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New Mexico Public Education Department: Teacher Recruitment, Training and Support RFP

Deadline: August 18, 2014

The purpose of the NMPED Teacher Recruitment, Training, and Support RFP is to establish contract through competitive negotiations for a non-profit organization to provide and implement a Teacher Support Initiative to enlist, train, and support qualified applicants to be placed as effective teachers in New Mexico public schools with a substantial enrollment of economically disadvantaged students.  This initiative will provide teachers and prospective teachers a broad range of professional development opportunities that are relevant and culturally-appropriate in teaching students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  Stakeholders within each community must be involved in the planning and the delivery of the services.

Expected outcomes for the Teacher Support programs include:

1.   Assist in identify, preparing, and placing effective, culturally competent teachers in New Mexico public schools with substantial enrollment (at least 60%, preferably over 85%) of students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunch.

2.  Provide a teacher development model as demonstrated by multiple factors including, but not limited to effective teaching/learning and increased cultural competence.

3.   Assist in the implementation and alignment of Common Core State standards (CCSS).

4.  Increase collaboration and consultation between school districts, agencies, and stakeholders in other the development of an effective teacher support model and curricula.

5.  Assist districts in recruiting teachers from NM and around the nation to fill immediate vacancies in public schools with substantial enrollment of students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunch.

7.   Implement an effective teacher support system, including recruitment, mentoring, and training of pre-service, new, and continuing teachers.

Amount: Up to $500,000 for fiscal year 2015; there is an option of renewing the initial contract on an annual basis for up to three years.

Eligibility: An eligible entity must be a non-profit organization that proposes to serve New Mexico public schools with at least sixty percent of the enrolled students eligible for free or reduced-fee lunch, with a priority for schools with eighty-five percent or more of the students enrolled in the school eligible for free or reduced-fee lunch.  Stakeholders within each community must be involved in the planning and the delivery of the services.

Criteria for teacher support: PED is seeking eligible entities that address culturally relevant teacher support services in areas such as recruitment, induction, orientation, retention, placement, mentoring, monitoring, and matriculation for pre-service, alternative licensed, and NM licensed teachers.

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