November 28, 2023


Educational Service Agencies Make an Impact!

A new national report shows that Iowa is one of the top 10 states for computer science education. This article highlights how Central Rivers Area Education Agency (AEA) in Cedar Falls, IA has been working with local school districts to contribute to that achievement. 

The article highlights the work done by the AEA, which includes professional development and coaching, as well as assistance with understanding the standards, available curriculum, best instructional practices, and tools and resources that can be used in the classroom. 

Check out your state's standing in the 2023 State of Computer Science Education report.

Department of Education Releases 2020-21 Civil Rights Data

Last week, the Department of Education released the new federal civil rights data for the 2020-2021 school year. Officials have cautioned against comparing this year’s data to previous reports, since 2020-2021 was the first year coming out of the pandemic school closures.

The data shows that large disparities continue to exist for access to advanced academic courses, certified teachers, and school mental health professionals, for students of color and students with disabilities. The data also reports on school discipline, sexual violence, and harassment and bullying. Dive into the data here.

As is customary, the Department also released reports and snapshots of the data:  

  1. A First Look: Students’ Access to Educational Opportunities in the Nation’s Public Schools highlights data from the 2020–21 CRDC on student enrollment, access to preschool programs, access to mathematics, science and computer science courses and other programs, Internet and devices, teachers and school support staff, and school climate factors.
  2. Student Discipline and School Climate in U.S. Public Schools highlights data from the 2020–21 CRDC on student discipline, such as suspensions, expulsion, referrals to law enforcement, school-related arrests, and corporal punishment; student harassment or bullying; and incidents of offenses.
  3. Student Enrollment and School Characteristics in U.S. Public Schools highlights data from the 2020–21 CRDC on student enrollment and demographics and school characteristics.   
  4. Referrals to Law Enforcement and School-related Arrests in U.S. Public Schools  highlights data on referrals to law enforcement and school-related arrests. 
  5. Sexual Violence and Sex-based Harassment or Bullying in U.S. Public Schools provides an overview of data on sexual violence, including sexual assault and rape or attempted rape, and sexual harassment or bullying.
  6. An Overview of the U.S. Department of Education’s 2020–21 Civil Rights Data Collection, provides an overview of OCR’s administration of the 2020–21 CRDC.
  7. Civil Rights Data Quality from Start to Finish explains why data quality matters and presents steps that OCR took to improve data quality for the 2020–21 CRDC.

The Annual Conference is this Week: Wednesday, November 30 - Friday, December 2
Let the Magic Begin!

If you are attending, we can't wait to see you! Don't forget to download the app at WHOVA App.

If you are unable to attend this year, watch social media and future Online News for updates. (Why not save the date for next year, too!)

A big THANK YOU to all our sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees - You all add a touch of magic to the conference! See you soon!


Don't Miss Out! The next
Business Strategy Framework Workshop
is December 14 & 15

The ESA-centric Business Strategy Framework is presented by AESA business experts. In this format, the presenters rely on several real-life ESA examples to illustrate concepts rather than utilizing the business case approach, just like in the Premier Workshop. This workshop also incorporates hands-on work with real-team projects to enhance the learning experience.

Location: Willamette Education Service District, 2611 Pringle Rd, Salem, Oregon



  • Thursday, December 14  |  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Friday, December 15  |  8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Registration Fee:

  • Individuals: $1,500
  • Team of 3 or more: $1,000 per person.
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