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									      Redesigning Education for the
        21st Century Workforce in
               Mississippi

                 Phase III
            Request for Proposals




          Mississippi Department of Education
Office of Vocational Education and Workforce Development
                   December 5, 2008
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Table of Contents

Introduction.......................................................................................................................................3

Purpose .............................................................................................................................................3

Redesign Components/Implementation Time line ................................................................................3

Grant Award Funding..........................................................................................................................4

Onsite Visits for Redesign Districts.......................................................................................................4

Evaluation of Redesign Districts...........................................................................................................4

Proposal Components .........................................................................................................................5

Cover Page .........................................................................................................................................6

Assurances......................................................................................................................................7-9

Assurances Signature Page ................................................................................................................10

Project Narrative ......................................................................................................................... 11-12

Budget.............................................................................................................................................13

Form A – Teacher Readiness Chart.....................................................................................................14

Form B – Evaluation Methods............................................................................................................15

Form C – Budget Summary Page ........................................................................................................16

ICT Budget Narrative.........................................................................................................................17

STEM Applications Budget Narrative ..................................................................................................18

Proposal Procedures.........................................................................................................................19

Requirements for Formatting the Proposal ........................................................................................20

Selection Process..............................................................................................................................20

Criteria for Evaluation of Proposals ............................................................................................... 21-22

Phase III Time line.............................................................................................................................23

Statewide Phase III Redesign Proposal Orientation Meeting................................................................23

Intent to Summit Form......................................................................................................................24




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Introduction
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), through the Office of Vocational Educatio n
and Workforce Development, announces the availability of funds for technology upgrades that
will be used to implement the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Applications curricula d uring the 2009–10
school year. We are currently seeking competitively written proposals to provide school districts
with the opportunity to participate in this initiative as a pilot site. It is the intent of the MDE and
the State Board of Education to ensure that the selected pilot site school districts are equally
represented regarding socioeconomic, geographic, and congressional district characteristics.


Purpose
The purpose of the Redesigning Education for the 21st Century in Mississippi (Redesign)
initiative is to address and respond to the need to reduce the dropout rate by 50% in the next 5 to
7 years and reach the national average on national assessments in the next 5 to 7 years. This
initiative also addresses the eighth-grade technology literacy requirement of No Child Left
Behind; inadequate math, science, communication, and technology skills among high school
graduates; increasing postsecondary remediation needs; widening achievement gaps; and
misalignment of workforce training and economic development. This grant is seeking applicants
who will implement all components of the Redesign initiative over the next 3 years. Funding
available from this request for proposals is specifically for the ICT I and S TEM Applications lab
upgrades. Additional funds will be available for the remaining components of the Redesign
initiative, such as ICT II and Career Pathways in the future as funds are appropriated.


Redesign Components/Implementation Time line
Mississippi school districts will have the opportunity to respond to this request for proposals to
become pilot sites for all components of the Redesign initiative.

     SY 2009–10                 Implementation of ICT I curriculum (former seventh-grade
                                 Career Discovery program)
                                Implementation of STEM Applications curriculum (former
                                 ninth-grade Technology Discovery program)
     SY 2010–11                 Implementation of ICT II curriculum (former eighth- grade
                                 Computer Discovery program)
                                Implementation of Career Pathway Year I courses (former
                                 vocational programs)
     SY 2011–12                 Implementation of remaining Career Pathway Year II courses
                                 (former vocational programs)




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Grant Award Funding
During the 2009–10 school year, recipients will receive 100% of Redesign funding on a
reimbursement basis for technology upgrades and educator training for the ICT I and STEM
Applications curricula implementation. Depending on availability of funds, recipients will
receive 100% of the funding on a reimbursement basis for the implementation of ICT II,
secondary career pathway curricula, and other components during the 2010–12 school years.

School districts must have adequate funds in the district fund balance to purchase and install all
equipment listed in the attached ICT I and STEM Applications lab specifications. With the
appropriation of funds by the legislature and a fully executed grant agreement, the MDE will
reimburse school districts for equipment purchases after July 1, 2009.



Onsite Visits for Redesign Districts
Onsite visits will be conducted four times a year during the pilot implementation to assess
progress toward teaching and learning goals.



Evaluation of Redesign Districts
Two goals of Redesign are reducing the dropout rate to the national average and raising student
achievement to the national average. Therefore, it is necessary to track the progress of Redesign
pilot sites in reducing dropout rates over time and in increasing student achievement over time.

