Microsoft Licensing 101 for K-12 Schools – Webinar

JourneyEd has partnered with ILTPP to provide member schools with deep discounts on technology purchases from software to hardware as well as expertise to help in identifying the right fit solutions. JourneyEd’s focus is on education; the company and its employees pride themselves on providing legendary customer service.

Watch this exclusive 60-minute webinar with JourneyEd to learn about all the key points schools should consider when licensing Microsoft products and what this means for your school.

During this session, some of the things you’ll learn include:

  • Perpetual licensing v.s. Annual Subscription licensing
  • A synopsis of each Microsoft licensing option: (eOpen, Select, OVS-ES, EES subscription)
  • Using Microsoft’s Student/Faculty/Staff Advantage program with Google (Free Microsoft Office Pro 365 for students and employees)
  • Using the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center
  • How to license various Microsoft Server products

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Christine McConnell
Senior Account Manager

Learn More About JourneyEd

Accelerate Learning this Summer with Edmentum

Using the summer months to address missed learning opportunities is a necessity – but how do you do it? Edmentum offers high-quality, flexible summer solutions suitable for shortened summer schedules and provides real-time data and reporting to help inform you of instructional successes and decisions. Target the learning pathways of your students to pinpoint each student’s unique needs while engaging and rewarding learning experiences to keep their motivation high!

Address Gaps and Supercharge Growth

Meet each student where they’re ready to learn with Exact Path’s assessment-driven direct instruction for K-12.

Exact Path combines adaptive diagnostic assessments with individualized learning paths for K-12 students in math, reading, and language arts. Exact Path puts individual student growth first–giving students the tools to take control over their own academic journey, while providing educators with ongoing data to facilitate targeted support.

Scale Your Program with Virtual Instruction

Provide virtual learning opportunities by integrating Edmentum’s instructional services through our fully accredited virtual school, EdOptions Academy. Edmentum offers certified teachers of record, grading service, supplemental targeted instruction, virtual teacher mentoring, and more!

EdOptions Academy is a fully accredited Kindergarten through career online school that pairs Edmentum’s award-winning Courseware and Calvert Learning curricula with state-certified teachers, expert program management, and holistic student and instructional support services to help educators meet the needs of more learners.

Expand Course Options and Recover Credits

Keep students on track with Edmentum Courseware’s engaging, standards aligned digital curriculum for grades 6-12.

With Courseware, address every student’s needs with a robust collection of standards-based online curriculum. Edmentum’s course offering includes core subjects, courses for use with Advanced Placement® (AP®) exams, career and technical education (CTE), electives, World Languages, and ELL Foundations courses to help ELLs build English-language proficiency.

Elevate Elementary Blended and Virtual Learning

Engage K-5 learners with Calvert Learning’s project-based elementary digital curriculum for ELA, math, science, social studies, P.E., and art.

With Calvert Learning digital curriculum, educators can enhance blended and virtual learning opportunities with K-5 online courses in ELA, math, science, social studies, art, health, and P.E.

Master Grade Level Standards

Sharpen standards mastery with Study Island practice and assessment tools to help K-12 students meet grade-level proficiency or prepare for the year ahead.

Study Island’s standards-based formative assessment and practice program for math, ELA, science, and social studies provides educators with the tools and data needed to ensure that all students develop mastery of grade-level content for success on state assessments and beyond.

Set Strong Foundations for Reading Success

Build literacy skills and ensure that students read proficiently using Reading Eggs’ dynamic learn-to-read program for PK-6 students on the five pillars of reading.

Edmentum’s dynamic three-in-one literacy solution–Reading Eggs, Reading Eggspress, and Fast Phonics– is designed to help students build and reinforce their core reading skills in a rich, interactive online world aligned to the five pillars of reading.

Support the Whole Learner

Offer social-emotional learning curriculum through BASE Education for grades 1-12 rooted in mental health and wellness principles and underscored by clinical research.

