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March 26, 2024


AESA is a Career Changer!

Executives in Residence

The application period for AESA's Executives in Residence Program opened March 15, 2024. If your career trajectory is taking you toward a CEO or executive director role at an educational service agency, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss! 

Proposals for Annual Conference Breakout Sessions

The 2024 AESA Annual Conference is the annual event that brings together ESA professionals, thought leaders, and experts from the education field.  


Breakout sessions are the backbone of the AESA Annual Conference! Please consider submitting your idea to showcase the work of your ESA!  The deadline to submit your proposal is Monday, April 15, 2024. 

Current CEOs are Invited to Participate in this Unique Opportunity Focused Completely on Leading ESAs

Are you an educational or regional service agency executive director? Are you looking for unparalleled professional development? You don't want to miss this! AESA proudly introduces its new National ESA Leadership Academy, a 12-month transformative journey designed exclusively for current executive directors.


Federal Legislative Updates

Department of Energy Grant

2024 Renew America's Schools Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will invest an anticipated $180 million in school facilities that demonstrate the need for both energy improvements and financing. Please reach out to with questions. Submissions are due on Thursday, June 13 at 5PM ET.

More information

Resources on AI

AI Literacy: A New Graduation Requirement and Civic Imperative

Getting Smart offers a compilation of resources  aimed at promoting AI literacy among educators and students. Find a complete toolkit here!

AI Toolkit

What's Changed and What Hasn't

40 Years Later: A Nation at Risk

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the ‘A Nation at Risk’ report, this article examines the broader impact of education reform and how the school system has (and hasn’t) changed since 1983.

Artilce from the 74


Trends and Issues to Watch

Districts Increasingly Turn to 4-Day School Weeks to Recruit, Retain Staff

This K-12 Dive article examines the increasing adoption of a four-day school week across 2100 schools in 900 districts, analyzing its effects solely from the finance and human capital perspectives.

Read the article


Hackers are Targeting a Surprising Group of People: Young Public School


NPR’s All Things Considered show recently aired this story covering the increasing incidence of cyberattacks on school districts, focusing in particular on the potential impact on students and their families.

Listen to the podcast


Members in the News

Congratulations to Dr. Jaqui Clay, Superintendent of Schools in Cochise County, Arizona!

Dr. Jacqueline “Jacqui” Clay, is the recipient of the Carolyn Warner Women in Leadership Educational Service Award from the Grand Canyon University.


Her colleagues describe Dr. Clay's impact on her community and the educational landscape as nothing short of remarkable. With an unwavering dedication to service and a heart brimming with compassion, she has consistently inspired others through her infectious enthusiasm and commitment to collaboration.


A retired Army Command Sergeant Major with 25 years of service, Dr. Clay's journey in education spans 16 years, encompassing roles as a teacher, assistant principal, and director of career and technical education (CTE). Currently, she serves as the superintendent of schools in Cochise County.


Dr. Clay's accolades and recognitions are a testament to her exemplary leadership and tireless advocacy. From being honored on the Veterans' Wall at Canyon Vista Medical Center to receiving prestigious awards such as Arizona's Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year and the Policymaker Award from the Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona, her contributions have left a lasting mark on the field of education.


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