The evaluation of the Redesign pilot sites will include both internal and external evaluation. The
internal evaluation is coordinated by the Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU). The RCU will
work with the pilot sites in determining what data are to be collected and in the collection of
specific data. In most cases, data that are presently collected for reporting to the MDE will be
used in the evaluation of Redesign. However, it will be necessary to utilize measures of student
achievement that are comparable nationally. It is not the intent of the evaluation to introduce a
number of new tests, but it will be necessary to compare the achievement of students in the pilot
sites nationally. Major costs for the collection of data beyond that presently borne by local school
districts will be the responsibility of the Redesign grant.




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Proposal Components
Proposals must be submitted utilizing the required format described on page 20 of this RFP. The
RFP document may be downloaded from the Mississippi Department of Education’s Web page
at http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/Grants.htm or may be e- mailed upon request. All proposals that
are submitted must include the following components in the order listed below:

      A completed PROPOSAL COVER PAGE (page 6) with all original signatures in blue
       ink must be included.

      ASSURANCES NARRATIVE along with the original signatures on Assurances
       Narrative signature page (page 10)

      A complete PROJECT NARRATIVE (pages 11–12)
          o Forms A and B (pages 14–15) must be included.

      A complete BUDGET prepared according to the following:
          o Form C (page 16) and all sections of Budget Narratives (pages 17–18) of the
             BUDGET must be included.
          o Work closely with your technology coordinator for assistance in preparing your
             budget.
          o Remember that the minimum award for a single grant is $75,000 per ICT I lab
             and $90,000 per STEM Applications lab.

      APPENDIX
         o Letters of specific support from postsecondary institutions (Community and
            junior colleges and/or institutions of higher learning), business and industry,
            RESAs, and/or other collaborative partnerships
         o Resumes and letters of commitment from teachers included in the grant project
         o Additional evidence supporting the proposal not to exceed five pages




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Cover Page

A      District Information
School District:                                           District Phone:
Superintendent:
Street Address:                                            City:
                                                           Zip Code:
Project Contact:                                           Contact Phone:
Contact Position:
Contact E-mail:

 B     School Information
Names of Each        Administrator      Address of   Phone       List of Current   Number of
School(s) that Will  Name from Each     Each         Number of   Discovery and     Students to be
Implement ICT I and School              School       Each        Vocational        Served by Grant
STEM Applications                                    School      Programs
(to include middle
school, high school,
and vocational center)




C       Required Signatures


Superintendent Signature                     Date        Typed Name



Middle School Administrator Signature        Date        Typed Name



High School Administrator Signature          Date        Typed Name



Vocational Director Signature                Date        Typed Name



Technology Coordinator Signature             Date        Typed Name



Project Contact Person Signature             Date        Typed Name




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Assurances Narrative
A brief narrative detailing specific information (e.g., a time line for training, district
incentives, and/or other creative supports) that shows how stakeholders of school districts
submitting this proposal will comply with the assurances listed below.

All Stakeholders
    1. All stakeholders, including administrators, teachers, counselors, and so forth understand
        that additional assessments may need to be given in order to diagnose students who may
        be a potential dropout or who are struggling academically. The additional assessments
        will come at no cost to the district.
    2. All stakeholders, including administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, community
        leaders, and so forth will collaborate to provide support and interventions for students
        who are at risk of dropping out and who are struggling academically.
Administration
    3. The superintendent, high school, vocational director, and middle school will give support
        to implement and maintain the program.
              The school district will support and provide release time for educators to the state
                 professional development offerings related to the program.
              Administrators at all levels will collaborate to provide resources such as time and
                 space all academic and vocational educators to work, plan, and implement
                 components of Redesign.
              Administration will encourage all academic and vocational educators to work
                 together to enhance academic, workplace, and technology skills.
              Administration will work with all educators to develop strategies to involve local
                 business and industry in all academic and vocational courses.
              Administration will provide consumable items needed to teach ICT I and STEM
                 Application courses and provide appropriate maintenance for all equipment.
    4. School/school district will adopt goals for increasing academic excellence, 21st Century
        Skills, and technology literacy for all students and teachers in the middle school and
        vocational programs.
    5. All administrators, including superintendents, middle school administrators, high school
        academic administrators, and vocational administrators, are committed to successfully
        completing professional learning opportunities related to implementation of the Redesign
        initiative during the spring and summer of 2008.
    6. The district has adequate funds in the district fund balance to p urchase and install all
        equipment listed in the attached ICT I and STEM Applications lab specifications. The
        MDE will reimburse after July 1, 2009, when funds are appropriated by the legislature.
    7. Administrators agree to implement ICT I and STEM Applications during the 2009–10
        school year.
    8. Administrators agree to implement ICT II and 1/2 of the Career Pathway vocational
        courses during the 2010–11 school year.
    9. Administrators agree to implement the remaining Career Pathway vocational courses
        during the 2011–12 school year.
    10. Administrators agree to require all ICT I, ICT II, STEM Applications, and vocational
        teachers IC 3 certified prior to attending certification/upgrade training the summer before
        they implement their new curriculum.