Edmentum has proudly partnered with CSEL-approved BASE Education to offer social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that is rooted in mental health and wellness principles and underscored by clinical research. As students regulate their emotions and behaviors, develop relationship skills and social awareness, and practice critical decision-making to plan for their futures, BASE Education and social-emotional learning serve as powerful tools at the heart of that work.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Jason Eggert
Illinois Partnership Manager
(214) 293-9759
c: (815) 529-0885

Learn More About Edmentum

Newsela – Authentic, Real-World Content for K-12 Classrooms

Newsela and the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) have partnered to provide ILTPP members published texts and content at significantly discounted prices.

Today, over 2.5 million teachers and 37 million students have registered with Newsela for content that is personalized to student interests, accessible to everyone, aligned to instructional standards, and attached to activities and reporting that hold teachers accountable for instruction and students accountable for their work. Newsela accomplishes this by presenting authentic real-world content from trusted sources in an instruction-ready format for K-12 classrooms. With over 10,000 texts in Newsela’s platform and 10 new texts published every day across 20+ genres, Newsela enables educators to go deep on any subject they choose.

Newsela provides content that is:

  • AUTHENTIC: From the real world, about real and relatable people and topics
  • ACCESSIBLE: Differentiated at 5 levels, representative of every learner
  • ACTIVE: Never stale, always up-to-date with what’s happening in the world
  • ACCOUNTABLE: Ensures educators and students are taking responsibility for learning
  • ALIGNED: Aligned to key standards, frameworks, and commonly used curriculum

Newsela’s offerings include Newsela ELA, Newsela Science, Newsela Social Studies, Newsela SEL, and more. You can find more information here.

Contract Highlights:

  • Discount for any school or district that purchases through the ILTPP contract
  • Scaled discount based on number of participating buildings
  • Content to meet the Illinois curriculum mandates like Civics, Black History, LGBTQ, Illinois History, and many more
  • Professional learning to support the implementation of Newsela

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

General inquiries:

New Newsela Schools or Districts
Jenny Pearl
Illinois Partnerships

Current Newsela Partners
Nicky Dunlap
Illinois Partnerships

Learn More About Newsela

CENTEGIX Earns Multiple Recognitions and Awards

CENTEGIX™ innovates technology to save and enrich lives. This is accomplished through the award-winning CrisisAlert™ solution which enables anyone to get help with the push of a button. CrisisAlert empowers confident human action in any incident – from the every day to the extreme. This easy-to-use solution allows staff and administrators to immediately handle any situation, anywhere on the premises. The CrisisAlert wearable badge ensures that staff never have to worry about finding help because help will always find them. When staff feel safe and secure, they are free to focus on being productive, every day.

This past month, the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) signed on a nationally-bid contract with CENTEGIX through its affiliation with the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA). CENTEGIX has been recognized in a number of ways since this agreement was made.

CENTEGIX Named as Top Innovative Company by the Technology Association of Georgia

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) recognizes 40 Georgia-based technology companies each year for their innovation, financial impact, and efforts to spread awareness of the state’s technology initiatives throughout the U.S. and globally. For the second year, CENTEGIX has been recognized as a Top Innovative Company.

CENTEGIX Named a Pacesetter Company by Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Atlanta Business Chronicle has named CENTEGIX as one of the fastest-growing companies in Atlanta for the second year in a row. CENTEGIX achieved the 2021 Pacesetter Award by growing the company at a rapid rate from 2018 to 2020.

Argyle Independent School District Partners with FiveStones Safety and CENTEGIX to Implement CrisisAlert

One Texas school district, Argyle Independent School District, recently partnered with FiveStones Safety and CENTEGIX to implement the CrisisAlert solution. This will allow the school district to increase safety and security on all campuses by utilizing the Crisis Alert platform to communicate alerts each day for incidents ranging from medical emergencies to severe weather. In the event of a school emergency, such as a campus-wide lockdown, the CrisisAlert badge will alert Argyle’s entire campus.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Steve Gambill
Sales Operations Manager

Learn More About CENTEGIX

Back to School Personal Protective Equipment

Midwest Technology Products has a 600-page catalog that showcases more than 10,000 products from over 400 vendors. Their dedicated, women-owned minority family business has been committed to providing the highest quality products paired with exceptional customer service since 1909. Midwest has tools for the next generation of designers and fabricators. Midwest is your source for durable, industrial-grade equipment, tools, and supplies for your shop or lab. Partnering with educators to prepare the workforce of tomorrow by providing innovative resources of uncompromising value – Midwest is here to help you.

