Jeff Mao, Edmoxie LLC
Voight Shealy, Cooperative Contract Coordinator III, NASPO ValuePoint
Jack Lynch, Director of State Engagements, EducationSuperHighway
The recent challenges presented by the COVID-19 quarantines have highlighted connectivity and device access gaps in every state, and it has raised the question of how states can better support school districts. One avenue of support is that States can help districts with the procurement of laptop and tablet solutions for students by leveraging state purchasing power and by aggregating and coordinating purchases from their states. Most importantly, states can provide leadership to ensure that school districts are purchasing equipment with comprehensive plans for ongoing support, maintenance, and teacher professional development.
However, many Departments of Education do not have significant experience with procurement, especially when it comes to the types of solutions needed to support one-to-one student learning in a K-12 environment. Fortunately, there is a wealth of experience embedded in a cooperative purchasing program maintained by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), the Multi-State Learning Technology Initiative. The State of Maine developed this contract in partnership with Vermont and Hawaii, and it is the purchasing vehicle for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative and the NevadaReady21 program.
Join us to learn more about how your states can benefit from the MLTI contract to support school districts in your state!