Monday, April 24, 2023

Vendor Profile: Kyocera

​Kyocera Document Solutions offers a line of copier and multi-functional print devices through the AEA Purchasing/AEPA contract. 

Contact your local Kyocera dealer for detailed contract pricing information or reach out to Kyocera directly (see below). Be sure to request the AEA Purchasing/AEPA discount!

The AEA Purchasing/AEPA contract includes copiers, printers, MFPs, and more. 

For complete details and to discuss your next document solution project, contact:

Sarah Henderson
Bid Reference: AEPA IFB 021-C Copiers, MFPs, Printers & etc

Friday, April 21, 2023

April Highlights

Here's an update on items of interest from AEA Purchasing!

IASL Book Award Sets
Perfection Learning is providing IASL book award sets (Goldfinch, Children's Choice, Teen, High School) at a discount for the 2023-2024 school year. FREE book posters are available while supplies last. More information may be found here on the AEA Purchasing website. Please contact your AEA Media Director or Laurie Hoing with any questions.

Summer Paper Buy
Our summer paper buy is now open! Our awarded vendor is The Paper Corporation out of Des Moines. Orders MUST be received by The Paper Corporation before May 19. Click here for more info.

Free ServSafe Classes
It's time to sign up for our summer ServSafe® classes! AEA Purchasing Members that participate in the Prime Vendor Food contract may sign up for free. Non-AEA Purchasing members are eligible to take the class for a fee.  Iowa's current food code requires that each food service establishment (including schools) have a Certified Food Protection Manager on staff, and successful completion of the ServSafe class and exam fulfills this requirement. For more information or to sign up, click here!  

Buildings & Grounds Program
 Our Buildings & Grounds program covers everything your school might need to keep your buildings and campuses running in tip-top shape. Click here to see the contracts in this program.

April Vendor Promotions
Click here to gain access to a shared Google Folder with brochures from our vendor partners. Content is added throughout the month.

Follow us on social media to see what we are up to! You can find us on Twitter and Facebook. Our handle is @AEAPurchasing on both platforms!

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Webinar Recording: Taking the Fear out of Coding with PITSCO

If you happened to miss PITSCO's webinar on "Taking the Fear out of Coding", do not worry! Catch a recording of the webinar here.

During this webinar, educators will learn how Pitsco can help them reach their goals of providing an experiential approach to computer science that progresses with students from grade level to grade level. As an awarded vendor partner with AEA Purchasing, Pitsco also offers schools a contracted discount on most products in their catalogs!

For more information, contact:

Preston Frazier, Iowa Sales
800-835-0686 Ext. 4559

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Contract Pricing on Projector Lamps & Laminating Film

If your school is looking for low prices on projector bulbs, lamps and accessories, look no further than the AEA Purchasing contract with Scott Electric!

As part of our Statewide Technology Buy, Scott Electric has been awarded the following items:

AV projection lamps
OEM projector lamps and aftermarket cages with lamps
HOP & Bryce brand laminating film
5% off MSRP on ALL catalog items

View contract flyer here.

Reach out to Mark Troutman ( for quotes, especially if ordering multiple quantities of the same item. Reference contract number "STB2022AEAPURCH" on all correspondence.

Orders may also be submitted via email or fax directly to:  

Scott Electric
1000 South Main St
Greensburg, PA 15601
Fax: 877-837-8906

Thursday, April 13, 2023

April Vendor Promos!

Have you checked out the latest info and specials from our vendor partners?

What are you waiting for? 

Check out our April vendor promotions today! We've got great offers from School Health, Busch Systems, School Specialty, and more!

Content is added throughout the month. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Solving Education's Biggest Challenges: Join TinyEYE’s Upcoming Webinar

Experiencing a lack of access to high-quality therapists, compliance concerns, or a rise in student mental health struggles? 

TinyEYE Therapy Services is hosting an invite-only webinar, Solving Iowa District Staffing Shortages to Remain Compliant, on May 4 for all Iowa schools. It will provide valuable insights into the world of solutions offered through virtual therapy!

  • The current state of certified staff acquisition and key issues districts face
  • How TinyEYE & AEA Purchasing partner with districts to solve staffing problems
  • Benefits of teletherapy, straight from a therapist
Want the insights but can’t attend? Sign up today and we’ll send you a recording of the webinar.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

For more information, reach out to:
TinyEYE Therapy Services
Sabrina Syne
Contract # AEA Purchasing/AEPA 022-B

Since 2005, TinyEYE has been offering virtual Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Mental Health services to K-12 students around the world! We solve the primary problems schools face: children going without clinical services & on-site therapists and service providers burning out from massive caseloads. Available anywhere, our teletherapy services create incredible learning experiences for students to achieve their goals and thrive in their lives. Built by therapists to provide better, child-focused services, TinyEYE is the only online therapy company where every single decision is made with the question ‘What is best for the child?’ in mind.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Webinar: Cybersecurity Solutions from Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes, JourneyEd, and AEA Purchasing are excited to offer exclusive pricing and a free demo of EDU cybersecurity solutions to Iowa schools.

