Supporting Early Learning and Literacy Guide Request for Applications

Agency: State Government of Louisiana
State: Louisiana
Level of Government: State & Local
Category:
  • A - Research and development
Opps ID: NBD11472726885930764
Posted Date: Jan 12, 2021
Due Date: Apr 30, 2021
Solicitation No: 678PUR-SupportLitGuide(2)
Source: Members Only
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678PUR-SupportLitGuide(2) Supporting Early Learning and Literacy Guide Request for Applications
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Supporting Early Learning
and Literacy Guide:
Request for Applications
Statement of Purpose
The Louisiana State Department of Education (LDOE) believes that all students are smart and capable thinkers. The
Department's vision to set high expectations for all students, regardless of their individual needs, supports every child on
the path toward a college degree or professional diploma and overall success.
As part of a multi-pronged approach to achieve this vision, the legislature established the state-level Early Literacy
Commission (the Commission) through Louisiana Senate Resolution 182 and Louisiana House Resolution 222 (2019). The
legislation calls on the Commission to develop and implement an aligned system to provide effective evidence-based
reading instruction for children from birth through grade 3. More information regarding the Early Literacy Commission is
available.
To support the Commission's recommendations, the State is prioritizing resources that will provide young learners and
school age students with opportunities to develop reading and writing skills that will enable them to build a foundation
for success in school and beyond. The Department developed the Supporting Early Learning and Literacy Guide, which
provides school systems with a vetted vendor list. Vendors on this list are qualified to deliver high-quality professional
development and direct support in the following areas: Literacy and Readiness Screeners, and Pedagogy of Teaching and
Learning. If added as approved partners to the guide, vendors will contract directly with networks to provide services.
Statement of Need
Early literacy is a critical predictor of educational and lifelong success. Children who are not exposed to high-quality early
literacy instruction are at a greater risk of future academic struggles. The recommendations of the Early Literacy
Commission acknowledge the current progress and work but demand a push ahead with the following goals:
Every teacher uses a high-quality curriculum to teach students the foundations of reading and language and
literacy.
Every school system implements a comprehensive literacy assessment plan that includes different assessment
tools used for different purposes at different times during the school year.
Every teacher uses literacy assessment data to monitor students' progress and inform instruction.
Students who need intensive intervention are provided research-based literacy interventions.
Every school has a culture in which all teachers are responsible for and equipped to deliver effective literacy
instruction.
Every teacher uses evidenced-based practices to meet the literacy needs of all students.
Every educator preparation program emphasizes evidence-based literacy practices.
In order to accomplish the recommendations of the Early Literacy Commission, school systems and centers need to be
able to invest resources in early learning and literacy. Read more about the Early Literacy Commission’s recommendations.
Application Process
The Department is accepting applications from organizations and conducting an initial screening to ensure submissions
align to our description of need. The Department will then review applications to ensure they meet criteria for inclusion
into the Supporting Early Learning and Literacy Guide. Organizations that do not meet eligibility criteria will be notified.
Organizations that meet established criteria will be notified through email that their application has been approved and
they are eligible to be included in the Supporting Early Learning and Literacy Guide. School systems will be provided with
assistance from the Department to effectively utilize this guide.
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Supporting Early Learning
and Literacy Guide:
Request for Applications
Applications will be accepted for the following categories:
Supplemental Screeners: Professional development in the area of developmental, literacy, or content specific
screeners that builds the capacity of educators and school systems to identify key skills and behaviors appropriate
for school readiness and develop a responsive instructional plan to address any potential gaps, including but not
limited to:
Birth to 5 developmental screeners
Math or other content area screeners
Early Learning Pedagogy of Teaching: Professional development empowers teachers to understand scientifically
based reading instruction, and other content areas. Professional development in this area should focus on
supporting teachers’ effective implementation of high quality curriculum.
All applications will be submitted via https://louisianabelieves.smapply.io. Applicants will establish an account and should
select Supporting Early Literacy and Learning Guide to apply to this RFA. Applications for the first review window are due
December 1, 2020.
