Question Deadline

May 7, 2022; 5 p.m.

RFP Submission Deadline

May 12, 2022; 11:59 p.m.

Intent to Award On

May 13, 2022 (via email)

Scope of Work

The North Mississippi Education Consortium (NMEC), in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), is seeking a partnership with a qualified organization that has a high-quality instructional program in science that can be replicated throughout the state of Mississippi.  The major tenets of the program must be aligned to the major components of the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards for Science.  These components include:

  • Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs)
  • Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs)
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs)

The program must be based on the solid foundation of increasing the scientific literacy of a community by increasing science teachers’ capacity to lead science learning with confidence and competence and design and facilitate learning experiences that are rooted in the sense-making of natural and man-made phenomena.  The phenomena, as best possible, should be place-based or analogous to students in respective place and to be reflective in their daily practice by becoming familiar with understanding various, data such as formative and summative assessments, student participation frequency, perceptions of teacher preparedness, and perceptions of student interests and engagement.  This program should give the participant the experience of being an actual student.  The program should instruct participants on leading science learning that is driven by investigating valid scientific questions that are formulated by students as they engage with and aim to make sense of phenomena.  The program should contain elements that provide avenues for students to strengthen:

  • literacy skills,
  • mathematical skills,
  • ability to make scientifically relevant claims, and
  • develop scientific arguments that are both supported by evidence.

Proper implementation is a key aspect of any successful program.  MDE seeks a program that has a strong implementation support system with coaches, or the equivalent, available to guide trained facilitators during every segment of the learning, training, and delivery process.  It is also imperative that the program be available to provide some level of support to participants as they return to implement the new instructional platform in their schools.  The program must have a strong level of support to maintain program fidelity.

To ensure that the program is having the intended impact, it must include embedded progress-evaluating measures.  Progress-evaluating measures should include how effectively program participants are growing in their competence and confidence with respect to their content areas and instructional practices. A much-desired component of this program is a web-based dashboard that can be accessed at the state-level to keep up with program participants and various statistics associated with their implantation of the program.  This level of tracking would allow interested shareholders to get continuous updates on program efficacy, how it is impacting student learning and achievement in science, and how it is enhancing student readiness for college and career.  Additionally, the program should include a component that is focused on training instructional supervisors on the tenets of the program. This component will help supervisors to know what to look for and be aware of as they observe teachers and students engaged with learning experiences based on program implementation guidelines.

The program must claim and show evidence to be transformative in nature.  Research that supports the effectiveness of the program must be readily available and easily accessible for reference at any point and time by relevant shareholders with the MDE.

This purpose of this program is to develop a cadre of science shareholders in the state of Mississippi that will be credentialed to conduct professional learning opportunities that will encourage a transformative approach to teaching and learning science.  The aim is to have 50-75 people trained to deliver this teaching and learning science platform.  However, the initial cohort will be between 16-24 people being trained as facilitators (Training of Trainers Model).

Types of Services (virtual, face-to-face, hybrid, etc.)

It is expected that the initial training will be face-to-face in Jackson, MS, with 16-24 individuals plus MDE staff.  However, this model will be dependent upon environmental stability and safety.  If it is found that the environment is not stable or unsafe, it is important that the selected vendor be capable of delivering the program virtually or using a hybrid model that is equally as engaging and purposeful as would be the face- to- face delivery option.

Timeframe

July 2022 – December 2022

It is ideal for training of the 16-24 science shareholders will take place during the week of July 11-15, 2022.

All needed items for training sessions should be delivered to the agency two weeks to a month before the training is scheduled.

Please include a timeline for the deliverables.

Minimum Qualifications as Related to the Scope of Work

The entity should have a minimum of ten years in operation, with presenters having at least 5 years of classroom experience and being licensed within their respective state.  The vendor must be able to support at least grades 5-12.

Evaluation Criteria for Services

The selected vendor should provide an embedded progress-evaluating measures with their services, as state above in the Scope of Work.

The evaluations should be made available to MDE representatives within two weeks of the training.

Minimum Qualifications as Related to the Scope of Work

The entity should have a minimum of three (3) years of experience with all of the entity’s trainers having a valid license or a specialized training certificate. Additionally, the entity’s trainers must have either a Bachelor’s degree with five (5) years of experience or a Master’s degree or higher with three (3) years of experience as an educator.

Special Qualifications:  Specialized certification, experience, and training in delivering literacy professional development aligned to the science of reading.

Budget

The entity should provide a budget for the proposed services/scope of work.

Do you have questions?

Any questions pertaining to this RFP should be emailed to Mrs. Susan Scott at sscott@olemiss.edu no later than May 7, 2022 by 5 p.m. Emails will not be responded to, rather, all questions and answers will be posted below for public viewing no later than May 9, 2022 by 10 a.m.

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