Program Helps Superintendents and School Districts with Strategic
Design, Organizational Alignment and Resource Allocation
BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 28, 2017--
Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office
products, services, and solutions, today announced that it is
expanding its Strategic Partnerships Program. The program, which
initially started in Connecticut, has gradually expanded across the
Northeast, Southeast and West Coast. Over the past year, the program has
benefited school districts, superintendents and school leaders through
strategic design, organizational alignment and optimization of resources.
The Strategic Partnership Program, which is part of Office Depot, Inc’s Committed
to Learning™ initiative, addresses one of the greatest challenges
educators face today -- the need for a strategic plan that focuses on
continuous improvement while providing measurement of progress and
enabling districts to accomplish more with existing resources.
As a part of the process, Office Depot, Inc.’s education consultants,
many of whom are former teachers and administrators, meet with
superintendents and lead decision makers to develop the district’s
shared vision, mission and goals. To date, partner districts have shown
strong results through budgetary calibration, increased cost efficiency
and improved staff alignment.
“Our Committed to Learning initiative helps districts take care of their
business, and their learners, using innovative tools and practices that
previously were confined to large companies,” said Becki Schwietz,
senior director for K-12 education for Office Depot, Inc. “Once
districts begin partnering with our education consultants, they learn we
are a new kind of partner.”
Office Depot, Inc. has launched the Strategic Partnerships Program with
multiple districts including McAllen Independent School District in
Texas, West Bloomfield School District in Michigan and Wallingford
Public Schools in Connecticut, all of which have seen a positive impact
in their district and communities.
“Students and teachers are asked to do more than ever, so we knew we had
to reimagine ways to alleviate some of that pressure,” said Dr. J.A.
Gonzalez, superintendent of McAllen Independent School District.
“Through our partnership with Office Depot, we have been able to execute
the vision of creating environments that are authentic and engaging, to
help ensure that our teachers and students succeed.”
Education consultants partnered with McAllen to determine the school
district’s needs and develop a strategic plan that emphasizes early
learning and community engagement. They also partnered with West
Bloomfield School District to create a road map for collaborative
classrooms, with an emphasis on STEAM.
“We know that modern learning environments enable students to better
prepare for future careers, so when we started thinking about
implementation, we turned to Office Depot, one of our trusted business
partners, for their support,” said Alesia Flye, deputy superintendent
for West Bloomfield School District. “As a result of our partnership, we
have planned for the implementation of collaborative classrooms within
our district with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and
Office Depot, Inc. collaborates with school districts and other
educational institutions through the company’s Committed to Learning™
initiative, which offers educators access to a national team of
curriculum and instruction experts across disciplines. Through the
Committed to Learning™ initiative, the company partners with school
districts to meet their strategic goals by providing instructional
solutions and access to leaders and strategic thinkers in education that
enrich the learning experience in the areas of personalized learning,
project-based learning and innovative learning spaces, culture and
wellness, instructional resources, and supplies.
To learn more, visit www.officedepot.com/education
or contact them directly via firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of products, services, and
solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office,
home, school, or car.
The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed
approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in
North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores,
award-winning e-commerce sites, and a dedicated business-to-business
sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations,
franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under
several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, and Grand &
Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL,
Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace, and Highmark.
Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select
Market under the symbol “ODP.”
Office Depot is a trademark of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax is a
trademark of OMX, Inc. ©2017 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any
other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of
their respective owners.
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