Malwarebytes' cybersecurity solution provides protection and remediation capabilities with EDR, Managed Detection and Response (MDR), mobile device protection (Chromebooks included!), vulnerability and patch management, and DNS/Content Filtering.

We understand that cybersecurity is a top priority for schools and districts, and we're committed to providing you with the tools you need to protect your students, staff, and data.

That's why we're offering a free demo of Malwarebytes' cyber security solution on Tuesday, April 18th at 2:30 pm CST. We will also talk about how to get the special AEA Purchasing member pricing.

Register today and learn how Malwarebytes can help you keep your school or district safe from cyber threats. 

Celebrate Earth Day with Blick Art Materials!

Celebrate biodiversity and the vital importance of leaves by viewing them as a fine canvas on which to create art. 

Seal them, paint them with brilliant metallic color, and adorn them with gems, glitter, and artistic designs. 

Painted leaves can be displayed and admired as fine artwork often is, in frames and mountings on a wall, returned to nature, or simply kept as a reminder that the biodiversity of life is incredible, beautiful, and precious. 

Treasure leaves!

Full lesson plan details and materials list are available at For hundreds more free art lesson plans visit Lessons are geared toward a wide variety of age and skill levels and designed to meet the National Standards for Visual Art Education.

All materials may be purchased from Blick Art Materials under the AEA Purchasing/AEPA contract. If ordering directly from Blick, remember to enter promo code QD20AEP during checkout. For more information on how to take advantage of this opportunity, contact:

Blick Art Materials
Natalie Ingle
Discount code: QD20AEP

Monday, April 10, 2023

Contract Profile: iboss

iboss Secure Cloud Gateway is a platform that provides comprehensive internet filtering, detailed student and staff reporting, filtering for students while they are at home, and enterprise-grade cybersecurity in one solution. 

There are many pricing options to fit a school's needs using the AEA Purchasing contract! To discuss your needs and receive a quote under our contract, contact:

Eric Benard
877-742-6832 ext. 8203 

Be sure to reference "AEA Purchasing Bid Pricing" in all communication with the vendor.

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Summer Learning with Pitsco

Planning for summer learning? Let Pitsco help!

Pitsco's team of former educators utilizes their large catalog of hands-on products and curriculum to craft a one-of-a-kind program that fits your needs. From a single product to a total transformative program, no request is too big or too small.

Check out the Out-of-School STEM Learning publication, which highlights many stories from across the country, where Pitsco delivered the resources and support needed to craft successful programs – many of which were funded by ESSER. 

Watch this video which details an example of how Pitsco tailored a program for LAUSD!

Let’s make 2023 the summer of STEM!

When shopping directly with Pitsco Education, don’t forget to use code AEPACTE at checkout for your exclusive 2% discount. Valid through May 2026.

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Our Summer 2023 paper buy is OPEN!

AEA Purchasing has partnered with The Paper Corporation out of Des Moines to bring Iowa schools and AEAs competitive pricing on cut paper and envelopes.
Complete information (including the order forms) is now available online within the AEA Purchasing Marketplace. Once logged in, scroll down to the “Featured Suppliers” section (middle of the page) and click on “Paper Buy”.

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to access the order form. There will be NO paper order forms delivered to schools.

Bid features include:
  • Wide variety of paper weights, colors, and sizes
  • Additional discounts for orders of 840 cartons of white or greater
  • Letter and catalog envelopes
​Orders are due May 19 with delivery expected on or before September 1. Early ordering is encouraged!

When you order using the AEA Purchasing contract, you are not only supporting local educational services but also our economy. Our awarded vendor, The Paper Corporation, is an Iowa-based company proudly located in Des Moines!

For specific questions on how to order under this bid, please contact

Happy saving!

Monday, April 3, 2023

Contract Profile: Konica Minolta

For several years, AEA Purchasing has been happy to partner with Konica Minolta. As a result of this partnership, Iowa schools can save on a broad range of products in security, print quality and network integration. 

  • bizhub® multifunction products (MFPs)
  • bizhub PRESS digital presses
  • bizhub PRO production print systems
  • magicolor® color printers
  • pagepro® monochrome printers
Follow this link to view a variety of products available from Konica Minolta.

Contact your local Konica Minolta dealer for detailed contract pricing information. Be sure to request the AEA Purchasing/AEPA discount when asking for a quote!