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
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
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.
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
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: November 21
The last AESD Executive
Board was held Thursday, November 21, 2013, in Bellevue during the WSSDA
(menu on the right) for information from Barbara Peterson, Puget Sound
ESD, and Helene Paroff, ESD 101.
I hope your summer was as good as mine. On the west side, we had fantastic
weather and weeks without rain. I hope none of you were affected by the
fires. The news on television was so scary.
I think this is a very interesting time in our state with regards to funding
for our school districts. How will they use the McCleary decision funds?
Will they add staff, both certificated and classified, restore programs,
perform long over due maintenance or strengthen their fund balances? How
much of a difference to their budgets will this first funding make?
In OESD 114, some of our school districts have to contend with the Hood
Canal and other bodies of water which makes transportation expensive.
According to the new formula that the state is using, some of our districts
are receiving less money than before. Therefore, some of these McCleary
funds will go to fill the gap not funded.
What will our school districts’ budgets look like in 2018 when the
deadline arrives for the legislature to fully fund education in Washington
As more funding is allotted in the next bienniums, what part can our ESDs
play in helping our districts stretch those dollars? What services can
we provide? We need to share ideas with each other so we can be better
able to provide services that our school districts need.
What an honor it is for the entire state of Washington that the National
Teacher of the Year is from our state. His name is Jeff Charbonneau and
he is a teacher at Zillah High School in Zillah, Washington. He teaches
chemistry, physics, engineering and architecture. Sixty percent of the
2012 junior class signed up to take chemistry and about a third of the
school’s seniors signed up to take physics. The article that I read
goes on to list all the activities Mr. Charbonneau volunteers for to make
school a place where the students are anxious to be and excited about
learning. One of his colleagues was quoted, “He just amazes me.
Where does he get all that energy? Does he sleep?” Congratulations,
Jeff Charbonneau, for a superb job well done.
On September 17, the Executive Board of AESD held their annual retreat
at Puget Sound ESD in Renton. I felt that this retreat was the best ever.
The enthusiasm of the board members for what ESDs do and can do in the
future was contagious. This board’s work is such a team effort and
members are so helpful to each other. I don’t have space here to
go into details about everything we talked about. But, we covered the
McCleary decision, accreditation of school districts and how we can become
the place to go for those services, funding of early education for three-
and four-year-olds, meeting with our legislators, new services we can
provide and ways to market ourselves. I would encourage you to start a
dialogue about the retreat at your next board meeting.
NEWESD 101 is busy preparing an excellent conference for us at the Davenport
Hotel in Spokane on April 10-12, 2014. I hope to see you there.
~Karen Sorger, 2013-14 AESD President
the ESD Network…The Right Place/The Right Time
It is a unique perspective
indeed to view the growth and maturity of AESD and our Network of nine
ESDs as we interact at both the state and national levels. It is especially
gratifying to watch the vision of our AESD Board members for a “highly
effective, collaborative and capable Network of ESDs” come to fruition.
Consider for just a moment these extraordinary developments.
*Our Statewide Network of ESDs are clearly leaders in the areas of Network
development (and a model of cooperation and collaboration) nationally.
*We are clearly leaders in the area of Innovation, Entrepreneurialism,
Program and Service development, and Data/Technology Integration.
*We have developed a relationship with our OSPI colleagues enhancing their
work in Teacher Principal Evaluation, School and Student Success and the
delivery of a host of Federal and Special Programs…a relationship
that is enviable in many parts of the country.
*We are one of just five states nationally leading, piloting and developing
a searchable database (Metrics Project) that will allow ESAs across the
country to research and share new services, programs, and best practices
to benefit our local districts.
*Our ESD Network is recognized for its leadership at the national level
through conference presentations, national business partnerships, and
leadership at the Foundation, Legislative, and Executive Council levels.
But as importantly, our ESD Network is recognized for its service to our
local districts…through our unbending quest to walk-beside and help
school districts meet the challenges of a rapidly changing landscape of
reform and accountability. School districts rely heavily upon their ESD
to be “thought leaders” in the areas of system and instructional
leadership, to be “conveners and informers” of best research
and best practices, and to provide them with the “right tools”
for classroom and school success.
