November 14, 2023



Call to Action
Let Your Federal Delegation Know -
a Shutdown is Not Acceptable

We are once again applying pressure to Congress to complete their funding work for federal fiscal year 2024 (FY24), federal dollars that will be in your schools for the 2024-25 school year.


Here's what YOU can do: Weigh in with your delegation. You are the stewards of education dollars in your district and your voice is the most valuable. We don’t have specific funding levels to recommend; the aim here is to create enough pressure/cover to give the House a path forward on some sort of funding bill and to avoid a shut down.


Spotlight: Program Evaluation Network

Did you know AESA has a Network for ESA professionals who share a common interest in improving the quality and effectiveness of programs and services through systematic and rigorous methods of data collection, analysis, display, and reporting? The Program Evaluation Network is designed as a way for members to exchange ideas, experiences, resources and best practices related to program evaluation, as well as to collaborate on joint projects, solve common problems, and support professional learning.
At their most recent meeting, the Program Evaluation Network discussed strategies and shared tools for conducting 360 evaluations. Experiences with this kind of evaluation varied, including developing custom, local instruments with Google tools to working with a vendor like Qualtrics, utilizing their bank of questions and survey platform to manage the process. 


The Program Evaluation Network meets quarterly via Zoom and is facilitated by Christopher Thompson, Data Specialist from South East Education Cooperative in Fargo, ND. Members of this network include program evaluators, researchers, consultants, practitioners, and leaders who are involved in or interested in learning more about program evaluation. 
The next meeting will be in January 2024. If you have interest in participating in the AESA Program Evaluation Network, please contact Sheila King, AESA Chief Program Officer


From AESA's Executive Search Services:
New Career Opportunity in Waco, TX

AESA's Executive Search service is proud to assist the Region 12 ESC Board of Directors in finding their next executive director. Region 12 ESC is located in Waco, TX.


Is this your opportunity? The application deadline is December 15, 2023. The position and application details are listed below.


AESA's Perspectives Journal
 November's Perspectives is Online Now

The November article in the Perspectives Journal is called The 
Effects of School Board Behaviors on Student Outcomes - An Evaluation of Lone Star Governance.  The article examines the impact of board governance and student outcomes as it relates to Texas' Lone Star Governance model.


Business Partner News

Corwin will see you in Anaheim!
Corwin is excited to sponsor the upcoming AESA Annual Conference at the end of November! Two of Corwin’s best-selling authors will present at the event, so don’t miss these amazing learning opportunities:


Thursday, November 30, 9:30 am
Breakout Session: Restorative Practices

Dominique Smith, author of The Restorative Practices Playbook and Leader Credibility


Thursday, November 30, 11:10 am
Keynote Session: Escorting Students Through Open Doors

Presenter: Trudy Arriaga, Ed.D., author of Opening Doors and Leading While Female
Come and connect with us!


Be sure to stop by the Corwin Booth, #422, to browse many more best-selling titles and to discuss our professional learning services to support your school district initiatives! We look forward to seeing you there!. 


AESA's Annual Conference is just two weeks away!


National News, Trends, and Issues

AESA Files Comments in Response to Dept of Labor Proposed Changes to Overtime  
AESA joined AASA and ASBO International in a joint letter responding to the Department of Labor’s proposed changes to the overtime rules. Our letter expresses our concern with the proposal, including that the rule ignores recent decisions in the legality of the proposal, has an unrealistic timeline, disregards historic precedent in these decisions, has a minimum salary that is too high, and exceeds authority in making adjustments automatic.


FCC Announces Proposal to Allow E-Rate Dollars to Cover Hot Spots
Earlier this week, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel moved forward with the second part of her Learn Without Limits Initiative (as we covered before, this is a three-tier effort to expand and support student connectivity, including wi-fi on buses, hotspots, and cybersecurity). As students and
educators increasingly rely on remote educational tools and the online space becomes part of the classroom, the FCC seeks to update the E-Rate program to help meet these educational needs. The FCC had voted last month to immediately implement the use of E-Rate dollars for wi-fi on buses. This latest proposal will start a traditional rule-making process, and there will be a 30-day comment period. You can read the press release and full rule.


What are you reading?


The AESA Reading Leader Book Club is reading 

Shark Heart by Emily Habeck.


Join the discussion on November 16! 


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