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Small Staff ESAs Network


Information about Small Staff ESA 2023-24 Cohort!

Small Staff ESAs have unique strengths and challenges and this network provides an important opportunity to network and learn with other similar-sized organizations. "Small Staff" is a relative term, as participant ESAs have ranged from five to 200+ employees. As a leader of an ESA of this size, we hope you will join us this year for some very powerful peer-led presentations focused on important topics such as organizational growth.

Facilitated by your AESA team:

  • Joan Wade, Ed.D., Executive Director
  • John Bass, COO
  • Cole Cordell, CFO
  • Lynn Cromley, Consultant
  • Annual Individual Membership: $150
  • Single Session: $25 (Contact Beth Kabes to sign up for a single session.)
NEXT WORKSHOP: Thursday, June 6, 2024  |  2 PM EST
(1 PM Central; 12 NOON Mountain; 11 AM Pacific; 10 AM Alaska) time

Supporting Your Districts Through School Based ACCESS Billing Services

Presenter: Sandy Edling, CFO, Director of Business Services, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU), PA

Working on behalf of its districts, MCIU has developed an invaluable service to ensure that schools are receiving all of the federal Medicaid reimbursements they are entitled to for certain services. In this session, you will learn how MCIU developed and funded their School Based ACCESS Program, providing expertise in navigating regulations and billing complexities, and helping their districts to fully realize reimbursements for eligible Special Education Therapies that may have previously been unrecognized.

If you are not a member of this network and would like to attend this session, please contact AESA Program Assistant Beth Kabes to register at the rate of $25.


Session Dates
All sessions will be held virtually approximately every six weeks for 60 minutes each session.  All sessions will be scheduled from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST)
  • March 23, 2023
  • June 7, 2023
  • August 17, 2023
  • October 19, 2023
  • December 7, 2023
  • February 8, 2024
  • April 18, 2024
  • June 6, 2024

• Leadership Development - Empowering others in your ESA
• Expanding Special Education Itinerant Services - Cost-neutral ways for providing low-incident services
• Federal and State ESA Legislative Issues and Updates
• Leadership Matters - Professional development for ESA leadership
• Understanding Customer Needs and Enhancing Customer Service
• Understanding ACCESS Billing and Support - Resources for your district
• Marketing and Communications Ideas- Expert advice on how to tell your story/build your brand
• Diversifying Your Funding Sources - Hear how one ESA has survived and thrived the loss of state funding

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