Dear AAFEPA Members and Friends:
Happy Anniversary! This is our 25th year for AAFEPA. Wow! Who would have imagined that 25 years ago, the small group that met and decided that we, as Federal Program Administrators, needed our own group for professional support, would today be almost 200 strong and growing? Thank you Leo Brown, first AAFEPA President, for the vision and leadership in providing for the youth of Alabama through bringing us all together.
I know that you enjoyed the “Rolling On The River” conference in Florence last year as the evaluations were great. We are looking forward to “Rolling On The River, The Rhythm of Education Part II” in the beautiful Shoals this November 2-4, 2016. This year’s conference promises to lead us to new paths of knowledge and to reinforce us in all that we do every day for education. Our lineup of National speakers includes: Dr. Tammy Pawloski, Elizabeth Huntly, Tiffany Winters, and Mark Kirkmier. In addition, the State Department Federal Program staff will be on hand to help lead workshops on the latest issues facing Federal Programs.
Historically, election years have always proven to be a time of uncertainty and doubt. This year will be no different. Federal education grant administrations issues, the new reauthorization of the ESEA – the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as other national policy trends and relevant federal regulatory and funding updates are issues that will be addressed at the AAFEPA Fall Conference.
Please join me at the NAFEPA conference in Washington, DC, March 19-22, 2017 for the Charting the Course: Moving Forward with ESSA conference. Also, make plans to attend MEGA 2017 in Mobile. Also, Save The Date for our AAFEPA 2017 Conference which will be November 6-8, 2017 in Birmingham at the beautiful Ross Bridge Marriott Resort.
As I come to the close of my time as your AAFEPA President, let me thank you for allowing me this experience. I could not have done this without the support of an excellent Executive Board and Executive Committee. We are truly blessed in Alabama to have this great professional organization that helps to light the path towards a brighter tomorrow through education. Blessings to you as you continue to work miracles with our youth.
See you in November!
Dr. Randy Pettus