2014 AESD Annual Conference: Never more important than NOW!

NEWESD 101 hosted the 2014 AESD Conference, April 10-12 at the historic Davenport Hotel and Tower.

The conference theme, “Never more important than now,” focused on the growing and essential role of ESDs in the Washington education system.

The conference examined local innovations and explored the challenges and solutions ESDs face as individual organizations, and as a statewide network.

The Davenport is an elegantly restored, four-diamond hotel that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014.

The Association of Educational Service Districts provides local solutions with statewide support

Stronger together, the nine ESDs are united in a shared goal - to help all students succeed.

Washington's ESDs are increasingly depended upon to provide essential services for School Districts and communities, and to help OSPI implement legislatively-supported education initiatives.

Washington ESDs serve:

1,051,653 students
295 School Districts
2,393 Schools



AESD Executive Board Retreat

The AESD Executive Board will meet September 23 at Puget Sound ESD, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. for their annual retreat. For a printable calendar of meetings scheduled this year, click on AESD Master Calendar. To go the web page, click on 2014-15 AESD Network Master Calendar.

See AESD Accreditation (menu on the right) for information from the AESD Accreditation Team.

Message from our new AESD President

After retiring from a career in education I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to become a member of the NEWESD 101 Board. I was immediately impressed (and continue to be) with the range and scope of services and support provided by our ESD. Even more impressive was the ability of the administration and staff and their desire to do the best job possible for the schools and children of our region. Now, after having the opportunity to connect with the other ESDs, it is apparent that these talents and that desire exist throughout our state.

The really good news is that over the past few years these abilities have been pooled into a network and are working in concert to enhance educational opportunities for the children of Washington. Despite the wonderful job being done and the huge gains that have been made, much work remains. It truly is “Never more important than NOW!” We are positioned as a statewide network to be instrumental to assist in fulfilling our State’s PARAMOUNT duty....the education of our children. Let’s seize the moment! I very much look forward to the coming year and working with all of you.

~Gary Coe, 2014-15 AESD President

Gary Coe is a lifelong Washington resident, is married with two sons and 7 grandchildren. He retired from a 31-year career in education as a teacher, coach, athletic director and high school principal. He is a U.S. Army veteran and earned a BA in Economics from WSU, as well as an MA in School Administration from Whitworth. Some of his career highlights include:
Induction into the Washington State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame; 4 terms as league president; twice named District 7 Administrator of the Year; AWSP Principals Rep Council; WIAA District Board of Control; WIAA Executive Board; Board member and past president of NEWESD 101 Board; AESD Board member.

AESD Mission Statement

Provide coordination to enable clear and appropriate communication between ESD Boards as a means for sharing ideas of common interest.