Friday, January 18, 2019

Inspiring Lifelong Learners with Scholastic Literacy

Scholastic, a trusted leader in education for almost 100 years, is excited to introduce Scholastic Literacy, a comprehensive curriculum for Grades K–6 built on the best research into how children learn. At Scholastic, we believe that learning should be deeply engaging and authentic—designed to inspire lifelong intellectual curiosity and independent thinking.

Scholastic Literacy is the result of our longstanding partnerships with educators, families, and leading researchers. It utilizes a powerful framework for teaching essential reading and writing skills that students can apply throughout their academic careers and beyond.

Scholastic Literacy is highly customizable, with built-in options for teachers to tailor their lessons to their students’ needs. It offers numerous formal and informal opportunities to monitor students’ learning. Results from these assessments, as well as data from digital solutions, provide teachers with actionable data to inform instruction, identify areas of need for intervention or acceleration, and form small groups.

A powerful framework for teaching and learning is created through:

Unparalleled Access to Authentic and Culturally Relevant Texts: Scholastic Literacy offers authentic informational and literary texts by real authors with independent reading collections, e-books, read-clouds, mentor texts, and leveled bookrooms. Our unique classroom library reflects students’ interests, challenges, and real-life experiences while helping to foster the social-emotional skills that students will need to thrive in and out of the classroom.

Personalized and Adaptive Instruction Informed by Data: Interactive digital resources are designed to personalize instruction for foundational reading skills, comprehension, vocabulary, and word study. Educators have access to data for the metrics that matter most to inform and differentiate instruction.

Family Engagement: Scholastic Literacy provides families with essential information in English and Spanish that they can use to encourage and support their children’s literacy development.

Let’s work together to ensure that every young Iowan develops the literacy skills and critical thinking they’ll need to be lifelong independent thinkers, readers, and writers.

For more information, contact Jim Strayer, Scholastic Account Executive or Ann Dixon, Scholastic Educational Resource Specialist.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Check out 'The Mailbox' Resource from Infobase!

It’s hard to think of a teacher who doesn't wish for more minutes (hours?) per day. The editors at The Mailbox know all about that wish. You see, each editor is a former classroom teacher! This unique behind-the-scenes combination of teacher knowledge and experience is a bit like having a recipe for a secret burger sauce! Of course, The Mailbox School & District isn’t known for its burgers, it’s known for its top-notch educational tools and resources. Or in the words of one educator, it’s “a teacher’s wish come true!”

So what was does The Mailbox School & District provide for teachers? It’s a lengthy list! Here are a few highlights:

• Unlimited access to over 52,000 searchable teaching activities, worksheets, crafts, forms, and more for Pre-K through grade 6
• New digital editions of The Mailbox Magazine for Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grades 2-3 and Intermediate teachers added every month
• A unique Lesson Plan Builder for quickly creating and saving your lesson plans
• Easy-to-use tools for organizing, storing, and printing your favorite ideas
• Programmable newsletters, calendars, flashcards, bingo boards, name tags, and more

There are no limits on printing and no pesky ads!

If you’d like to have free access to this teacher’s wish come true, contact Frank Visco with Infobase at or (973) 477-4997.

Free trials are available!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Happy Saving in 2019!

AEA Purchasing values our members and our primary goal is to save schools time and money. We have competitively bid many products and services, achieving excellent pricing on many commodities. We encourage you to check with us before you ever order anything! If we don’t have it, maybe we should!

It’s important that the AEA Purchasing contract numbers be referenced on all orders to obtain our contract pricing. Reference numbers for each vendor's contract are listed on their profile page on our website.

Visit our Vendor Partner page  to see awarded vendors, awarded products and how to order.

Here’s to a fantastic year of savings!

Monday, January 7, 2019

We Are Your Certified Purchasing Partner!

Did you know that AEA Purchasing employs certified purchasing staff?

"CPPB" is the acronym for Certified Professional Public Buyer and is recognized throughout the world. These four letters signify that an individual has demonstrated a specific level of education and experience  necessary to competently perform the work of a public procurement officer or buyer.

To become certified, one must demonstrate knowledge (via an exam) in the areas of procurement administration, sourcing, negotiation, contract administration, supply management and procurement planning. One must also have some experience working in procurement in the public sector and post high school graduate coursework.

Meeting the CPPB requirements is AEA Purchasing’s own Laurie Hoing! Laurie obtained her certification in 2008 and continues to meet the re-certification requirements every five years.  Her current certificate expires November 26, 2023. While not yet certified, Joni Puffett, another AEA Purchasing coordinator, has just begun her coursework in obtaining CPPB certification as well.

