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).
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.
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.
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:
The following elements will be the primary considerations in evaluating all submitted proposals and in the selection of the EL Collaborative vendor:
Proposal Narrative should include:
Any questions concerning this Request for Proposals should be directed to Jawan Brown-Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-274-3678.
All completed proposals should be submitted by email to April Carter at email@example.com.
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.
*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.