It is undeniable that our districts today face many unique challenges,
certainly not the least of which is transforming and guiding their schools
“over the bridge” to a new kind of school that is on the horizon
for students. Our Network of ESDs is perfectly positioned to help districts
as they navigate this transformation to providing a more customized and
personalized education, and utilizing new technology-based, real-time/their-time
solutions which will better prepare students to live, learn and work in
this new highly competitive global landscape.
Our role in this transformation is also a very unique opportunity. In
many ways, through the strength of our leadership and our partnerships,
the ESDs and our Statewide ESD Network is perfectly positioned to help
school districts confidently prepare to navigate this exciting future.
As ESDs, we are that “bridge.” As an AESD Network, we are
at the right place, at the right time.
This is our time…
State Teacher of the Year
Katie Brown, the English language learner specialist at Shuksan Middle
School, was named Washington’s 2014 Teacher of the Year at an awards
ceremony this afternoon.
On behalf of State Superintendent Randy Dorn, Assistant Superintendent
Dan Newell congratulated the nine Regional Teachers of the Year and announced
the State Teacher of the Year at EMP Museum. The event was hosted by EMP
and the Charles Beresford Company. Katie Brown, the English language learner
specialist at Shuksan Middle School, was named Washington’s 2014
Teacher of the Year at an awards ceremony this afternoon.
NEH History grant awarded to NEWESD 101
NEWESD 101 has been
awarded a Landmarks of American History and Culture grant from the
National Endowment for the Humanities.
ESD 105 STEM Innovations
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.
Washington State School Nurse Corps
The Washington State
School Nurse Corps has received the Warren Featherstone Reid Award
for excellence in healthcare. The award recognizes providers of
cost-effective and quality health care services and is given annually
to health care providers and facilities in Washington State who
exhibit exceptional quality and value in the delivery of health
ESD 113 Announces New Brand Identity
a year of development effort, including input across an array of
stakeholder groups, ESD 113 released their new brand identity in
OESD 114 Regional Teacher
of the Year
Samson did not plan on being a teacher. “I was going to be
a petroleum geologist and bring home huge paychecks…”
he writes in his professional biography. “I came to realize
that being a professional educator would be more rewarding than
being a professional geologist.” What can be more rewarding
that being recognized as an outstanding teacher? The Olympic ESD
is pleased to announce that Eric Samson is the OESD 114 Regional
Teacher of the Year. His name will be sent to the Office of the
Superintendent of Public Instruction for consideration for the 2014
Washington State Teacher of the Year.
Preliminary Awards of $2.2 Million Issued for Teaching & Leading
The Executive Committee for the Road Map Region Race to the Top
grant issued preliminary awards of $2.2 million in Investment Funds
for Project 1 (Teaching & Leading).
ESD 123 Oversees Regional CTE Programs for Small Schools
This past summer, ESD 123 was advised that four school districts
had requested the ESD to oversee their Career and Technical Education
(CTE) program. Bruce Hawkins, ESD 123 Superintendent, brought the
establishment of a new position to his Board of Directors at their
August 2013 meeting. The new Regional Career and Technical Education
(CTE) Director at ESD 123 will oversee the CTE program, budget,
staffing, and course offerings for four area school districts: Columbia
(Burbank), Finley, Kiona-Benton and North Franklin.
Central ESD applies for Race to the Top District grant
Central ESD, has taken the lead in preparing an application for
a Race to
the Top Grant in the district category for a number of Educational
according to Shelley Seslar, Managing Director/Grant Writer. If
awarded, this Race
to the Top project “Career Drive Education in Rural America”
(CADERA) will be fulfilled by
a first-of-its-kind partnership /collaboration of ESAs in Washington,
New Mexico, Alaska,
Arkansas and West Virginia.
Teacher and Principal
Evaluation Process (TPEP) – Kicking off a milestone year
At the NWESD,
and in many of our pilot districts, the Teacher and Principal Evaluation
Process (TPEP) has been at the forefront of our focus since the
legislative passed E2SSB 6696 in 2010. We’ve adopted the UW-CEL
5D Instructional Framework to be used in the evaluation of teachers
employed by the NWESD, and have adopted the AWSP Leadership Framework
for use with site administrators and directors who evaluate certificated
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