2014 AESD Annual Conference
April 10-12, 2014

"Never more important than now!"
Spokane * Davenport Hotel

To learn more about the conference, click on video

To see pictures from the 2013 AESD Conference held in Olympia at ESD 113, please see Conference Photos.

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

NEWESD 101 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 sballard@esd101.net

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.”

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

The conference will examine local innovations and explore the challenges and solutions ESDs face as individual organizations, and as a statewide network.

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!

AESD Executive Committee Meeting: January 27, 2014

The last AESD Executive Board was held Monday, January 27, in Olympia following the WASA/WSSDA Conference.

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.





See AESD Accreditation (menu on the right) for information from Barbara Peterson, Puget Sound ESD, and Helene Paroff, ESD 101.

AESD President's Message

Happy New Year!

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 well done.
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 man.
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 President
OESD 114

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


Washington 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.

ESD Updates

New Board Members Join NEWESD101

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

Capital 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 of Directors

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.


North 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 Conference.


New Board member welcomed to NWESD

The 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.



AESD Mission Statement

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