Aside from our motto of “save on purchases, spend on students”, a goal of AEA Purchasing's is to assure that Iowa K-12 schools are in compliance with the Iowa Code regarding procurement and are also adhering to the procurement profession’s best practices. With certified purchasing staff, you can be sure we are a resource to trust as every effort has been made to comply with professional standards, a code of ethics, as well as the Iowa Code regarding procurement.

To learn more about the CPPB designation and it is beneficial, check out this page:

Saturday, January 5, 2019

3 Partners You Need to Know (January)

CDWG  CDWG provides a catalog discount pricing on technology products, hardware, software, etc.

Britannica Digital Learning In addition to what is provided via Iowa AEA Online, through AEA Purchasing, Britannica Digital Learning is offering discounts on other supplemental products to help build your digital resource library. Through our partnership,​Britannica also offers savings on popular eBook titles for children and adults.

School Specialty School Specialty carries a wide array of school essentials, furniture and technology from well-known brands as well as popular proprietary brands.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Mark Your Calendars! (January 2019)

Don't miss these upcoming events from AEA Purchasing!

January 11, 2019: Winter Paper Orders are Due!
Don't forget to turn in your orders for our winter paper buy. All orders need to be received by The Paper Corporation no later than January 11, 2019. Visit our website for more information.

January 15, 2019: Athletics & PE Webinar
9:00am -- 12:00pm   Zoom with us from the comfort of your office and learn more about our Athletics & PE purchasing program. Vendors presenting include Sportime (School Specialty), Daktronics and Schutt Sports. Email Joni for more information!

January 31, 2019: ISAC Exhibit
AEA Purchasing will be exhibiting at the ISAC Statewide Supervisors meeting in Des Moines.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Save the Date! Athletics & PE Webinar

Save the Date!
Join us on January 15th, 2019

Mark your calendar and make time to join us for our first ever Athletics & PE webinar! Spend the morning with AEA Purchasing and participating vendor partners to learn more about contract opportunities and ways to save on your next athletics and PE program purchases.

For more information and/or to register for the webinar (Zoom), email Joni Puffett.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Have You Heard of AEPA?

Do you recognize this logo? You may have seen it on our homepage and other vendor profile pages on our website. Do you know what it stands for? Do you know the value that it brings? If you can answer "yes" to all of these questions, than you get a gold star! If not, than this post will bring you up to speed on AEPA, our involvement with the agency, and how it can be of service to you!

The Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA) is a multi-state, non-profit, purchasing cooperative that works hard to leverage purchasing power so that all schools and agencies, regardless of size, can procure materials, goods and services equal buying levels. Because of this mission, AEA Purchasing is proud to be a long-time member of this organization.

AEPA solicits proposals each year for a variety of goods and services. Once bids are approved for award by AEPA, each AEPA member state selects contracts they feel will best help their respective states. This is what helps set AEPA apart from other national purchasing coops. Contracts are typically awarded for one base year, with options to renew for three additional years.

Wanting to know more? Check out this great video overview of AEPA!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

3 Partners You Need To Know! (December)

Frey Scientific, a School Specialty brand, specializes in science education supplies, kits and curriculum. Their team can help you outfit your classroom or lab with safe, durable, easy-to-use equipment and supplies.

Midwest Technology Products specializes in the resale of STEM, Industrial Arts, Vocational and Technology equipment and supplies to educators.

Camcor Inc. is a technology vendor participating in our statewide technology buy. If you're looking for wireless microphone systems, Peerless mounting brackets or Makerbot 3D printing supplies, Camcor Inc. is the place to go!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Taking the Guess Work out of Tech Integration

Looking for an easy-to-follow method that will help you implement technology into your curriculum to enhance instruction and student learning?

Try SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition)!

"SAMR" is a technology integration process and an excellent tool for teachers to begin implementing technology into lessons, curriculum, and school culture.

Click here to read the blog post on 'Mackin Community' and learn more about the SAMR process.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our offices to yours. Thank you for your support throughout the years.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Get to Know our Foodservice Program!

Interested in learning more about our Foodservice purchasing program? Keep reading!

Our school Foodservice program covers everything your school needs to maintain its daily kitchen operations and keep your students, staff and faculty well fed. Looking for center of the plate items?  We've got 'em! Looking to stock up on serving utensils or dish washing supplies? Look no further! We've got you covered and then some.

AEA Purchasing currently has contracts with:
Check out these partners on our website or email for more information!