Establish a selection committee that includes people who are affected by the products. This could include students, parents, and staff members. Include specialists when appropriate to help give effective feedback on the product(s).
Establish a matrix that highlights the goals of the committee. Decisions should be based on their benefit to the school(s) and the students. Consider price, quality, and service. Be sure to narrow down the specifications needed before contacting vendors.
Review local school board or district policies on using vendors.
Begin the proposal and selection process by providing all members with the rules and expectations of the group. At the initial meeting, identify possible vendors, establish deadlines for proposals, and set dates for vendor presentations.
Be sure to share the evaluation rubrics with potential presentors.