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   11. Administrators agree to analyze their current vocational course offerings, industry data
       provided by the Mississippi Department of Employment Services, and the needs of their
       communities. After analysis, administrators will choose to implement the most effective
       career pathway courses in their district that will meet the needs of high-skill, high-
       demand, or high-wage occupations.
ICT I Teache rs
   12. All teachers implementing the ICT I curriculum during the 2009–10 school year can key
       30 net words per minute using the touch method.
   13. All teachers implementing the ICT I curriculum during the 2009–10 school year are
       technology literate and will be able to successfully complete the IC 3 certification prior to
       attending certification training.
   14. All teachers implementing the ICT I curriculum during the 2009–10 school year are
       committed to successfully completing ICT I face-to-face and online professional learning
       offerings during the summer of 2009.
   15. All teachers implementing the ICT I curriculum during the 2009–10 school year are
       committed to successfully completing a virtual mentoring process through the first year
       of implementation.
ICT II Teachers
   16. All teachers implementing the ICT II curriculum during the 2010–11 school year can key
       30 net words per minute using the touch method.
   17. All teachers implementing the ICT II curriculum during the 2010–11 school year are
       technology literate and will be able to successfully complete the IC 3 certification prior to
       attending certification training.
   18. All teachers implementing the ICT II curriculum during the 2010–11 school year are
       committed to successfully completing ICT II face-to- face and online professional
       learning offerings during the summer of 2010.
   19. All teachers implementing the ICT II curriculum during the 2010–11 school year are
       committed to successfully completing a virtual mentoring process through the first year
       of implementation.
STEM Applications Teache rs
   20. All teachers implementing the STEM Applications curriculum during the 2009–10 school
       year are technology literate and will be able to successfully complete the IC 3 certification
       prior to attending certification training.
   21. All teachers implementing the STEM Applications curriculum during the 2009–10 school
       year are committed to successfully completing STEM Applications face-to- face and
       online professional learning offerings during the summer of 2009.
   22. All academic and vocational teachers are committed to successfully completing
       professional learning opportunities related to implementation of the Redesign initiative
       during the summer of 2009.
Career Pathway Vocational Course Teachers
   23. All Career Pathway vocational course teachers are committed to becoming ICT certified
       prior to attending certification training during the 2010–11 certification/upgrade training.
   24. All Career Pathway vocational course teachers are committed to completing
       certification/upgrade training prior to implementing their new Career Pathway vocational
       course curriculum.



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   25. All Career Pathway vocational course teachers are committed the possibility of
        administering extra assessments and use that data to plan and implement interventions for
        students who are struggling in academic areas.
   26. New Career Pathway vocational curriculum will offer students an applied academic
        credit that can be used for graduation requirements. In order to effectively teach the
        academic content, all Career Pathway vocational course teachers are committed to
        partnering with an academic teacher to implement and possibly team teach the new
        curriculum.
Academic Vocational Course Teachers
   27. All academic teachers are committed to completing the Redesign Best Practices session
        during the 2009–10 or 2010–11 school year. Teachers may choose to complete this
        session in an online or face-to-face environment.
   28. New Career Pathway vocational curriculum will offer students an applied academic
        credit that can be used for graduation requirements. In order to effectively teach the
        academic content, all academic teachers are committed to partnering with a vocational
        teacher to implement and possibly team teach the new curriculum.
   29. A math and science teacher will agree to serve on vocational curriculum revision teams.
Counselors
   30. All middle school and high school academic and vocational counselors will schedule
        students by pathway.
Redesign Graduation Coach
   31. Graduation Coach agrees to coordinate and implement an initiative that will have
        stronger emphases on advising students into career pathways and an increased ninth-
        grade counseling component.
   32. Graduation Coach agrees to coordinate the data collection and other components related
        to the evaluation of the Redesign initiative.
   33. Graduation Coach is committed to successfully completing professional learning
        opportunities related to implementation of the Redesign initiative.
Facility
   34. Each ICT I and STEM Applications lab will have computer systems and peripherals that
        meet minimum specifications for each student and the teacher as stated in the ICT I and
        STEM lab specifications by the 2009–10 school year.
   35. Each lab has or will have the required software for each system by the 2009–10 school
        year.
   36. Each lab is clean and well organized with ergonomic furniture for each student (can
        provide pictures in the narrative).
   37. Facility meets the minimum square footage for the Career Pathway courses (see the
        facility guide).
   38. The district will assume responsibility for maintaining all equipment, providing proper
        security, and replacing missing equipment.
Service
   39. All stakeholders are committed to serving on future writing teams to revise components
        of the Redesign initiative that are implemented in the district.
Evaluation
   40. Districts agree to work with the Redesign internal evaluator in gathering data for
        evaluation purposes.


