“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle

How can we make the AESD Network greater than the sum of its parts? As we prepare to host an AESD Conference like never before, ESD 123 challenges the superintendents, board members, and staff of our eight counterparts to reimagine this annual event as a true networking opportunity that brings our entire team together. Mark your calendars now and join us in the Tri-Cities for the Power of the Network.

The 2018 AESD Conference takes place April 12-14 in sunny Pasco at ESD 123’s newly-expanded Professional Development Center. Our theme, The Power of the Network, uncovers the networks within our Network. Program and department directors – leaders who bring new ideas and strengths to our ESDs – aren’t they part of your network? When superintendents and board members from all nine ESDs are able to come together to share ideas and best practices, the opportunity to network is invaluable. Why wouldn’t we extend this same opportunity to the job-alikes within our agencies? Imagine how we could strengthen our AESD Network by including and involving these internal networks. Are you up for the challenge? Can you look at our annual conference in a different light?

The term “network” can be defined as either a noun or a verb. Network (noun): a group or system of interconnected people or things. Stronger together, our nine ESDs are united as the Network with a shared goal – to help all students succeed.

Network (verb): to meet other people who do the same type of work, in order to share information, and help each other: The 2018 AESD Conference will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for participants from multiple roles and programs to network with one another.