request for proposal: IQI EL CollaborativE 


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 all K-12 students.

Collaborative Overview – English Learners and Systems Support

During the third year of the IQI implementation, New Schools for New Orleans will continue to produce professional development support opportunities for charter teachers and leaders.

Because there is an increase of students that are moving into the New Orleans area that are English Learners (ELs) and are enrolling in New Orleans charter schools, there is a need to provide additional training and support to charter teachers and leaders around best instructional strategies to support these students. The number of students that are moving into the community that need language support is occurring at a rate that is faster than previous years. NSNO plans to launch a community of practice in 2020-2021, that will focus on providing support to teachers and leaders as they continue to implement high quality Tier 1 curriculum.

Areas of Focus

The collaborative will have the following areas of focus: sheltered instruction strategies with modeling of lesson delivery and student tasks, explicit teaching of how to link concepts to students’ backgrounds and experiences, assistance in how to design and provide appropriate language scaffolds, and emphasis on the process of supporting the linguistic needs and abilities of ELs through stages of proficiency. A school team of at least 3 participants which may consist of an EL teacher, instructional coach, and a school leader will meet as a group at during the summer to participate in a summer convening and participate in at least one (1) learning walk during the school year.

The English Learners’ Collaborative will also offer support and educator training around measuring the progress of English Learners and creating whole school systems to support students and families that may enter school at varying times of the school year.


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 bi-weekly 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 EL design, scope and sequence
    • Host convenings designed to provide training that focuses on sheltered instruction.
    • Conduct school level walk-throughs that focus on the implementation of sheltered instruction within the Tier 1 curriculum
    • 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 EL Collaborative vendor:

  • Experience and success working with public charter schools with a diverse language population of students
  • Experience with Sheltered Instruction, Tier 1 Curriculum, EL programming including implementation of standards-based instruction for English Learners, 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 collaborative overview section)
  • Ability to effectively communicate with NSNO and collaborative participants with regard to expectations, timelines, scope, sequence and logistics
  • Ability to share collaborative experiences with NSNO that may include collaborative meetings with curriculum vendors and other external partners
  • Capacity to 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



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 Collaborative 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 Friday, January 31, 2020. 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 January 6, 2020
Proposals due to January 31, 2020
Interviews with finalists* and reference checks with past clients February 3-7,2020
Final decision and notification February 11, 2020
Initial (planning) project timeline February 12, 2020- April 30,2020
Project start date (if grant funded) May 1, 2020
Collaborative project end date (grant expiration) June 30,2021


*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.