To support your safe return to in-person learning and activities this coming school year, Midwest is offering a line of personal protection products essential to the health, safety, and wellbeing of your students, teachers, staff, families, and communities. These products are in-stock and ready-to-ship! In addition to these supplies, Midwest also offers:

Desktop Barriers

Mobile Hand Washing

Sanitizing Cabinets

Midwest Technology Products offers Abrasives, Arts and Crafts, Automotive, Building Trades, Career & Tech Ed, Drafting, Electrical, Foundry, Furniture and Storage, Hand tools, Hardware, Metalworking, Power tools, Safety, Small Engine, STEM, Welding, Woodworking, and VO-AG. Mention contract number AEPA IFB-018.5-B in order to access an immediate 10% discount off regular prices.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager

Sarah Cruz
Account Manager

Learn More About Midwest Technology Products

A Women- and/or Minority-Owned Business (WMBE) must be certified, meeting a series of requirements. An MBE must be at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a minimum of one U.S. citizen of minority. A WBE must be at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens.

CDW Announces Acquisition of Amplified IT

March 16, 2021 CDW Press Release

CDW Announces Acquisition of Amplified IT, a Leading Provider of Google Services, Solutions, and Software for Education Customers

On March 16, 2021, CDW announced the acquisition of Amplified IT, allowing the company to expand its services and solutions even further into education.

As a leading, multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to a variety of markets, including education, CDW has a long-standing partnership with the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP). ILTPP is thrilled to be adding the many tools and services of Amplified IT to its full catalog contract with CDW.

The acquisition of Amplified IT will increase CDW’s impact within the education market by providing additional support of Google for Education products and solutions.

Who is Amplified IT?

Amplified IT is an education-focused, Google Premium Education Partner with professionals, technical skills, and knowledge catered to the K-12 and Higher Ed markets. The company provides insights, services, consulting, and solutions that allow IT staff to leverage Google for Education and Google Cloud within their school and districts.

Who is CDW?

CDW Government LLC (CDW-G) is the industry leading provider of multi-brand technology solutions serving K-12 institutions. With over 30 years of IT experience, CDW-G offers a broad array of products ranging from discrete hardware and software products to integrated IT solutions such as mobility, security, cloud, data center and collaboration.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

John Buttita
Sales Manager

Learn More About CDW-G

All Covered – IT Services from Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta, a valued ILTPP Vendor Partner, is often only thought of as a copier/printer supplier. Most don’t know the company provides a wide range of services including IT services, Telepresence, Virtual Receptionist Active Panels, and Enterprise Content Management (ECM), a powerful tool for managing information, meeting Compliance regulations, and improving educational results in K-12 school districts.

In PK-12 schools and districts across the country, educators and administrators are challenged by a large and growing volume of documents— files and paper-based information that must be managed, accessed, shared, and retained. ECM is a streamlined, secure solution for managing information throughout your district. Some of the challenges that can be overcome by implementing an ECM system include:

  • Documents everywhere can lead to efficiency nowhere.
  • Lengthy retention periods demand filing cabinets that take up valuable space.
  • Staff time to file, retrieve, copy, and distribute paper documents is better spent on educational activities.
  • Stringent compliance and certification mandates require regular monitoring to ensure that student files, testing forms, staff reports and related materials are in place and up-to-date.
  • Video, audio, and image data are increasingly important, but may not be accommodated by existing storage systems.
  • Declining administration budgets are motivating districts to find ways to work smarter, not just harder.

Konica Minolta’s top-ranked ECM solutions, ILTPP contract products, offer practical, proven benefits to improve the flow of educational information, speed retrieval, control access, and maintain the enhanced security that K-12 districts demand.

