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January 2, 2024

Member News Round Up


Ulster BOCES Secures Grant for Program Aimed at Reducing Violence

Ulster BOCES, New PaltzNY secured a $400,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at helping Ulster County school districts mitigate the threat of school violence

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Local Library Celebrates ESD Partnership

One of the biggest wins in Roseburg Public Library’s first five years is their partnership with the Douglas Education Service District (ESD).

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California College and County Office of Ed Partner to Diversify Teaching Program to Combat Shortages

Pacific Oaks College has teamed with Sacramento County Office of Education to establish a pipeline of new teachers in the city’s school districts. They've seen a 30% increase in the number of students of color who have graduated from their programs. 

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Legislative Update 

Senate HELP Committee Passes ESRA Reauthorization Bill

On December 12, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted 20-1 to advance the Advancing Research in Education Act (AREA), which is a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA), the primary education research and development law. The AREA bill will now go before the full Senate for consideration.

Additional reading is available in this EdWeek article.


Your Voice is Important:

The AESA Federal Advocacy Committee Seeks Representation from Every State!

Every year, AESA hosts its Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting to prioritize its federal advocacy work based on member input. On January 24-25, you can join in virtually as we examine the current and emerging issues and recommend priorities to the AESA Executive Council for the upcoming year. Your voice is important. Registration is open now.

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News to Know

How are High Schoolers Using AI?

This article from K-12 Dive features data from an ACT survey, which found that nearly half of students in grades 10-12 currently use AI for school, primarily for language arts and social studies assignments, but a majority of respondents stated that their teachers did not allow the use of AI. 


See How Diverse Your State’s Education Workforce Is

A new tool from EdWeek employs data from an Equal Opportunity Commission survey to track state education workforce diversity across all 50 states and DC, allowing comparisons between states to the nation’s average percentages. 


Upcoming AESA Events!

Executive Assistants to the CEO Community of Practice Announces Next Topic

The next meeting of the Executive Assistant to the CEO Community of Practice is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 12 noon Eastern (11 am Central; 10 am Mountain; 9 am Pacific; 8 am Alaska) Time.


Aaron Malczewski, CESA 7 Executive Director of Operations and 5 Voices of Leadership Certified Trainer, has graciously agreed to join us to share information about leadership in the role of the executive assistant.


Title:  The 5 Voices

Description:  What is it like to be on the other side of you? Are you a Pioneer, a Connector, a Guardian, a Creative, or a Nurturer? Everyone has a leadership voice, and we all have the ability to lead others. The problem is most people don’t know their leadership voice or how to use it. Welcome to the 5 Voices. The 5 Voices is designed to help every individual discover their leadership voice and be empowered to use it effectively. We believe teams and whole organizations can be transformed when everyone operates securely in their own voice and learns to value the voices of others.


If you are an executive assistant to the CEO of your organization and aren’t a member of this group but would like to be, contact AESA Chief of Staff Ann Fiene.


Reading Leaders Book Club

As lifelong readers and leaders, we all know the importance of reading and literacy, well beyond the pre-k12 classroom where it is often assigned. Reading Leaders AESA Executive Director Dr. Joan Wade and Janelle Bailey invite you to join the AESA Reading Leaders Book Club.  The club meets every third Thursday of the month to discuss the latest book.

Contact Ann Fiene  to join.
Books, dates, and times are updated on this webpage.

AESA Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting, Jan 24 & 25, 2024
Be a part of setting the federal legislative agenda for AESA.
Information and registration now open!


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