Sponsors support the work and mission of RISTE in promoting excellence in education through the integration of existing and emerging technologies.

In return, we work with them to advocate for a better understanding of the needs of the educational community.

Successful engagement with our sponsors helps us:

  • Promote a mutual sharing of emerging trends in education and technology;
  • Represent the best interests of educators;
  • Understand their products and services well enough to help our colleagues review their options and ask good questions; and
  • Influence vendors in ways that benefit the educational community.

     Terabyte Sponsors 

Cox Business provides voice, video and data for more than 300,000 small and regional businesses, including healthcare providers, K-12 and higher education, financial institutions and federal, state and local government organizations.

Cox Business is helping improve the learning experience in classrooms across the nation with enterprise-grade communications technology. Schools have chosen Cox Business services to enable virtual learning and enhanced collaboration among students, parents and teachers. Cox Business is a leader in providing K-12 technology solutions, servicing approximately 50 percent of the schools within its network reach, totaling more than 5,300 schools across the country and benefiting more than 3.3 million. Cox Business provides video, high-speed access to the Internet, reliable data connections for administration and distance learning, and phones in the classroom for safety and efficient communication between educators.

As one of the founding members of Cable in the Classroom, a national initiative to provide schools with access to video and broadband content for learning, Cox has a long-standing commitment to education excellence. Cox Business is an eligible E-rate provider, helping qualified schools access funding for education technology initiative. Since 1998, Cox has helped more than 600 schools secure more than $120 million in funding.

Brad French 
Senior Account Executive – Education
COX Business, New England
9 JP Murphy Highway West Warwick, RI 02893
tel: 401-615-1336  | cell 401-255-4739
fax: 888-266-4775 | brad.french@cox.com

     Gigabyte Sponsors 
     Megabyte Sponsors

Since 1998 Apex has been a premier provider of IT services to school systems throughout New England.  

We are certified resellers of Cisco, Microsoft, Aruba Wireless Networks (Platinum Partner), Barracuda, Arista, Dell and Zscaler (web filtering, email security, etc.). 

We specialize in:

  • Developing an objective, realistic and executable IT roadmap
  • Installing, monitoring, optimizing and supporting wired and wireless networks
  • Providing 24x7 technical support (Remote Help Desk and On-Site)
  • Implementing disaster recovery and data restoration plans
  • Managing network security, back-ups and email
  • And much more!

Apex is an approved vendor on the following RI Master Price Agreements (MPAs): 

     MPA-230 Computer Technical Support Services
     MPA-283 Cisco Networking Equipment
     MPA-482 Wireless Classroom Initiative (RIDE)

Mark Centracchio

Sales Director
2158 Plainfield Pike, Suite 1
Cranston, RI  02921

      Kilobyte Sponsors

     Follett - Aspen SIS
The way students learn is changing. Staying connected with them - and all members of the learning community - has never been more important. Aspen is designed for change. Far more than a student information system, Aspen links student information with curricular and educational tools in a single platform.


Founded in 1999, Integration Partners has grown to become a leading, full-service voice and data network engineering firm serving enterprises in a range of industries, including healthcare, education, manufacturing, financial, retail, legal, government and service providers.

We specialize in Unified Communications, and Secure Network Infrastructure solutions that are open and scalable as well as drive greater productivity and competitiveness for our clients. We offer a complete range of networking services, from planning and design, to testing and deployment, to ongoing monitoring and support.

Integration Partners is a privately held company headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Kaitlyn Lambert
Account Executive
T: 781.357.8179 C:  401.575.6745 

    LightSail combines the very best books with in-text assessments,  delivering instant, actionable data to teachers and administrators.  Our library of engaging books offers 80,000+ top texts, and every book comes complete with multiple measure assessments in the text, for continuous progress monitoring as students read. Student reading lists are optimized by performance on in-text assessment. Readers seamlessly move up the staircase of text complexity, keeping within their zone of proximal development.

