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New York State Religious and Independent Schools, Professional Development Resource Centers

Grants to New York IHEs, Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies
to Operate Statewide Career Development Centers for Educators

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) - State Office of Religious and Independent Schools

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04/26/19 3:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to New York IHEs, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and education boards and agencies for the provision of professional development opportunities to educators in religious and independent K-12 schools. Funding is intended for the establishment and operation of resource centers in three regions: New York City (to serve the five boroughs), Long Island (to serve Suffolk and Nassau counties), and a center to serve the rest of the state. These regional Professional Development Resource Centers (PDRCs) will work in collaboration with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to provide professional development to religious and independent school teachers and leaders.

The purpose of the grant is to:
(1) Increase student achievement consistent with the challenging State academic standards;
(2) Improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders;
(3) Increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools;
(4) Provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders;
(5) Use evaluation results to inform decision making about professional development, improvement strategies, and personnel decisions;
(6) Improve classroom instruction and student learning and achievement;
(7) Effectively integrate technology into curricula and instruction;
(8) Address the transition to elementary school, including issues related to school readiness;
(9) Use student data to ensure that individual student privacy is protected;
(10) Improve access to well-rounded education opportunities;
(11) Improve and promote a safe and healthy school environment for students;
(12) Support professional development for the effective use of technology.

The Centers will be established to provide respectful, culturally responsive professional development to all religious and independent schools, using a variety of technical assistance, resources, and professional development activities. For information about these activities, see:

Workplans must include a website, professional development, collaboration, and progress reporting. Requirements for the Centers in NYC, Long Island, and the rest of the state in these four workplan areas can be seen starting here:

Allowable costs include professional and nonprofessional salaries, employee benefits, purchased services, supplies and materials, travel, indirect costs, and equipment purchases. For further information about eligible costs, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 185478

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Funding is contingent on the availability of funds.

Term of Contract:

Contracts will be for a 5-year term anticipated to begin September 1, 2019 and end August 31, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Bidders may include Local Education Agencies, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), public or private Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), not-for-profit and for-profit organizations or agencies.

Bidders or subcontractors that are affiliated with, or perform other work for religious and independent schools, must have clear and separate governance and oversight structures in place to prevent any conflict of interest.

Bidders are required to comply with NYSED’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) participation goals for this RFP through one of three methods. For more information about these requirements, see:

Non-Allowable Costs:
- Office furnishings
- Remodeling
- External evaluation services
- Food
- Purchase of a car.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received at NYSED no later than April 26, 2019, by 3:00 PM.

Bidders who propose to establish and operate more than one Resource Center must submit a separate bid for each Center (New York City, RoS and/or LI).

Questions regarding the request must be submitted by email no later than the close of business March 22, 2019. Questions regarding this request should be identified as either Program, Fiscal, or M/WBE. A Questions and Answers Summary will be posted on the URL no later than April 5, 2019.

Subcontracting will be limited to thirty percent (30%) of the total contract budget. Subcontracting is defined as nonemployee direct personal services and related incidental expenses, including travel.

Bids that do not include the signed Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Certification Form will be disqualified.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Applications should be mailed to:

NYS Education Department
Bureau of Fiscal Management
Attention: Adam Kutryb RFP#18-018
Contract Administration Unit, 501W EB
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

Please indicate the region to which you are applying on each envelope.

For information or questions regarding program matters, fiscal matters, or M/WBE matters, contact Lori Genito, Adam Kutryb, or Joam Ramsey, respectively, at the email address above.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York