AESD Annual Conference
April 10-12, 2014
more important than now!"
Spokane * Davenport Hotel
learn more about the conference, click on video
see pictures from the 2013 AESD Conference held in Olympia at ESD
113, please see Conference
NEWESD 101 will host
the 2014 AESD Conference, April 10-12 at the historic Davenport
Hotel and Tower.
recently announced that electronic versions of both the AESD Conference
registration brochure and registration form for the 2014 AESD Conference
are now available. Hard copies of the brochure were distributed
to ESD superintendents at the Legislative Conference. If you need
additional hard copies please contact Sara Ballard directly at email@example.com
Please keep in mind that the final cutoff date for making hotel
reservations at The Davenport is March 11. To make reservations
please call The Davenport Hotel at 509-455-8888 or their toll free
number at 800-899-1482 and ask for the “AESD Conference Rate.”
theme, “Never more important than now,” will focus on
the growing and essential role of ESDs in the Washington education
will examine local innovations and explore the challenges and solutions
ESDs face as individual organizations, and as a statewide network.
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!
AESD Executive Committee Meeting: January 27, 2014
The last AESD Executive
Board was held Monday, January 27, in Olympia following the WASA/WSSDA
Pictured to the left during their meeting at ESD 113 are. Front Row (l-r):
Superintendent Greg Lynch, OESD 114; Vicki Asakura, PSESD (sitting in
for Rob Beem); Karen Sorger, 2013-14 President, OESD 114; Brad Gingerich,
ESD 123; Howard Coble, ESD 113; Superintendent Twyla Barnes, ESD 112;
Dr. Richard Graham, ESD 112;
Back Row (l-r): Superintendent Rich McBride, NCESD; Superintendent Mike
Dunn, NEWESD101, Merle Kirkley, ESD 189, Superintendent John Welch, PSESD;
Superintendent Dana Anderson, ESD 113; Superintendent Bruce Hawkins, ESD
123; Mark Grassel, ESD 105; Superintendent Steve Myers, ESD 105. Not pictured:
Larry MacGuffie, NCESD; Gary Coe, ESD 101; Rob Beem, PSESD.
(menu on the right) for information from Barbara Peterson, Puget Sound
ESD, and Helene Paroff, ESD 101.
It has recently been my pleasure to attend two excellent conferences.
The first one was the WSSDA Conference held in November in Bellevue. Over
1,000 people attended, which was one of the largest WSSDA conferences
ever. It was difficult to choose which breakout session to attend. They
were all interesting and informative. Congratulations to WSSDA on a job
In December I attended the Association of Educational Service Agencies
(AESA) held in San Antonio. This was an outstanding conference. The thing
that I like most about AESA conferences is meeting board members from
other states and networking with them. It is always surprising how often
we share the same problems.
The newly-elected president of AESA is Dr. Rich McBride, the superintendent
of North Central ESD 171 in Wenatchee. The agency couldn’t be in
better hands than with this hardworking, intelligent, funny and very nice
The next AESA conference is in San Diego the first weekend in December.
If you have never attended a national conference, this would be a great
year to do so. And, a great time to support the president from Washington
State, Dr. Rich McBride.
Our state conference is scheduled April 10 to April 12 at the Davenport
Hotel in Spokane. The host is NEWESD 101. Dr. Mike Dunn and his board
and staff are preparing a great conference. Hope to see you there.
~Karen Sorger, 2013-14 AESD
AESA Annual Conference a Hit!
One of the largest number of attendees arrived in San Antonio in December
for the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) Annual Conference.
Keynotes Yong Zhao, Jamie Vollmer and Chester Elton, along with nearly
80 breakout sessions, kept folks busy learning and growing. This premier
professional development event, just for ESA’s, provided opportunities
that conference goers could take home and use. “Just the kind of
stuff we were looking for,” commented one attendee. Another said,
“We need support and new ideas. There is so much to learn not only
on the conference agenda but in networking with ESA people from around
the country. We will never miss another conference if we can help it!”
There is only one conference that brings together the resources that focus
purely on Educational Service Agencies. Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents
told us they would definitely be at the conference next year.
Next year’s conference will be hosted by AESA Council President,
Rich McBride, in San Diego, CA. Planning is already underway for that
event and early indications are it will be another hit. Mark your calendars
– December 3-6, 2014 – at the San Diego Bayfront Hilton.
~Lee Warne, Executive Director
Association of Educational Service Agencies
Pictured on the right
at the 2013 AESA Conference are (l-r): Brian Talbott, retired AESA Executive
Director and Lee Warne, current AESA Executive Director
Delegation at the AESA Conference
Washington State was well represented at the AESA Conference held December
4-7, 2013, in San Antonio, TX. Pictured below are ESD Board members and
staff who attended.
New Board Members
With the start of a new year, NEWESD 101 has welcomed three new
members to its Board of Directors.
ESD 105 launches Regional School Safety Co-op
ESD 105 and
its partners in the South Central Washington STEM Network from area
schools, businesses, and organizations are starting some new innovations
this school year, guided under the direction of the group’s
business plan that was completed in April after a yearlong development.
ESD 112 Research Director
receives E. Robert Stephens Award
Dr. Sue Feldman,
Ph.D. and Director of Research and Assessment for ESD 112, was named
the recipient of the E. Robert Stephens Award for research from
the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA).
Building Bridges Grants:
Keeping Kids in School
Region ESD 113 is assisting Building Bridges grantees in their planning
for keeping students from dropping out of school.
New Board Members at
Olympic ESD 114
Olympic ESD recently welcomed new board members, Carl
Johnson who serves District 3
and Elizabeth Drew who serves District 1, which includes South Kitsap.
Terry Pottmeyer Elected to the Puget Sound ESD Board
Terry Pottmeyer, chief executive officer for Friends of Youth, has
been elected to the Puget Sound ESD Board of Directors. PSESD is
also pleased to share theirnew agency brand.
ESD 123 Executive
Director announces retirement
After nearly ten years committed to supporting and growing the Instructional
Support department at ESD 123, Mark Muxen is preparing to retire
from the education world.
Central ESD co-hosts Regional Legislative Meeting
On January 27, 2014, North Central ESD, at the invitation of Senator
Linda Evans Parlette, hosted a regional legislative meeting in the
Senate Majority Caucus Room following the WASA/WSSDA Legislative
New Board member
welcomed to NWESD
is pleased to announce that Mark Venn has been elected to the NWESD
Board of Directors, representing Director District 3, which encompasses
all of Skagit County.
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