LightSail supports all student profiles: English language learners, gifted and talented,below benchmark readers and more. LightSail engages students of all reading levels and optimizes their rate of progress. LightSail fits all reading all reading models and any literacy curriculum: independent reading, whole class texts, differentiated learning, supplemental programs, reading workshop and more.

Please contact Elyssa Rosen for a demonstration to see how LightSail can provide a simple, intuitive experience for teachers to help students become better readers.

Elyssa Rosen
Associate, Partnership Team

  Firefly Computers is the #1 Value-Added Reseller of NComputing products in the nation.  FireFly specializes in providing turn-key desktop virtualization solutions that work.  Their low-cost, high-value approach fits perfectly with today’s tight technology budgets, and their expert NComputing knowledge and top-notch support can save you thousands versus traditional desktop PCs.  FireFly offers discounts to RISTE members through a group purchasing program, and a portion of the proceeds from the program supports RISTE.

Eli Maloley

Director of Sales

Toll Free: 866-950-8868 x 102

Fax: 612-392-2155

Email: eli@fireflycomputers.com

4463 White Bear Parkway 
Suite 102 
Saint Paul, MN 55110

PCMG is a direct marketing reseller of IT products and services. For 20 years we have been a recognized leader in the public sector IT marketplace providing hardware, software, networking equipment, storage, peripherals and supplies.
PCMG offers discounts to members on Symantec software through agrouppurchasing program.  A portion of the proceeds from the program supports RISTE.

Ordering POC:.......John Crescione
Phone:........ 800-625-5468 x82438
Fax:...................... 310-630-2453
   ePlus Technology is a nationwide provider of world-class IT products and services. With our core focus areas in data center/cloud computing, collaboration, IT infrastructure, services capabilities, and security - complemented by leasing and software - ePlus can develop and deliver innovative, scalable, and financially sound solutions. With more than two decades of proven experience and long-standing strategic partnerships with top vendors, we can help you build an IT infrastructure that meets your organization’s specific needs, goals, requirements, and budgets.

ePlus currently works with multiple school districts, universities, and government agencies both nationwide and locally throughout New England. Our experienced, dedicated staff provides education and government customers with the best solution to meet their business objectives.

ePlus hold the following RI Master Price Agreements (MPAs):
MPA 283 Cisco Networking Equipment
MPA 230 IT Services
MPA 308 Telecommunications Services Installation & Project Management Services
MPA 416 Audio Visual Equipment and Services
MPA 390 Telecom/Fiber Optic Supplies
MPA 482 Wireless Classroom Initiative
Jennifer Brickhill
1 Richmond Square, Ste. 165W
Providence, RI 02906
Email: jbrickhill@eplus.com
Phone: 401-473-2814

ESET is all about high detection rates against viruses and malware with the lowest impact on your systems. Educational institutions have unique needs related to IT, business continuity and security undefined not to mention limited budgets. So whether you’re supporting legacy operating systems and aging computers, creating digital learning environments or serving a tech-savvy, BYOD setting, ESET can help you.

Antimalware/Heuristics - Protect your systems, including legacy and cross-platform environments including PC, Mac, Novel and Linux, without impacting your users, with fast, light-footprint protection against viruses and malware. The ESET innovative heuristic detection anticipates new viruses before they’re even released.
Device Control - Safely accommodate BYOD users and protect against malware introduced by removable media and storage devices.
Web Filtering - Prevent users from visiting compromised websites that can bring malware into your network. Enforce your Internet use policy to comply with the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and other laws. Ensure consistent testing environments for online assessments under CCSS.
Email Security - Protect your users from spear phishing attacks, which can result in serious data breaches. Keep email servers free from malware and inboxes free of spam.

ESET also offers disk and email encryption as well as Two-Factor Authentication.

Michael Gregoire
Network Security Group, Inc.
O: 617.337.3600

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