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Special Education Technical Assistance Partnership for Equity

Contract for Services to a New York IHE for Professional
Development in the Area of Diversity in 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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Contract for services to a New York IHE for professional development and technical assistance related to linguistic, racial, and cultural diversity in special education. Funding is intended particularly for training in culturally responsive and bilingual education for students in special education schools.

Mandatory Requirements:
1. The project must include one (1) FTE to serve as the project director. This position must be filled by one individual.
2. The project must include five (5) FTEs to serve as project associates. Each associate position may be filled by up to 2 individuals, each working at .5 FTE.
3. The minimum qualifications for the project director include a Master’s degree or higher, two years supervisory experience, and three years of experience providing professional development and/or technical assistance. The minimum qualifications for the Associate positions include a Master’s degree or higher and one-year experience in providing professional development and technical assistance.
4. All required staff positions are 12-month positions.
5. Bidders must be located in New York State.


Improving results for students with disabilities requires a renewed focus on the core Blueprint principles, implemented with a culturally and linguistically responsive lens that leads to equitable student outcomes. As a member of the Partnership, the TAP for Equity will focus on two content areas: bilingual special education and culturally responsive education as defined by NYSED. Serving as a member of the State Level Team and the Partnership Implementation Team, and working in collaboration with NYSED, the TAP for Equity will develop and deliver training materials and provide resources for effective practices that inform the relationship between teaching, learning, social identity, and cultural context.

The TAP for Equity will work closely together with the four other TAPs, under the direction of NYSED, to support all specialist groups within the Regional Partnership Centers and FACE Centers, infusing the concepts of a culturally and linguistically responsive approach to education. As part of their work on the PIT, the five TAPs and NYSED will determine what content is required for the Partnership, and how it will be delivered.

Collaboration and communication will be critical to the success of the Partnership. As such, all members of the Partnership will be required to work professionally and collaboratively with one another under the direction of OSE. Meaningful engagement with all partners will improve the effectiveness of the intensive team approach to increase stakeholder capacity.

For more details on deliverables, see the RFP:

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185009

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Term of Contract:

The contract resulting from this RFP will be for a term anticipated to begin July 1, 2019 and to end December 31, 2023.

Please note that the final year of the contract will only be six months long, from July 1, 2023-December 31, 2023. It is expected that during these six months the amount of work will be equivalent to the work completed during the same period in 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The eligible bidders are institutes of higher education located in New York State.

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#19-007
Contract Administration Unit, Room 501W EB
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP Proposal #19-007

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York