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Regional Partnership Center

Contracts for Services to New York Qualified Vendors
for Regional Centers to Improve Special Education

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) - Office of Special Education (OSE)

Deadline Date:

02/12/19 3:00 PM Receipt


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Contracts for services to New York qualified vendors to develop collaborative regional centers to improve the education of students with disabilities, ages birth through 21. Funding is intended to provide professional development and technical assistance to stakeholders, including students, parents, and school staff.

In an effort to promote greater efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of high quality services to families and professionals working with students with disabilities, the Office of Special Education seeks to create a coordinated and cohesive network of support focusing on the principles in the NYSED Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities. The new network will be called the NYSED OSE Educational Partnership (hereafter referred to as the Partnership) and will increase school district capacity using an intensive team approach to technical assistance and professional development, implemented with consistency across the State. Decision-making for the Partnership will be informed by a State Level Team and will be based on data and evidence-based practices. Implementation decisions will be guided by the Partnership Implementation Team (PIT), comprised of members of the Partnership (see Appendix 1 for Organizational Structure).

The Regional Partnership Centers will engage in systems change work, providing a variety of supports including regional learning opportunities, targeted skills groups, and intensive partnerships. Regional Partnership Centers will include a Systems Change Facilitator, Special Education Trainer, Behavior Specialist, Transition Specialist, Culturally Responsive Educator, Literacy Specialist, and Specially Designed Instruction Specialist (see Appendix 5). For specific position descriptions, see the RFP:

Regional Partnership Centers will be expected to provide technical assistance and professional development to a variety of stakeholders as determined through regional planning. Stakeholders include students, families and staff of early childhood programs/approved preschools, public school districts, approved private day and residential schools, Special Act schools, State-supported, and Stateoperated schools. Through a continuous improvement cycle guided by the Regional Level Team, stakeholders will work towards sustainability and share promising/effective practices within the region and across the State.

Mandatory Requirements:
1. The project must include staff as outlined in the Staffing Schedule. Each required staffing position must be held by one full-time individual.
2. The minimum qualifications for all required staff positions include a Master’s degree or higher, and experience providing professional development and/or technical assistance.
3. The Systems Change Facilitator must be a 12-month position. Other required staff positions must be at least 10-month positions.
4. Bidders must be located in the region of NYS that they will serve through this project

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185008

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Term of Contract:

The contracts resulting from this RFP will be for a term anticipated to begin July 1, 2019 and to end June 30, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

State law requires that the award of state contracts be made to responsible vendors. Before an award is made to a not-for-profit entity, a for-profit entity, a private college or university or a public entity not exempted by the Office of the State Comptroller, NYSED must make an affirmative responsibility determination. The factors to be considered include: legal authority to do business in New York State; integrity; capacity- both organizational and financial; and previous performance.

Pre-Application Information:

Questions regarding the request must be submitted by e-mail no later than the close of business January 10, 2019. A Questions and Answers Summary will be posted no later than January 23, 2019.

The proposal must be received by February 12, 2019 by 3:00 PM at NYSED in Albany, New York.

Quarterly payments will be made to the vendor once quarterly reports of progress are reviewed and project outcomes are determined to be adequate.

Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities:

Additional information regarding the OSE Educational Partnership (including a fact sheet, question and answer document, and webinar) will be posted here:

Contact Information:

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

For questions, please e-mail

The mailing address for all application documentation is:

NYS Education Department
Bureau of Fiscal Management
Attn: Jessica Hartjen, RFP#19-024
Contract Administration Unit, Room 501W EB
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP Proposal #19-024

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York