When a school or district defines a crucial need requiring the products or services of a vendor, the first step is to create and distribute a Request for Proposal or RFP. The more forethought you put into your RFP, the more likely you’ll find a vendor that will satisfactorily meet your requirements. Learn how to create a powerful RFP.

Before You Write an RFP

The key to developing an effective RFP is the time you invest before writing: time spent evaluating, planning, and defining

Buying Guide for Education

This guide provides ed-tech decision makers with a five-step framework to help with complex buying decisions

Device Rubric

A resource to help schools or districts better assess their device needs so that they can choose appropriate vendors

Education Client Procurement Guide

Evaluate device platform computing performance, security, and management characteristics and other criteria 

Education Technology Cheat Sheet

The common challenges faced by teachers, students, administrators and district IT directors along with solutions

How To Write an RFP

A well-written RFP will attract the best vendors for your project or program

Education Technology Questionnaire

Questions for educators and school IT directors to answer on either a classroom-, school- or district-wide level

How to Evaluate RFP Responses

Tips to better deal with RFP responses so you can award your project to the most worthy vendor

Procurement Strategies for Education Technology

Schools and districts have phenomenal purchasing power and access to countless qualified vendors 

RFP Issues Matrix

Common issues, education value propositions and coinciding RFP terms and language, along with Intel-based solutions  

Negotiating Contract Negotiations

After an RFP is written and distributed and the vendor finally selected comes the crucial task of negotiating contract terms 

Sample RFP

This generic RFP example shows you the common sections, flow and language used in successful education RFPs

Sample RFP Response

What to expect in an RFP response: everything from the Executive Summary to Project Implementation 

Case Study: How Michigan is Redefining Ed-Tech Purchasing

Michigan’s Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) is developing and improving the technology infrastructure of Michigan districts  

Triage for the Perfect Storm

It is possible to intercept and intervene in this crisis – to stop it in its tracks and begin rapid engagement of education leaders with business and industry to create the robust ed-tech, personalized, constructivist 21st century environments sorely needed in our country.  School leaders unite, step up, take action and make the necessary decisions!!  It is within our reach.

Is the Customer always right?

We get the phone calls every day.  I need… and the reseller on the other line rattles off a part or model number of exactly what they want.  Day in and day out, I get to hear two ways this phone call can go.  The sales person can either simply quote exactly what Mr. Customer wants, and off they go.  Happy Customer.  Or the salesperson can ask a few questions and spend maybe twenty minutes on the phone or maybe two or three phone calls, later on; a quote comes through.  Happy Customer. 

Technology Can Help Compete For & Retain More Higher Education Students

Is technology being used to deliver transformative education in higher education settings? Look at Elliott Levine's key points to bringing results that matter. 

“Where's the Beef” When It Comes to Your Tech Investments?

When it comes to technology investments, how can schools and districts get to the meat of spending wisely? Read Elliott Levine's insights on finding the right combinations for serving up a quality, successful 1:1 program.