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How to Leverage State Cooperative Purchasing Power to Support 1:1 Learning

June 9, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT



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!


About the Presenters

Jeff Mao

Edmoxie LLC

Jeff is the former Learning Technology Policy Director for the State of Maine. He led Maine’s education technology programs from 2004 to 2014. During this time, he was responsible for multiple major device procurements and deployments that served every public school district and numerous independent schools in Maine. Since its inception, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative has provided technology for learning for 18 years and generations of Maine students.

After his tenure at the Maine Department of Education, he served as Senior Director of the Education programs for Common Sense Media, and in that capacity was lead consultant and the author for the State of Utah’s Master Plan: Essential Elements for Technology Powered Learning that serves as the vision for Utah’s Digital Teaching and Learning program that supports 1:1 learning in all of Utah’s public school districts.

Voight Shealy

Cooperative Contract Coordinator III, NASPO ValuePoint

Voight joined the NASPO ValuePoint staff in 2014 after retiring from the State of South Carolina following 37 years of service primarily with the State Auditor’s Office and the Materials Management Office, the state’s central procurement office. For 20 years, he managed the Materials Management Office, serving as the State’s Chief Procurement Officer responsible for all state procurements including information technology, construction, supplies, and services.

Jack Lynch

Director of State Engagements, EducationSuperHighway

EducationSuperHighway has partnered with governors and state agencies in 35 states over the past six years to help close the classroom connectivity gap.  Since its launch in 2012, EducationSuperHighway has helped connect 30 million students to the minimum speed necessary for digital learning.

Jack also serves on the Board of Trustees at Leadership High School in San Francisco, a small public school committed to preparing students for college.  He began his career as a hardware engineer at Cisco Systems but was driven to make a career change by a strong belief in the power of education to change the world.


June 9, 2020
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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