  • Manage Content to Improve Efficiency:
    • Streamline educational and administrative workflow by moving content more quickly and efficiently.
    • Speed filing, access, and retrieval of student transcripts, faculty hiring documents, personnel information, payroll, and maintenance records.
    • Manage testing and grading, course materials, lesson plans, and departmental records.
    • Provide mobile access to educational information for educators and administrators district-wide.
  • Improve Compliance, Enhance Security:
    • Strengthen and simplify compliance procedures for HIPAA and FERPA privacy regulations.
    • Protect student confidentiality by storing records in a secure online repository.
    • Improve compliance by replacing paperwork with electronic files and controlling access and retrieval.
  • Control Costs to Stretch District Budgets:
    • Reduce administrative costs associated with handling student records, distributing course materials and managing personnel information.
    • Save space by minimizing or eliminating filing and storage of paper documents.
    • Convert hard-copy documents to cost-effective electronic forms that are easy to update.

All Covered is an E-Rate Provider.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Aaron Ott
Government Accounts Manager

Jason Bradshaw
Government Accounts Manager

Jason Sullivan
VP of Sales – Central Region

Learn More About Konica Minolta

Start Planning Back to School Safely with

Founded in 1956 and headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL, serves the needs of over a million small to medium-sized businesses and educational entities.  As a premier business-to-business office products provider, sells everything from paper and ink and toner to cleaning supplies and technology with 24-hour-a-day access to more than 100,000 school essentials. Introduced in 1996, was one of the first successful websites launched in the office products industry and has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Staples, Inc., since 1998.

Let the Team help you with creative solutions for a safe Back To School for your students & staff.

Back-to-School Needs

  • Classroom & Instructional Supplies
  • Chromebooks & Laptops
  • Interactive Flat Panels
  • Vape Detectors
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Much More!

Building Safety

  • PPE
  • Sneeze Guards
  • Commercial Air Purifiers
  • Personal Storage Solutions
  • Touch-less Hand Sanitizer Dispensers
  • Other Health and Safety Items

Access To the Quill Specialist Teams’s dedicated Quote Specialist Teams work with a wide variety of vendors on the sourcing & pricing of all large volume needs.

  • Furniture & Tech Teams – provide guidance before you buy and work within your budget on all technology and furniture projects
  • Print & Promo Team – show your school spirit using customized logos on a vast product assortment
  • Bid Team – dedicated to processing any RFP or Bid requests

Awarded Cooperative Contracts

Satisfy your Illinois procurement laws by leveraging a nationally-bid, compliant contract. Be sure to mention ILTPP or one of the contract numbers below:

Contract Highlights:

  • Up to 80% savings
  • 12% savings on ink and toner every day
  • Fast, FREE delivery on all orders, including furniture and technology.
  • No minimum order size!

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Samra Cejvan
Buying Group Manager

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ITsavvy, Cisco & Motorola Solutions – Events You Won’t Want to Miss

ITsavvy is excited to partner with ILTPP and continue to provide budget-sensitive, scalable solutions to ILTPP members across the state. As a valued ILTPP partner, ITsavvy contributes targeted, timely educational content for PK-12 IT professionals while providing maximum value to members.

To launch this all-new full catalog contract, ITsavvy will be offering the following events during the month of March:

Improve Campus Connectivity with Motorola Nitro

March 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join this webinar hosted by ITsavvy and Motorola Solutions and see how your students and staff can stay connected with Nitro™, providing a strong private LTE network connection while supporting all types of devices. See how this end-to-end communications solution based on Citizens’ Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) provides lightning-fast private broadband data with premium voice communications for your school. 

Cisco Threat Hunting Workshop

March 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

In this ITsavvy workshop, you will learn how the components of Cisco’s SASE solutions provide visibility, simplicity, and efficiency for SecOps teams. You will leverage these tools as you research real-world attack scenarios executed by malicious actors. You will learn the role of these tools in incident response, threat hunting, and event analysis. Meet the facilitator for the workshop, Bill O’Malley.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Matthew Butler
Client Executive Public Sector

Learn More About ITsavvy

Security Update Release (Out-of-Band) for Critical Exchange Server Vulnerabilities

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) has received the following notice from Microsoft regarding security updates released on March 2, 2021. If you did not receive this notice in advance, please reach out to an Account Executive below.