After the first application window, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and applicants can submit the
application at any time. Completed applications will be reviewed biweekly. For inquiries about application windows email
EarlyLiteracy@la.gov.
Application Requirements
The application requires demographic information from the applicant, as well as content area specific questions regarding
previous experience, and the vendor’s content area expertise.
Evaluation Criteria
Each application and submitted accompanying materials will be scored according to criteria set forth by LDOE’s literacy
team. There are five eligibility indicators, each of which fall into one of two categories:
All determinations of whether or not an application meets these evaluation criteria will be indicated on a “Pass / Fail”
basis. The LDOE will interpret these evaluation criteria as indicated in the table below.
Evaluation Criteria
Indicator I: Vendor’s mission and
work aligns with program
goals.
How the Evaluation Criteria will be Assessed: Evaluation Sub-
Components
1a) Vendor’s organizational mission aligns with the goals of at
least one area of specialized support.
1b) Vendor has relevant experience to conduct the work,
including supporting partners of varying sizes and levels of
need.
1c) Vendor has a history of effective completion of work and/or
favorable reviews.
Indicator II: Instructional modes
and methods
2a) Vendor’s methodology and approach to foundational skills
instruction and/or given content area are effective.
2b) Vendor is qualified to conduct high-quality professional
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Supporting Early Learning
and Literacy Guide:
Request for Applications
Indicator III: Professional
learning Standards for Adults
Indicator IV: Supporting Student
Outcomes and Educator Practices
Indicator V: Vendor Rates
development in the area of specialized support for which
they are applying.
2c) Vendor will align services to the high quality curriculum used
in Louisiana schools.
2d) Vendor is committed to serving all young learners, including
students with disabilities and English Learners.
2e) Vendor includes a plan for support, including partnership
services that vary in duration, and intensity of support.
3a) Clear objectives are defined for participants and are
addressed throughout presentation materials.
3b) Vendor communicates a sound strategy to support
appropriate screening, reading foundations, or the given
content area of expertise.
3c) Vendor offers flexible options for in-person delivery and/or
virtual delivery.
4a) Vendor presents a clear plan for using data to drive student
achievement and communicate results to stakeholders.
4b) Vendor includes a discussion of a tool/resources used to
collect relevant data.
5a) Proposed rate(s) is/are at fair market value considering
material, activities, and qualifications.
Evaluation Process Notes
The LDOE evaluation team will evaluate each application based on the Evaluation Criteria.
Applications must “pass” all five eligibility standards to be accepted. In order to “pass” a standard the vendor must
meet each sub-component of that standard.
A Vendor’s application package will be accepted and listed as an approved vendor in the Supporting Early Learning
and Literacy Guide if:
the application achieves a “pass” on all five evaluation criteria; and
the application conforms with all of the RFA’s administrative and legal requirements.
No appeals will be considered at any stage.
Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to submit new proposals during future RFA application processes.
RFA Selection Processes
The table below outlines the RFA selection process for the Supporting Early Learning and Literacy Vendor Guide.
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Supporting Early Learning
and Literacy Guide:
Request for Applications
Supporting Early Learning Application Window 1
and Literacy Guide RFA
Process
Step 1
Vendor applicants submit
an application via
https://louisianabelieves.s
mapply.io/.
Closes December 1
Application Window 2
Closes February 12
Application Window 3
Closes April 30
Step 2
The LDOE schedules and
convenes review panels
to review applications.
Rejected applicants
receive feedback.
Reviewed by Jan. 1
Reviewed by February Reviewed monthly
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Step 3
Approved applicants will
be added as approved
vendors in the Vendor
Catalog.
Within 7 days after
approval
Within 7 days after
approval
Within 7 days after
approval
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and applicants can submit the application at any time. The timeline for
each application window is listed above. For inquiries about application windows email EarlyLiteracy@la.gov.
Related Resources
Early Literacy Commission Legislative Report
Student Engagement and Success Vendor Guide
Partnership for Success Guide
Louisiana Academic Content PD Vendor Guide
School System Planning Resources
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