Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 Buyer's Guide

Interested in what our purchasing programs have to offer? Take a glance at our 2017-18 Buyer's Guide for a quick overview on all of our contract opportunities.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

School Health Provides Savings on Sports Medicine

As schools around the state are gearing up for spring and summer sports activities, there is no better time than now to take inventory of the supplies needed to treat sports injuries. School Health’s collection of athletic training supplies covers the entire scope of possible needs for your athletes, including emergency response necessities. To see what’s available, go here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Adobe Licensing Webinar for K-12

In conjunction with our software partner CDW-G, AEA Purchasing is offering two opportunities to join an informational Adobe Webinar this May (2018) to provide updates regarding K-12 Adobe licensing options for 2018-2019.

One session will be on Wednesday, May 9th at 10:00 a.m. and a second session will be held on Thursday, May 10th at 2:00 p.m.

If you would like to join one of these sessions, please email your preferred date of attendance to:

Webinar links will be sent to those who have expressed interest in attending.

Food Program Steering Committee Meetings

AEA Purchasing's food program steering committee meetings for April are right around the corner, starting next week! If you are a foodservice director serving on one of these committees, be sure to check out the full schedule below.
 April 17, 2018 - Storm Lake  (NW Steering Committee)
Lakes Conference Room - 824 Flindt Dr. Storm Lake

April 18, 2018 - Urbandale (SW Steering Committee)
Affinity Food Marketing - 3281 100th Street, Urbandale

April 24, 2018 - Cedar Falls (NE Steering Committee)
Central Rivers AEA - Board Room -  1521 Technology Parkway - Cedar Falls

 April 26, 2018 - Coralville (SE Steering Committee)
Kirkwood Regional Center, 2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville - Grant Wood Room 500

As a reminder, minutes from the November 2017 meetings were emailed on March 26th. For additional questions, contact Dan.

Monday, April 9, 2018

6 Ways to Integrate Technology into Physical Education

Teaching physical education can be challenging for any number of reasons, from a lack of equipment to keeping students engaged. To meet these challenges, some educators are turning to technology to create more dynamic classes that work for students with a wide range of fitness levels. In their SchoolYard Blog, School Specialty shares “6 Ways to Integrate Technology into Physical Education”.

See Who’s Using Daktronics

Interested in Daktronics? Check out these Iowa schools who have worked with Daktronics on their digital signage and scoreboard needs! To learn more about how you can work with Daktronics, visit their profile on our webpage.

3 Partners You Need to Know (April)

Mackin Educational Resources provides high-quality library and classroom materials for PK-12 schools and public libraries, including books, ebooks, DVDs, audio books, educational software, online databases, free collection analysis and collection development services

Statewide Technology Buy -- AEA Purchasing uses the competitive bidding process to establish aggressive savings on many products for all Iowa schools. Our Statewide Technology Buy has over 400 line items. available, as well as a few vendors that were awarded a discount off their entire catalog!

School Nurse Supply is a distributor of medical/first aid supplies and equipment to schools. With high quality products, personalized customer service and competitive pricing, School Nurse Supply, Inc. can meet all your health related needs.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

New Name for Brown & Saenger

Longtime partner Brown & Saenger has recently changed their name to Innovative Office Solutions. All brands, products and level of service remain unchanged!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Mark Your Calendars!

AEA Purchasing has the following events and important dates to keep in mind during April:

1:1 Conference --
Come visit our booth at the 9th annual Iowa 1:1 conference on April 4, 2018.

Summer Paper Buy
AEA Purchasing has recently awarded our Summer 2018 paper buy to The Paper Corporation. Ordering information will be made available during the first part of April.

AEA Purchasing Gets a NEW Look!

If you've been to recently, you no doubt have noticed something different. On March 29, we launched our new website powered by SchoolMessenger, a West Interactive Services company and current AEA Purchasing vendor partner.

While our site has gotten a face lift, navigating the site remains very similar to our previous version. Each vendor partner has their own profile page containing everything you need to know about their contract, products/services and how to place an order.
New features include quick link buttons on the homepage (those little yellow squares below the sliding images) for each of our purchasing programs, a direct link to our blog, and more organized content on our vendor pages using a document tab system.

We hope the updates are satisfactory and enhance the navigation and usability of our site. As always, we greatly appreciate your feedback. To leave a comment or suggestion, please email us

Sunday, April 1, 2018

IPI Breathes New Life into Worn Weight Benches

Do the benches in your weight room need a facelift? Is the vinyl worn out and/or torn? Boost your athlete's morale by having IPI recover them at a fraction of the cost of buying new!

IPI will pick up your equipment, replace the padding and fabric, and then return the benches to your facility. For an extra dose of school spirit, add your logo to your bench! Before and after pictures are shared below.

Contact IPI at 800-332-7922 today or visit their website at to learn more!