcast will explore how ESA executives are developing a plan with multiple options to address the rapid changes occurring in these challenging times. 
Pam Wells, Executive Director, Region 4 ESC, Texas
Craig Burford, Executive Director, Ohio ESC Association, Ohio
Sheryl Weinberg, Executive Director, SERRC, Alaska
Mike Cook, Executive Director, ESSDACK, Kansas

ISTE and ESAs Partnering to Provide
Fully Online ISTE Certification
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, ISTE is working with schools, families and communities to ensure that the learning keeps going. As part of these COVID-19 response efforts, the ISTE Certification team is working with its partner organizations to temporarily move the ISTE Certification program to a fully online format.

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, ISTE is allowing the following educational service agencies (ESAs) to offer the Certified Educator course fully online. This is a limited time offer, ISTE is only allowing us to offer the online option through the end of September.

Collaborative for Educational Services, (CES) Maryland
Start Dates: May 29, July 24, September 18

Butler County ESA, Ohio
Start Dates: May 26, June 16, Sept 1

Cooperative Educational Service Agency 2, (CESA 2) Wisconsin
Start Dates: June 2, June 22, June 29

Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, PA
Start Dates: June 15, July 13
Federal Advocacy Update
Over 70 organizations sent a letter on May 5 asking for at least $250 billion in additional education funding, including:

  • At least $175 billion for the Education Stabilization Fund created in the CARES Act; $50 billion for public institutions of higher education and minority-serving institutions;

  • $25 billion for Title I, special education, and other programs under the Every Student Succeeds Act serving vulnerable students;

  • $4 billion for the E-rate program.

It also included education policy proposals to support students’ nutritional and educational needs.

NASSP, ISTE, Learning Forward, and SETDA are asking for at least another $200 billion for the Education Stabilization Fund, with at least $2.13 billion of that dedicated to professional development in online learning for K-12 educators.
New Professional Development Opportunities for Administrative Support Professionals
Affinity Group
NEW Affinity Group for Administrative Assistants
Are you an administrative support professional for an ESA? If so, then the new Administrative Assistants Affinity Group is for you! We meet on the AESA Community !

Ann Fiene, Executive Assistant for AESA, will facilitate the group. She stated, “I’ve always learned so much from networking with peers and this group provides us the opportunity to do that right from our desktops!”

The AESA Community is an online collaborative tool designed exclusively for AESA members. It combines the instant, active response features of an email list serve with the newer digital-friendly discussion forums. 

You can start new threads in each discussion group or “community” or find archived conversations. Participate in real time, or through a daily or weekly digest. You decide. There are many added bonuses like the ability to share large files without cluttering your inbox and instant access to your AESA Community contacts.
Teams 101
for Administrative Support Professionals

May 13, 2020
3 pm Eastern (2 pm Central; 1 pm Mountain; 12 Noon Pacific)

Presented by Dr. Geri Gillespy, Program Manager, Microsoft Education
Engagement Team

Join Dr. Geri Gillespy as she walks you through Microsoft Teams and how it supports the administrative side of education. This is an introduction to the Microsoft Teams platform demonstrating how it streamlines workflow and assists in the management of your educational service agency. 

Learn the basics of how to communicate and collaborate within your organization, including file management, organizing Teams channels, setting up meetings and much more.

If you are an administrative assistant, CEO or any other administrative support
professional this is a webinar you will not want to miss! (No Registration Fee)

Also from Microsoft . . .

An Educational Partnership with Microsoft: The Story of a Service Agency's Strategy & Success

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
3:00 pm Eastern

For more information and to register for this and other PD opportunities, go to the AESA webinars page .
Do you want to know more about either of these opportunities? Contact Ann at
AESA E-Classroom:
Learn from Experienced ESA Leaders
AESA's e-Classroom   is a series of webinars designed specifically for educational service agencies (ESAs) about topics directly relevant to ESAs. The presenters are experienced ESA staff members who have ideas to share to help you grow your ESA services! Join in! Get inspired! Lead the way.
Thursday, May 14 @ 3:00 pm Eastern
Lead Like a Conductor: Inspire Your Team's Inner Gifts
Presenter: James Brescia, Superintendent, San Luis Obispo COE (CA)
When we examine leadership in today's workplace, there are a variety of styles that represent equity. There are successful schools in many environments; urban, rural, suburban, large, and small that demonstrate a cooperative and partnership leadership style. This presentation highlights successful, equitable, and best-practice leadership through the lens of conducting. This session presents practical examples to share with school employees at any level and external agency partnerships.

Thursday, May 21 @ 3:00 pm Eastern
Mentoring and Induction Can Make a BIG Impact on New Teachers
Presenters: Tyler Youngers, Educational Consultant, Jordan Menning, Educational Consultant, Jody Still-Herbold, Educational Consultant and Kristin Wilshire, Educational Consultant, Northwest AEA (IA)

All staff members of AESA member organizations may attend one or all of the sessions for the discounted price of $50 per session. (Non-members are $75 per session.)
Is it Time for You to Get involved in AESA?
National Awards Program
Nomination are now open for the 2020 awards program. Annually, the executive council of AESA invites members to recognize their colleagues and peers for their contributions to educational service agencies. A description of each of the AESA national awards is on the AESA website. The criteria and nomination process for each award is fully described in the nomination forms.  All nominations must be postmarked by June 15, 2020. Download the nomination packet.Your nominations are encouraged. Thank you!

Executives In Residence
Applications due May 15!
The Executive in Residence program is a year-long program of professional development for ESA Leaders. Its purpose is to help develo p national leaders for the future of ESAs.  See the website for details and application.
AESA Annual Conference
December 2-5, 2020
Jenny Lay-Flurrie
Ricky Robertson
Stacey Bess
Accessibility In the Modern World
Over 1 billion people in the world have a disability. During our lifetimes, all of us will experience a situation where we benefit directly from accessibility features built into products, services, and structures.

Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer, will speak to the evolution of accessibility and how Microsoft is making accessibility a core part of their culture. She will share examples of how AI allows people to fully participate in work, in life, and at home.
Resilience for Educators and Their Students
By developing practices that support both educator and student resilience we can transform our schools!

Ricky Robertson has worked with students from pre-K to 12th grade who have persevered in the face of adverse experiences and trauma. He coaches educators to develop a relationship-based approach to teaching and learning to inspire transformation. He is the co-author of the book, Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Whole-Staff Approach .
Powerful and Caring
Work Place Communities
Through the stories of the young people she has served, Stacey Bess offers powerful lessons that can change the life of a child, build and empower a family, and improve a community.

Stacey Bess is a teacher and author of  Nobody Don't Love Nobody . Her book gained national attention and was made into a 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie called, "Beyond the Blackboard."

AESA's Upcoming Events and COVID-19
At this time, our conferences are still scheduled to occur as planned. We are monitoring the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will announce any changes directly to registrants, invitees, and in this newsletter.

Currently, we are moving forward with our planning for the Summer Leadership Conference. We are also considering moving conferences to a virtual environment and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Please be assured that should CDC or local, state or organizational travel restrictions require attendees to cancel their registrations, AESA will refund your registration fees in full.
Summer Leadership Conference
July 20-23, 2020
Hilton Nashville Downtown
Educators' Call to Action Conference
September 28-30 2020
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
AESA Annual Conference
December 2-5, 2020
Hilton Orlando, Florida