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Assurances Narrative Signature Page

(NOTE: This signature page must be placed behind the last page of the
Assurances narrative submitted by the district.)

We agree to the detailed narrative prepare d on behalf of our school district describing how
our stakeholders will comply with the assurances listed in the proposal.



Superintendent Signature                Date            Typed Name



Middle School Administrator Signature   Date            Typed Name



High School Administrator Signature     Date            Typed Name



Vocational Director Signature           Date            Typed Name



Project Contact Person Signature        Date            Typed Name




ICT I Teachers                          Date            Typed Name(s)




ICT II Teachers                         Date            Typed Name(s)




STEM Applications Teachers              Date            Typed Name(s)




Middle and High School Counselor(s)     Date            Counselor(s)




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Project Narrative
Please submit a narrative of the proposed Redesigning Education for the 21st Century Workforce
in Mississippi, Phase III. The entire narrative should be limited to no more than 25 pages, one-
sided, double spaced, using Times New Roman, 12-point font.

All content included in each section of the proposal should always align back to the ICT/STEM
curricula and/or the Redesign plan. For example, in expressing “The Need,” applicants should be
sure, once they have outlined their case for need, that a correlation should be made to exactly
how the grant will able to address those needs. A distinct correlation between the information
provided and the grant should be made in all sections of the proposal.

Project Description
    Need for program
           o An evaluation of current technology, wiring, and furniture in each seventh-grade
                Career Discovery lab that will be converted to the ICT I lab
           o An evaluation of current technology, wiring, and furniture in each ninth-grade
                Technology Discovery lab that will be converted to the STEM Applications lab
    Teacher readiness
           o Complete Teacher Readiness Chart (Form A, page 14).
           o Include in the appendix a resume for each teacher included in the proposal.
    Teacher commitment to required training
           o Commitment letter from teachers included in the grant project should be placed in
                the appendix.
    Administrative readiness and commitment at all levels (superintendent, middle school
       administrator, high school administrator, vocational director)
    Facility readiness
    District goals that will be adopted that will focus on improving student learning as it
       relates to academic, workplace, and technology skills

Assurances
    Provide specific information about a time line for training, district incentives, or other
      creative supports that show how stakeholders of school districts submitting this proposal
      will comply with the Assurances listed in the proposal (pages 7–9). (Information that
      only generally states teachers’ and administrators’ dedication to education should not be
      included.)
    Acquire all of the proper signatures on the Assurances Signature Page (page 10) of the
      RFP.

Inte rvention
     Summary of how districts will use intervention program(s), at no cost to the district, to
        develop and implement a research-based initiative that will increase student learning and
        decrease the district’s dropout rate
     Applicants should be sure to include existing and/or proposed interve ntion(s) and how the
        awarding of the grant would enhance these intervention(s). All intervention(s) should be
        specifically aligned with the grant.

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Facility Readiness
    Summary of readiness of functional space (pictures may be included in the appendix)
    Summary of readiness of electrical outlets/Internet ports

Collaboration and Support
    Summary of collaboration efforts between school district and postsecondary institutions
      (community and/or junior colleges and institutions of higher learning) that are focused on
      improving student learning in academic, workplace, and technology skills
    Summary of collaboration and support between school district and local business and
      industry that are focused on improving student learning in academic, workplace, and
      technology skills
    Applicants should only include letters of support as evidence of collaboration and support
      that is specifically included in the narrative. Each individual letter of support should be
      specific in listing or stating exactly what will be provided to the district toward the
      implementation of the grant. Letters that only state general support and congratulate the
      district for its many accomplishments should not be included.

