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March 5, 2024


Survey from Project Tomorrow

What is happening with
Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in your region?

Project Tomorrow is collaborating with Advanced Learning Partnerships (ALP) to administer a short, focused, no cost, online survey on Generative AI. To learn more about this partnership, visit 

Invite your districts to participate!


Here is an opportunity to learn more about how the district leaders in your region view Generative AI by inviting them to participate in the survey. Understanding the perspectives, requirements, and experiences of stakeholders at the K-12 district level is essential to the formulation of effective AI policies and procedures, and the facilitation of professional learning.


Receive data, plus professional learning and policy recommendations

Project Tomorrow will provide your regional data to inform the professional learning and policy recommendations offered to your member districts.  You can give your districts their local data or have districts coordinate that data share with Project Tomorrow, whichever is more convenient. The survey is open through May 31, 2024; however, if you would like to establish a survey window to meet your agency’s needs, we are happy to coordinate that with you. 


For further information, please contact Michelle Green, Speak Up Project Director to join this project: 


Member News

Collaborative Project in Michigan 

Trains Future Teachers

Talent Together is an innovative partnership and coalition of all of Michigan’s 56 Intermediate School Districts or Regional Education Service Agencies. In cooperation with the Michigan Educator Workforce Initiative and 14 Michigan Colleges and Universities, Talent Together helps Michiganders become certified teachers at no cost while continuing to earn an income. “I’m excited to be a part of such an ambitious and collaborative statewide initiative! We saw a need for a different kind of teacher preparation pathway and instead of working alone, ISD leaders worked together to create something that would reach every corner of the state,” stated Naomi Norman, Superintendent of Washtenaw ISD (MI) and president of the consortium.


Many years in the making . . .

She went on to say, “This is years in the making, but the first seed of this idea started at the Duncan Simester session when we were in Minnesota for those two days and we had to come up with a project to work on.  Our team focused on different teacher pathways for a grow-your-own style initiative, and we got ideas and feedback from a number of different ESAs across the country.  At the time it felt like such a crazy and radical idea, but now it just feels inevitable. I truly appreciate the national connections that AESA fosters.” 


Take a listen . . .

This episode explores the history behind Talent Together and the ways it is helping increase the educator pipeline in Michigan. 


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AESA Joins 15 National Education Organizations

Supports FCC’s Proposed Pilot for K12 Cybersecurity

AESA joined 15 other national education organizations in support of the FCC’s proposed pilot for K12 cybersecurity. The FCC proposal would provide $200 million over three years as an initial federal step into supporting cyber mitigation in K12 schools and libraries. The proposal is part of the Chairwoman’s broader Learn Without Limits initiative, which also includes support for wi-fi on buses and hotspots. Read the comments here. 


National Legislative Update

USED Releases Voter Toolkit  

The U.S. Department of Education recently released “ Toolkit for the Promotion of Voter Participation for Students," a resource intended to provide resources for educational institutions to help them identify and implement actions to assist eligible students with voter registration and voting. Recognizing that our nation’s schools, colleges, and universities have a critical role in promoting civic engagement, the toolkit will provide them with strategies to support their students.  


USED Releases Guidance to Support Preschool Expansion  

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) released guidance for how states, local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools can use Title I funds to expand access to high-quality preschool for three- and four-year olds in a range of quality settings including schools, Head Start, and community-based organizations. 


USED has revised its Non-Regulatory Guidance on Serving Preschool Children Through Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to help states, local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools leverage these critical resources to expand access to preschool and enhance program quality. The revised guidance will help schools expand high-quality preschool for more students by providing actionable information on how LEAs can utilize Title I, as well as other federal funds like Title III and IDEA Part B, to reach more children. The skills and knowledge that children acquire in their early years are the building blocks for life.


USED also released a Dear Colleague Letter encouraging state, local, and school leaders to ensure early school success by aligning programming between early childhood settings and the early grades. 


The release of these resources also follows the release of the President’s Executive Order to Increase Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers, which directed the Department of Education to update its guidance on how schools and local educational agencies could expand access to high-quality preschool.  


ESSER Isn’t the Only School Funding Relief That’s Disappearing Soon  

This EdWeek article examines federal funding streams set to expire this year in addition to ESSER funds including “hold harmless” funding, technology investments in schools, and school-adjacent programs to assist low-income families afford food and maintain health coverage during the summer months.   

Member News Highlights

Iowa State Daily 

A bill recently proposed in the Iowa Legislature would change Area Education Agencies (AEA) service and resources funding.


AEA and School Officials Hold Panel on How Proposed Legislation Would Impact Them 


The bill is based on an external analysis of the AEA system commissioned by the state, but some AEA officials present another side to the story.


Finger Lakes Daily News 

An upcoming event at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES will give students a look at different careers in the food and agricultural industries.


Business Journal Daily 

The ESC of Eastern Ohio in Canfield will introduce the Ohio Handle with Care program in the Mahoning Valley. 


Look to AESA's Job Central for New Career Listings

ESA positions open in North Dakota, Oregon and Pennsylvania! 


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