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Amazon brings its heft to school procurement

Matt Zalaznick
June, 2016
Procurement is only the latest big step Amazon has taken into education. Earlier this year, it launched an online clearinghouse for open-education resources. (Photo:

Administrators, teachers and other school personnel have been ordering supplies from for years, but the e-tailing colossus has now jumped formally into the education procurement market. And some in the procurement business see benefits.

Business boost for education

Melanie Lasoff Levs
April, 2016
At Banneker High School in Georgia, a student in the JA-MBA program, right, presents his case study at Chick-fil-A headquarters, one of many businesses that students visit.

Collaborations between businesses and districts run deeper than internships. Business representatives help districts create curriculum and train teachers. They also volunteer as coaches and mentors to help students gain college and career readiness skills.

Nonprofits build bridges with schools

Melanie Lasoff Levs
April, 2016

In many partnerships that bring businesses and schools together, a private or nonprofit third party serves as a bridge to the most successful collaborations.

Districts of Distinction March 2016: Creative collaboration

Ray Bendici
March, 2016
 Allegheny Valley School District’s MakerSpace allows students to experiment with STEAM concepts.

Educators constantly face new challenges that often require resources that may be in short supply. But this round’s Districts of Distinction honorees show a surplus of exemplary creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills that are increasing student achievement and graduation rates and, most importantly, facilitating education.

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