AESD Annual Conference
April 10-12, 2014
more important than now!"
Spokane * Davenport Hotel
learn more about the conference, click on video
Preparations are already under way for 2014 AESD annual conference
in Spokane. NEWESD 101 will host the event, April 10-12, at the
historic Davenport Hotel and Tower.
The conference theme, “Never more important than now,”
will focus on the growing and essential role of ESDs in the Washington
The conference will examine local innovations and explore the challenges
and solutions ESDs face as individual organizations, and as a statewide
The conference will feature a keynote address by renowned anthropologist
and best-selling author, Dr. Jennifer James. In her book, “Thinking
in the Future Tense,” Dr. James explains how organizations
must develop new products and personalities in response to new economic
and technological trends.
The Davenport is an elegantly restored, four-diamond hotel that
will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2014. A conference video
on the AESD Website – http://www.aesd-wa.org – provides
a sneak peak at the venue and some the abundant shopping and entertainment
options available in downtown Spokane. See you then!
Next AESD Executive Committee Meeting: June 25, 2013
at NEWESD101 in Spokane
The AESD Executive
Committee will meet Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. at NEWESD101
Accreditation (menu on the right) for information from Barbara Peterson,
Puget Sound ESD, and Helene Paroff, ESD 101.
and a new era of government and education. Our new Governor Jay Inslee
is hard at work with his staff and the new and changing legislature on
so many issues, and at the top of the list is K-12 education and how it
gets funded with a pledge of no tax increase. It will be interesting to
see the outcome.
As ESDs we have a huge stake in all of this, and we as board members must
continue to educate legislators and the public on the valuable professional
programs and services we provide to K-12.
I hope all of you have received your copy of the AESD 2012 Executive Summary
for Legislators. It highlights the small investment by the state that
have yielded such Huge Dividends for Education. Thanks goes to Dr. Twyla
Barnes and her staff for putting this great piece of information together.
At our retreat in October we had strong discussions and ideas on the four
areas I had mentioned in our last newsletter and below is a summary of
1. McCleary Decision and implications for ESDS.
2018- $1.7 Billion for first phase… Cuts? Levy Swap? Sales Tax?
Etc. Could K-3 class size fall off the table? Districts could have additional
dollars… It could be a plus to buy services from ESDs.
2. Charter School Initiative and its implication and opportunities for
ESDs and AESD: ESDs could provide services for teaching and learning,
operational services and technical consulting. ESDs could help legislators
with guidance on what policies need to be made and help with the implementation
of those policies.
3. AESD relationships with various entities moving forward: Continue to
enhance our relationship with OSPI. In order to help influence legislation
we must communicate with our constituents we serve about what we are doing
in common with other educational groups as we seek common ground. Use
the McCleary decision as a focus.
4. Potential of new ESD services and programs: We need to stay involved
in the process and keep our eyes and ears open for legislation that affects
K-12 and how we can better serve schools. It will open the opportunity
for new services.
We had a really productive retreat and look forward to following through
with our ideas. Jim Shoemake and Marcia Fromhold are hard at work for
us again, and if they call and need our help we need to jump into action.
They are the best team to help and promote our ideas.
Well, it is getting close to our annual conference in Olympia this year
at ESD 113. We hope all of you are getting your registrations filled out
and hotel reservations made. It is shaping up to be a fantastic event
and I look forward to seeing everyone there.
~Merle Kirkley, ESD 189
Superintendent Bill Keim Selected as WASA Executive Director
(February 28, 2013)–The Board of Directors for the Washington Association
of School Administrators (WASA) is pleased to announce the selection of
Dr. Bill Keim as its new Executive Director. Keim officially begins on
July 1, 2013, taking over for Paul Rosier who will retire after seven
years serving in this capacity.
"The Board of Directors is pleased with the selection of Bill Keim
as our next Executive Director. His experience and knowledge of systems
leadership coupled with his passion and commitment for public education
make him an ideal choice to lead WASA," stated WASA Board of Directors
President-elect Michael Nelson.