  • This affects any customer with On-Prem Exchange.
  • To remediate, you must be on the Current or N -1 CU (e.g. Exchange 2016 CU18 or CU19) of a supported version of Exchange. 
  • Once you are at the supported CU only then you can apply the patch.
  • There will be no back porting of this patch past what is documented. So if you are behind on the CUs, must upgrade.
  • Must Patch all Exchange Servers, especially Internet facing roles.
  • If you are in Hybrid Exchange, MUST patch Hybrid Servers.
  • Microsoft support engineers have advised for customers to make this a top priority getting this done ASAP.

What is the purpose of this notification?

This is an advance notification of security updates that Microsoft plans to release for critical Exchange Server vulnerabilities on March 2, 2021.

Although we do not anticipate any changes, the information detailed in this alert, including the timeline, is subject to change until the security update release.

Security Update Overview

On March 2, 2021, at about 2:00 PM (Pacific Time), Microsoft released security updates for vulnerabilities affecting Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016, and Exchange Server 2019. Updates are being released for Exchange Server 2010 for defense-in-depth purposes.

Microsoft sent advanced notifications a few hours before the release of security updates to give Exchange Server administrators time to plan for the rollout of these critical updates. 

Answers to Anticipated Questions

Q: Do these vulnerabilities affect Exchange Online?    

A: No. Customers using Exchange Online are not affected by these vulnerabilities.   

Q: What is the maximum severity, impact, and Base CVSS score of these vulnerabilities?   

A: The set of vulnerabilities include Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities that have a severity rating of critical. The highest base CVSS score in the set is 9.1. 

Q: Where (and when) can I find specific details about these Exchange Server vulnerabilities?   

A: When the security updates are released, the vulnerability details will be published in the Microsoft Security Update Guide ( Microsoft will also publish companion blog posts that will provide additional guidance. 

Q: Do I need to do any prep work with my Exchange servers to make them ready for these new security updates? 

A: Microsoft provides support for the latest two Cumulative Updates (CUs) for Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2019. Microsoft provides support for the latest Update Rollup (UR) for Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2013. Exchange servers running a supported Update Rollup (UR) or Cumulative Update (CU) are considered up to date.  Any Exchange servers that are not up to date will need to have a supported Update Rollup (UR) or Cumulative Update (CU) installed before you can install any new security updates. Exchange administrators should factor in additional time needed to update out-of-date Exchange servers. 

Q: Is there a method I can use to determine which of my Exchange servers can install the security updates directly, and which will need to have a supported Update Rollup (UR) or Cumulative Update (CU) installed first?   

A: Yes. You can use the Exchange Server Health Checker script, which can be downloaded from GitHub (use the latest release). Running this script will tell you if you are behind on your on-premises Exchange Server updates.  

Q: Do I need to prioritize specific Exchange servers (are some Exchange servers at increased risk)? 

A: Yes. Internet-facing Exchange servers (e.g., servers publishing Outlook on the web/OWA and ECP) are at increased risk and these should be updated first. Your servicing plan should include identifying and prioritizing Internet-facing Exchange servers. 

Q: After the security updates are installed, does the Exchange server receiving updates need to be rebooted?

A: Yes. After the security updates are installed, the Exchange server needs to be restarted for security updates to take effect.  

Recommended Actions

Please begin planning for deploying security updates to On-Premises Exchange servers in your environment. Allow extra time to update servers that are not running a supported Update Rollup (UR) or Cumulative Update (CU). Prioritize Exchange servers that are internet-facing.

Regarding Information Consistency

We strive to provide you with accurate information in static (this mail) and dynamic (web-based) content. Microsoft’s security content posted to the web is occasionally updated to reflect late-breaking information. If this results in an inconsistency between the information here and the information in Microsoft’s web-based security content, the information in Microsoft’s web-based security content is authoritative.

If you have any questions regarding this alert, please contact your Customer Success Account Manager (CSAM) and/or Account Executive (AE) below.

Related Resources 

Contact your dedicated Account Managers:

Joe Ignatius
Account Executive

Justin Libis
Account Executive