Evaluation
    Applicants must use Form B (page 15) to complete the proposed evaluation section of
      the grant project. The evaluation plan should include the following:
       Ongoing evaluation methods (formative assessments) that will be used to measure
          student learning in ICT I and STEM Applications courses, including multiple
          measures (different types of assessments: performance-based, portfolio, checklists,
          rubrics, demonstrations, presentations, paper/pencil, etc.)
       Evaluation methods that will be used to measure technology literacy for all eighth-
          grade students (IC 3 , iCAT, or other approved assessment)
       Ongoing teacher evaluation methods that will be used to ensure that teachers are fully
          implementing curriculum related to the Redesign Initiative
       Evaluation of district goals adopted that will focus on improving student learning as it
          relates to academic, workplace, and technology skills
       Evaluation of the district’s intervention program




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Budget

General Instructions
This budget is for the Redesigning Education for the 21st Century Workplace in Mississippi Pilot
Site grant program. You may request an amount equal to or less than $75,000 per ICT I and
$90,000 per STEM Applications classroom that is being upgraded. When developing the budget
for this proposal, please keep in mind the equipment, furniture, software, and so forth in the
district that may be available for use in the labs. Funding for this grant is subject to the
availability of funds.


Budget Summary
    All applicants must use the ICT I and STEM Applications Lab Specifications and the
      Phase III RFP Cost Estimator to complete the Budget section of this proposal.
    The cost estimator provides an average cost per item for ICT I and STEM labs based on a
      range of costs from Phase II equipment purchases.
    By completing and attaching the cost estimator, applicants will not have to contact
      vendors for cost proposals to prepare budgets.
    All applicants must complete Form C (page 16) and provide a breakdown by the
      applicable budget categories.



Budget Narrative
    All applicants must provide an itemized budget breakdown for each lab using the ICT I
      and STEM Applications Budget Narratives (pages 17–18).
    Applicants must include how each major cost item relates to the implementation of
      ICT/STEM curricula; this should not simply include an itemized listing of equipment but
      an understanding of the curricula itself.
    Applicants should demonstrate in the narrative their understanding that this is not simply
      a grant providing an allocation for equipment but a grant that provides technology as a
      tool to implement the ICT/STEM curricula.




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                                           Form A
                            Mississippi Department of Education
                                TEACHER READINESS CHART
             Redesigning Education for the 21st Century Workplace in Mississippi

Directions: Use the table to complete teacher readiness information for each teacher (middle
school ICT I, ICT II, and STEM teachers) that will be in the grant project. Add/delete rows or
columns as needed.

 Typed Name and      30 WPM 30      IC3 Certified    Basic and    Certification    For each No
   Signature of      (Yes or No)     (Yes or No)    Advanced        of Online        response,
     Teacher                                        Blackboard       Learning      include plan
                                                     Training       (C.O.O.L.)      for meeting
                                                                   (Yes or No)    requirement.




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                                             Form B
                           Mississippi Department of Education
                                      EVALUATION
             Redesigning Education for the 21st Century Workplace in Mississippi

Directions: Use the tables to complete each level of evaluation that will be included in the grant
project. Add/delete rows or columns as needed.

Ongoing Evaluation of Student Learning (Formative assessments, including multiple measures)

            Competency                Evaluation Method       Benchmark           Time line




Technology Literacy of Eighth-Grade Students (IC3 , iCAT or other approved assessment)

                                Assessment                           Time line


Teacher Evaluation Methods

                             Evaluation Method                      Time line




Evaluation of District Goals Related to Acade mic, Workplace, and Technology Skills

            District Goal                Evaluation          Benchmark            Time line
                                          Method




Evaluation of District Intervention Program(s)

              Program                    Evaluation          Benchmark            Time line
                                          Method




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                                        Form C
                          Mississippi Department of Education
                             BUDGET SUMMARY PAGE
            Redesigning Education for the 21st Century Workplace in Mississippi

School District
Number of ICT I Labs
Number of STEM
Applications Labs


Budget Categories                                    Total ICT I Total STEM Total
                                                     Lab Upgrade Applications Upgrade
                                                     Amount      Lab          Amount
                                                                 Upgrade
                                                                 Amount

Computer System and Peripherals


Other Equipment


Furniture


Software



                                  GRAND TOTAL




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                                   ICT Budget Narrative
Use the Budget Narrative form to provide a complete budget narrative for upgrading equipment
in ICT I labs. On this page, provide a brief but detailed budget narrative that explains the basis
for estimating the cost of each item, how the major cost items relate to the proposed activities,
and how these activities will help student learning related to academic, workplace, and
technology skills.