Keim moves into this position after serving 11 years as superintendent
of Educational Service District 113 where he served 44 school districts
and 70,000 students. Before moving to ESD 113, Keim served as superintendent
in both Mercer Island and Cascade School Districts. He began his career
as a classroom teacher in 1978 and has had several international experiences
working to support children.
Upon hearing the news of his selection, Keim states:
“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity. As a WASA
member, I have benefitted greatly from the leadership of four previous
executive directors. I hope to continue growing the excellent organization
they helped create and effectively lead WASA into the future.”
The WASA Board of Directors will officially approve the hiring of Keim
at their board meeting on March 10.
Assisting the WASA Board of Directors with filling the position was Dennis
Ray from Northwest Leadership Associates.
Central ESD Superintendent Rich McBride designated as AESA President-Elect
of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) announced November 27 that Dr.
Rich McBride, superintendent of North Central Educational Service District
in Wenatchee, was selected by the AESA Executive Council as president-elect
for 2013-2014. Dr. McBride will assume the presidency in April 2014, following
the term of the current president.
While serving as a member of AESA for 10 years and in his position on
the AESA Executive Council for the past two years, Dr. McBride has served
as governmental relations chair. He has also been a member of the Washington
Association of School Administrators (WASA) for over 20 years, serving
as president in 2008-2009. He was honored with the 2011 WASA Leadership
“It’s such a distinct honor to be called to serve as president-elect
of such an exceptional organization as AESA,” stated Dr. McBride
upon learning of his selection. “This is a unique opportunity to
serve as an advocate and cheerleader for both the districts in our region
and the hundreds across the nation.”
As president, Dr. McBride’s goals will be to:
• Continue to support AESA staff in their advocacy for public education
in the nation.
•Support key initiatives, which build professional leadership at
the central office and building levels.
•Support continued cooperation with other key educational partners/organizations
across the nation to build public awareness and support for equitable
•Continue to be an “unabashed cheerleader” for the success
and continued progress of public education in our nation.
Dr. McBride further commented: “I look forward to working beside
Executive Director Lee Warne and the AESA staff, and all of our members
as we continue to promote the leadership development of our administrators
and high academic achievement for our students. My deepest appreciation
to the AESA Executive Council for this humbling vote of support for our
Data Coaching initiative
off and running in NEWESD 101
As data collection
had become more prominent in accountability and assessment, the
dilemma for many districts isn’t a shortage of information.
Rather, it’s knowing where to find the right information and,
ultimately, how to use it to improve teaching and learning.
ESD 105 Teaching & Learning pioneers science lesson
work using GLAD strategies
The ESD 105
Teaching and Learning department is pioneering some work this year
that will help teachers use existing science lesson kits as a way
to also assist students who need help in learning their language
ESD 112 Threat Assessment program keeps schools and communities
safer and saves districts money
a program that partners Clark County school districts, law enforcement,
juvenile justice, and social service and mental health organizations,
Clark County schools are safer, districts are saving money, and
students are staying in school.
Better with Case Management School Nurse Model
school nurses could take a holistic approach to individual student
health? Would it improve academic success?
A recent pilot project answered that question with a resounding
Christmas Angel Program
Olympic Peninsula families are a little happier this holiday season,
thanks to the generous staff of the Olympic ESD.
Puget Sound ESD ‘Revs Up’ Work for Race to the Top Grant
Work is under way to begin implementation of the $40 million Race
to the Top grant that will fuel programs and strategies to improve
education for students in seven King County school districts.
After devoting ten years of service to the ESD 123 Board of Directors,
Mr. Dale Newby attended his final board meeting on October 25, 2012.
27th Annual Conference
he Association of Educational Service Agencies welcomed
nearly 800 ESA board members and CEOs to Tampa, November 28 to December
1, for their 27th annual conference.
NWESD Mental Health program
NWESD launched a new Mental Health program. The program consists
of fully licensed therapists and a supervisor, experienced in conducting
therapy and case management with children and adolescents of all
Provide coordination to
enable clear and appropriate communication between ESD Boards as a means
for sharing ideas of common interest.
AESD Executive Board
AESD Templates and Documents
AESD Role, Strategic
Plan and Constitution
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