Albuquerque Public Schools: Title I Adult Education ProgramDeadline: May 15, 2019
Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) will award contracts to offerors to provide education courses for adults in APS communities. Classes generally are held during the daytime or early evenings inside schools in each zone of APS as determined by APS Title I. Courses could also be held in schools or community centers or other mutually agreed upon locations. Services must be available and accessible to participants who rely on public transportation and should accommodate the schedules of participants. This means morning, afternoon, and evening classes will be scheduled in collaboration with the contractor, the locations, and the resources available. Selected contractors are encouraged to consider childcare options for adults attending classes. Duration of the classes may vary. Flexibility in enrollment is preferred. Courses are encouraged to be creative in content and timeframes. For example, a contractor may propose a family centered course that is only two days long and a different course of study supporting Graduation Pathways that is two semesters and has a mentoring component.
The courses offered may be in any one, a combination of, or all of the following categories:
- Category I: Adult Literacy – Adult Literacy courses assist adults to become literate in reading and numeracy, to obtain the knowledge and skills to connect with the school community, to future career or college goals, and to achieve self-sufficiency. Adult Literacy courses could include, but are not limited to, acquiring reading skills, English as a Second Language, Spanish as a Second Language, conversational language acquisition partners, or other courses that meet numeracy or literacy of adult learners. Adult Literacy courses could also assist immigrants and other individuals who are new to the U.S. Adult Literacy courses should not exclusively be offered in only Spanish and English. Adult educators will help students develop and refine their reading, writing, oral communication, and critical literacy skills. The goal should be to allow students to analyze, interpret, and express ideas in ways that allow them to gain greater control over and have more choices within their personal, academic, and working lives and with their children’s schooling.
- Category II: High School Completion Pathways – High School Completion Pathways courses assist adults in attaining a secondary school diploma or equivalent for placement in the workforce and/or college entrance. These courses must pretest and counsel students before they choose a pathway. The contractor will present a clear plan to counsel adult students in the best pathway for them to attain their identified goals based on test data, needs of the student, and student’s goals. Once the courses are successfully completed, the contractor would help facilitate the high school diploma process or the test required for High School Equivalency.
- Category III: Family Engagement and/or Parenting Classes – Family Engagement and/or Parenting courses are to support families with parenting skills and content that is up-to-date and will support families as they navigate relationships with the school system, community resources, and challenges of raising a child. Family Engagement and/or Parenting courses appropriate for societal changes such as internet awareness, drugs, college entrance, teen dating, trauma informed parenting, kindergarten readiness, cyber bullying, etc. can be considered. Family Engagement and/or Parenting courses directly linked to the partnerships APS strives for in schools such as understanding a child’s test data, navigating parent/teacher conferences, financial literacy, and school transitions or readiness are all possible class topics.
Amount: Contract awards will be made. The contract award period may be for up to eight years, renewable annually by mutual written consent with the awarded offeror(s).
Eligibility: Any organization that has demonstrated effectiveness or a desire to provide adult education courses is eligible to apply, including:
- (A): A community-based organization or faith-based organization
- (B): A volunteer literacy organization
- (C): An institution of higher education
- (D): A public or private nonprofit
- (E): A library
- (F): A nonprofit institution that is not described in any of subparagraphs (A) through (F) and has the ability to provide adult education and literacy activities to eligible individuals
- (G): A consortium or coalition of the agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities described in any of the subparagraphs (A) through (F)
- (H): A partnership between an employer and an entity described in any of subparagraphs (A) through (G)
Classes are to be taught by New Mexico certified teachers. Records proving licensure are required prior to the contractor staff working within this contract.