Category                          Amount for     General Description
                                  Each Lab
Computer Systems and
Peripherals

Other Equipment

Furniture

Software

                       TOTAL




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                         STEM Applications Budget Narrative
Use the Budget Narrative form to provide a complete budget narrative for upgrading equipment
in STEM Applications labs. On this page, provide a brief but detailed budget narrative that
explains the basis for estimating the cost of each item, how the major cost items relate to the
proposed activities, and how these activities will help student learning related to academic,
workplace, and technology skills.

Category                         Amount for    General Description
                                 Each Lab
Computer Systems and
Peripherals

Other Equipment

Furniture

Software

                      TOTAL




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Proposal Procedures
Procedures for Delive ry of the Proposal
One original and five copies of the proposal must be received on or before 3:00 p.m. on
Thurs day, February 12, 2009, at the following address:

              Physical Address :
              Mississippi Department of Education
              Office of Procurement
              Attn: Lorraine Wince
              359 North West Street
              Central High School Building, Suite 307
              Jackson, MS 39201

Upon receipt, the sealed proposals will be opened and recorded in Suite 307 of the Central
High School. The offeror is responsible for ensuring the competitive proposal is delivered by
the required time and assumes all risks of delive ry.

Incomplete proposals will not be accepted and will not be returne d for revisions. No
faxed or e-maile d copies will be acce pte d. Because this process is very competitive,
eligible entities are encourage d to use a rigorous proofreading process. Proposals will not
be acce pte d afte r the deadline.

Acce ptance of Proposals
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to
waive minor irregularities in proposals. A minor irregularity is a variation from the proposal
that does not affect the application, or give one offeror an advantage or benefit not enjoyed by
other offerors, or adversely impact the interest of the MDE.

Rejection of Proposals
Proposals that do not conform to the requirements as outlined may be rejected by the MDE.

Proposals may be rejected for reasons that include, but are not limited to, the following:
 The proposal contains unauthorized amendments to requirements as outlined herein.
 The proposal is conditional.
 The proposal is incomplete or contains irregularities that make the proposal indefinite or
   ambiguous.
 An authorized representative of the applicant does not sign the proposal.
 The proposal contains false or misleading statements or references.
 The proposal does not meet all requirements as outlined herein.

Disposition of Proposals
All proposals become the property of the MDE.




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                      Requirements for Formatting the Proposal

   Enumerate each section of the narrative, and create headings to correspond to the required
    components as indicated in this RFP document.

   All narrative portions of the proposal must be double-spaced.

   Use Times New Roman font, 12 point.

   Number pages of the proposal narrative.

   Adhere to the page limit for the project narrative; narrative should include all relevant
    material; and appendices should not be used as “extra pages.”

   An Appendix is required and should include resumes and commitment letters from all
    teachers included in the proposal (not optional) and not more than five pages of any
    additional supporting documents (optional).

   Staple or securely bind proposal (this is a requirement); do not use paper clips or rubber
    bands.

   This is a technical document. Fancy, colorful covers and/or internal pages of the proposal are
    strongly discouraged.

   Provide original signatures in blue ink.




Selection Process
A Peer Review Committee authorized by the MDE will evaluate proposals. Each proposal will
be evaluated using the selection criteria found on pages 21–22. The Review Committee will
recommend the proposals to be funded to the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of
Vocational Education and Workforce Development, the State Superintendent of Education, and
the State Board of Education.

Funding will be negotiated with the offerors who have the highest points and are comprehensive
and responsive as determined by the evaluation committee. The MDE reserves the right to reject
any proposals and to negotiate with the best offerors to address issues other than those described
in the proposal.




