Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Meet our Health & Special Needs Purchasing Program

Interested in learning more about our Health & Special Needs purchasing program? Keep reading!

Our Health & Special Needs program covers everything your school might need to keep your students, faculty and staff healthy as well supply your special education efforts. Looking for assistive technology? We've got it! Looking to stock your first-aid kits and medicine cabinets? Look no further! Are you in need of vision and hearing screening tools? We've got you covered!

AEA Purchasing currently has contracts with School Health and School Nurse Supply for all of your health and school nursing needs. Discounts are available on the entire catalog of offerings from both partners as well as a market basket of items for even bigger savings on some of the most commonly used products.

For the special education/special needs realm, we currently work with Abilitations (School Specialty) and Enablemart (part of the School Health family). Catalog discounts are available from both partners. Enablemart also has a market basket of items for deeper discounts off commonly ordered items.

Check out these vendors on our website or email for more information!

Monday, October 8, 2018

FREE Webinar on Cyber Secuirty

Public Spend Forum is offering a FREE webinar on cyber security in the public sector. The number and types of threats in this environment change at what seems to be the speed of light. Every time you power on your device, a new warning of a potential threat(s) appears.

This webinar will focus on the landscape of cyber security in the public sector as well as share some tips on how to buy them.

Registration for this event is free and is open until October 18, 2018.

Friday, October 5, 2018

3 Partners You Need to Know! (October)

Acco Brands delivers products that allow users to present, protect, secure, organize, enhance and professionally transform all types of printed material.

ProQuest K12 provides online resource content and tools that enable research and curiosity.

National Business Furniture offers a huge selection of educational furniture in a wide range of categories.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Mark Your Calendars! (October)

October is Farm to School MonthInformation & free resources to celebrate are available here:

Iowa Library Association's (ILA) conference, Oct. 3-5: Be sure to visit our booth if attending the event.

Iowa Council of Teacher's of Mathematics (ICTM) conference, Oct. 8: AEA Purchasing is excited to be attending this event for the first time. Look us up if you're attending.

Iowa Technology & Education Connection (ITEC) conference, Oct. 14-16: Visit our booth at this great conference to learn the many ways we can help support your technology and education programs.

Iowa Local Food Day, Oct. 11! The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship was awarded the opportunity to create Iowa Local Food Day through a USDA Farm to School Grant. For questions about Iowa Local Food Day or to request resources, please contact Tammy Stotts at

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Building Your Classroom Library

Experts agree:  School classrooms should have 7-10 books per student and should grow every year.  Classroom libraries should provide a literacy-rich environment that contains authentic literature, offering windows to the world of every student.

To help accomplish this, Mackin’s education professionals can create unique classroom collections for each teacher across grade levels.  They will listen to fully understand your vision, research and recommend the newest vetted titles, and deliver not only the best authentic literature, but also containment solutions to create the most effective organization system for your unique classroom.

 Your custom classroom library can include:

• Read-alouds
• High-interest materials
• Mentor texts
• Informational texts
• Leveled readers
• Content aligned to curriculum
• eBooks & databases

Interested in learning more about Mackin's custom classroom library solutions? Click here!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Quick Updates and Reminders

AEA Purchasing has a few items we'd like to make you aware of:

  • The  Fall 2018 Technology Update Screencast is available for viewing on our website. Check it out here!
  • We've also got a tutorial on how to use the Statewide Technology Buy on-line catalog. This will show you how to use the on-line interactive catalog for specific line items competitively bid by AEA Purchasing.  You can view the tutorial here.
  • Don't forget to register for the Konica Minolta event if you are interested in seeing what products are available under this AEA Purchasing/AEPA contract, including Facility Security and IT Security!  Register by next Wednesday, the 26th! Complete details can be found here.
  • Don't miss our "Get to Know Us" webinar on October 2nd! Learn more about what AEA Purchasing does, get a tour of our new website to learn how to find what you need easily, and get the chance to ask any questions that you may have! Email to register.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Konica Minolta Security Forums

Join AEA Purchasing and partner Konica Minolta on October 3 (in Hiawatha) or October 4 (in Urbandale) as we discuss innovative solutions for facility and IT security needs.

In the morning, Konica Minolta solutions experts will lead a discussion regarding school facility best practices and potential security solutions that have been implemented across the country. After lunch (provided), IT Security experts will lead a discussion and demonstration around IT security risks and solutions in a school campus environment.

RSVP is required. Click here for complete details.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

BenQ Interactive Touchscreen Open House

Interested in seeing the latest interactive screens from BenQ and Midwest Computer Products? Be sure to attend a special open house event on Sept. 19, 2018. Click here for complete details and RSVP information.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Classroom Libraries Are Valuable

In case there's a need for further convincing, Mackin shines a light on classroom libraries and why they are important at every grade:

1. Kids will spend more time with books.
2. Students need windows and mirrors in the classroom.
3. Reading independently helps readers learn to read.
4. Having a classroom library can produce lifelong readers.
5. Reading can lead to success.

For additional information supporting the five reasons listed, download "5 Reasons Classroom Libraries are Valuable at Every Grade" from

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Come See Us at League of Cities!

Are you attending the 2018 Iowa League of Cities conference in Council Bluffs?

Be sure to visit our booth (#112) and learn all the ways you can take advantage of the contracted discounts we have to offer…and walk away with a goodie or two!

Save on Purchases...Spend on Citizens!

Follow us on Twitter!  @AEAPurchasing

Monday, September 3, 2018

7 Fatal Mistakes of Roof Restoration

Has your building's roof seen better days? Is a roof replacement or renovation in your future? Before you go any further, be sure to read through this white paper from WTI/Tremco on the "7 Fatal Mistakes of Roof Restoration" -- a helpful guide in understanding the factor you should consider when evaluating whether a roof is eligible for restoration.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Mark Your Calendars (September)

Our non-food staff will be exhibiting at the Iowa League of Cities conference on September 12-13 in Council Bluffs.

Be sure to attend our "Get to Know Us" webinar via Zoom on Tuesday, October 2nd.

The 2018-2019 IASL Award Books will be available for purchase from Perma-Bound until October 12. An order form is available online at

3 Partners You Need to Know (September)

Partac Peat provides discounts on athletic supplies and equipment and manufactures the Beam Clay® product line. "We dress your fields, not your players!"

Enablemart offers a special needs catalog with the products you need to help your school meet its IEP goals.

Rosetta Stone can be used to support or supplement any type of language learning acquisition program.