IQI RTI Special Ed Community of Practice Hub 

Initial Scope



 New Schools for New Orleans Instructional Quality Initiative Mission

NSNO, OPSB, the Louisiana Department of Education, charter schools, and third-party content experts are working together to execute the Instructional Quality Initiative (IQI).

  • NSNO officially launched IQI in January 2018
  • ~$5 million invested for the 2018-19 school year
  • Primarily funded through grants from LDOE and NSNO
  • 64 charter schools (84% of all open enrollment charter schools in the city) impacted thus far, with opportunity for more

 The mission of the Instructional Quality Initiative (IQI) is to increase the number of schools using aligned Louisiana Tier 1 curriculum, provide support to leaders and teachers, and increase student proficiency in ELA and Math for K-12 students.

 Hub Overview – Special Educator Curriculum and Systems Support

During the second year of the IQI implementation, New Schools for New Orleans will continue to produce professional development support opportunities for charter teachers and leaders.  With more than 6,000 students identified as having special needs in New Orleans charter schools, NSNO plans to launch a community of practice in 2019-2020, that will focus on providing support to special education teachers and leaders as they continue to implement high quality Tier 1 curriculum.

Hub Areas of Focus

The collaborative will have the following areas of focus: Curriculum internalization expectations, modeling, differentiation, scope and sequence design, observation and feedback, data collection, and data analysis.  Special educators will meet as a group at least four (4) times per school year and participate in at least two (2) learning walks.

The special education curriculum hub will also offer support and educator training around identifying students through RTI (Response to Intervention) systems and on-site (direct) school level compliance support.


The vendors selected as a partner on this project must agree to the following requirements:

  • Vendor must participate in regular check-in meetings (at least biweekly or monthly) with NSNO or their designee;
  • Vendor must contribute data analysis and support writing of the following reports submitted to NSNO;
    • Interim performance report
    • Annual (Final) performance report at the end of the school year
  • Vendor must agree to:
    • Assist NSNO with creating the full Sped/RTI hub design, scope and sequence
    • Host convenings designed to provide training that focuses on programmatic systems and high quality curriculum implementation
    • Conduct school level walkthroughs that focus on curriculum implementation and programmatic implementation
    • Account for progress monitoring and programmatic evaluations (participants and internal)


The following elements will be the primary considerations in evaluating all submitted proposals and in the selection of the special education hub vendor:

  • Experience working with New Orleans public charter schools
  • Strong experience with coaching and monitoring the implementation of Tier 1 ELA and Math Curriculum, special education programming, policy, procedures, and school level support
  • Ability to work collaboratively with NSNO in the design and implementation of the project
  • Ability to design a proposal with a scope and sequence that includes areas of focus (see hub overview section)
  • Ability to effectively communicate with NSNO and hub participants with regard to expectorations, timelines, scope, sequence and logistics
  • Ability to share hub experiences with NSNO that may include collaborative meetings with curriculum vendors and other external partners
  • Capacity to report implementation survey data and produce an end of year status report
  • Ability to complete the project as outlined in the proposed vendor timeline and in line with agreed upon budget


New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) will lead and complete the process of selecting a vendor. Selection of a vendor will be based upon the level of responsiveness demonstrated by a vendor whose offer will be the most advantageous to NSNO in terms of cost, functionality, and the criteria lists in Vendor Qualities section of this request for bids.

Vendors’ bids shall be submitted as set forth below. Bids should be emailed to by 5:00 pm CST on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.


Proposal Narrative should include:

  • Organization’s official registered name
  • Applicant contact name, title, phone number, and email address
  • Short bio for each of the facilitators and co-facilitators working on hub project
  • Outlined experiences, expertise, and similar work
  • Proposed services that align with the Hub Areas of Focus, Deliverables and Vendor Qualities sections
  • Maximum number of schools that vendor can collaborate with (include total number of max participants)
  • End of year status report structure
  • Total projected cost of this project


Any questions concerning this Request for Proposals should be directed to Jawan Brown Alexander at or 504-274-3678.

All completed proposals should be submitted by email to April Carter at


All proposals are due by 5:00pm CDT on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Any proposal received after this deadline will not be reviewed. Note that NSNO reserves the right to modify this schedule as needed. All engaged parties will be notified of any changes.


Event Date
RFP announcement and posting 5/2/19
Proposals due to 5/14/19
Interviews with finalists* and reference checks with past clients 5/16/19
Final decision and notification 5/17/19
Initial (planning) project timeline 5/20/19 – 6/20/19
Hub project start date (if grant funded) TBD
Hub project end date (grant expiration) 6/30/20


*Approximately 1-hour interviews may be conducted in-person or by phone, depending on a finalist’s location and availability.

NSNO may, at their discretion and without explanation to the prospective Vendor, at any time choose to discontinue this RFP without obligation to such prospective Vendor.