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Criteria for Evaluation of Proposals


                                         CRITERIA                                            MAXIMUM POINTS
I.   Project Description                                                                           25
        Need for program must align with the ICT/STEM curricula and/or the Redesign
         plan
        Teacher readiness
        Teacher commitment to r equired training
        Administrative commitment and readiness at all levels (superintendent, middle
         school administrator, high school administrator, and vocational director)
II. Assurances                                                                                     10
        Narrative must include specific training timelines, district incentives, or other
         creative supports to ensure compliance with assurances
        Signature Page
III. Intervention                                                                                  15
        Description of existing or proposed intervention program(s) or assessment(s) for
         increasing student learning and decreasing the dropout rate
IV. Facility Readiness                                                                             5
        Readiness of functional space
        Readiness of electrical outlets/Internet ports
V. Collaboration and Support                                                                       15
        Specific collaboration between school district and postsecondary institutions
         (community and/or junior colleges and institutions of higher learning); support
         letters included
        Specific collaboration and support between school district and local business
         and industry; support letters included
VI. Evaluation                                                                                     10
             Ongoing evaluation methods (formative assessments) that will be used to
              measure student learning in ICT I and STEM Applications courses, including
              multiple measures (different types of assessments: performance-based,
              portfolio, checklists, rubrics, demonstrations, presentations, paper/pencil,
              etc.)
             Evaluation methods that will be used to measure technology literacy for all
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              eighth-grade students (IC , iCAT, or other approved assessment)
             Ongoing teacher evaluation methods that will be used to ensure that
              teachers are fully implementing curriculum related to the Redesign
              Initiative
             Evaluation of district goals adopted that will focus on improving student
              learning as it relates to academic, workplace, and technology skills
             Evaluation of the district’s intervention program




VII. Budget                                                                                        20
        Cost effectiveness
        Resources concentrated in all areas of improving student learning
        Accuracy of calculations

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       Major cost items are clearly aligned with the ICT/STEM curricula .

Bonus Points
5 points for collaboration between school district and Regional Education Serv ice Agency (Support letter must be included)
5 points for collaboration between two or mo re school districts (Support letter must be included)




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Phase III Timeline
 December 5, 2008                        RFP issued

 December 15–17, 2008                    Regional Meetings for Districts interested in applying
                                         for the RFP; visit http://redesign.rcu.msstate.edu for
                                         dates, times, locations, and registration information.
 January 12, 2009                        Intent to Submit Form (page 23) due

 February 12, 2009                       Proposals due at 3:00 p.m.

 February 17–19, 2009                    Evaluation of proposals
 April 2009                              State Board of Education approval

 April 2009                              Notification of award (contingent on State Board
                                         approval)
 May 2009                                Vocational director, business manager, technology
                                         coordinator, contact person meeting (Information to be
                                         posted at http://redesign.rcu.msstate.edu)

 May 2009                                Revisions due (if needed)

 June or July, 2009                      Teacher Certification Training
 September 2009                          1st Site Visit

 December 2009                           2nd Site Visit

 February 2010                           3rd Site Visit

 April 2010                              4th Site Visit




Statewide Phase III Redesign Proposal Orientation Meeting
Regional Phase III orientation meetings will be held across the state d uring the week of
December 15th for districts interested in applying to the Redesigning Education for the 21 st
Century Workforce in Mississippi Phase III Request for Proposals (RFP). These meetings will
explain details, requirements, and other items related to the application process/implementation
and answer questions districts may have. The meetings will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude by
noon each day. All districts are asked to send personnel to the meeting who will be responsible
for preparing/submitting the proposal. Meeting dates, times, locations, and registration will be
posted on the High School Redesign Web site at http://redesign.rcu.msstate.edu.




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Intent to Submit Form

(Submitting this form allows the MDE to appropriately plan for the scoring process.)

We intend to submit a Redesigning Education for the 21st Century Workforce in Mississippi,
Phase III grant proposal.

SCHOOL DISTRICT:

ADDRESS:

PHONE NUMBER:

SUPERINTENDENT’S SIGNATURE:

DATE OF SUBMISSION:

Please complete this form and return by January 12, 2009, to the following address:

                Melissa May, Division Director
                Bureau of Compliance and Reporting
                Office of Vocational Education and Workforce Development
                P.O. Box 771
                Jackson, Mississippi 39205

Or fax to:
                Melissa May
                601-359-6619
Or e-mail to:
                mmay@mde.k12.ms.us


QUESTIONS regarding this Request for Proposals RFP/grant competition a nd
REQUESTS for an e-mailed copy of the RFP should be directed to the following:
                                    Melissa May
                                   601-359-3081
                              mmay@mde.k12.ms.us




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